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NFL owners prioritizing stadium upgrades over player safety

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03:12 PM ET 05.21 | The NFL owners will meet on Tuesday in Boston to go over changes they'd like made to the league in order to preserve the future of their sport. But while player safety is a hot button issue and is no doubt on the docket, it's being superseded by a much bigger need -- the almighty dollar sign. According to USA Today, the NFL owners are making stadium innovations at least an equally important priority as improving player safety. Stephan Jones, the son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and current executive vice president of operations, said that while player safety is nice, it's no use to protect the livelihood of players that play the game if no one comes and watches. Don't look at the grown men destroying their brains, the NFL is apparently saying -- well unless you can do it while feeling the hit in your remote controlled chair while you watch the collision in slow-motion replay on your iPhone while half naked women dance on an 80-yard high definition screen.

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May 22, 2013  12:05 AM ET

I hate to admit it, because I really don't like Fansided, but that was funny.

May 22, 2013  12:28 AM ET

file this headline under "common knowledge". A key reason player safety is "important" to the league is to make them look like they care. In reality, it's all about the money

May 22, 2013  12:47 AM ET

This should be an example for journalism school in how to take things out of context. Look up Jones' interview and you'll see. Whoever wrote this needs to be fired, or sent to NYC where hyperbole and outright lies are a requirement to work at a newspaper. I'd say ESPN, but for them it's just hyperbole.

May 22, 2013  06:32 AM ET

This is a surprise?

May 22, 2013  07:00 AM ET

It's really up to the NFLPA to seek upgrades to player safety.

Or do people not understand what a union does?

May 22, 2013  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In reality, it's all about the money

Always.

May 22, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is a surprise?

To no one..

May 22, 2013  08:30 AM ET

*Don't look at the grown men destroying their brains, the NFL is apparently saying -- well unless you can do it while feeling the hit in your remote controlled chair while you watch the collision in slow-motion replay on your iPhone while half naked women dance on an 80-yard high definition screen.*

We might not like it, but that statement is absolutely the truth for many NFL owners and NFL executives.

May 22, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's really up to the NFLPA to seek upgrades to player safety.

Or do people not understand what a union does?

You noticed too?

May 22, 2013  10:25 AM ET

The NFL does not feel it is their duty to invest in Helmet Technology, they expect some other company to build the better helmet so they can profit from it. It was doctors , hospitals and universities that invested their own money to improve sports medicine. Without improved X-Rays and MRI's and surgical techniques many players would not be coming back to play after their ACL is torn.

The NFL, CFL, and the NCAA need to commit themselves to building a better helmet. If tomorrow a law were passed declaring football unsafe and illegal until a safe helmet is developed, you better believe a safe helmet would be developed. The NFL and RIddell have the attitude, if it isn't broke then why fix it? Just like the auto industry fought tooth and nail and spent millions in lawyer fees so they would not have to put SEAT BELTS in every car.

May 22, 2013  10:33 AM ET

"But while player safety is a hot button issue and is no doubt on the docket, it's being superseded by a much bigger need -- the almighty dollar sign."

Yeah, that says it all. Players are expendable. Profit uber alles.

May 22, 2013  11:53 AM ET

Well while JJ is the head of the commitee it will always be about making money first.......and whats wrong with half naked women dancing on the 50 yd line, some games - thats better then the game itself maybe need to show them a little more.

May 22, 2013  12:20 PM ET

Must be the money.

May 22, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Players are expendable.

It's a shame the owners aren't.

May 22, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I hate to admit it, because I really don't like Fansided, but that was funny.

Don't encourage them. The site is gawd-awful.

 
May 22, 2013  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The NFL does not feel it is their duty to invest in Helmet Technology, they expect some other company to build the better helmet so they can profit from it. It was doctors , hospitals and universities that invested their own money to improve sports medicine. Without improved X-Rays and MRI's and surgical techniques many players would not be coming back to play after their ACL is torn. The NFL, CFL, and the NCAA need to commit themselves to building a better helmet. If tomorrow a law were passed declaring football unsafe and illegal until a safe helmet is developed, you better believe a safe helmet would be developed. The NFL and RIddell have the attitude, if it isn't broke then why fix it? Just like the auto industry fought tooth and nail and spent millions in lawyer fees so they would not have to put SEAT BELTS in every car.

Don't kid yourself. Doctors, hospitals, and universities invested in sports medicine to make money, too. Athletes with knee injuries from all over the country go to see Andrews, and unless they're local kids good for press coverage, he doesn't treat anyone for free. UPMC got paid to develop the ImPACT test and licenses it for about $500 a pop to schools or hospitals. That plus tens of thousands of annual patients at the Concussion Center ain't too bad.

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