NFL owners change the rules for kickoffs and instant replay next season… whenever that may be.
Last night the NFL season kicked off as the defending Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints played the Minnesota Favres in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game, yielding the same result: a Saints victory.
Before the game, however, players on both teams made a statement by holding up one finger as a solidarity gesture. The move was intended to show that the NFL players union is united (duh, as “union” implies) in the intense debate over a new labor deal with NFL owners where both sides will end up with a ton of money.
The NFL money fight is front & center instead of behind closed doors, where it needs to be. Fans who supply the league with dollars want to see football, not financial frustration.
Unfortunately, the fans don’t get a chance to collectively give the middle finger to the entire NFL: players and owners alike.