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I can’t stand Goodell. I think the league has become nothing more than a poor caricature of its former self. That said, the guy we all call an “idiot” continues to make the owners more money, and we continue to pay for it. This decision adds two highly marketable and lucrative games to the post season. The “idiot” continues to be a buffer between the fans and ownership. The “idiot” represents and does the bidding of ownership. Ultimately, as a collective group, they are to blame for the NFL’s ills.
 

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I can’t stand Goodell. I think the league has become nothing more than a poor caricature of its former self. That said, the guy we all call an “idiot” continues to make the owners more money, and we continue to pay for it. This decision adds two highly marketable and lucrative games to the post season. The “idiot” continues to be a buffer between the fans and ownership. The “idiot” represents and does the bidding of ownership. Ultimately, as a collective group, they are to blame for the NFL’s ills.
Yup. The fans hate him, but the owners pay him $40 million a year.

That seems incongruous until you realize that he gets paid that money in part to be hated. Fans direct their ire toward him and not toward the owners. Every bad thing the NFL does causes 32 fans bases to curse his name instead of considering the 32 billionaires behind the curtain who actually made the decision.
 

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Yup. The fans hate him, but the owners pay him $40 million a year.

That seems incongruous until you realize that he gets paid that money in part to be hated. Fans direct their ire toward him and not toward the owners. Every bad thing the NFL does causes 32 fans bases to curse his name instead of considering the 32 billionaires behind the curtain who actually made the decision.
Wouldn’t that have always been true though?

Did fans hate Rozelle and Tagliabue the same way?
 

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I can’t stand Goodell. I think the league has become nothing more than a poor caricature of its former self. That said, the guy we all call an “idiot” continues to make the owners more money, and we continue to pay for it. This decision adds two highly marketable and lucrative games to the post season. The “idiot” continues to be a buffer between the fans and ownership. The “idiot” represents and does the bidding of ownership. Ultimately, as a collective group, they are to blame for the NFL’s ills.
Yep.
And it’s amazing that so few realize this.
 

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Wouldn’t that have always been true though?

Did fans hate Rozelle and Tagliabue the same way?
Not that I recall. But I think that the nature of the NFL owners have changed. The era of a local businessman buying the team is over. That generation of owners were still rich powerful dudes, but they were part of the community, and I think that they approached their decisions with a sense of "what would the fans like to see."

Now, the guys coming in are all billionaires to start with. And you don't make billions by having some really good used car dealerships in town. Their relationship with the fans as people is nonexistent. They don't have that connection that the older owners used to.

As the owners have gotten more out of touch with the fans, their decisions are going to be more and more fan-unfriendly. And the Commish is paid to deal with the fallout from that.
 

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Not that I recall. But I think that the nature of the NFL owners have changed. The era of a local businessman buying the team is over. That generation of owners were still rich powerful dudes, but they were part of the community, and I think that they approached their decisions with a sense of "what would the fans like to see."

Now, the guys coming in are all billionaires to start with. And you don't make billions by having some really good used car dealerships in town. Their relationship with the fans as people is nonexistent. They don't have that connection that the older owners used to.

As the owners have gotten more out of touch with the fans, their decisions are going to be more and more fan-unfriendly. And the Commish is paid to deal with the fallout from that.
That’s a good point

It would be interesting to see lists of team owners from 40 years ago, 20 and today

And compare how many owners grew up near the team and made their money locally
 

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