Recently, a proposed rule forbidding the usage of “racial slurring” – particularly the “N-word” – while on the field, has come under heavy consideration and scrutiny. Supposedly, if the ban becomes enacted, the consequence of breaking the rule would result in a 15-yard penalty for first time offenders, followed by an immediate ejection from the game upon a second offense. It appears members associated with the National Football League as well as sport spectators are divided on the possible new ruling. Some players have spoken out in support of the proposed ban, such as Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. Other players, such as Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman believes that the ban itself is “almost racist” or should not be allowed. Fans too, are weighing in on the legitimacy of the ban, and whether it is fair, truly necessary or if it should be proposed at all.
I am uncertain as to whether this ban will actually cover racial slurs and/or swearing in general, or just the “N-word”. Nonetheless, in all the excitement and entertainment the NFL offers, it’s quite easy to forget that the NFL is a business first. It’s a billion dollar company. The NFL employs thousands of people every year, and has revenue, advertisements, endorsements and merchandise. It shells out millions upon millions of dollars, upon even more millions every year, and is one of the most watched programs throughout the entire world. It’s legit. A successful corporation of this magnitude should have rules and policies in place that protect the interest and safety of staff and consumers alike.