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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, one of the most out-of-touch men in professional sports, thinks he knows what fans care about. In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Goodell was asked how often he hears from fans about concussions. His answer? Hardly ever.
“The fans are more interested in football,” Goodell proclaimed. “We are the ones who make safety a priority. They support that because they want to see their players play. …[But] I’d be fooling you if I don’t say: I hear guys that say, Just let them play.”
It’s unclear what data Roger Goodell is basing his opinion on, because there’s no chance in hell he’s actually talking to ordinary fans on a regular basis. However, Sports Illustrated recently conducted a proper survey of NFL fans for their ongoing “Football in America” series. In that survey they asked fans if they think concussions are a problem. And a whopping 94% of them said yes.
So what did Roger Goodell have to say about that?
“The 94% is [reflective] of our effort to make the game safer,” Goodell said, apparently straight-faced. “The NFL has been a leader in this area. What we’ve found is that people don’t truly understand all the things we’ve done to make it safer.”
So to recap, Goodell said fans don’t care about concussions. Then, when shown evidence that fans do care, he said that’s because they don’t know the NFL already fixed the problem.
This guy is a piece of work.
Hat Tip – [Sports Illustrated]