Today NFL fans are inundated with the many controversies facing the League. ‘The Asterisk, A Fan’s Grievance On Cheating And Rule Manipulation In The NFL’ gives a multi-faceted view of Roger Goodell’s leadership by delving into player protests, the incident involving the Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, the looming collective bargaining and rule changes during his tenure.
“A young college graduate penned a letter to his father, a die-hard New England Patriots’ fan and season ticket holder, saying, “The only thing I want to do in life, other than to be the commissioner of the NFL, is to make you proud.” The son made good on his desire to be NFL Commissioner. Unfortunately, his father, the late US Senator Charles Goodell, didn’t have an opportunity to witness his son at the pinnacle of success.
It took bold and visionary leadership for Senator Goodell to buck his party’s stance on the brutal war in Vietnam. This leaves one to wonder, if a fraction of the senior Goodell’s leadership was on display during some of professional football’s recent controversies would it have changed the prevailing opinion that there is a leadership question in The Commish’s office? How does the son, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, measure up to a father whose legacy and leadership is without question? What signature and enduring act of leadership can we attribute to Roger Goodell’s reign over one of the most popular sports in the country? One can only wonder how Goodell processes the New England Patriots’ enormous, two-decades-long, successful run while weighing whether he’s keeping his promise to make his father proud.”
“Under the tyranny of Goodell’s leadership, fans and players alike—especially players—suffer. Even something as basic as the definition of a catch is apparently too difficult for the League to sort out. Careers in the League have been altered—fortunes perhaps lost—because League officials and executives have tinkered with the integrity of sports competition. The lagging ratings might be a direct result. The NFL hasn’t had decisive leadership during any of the modern-day crises.”
The Asterisk is available on Amazon.com, Google Play and will be available at Barnes & Nobles during the up-coming football season.