The Challenge of Dealing With Public Scrutiny in Football

The National Football League, like any institution of its size and sensitivity to the public, must pursue a series of complex balancing-acts. The recent player protests during the national anthem, combined with the death of University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, have raised questions about institutional purpose and integrity.Read more :คลิกที่นี่เพื่อเข้าถึง www UFABET com และสัมผัสกับการพนันระดับโลก

The NFL and its member teams benefit from extraordinary advantages – tax benefits, special treatment vis-à-vis antitrust laws, stadiums with public funding, and more – that should come with meaningful oversight to ensure the multibillion-dollar business and its primary economic beneficiaries are responsive to law requiring fairness in hiring practices. Instead, the league operates like a confederation with decision-making power centralized in an oligopoly where individual team owners are accountable to each other rather than an empowered Commissioner.

Under the Spotlight: Dealing with Public Scrutiny in Football

Moreover, the League and its member teams are shielded from scrutiny through a closed ecosystem of financially reliant media outlets that pay billions to broadcast their games and their lucrative, largely uncritical coverage. Even major American news networks that are paid hundreds of millions to air NFL games have chosen not to criticize the league or its member clubs even though they would otherwise lose viewers.

The oligopoly-like system also makes it difficult to address issues of ethical misconduct that threaten the League’s reputation for fairness and integrity. In particular, the League and its team owners have failed to develop and impose any systems capable of effectuating racial and gender diversity in their coaching and executive ranks. This article argues that federal, state and local government should exercise their lawful oversight capacity to force these changes to happen.