Michael Garcia - September 26, 2012
The NFL must not care about public perception at this point. The king of American sports is just getting brutalized on TV, on the radio, in print, on the internet; pretty much anyone paying the smallest bit of attention is either pissed off or laughing at the NFL.
The best part is that the people whose opinions should matter the most are being the loudest; the guys who are out there playing under less than ideal conditions each week. The players haven't been shy about their criticism of how the inferior officiating is messing with the games. They have been all over Twitter blasting the replacement refs, and they've been doing it interviews. AaronRodgers opened his radio show today apologizing for the games people are paying to see.
This is how Rodgers, fresh from getting jobbed out of a win, broke it down.
Before we get into that, some stuff just needs to be said," Rodgers said. "First of all, I've got to do something that the NFL is not going to do, and I have to apologize to the fans. Our sport is generated, a multi-billion dollar machine, by people who pay good money to come watch us play. And the product on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control. Like I said in the first week, I'm OK with replacement refs as long as they don't have a direct impact on the game. Obviously last night there was a direct impact on the game on multiple plays. But my thing is I just feel bad for the fans. They pay good money to watch this. The game is being tarnished by an NFL that obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished.
Yeah, that pretty much nails it.
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