Why isn’t NFL Preseason dead yet?
In the real world, occupational hazards are ever-present. No way around it. However, any company whose employees face occupational hazards do everything possible to mitigate these potential dangers. However, there is one business that, despite copious amounts of evidence pointing to various hazards, doesn’t do anything to mitigate them, and that is the NFL. Over the past decade or so, calls to end preseason have grown louder and more forceful, especially due to the increasing amount of preseason injuries that take good players out of action.
Here’s some of the issues people have with it: First, the NFL and its owners have floated the idea of having an 18-game season, with little success. However, they would experience much more success by saying that they’d cut two weeks off of the preseason and add them to the regular season. Second, people complain that NFL Preseason is way too long. Preseason lasts four weeks. Considering that the regular season takes four months, or 17 total weeks, preseason ends up accounting for a quarter of the regular season’s length. Doesn’t that seem ridiculous? Other league’s preseasons last a few weeks, compared to their seven- or eight-month-long seasons.
However, the final and most cited reason to get rid of NFL Preseason is that people keep getting hurt badly. Here’s the reason: during preseason, each team sports around 70 players, all of whom play. Each player, especially the ones who aren’t guaranteed roster spots, wants to make a statement, and therefore plays rougher than normal. This means that more players will get hurt in-game by inexperienced players and then the rest of the injuries happen during preseason training.
It’s time for the NFL to look at preseason and wonder if it’s still viable. Players continue to be treated as second-class citizens by their employer who seems to only care about the bottom dollar.