Dear Mr. Goodell:

I am writing to you today because I have some thoughts about the National Football League.  Since the NFL has said that 'Together We Make Football" well I guess I figured I'd see if there's any truth to that.  

For over the past year, I have been very involved in the marketing and promoting of a sports talk radio show that is broadcast live from The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that I was working as a substitute teacher and pursuing my Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy Administration with a specialization in law.  While I'm still employed as a substitute teacher, I have put off getting my PhD because I formed my own social media business, after seeing the amazing potential for sports marketing on Twitter, and I've just been so busy.

I have an undergraduate degree from American Intercontinental University, in the field of Criminal Justice.  I also hold a Master's Degree, in the field of Criminal Justice, from Boston University which I obtained in 2009.  The reason I pursued both had to do with my passion to understand  brain trauma and the possible link between brain trauma and violent behavior.  You see I have a son who suffered a stroke when he was born, and I learned a lot about the residual affects of his permanent brain damage when he was just 8 days old.  I also grew up in an extremely volatile environment and have had my share of experience with violence in my life, and I wanted to understand it better.

Well, I don't really know where to begin to ask you the questions I want to ask you.  First of all I'd like to know more about the risk management program.  I don't really understand why there was no anonymous form of reporting down in Miami, so that this entire "Jonathan Martin incident" could have been avoided.  I also don't understand why Mr. Martin did not contact the EEOC if he felt that the working environment was truly hostile.  I'm unsure why you had an 'Independent Report' done, which I don't really think serves as a true "Independent Report" since the NFL was the one who was hiring someone to do it.  

I'm also unsure why the National Football League is classified as a non-profit agency.  I wonder, at times, is this why the NFL is doing so much to talk about gay players, and the "N Word", which by the way seems like such ridiculousness to me.  It just seems you are giving this word so much more credence than it deserves, and it's as though the players didn't learn anything in kindergarten.  What's wrong with this picture, when you need to tell grown men how to behave?  I have no problem with others saying that word if that's the subculture in the locker room, because I just think that the chance is that there are a lot of other words being said. It's just becoming so crazy, the way you seem to want to police everything.  How can you penalize yardage, for some words and not other?  The NFL officials seem to have a difficult enough time with what they already have on their plates.

That being said, what's up with the lack of media attention to the Darren Sharper incident?  Oh and, why is there such a huge problem with the State of New Jersey wanting to legalize 'sports betting'?  From what I understand, the NFL thinks legalizing sports betting might impede the integrity.  What integrity?  Or is it perhaps that the non-profit status might be in question, if there is sports gambling?  I probably don't even know what I'm talking about, right?  Seems like a silly question, to question the non-profit status of the NFL, yet I don't get it.  What public interest is the NFL serving?  Ticket costs are absurd, especially for the Super Bowl.  Many kids can't afford a jersey, or tickets to a game.  Yet, the NFL doesn't pay taxes.

Maybe you could help me to understand more.  Why on earth is the NFL classified as a non-profit organization?  Oh and, why don't you have an effective risk management program in place?  I mean you make so much money, and respectfully, I can't imagine the NFL cannot afford to hire a really great risk management firm?  It's actually embarrassing, if you think about it.  I think I know more about risk management than anybody within the Miami Dolphins camp.  That's sort of inexcusable, no?  Doesn't the NFL make sure the teams know what they are doing, when it comes to risk management?  Apparently, not.  

Oh well, I hope you manage to get some things corrected.  I hope you respect what your former players have to say when it comes to learning more about the concussion injuries, and how to better help them transition to life after football.  Sure the NFL never owed them anything, and football is a violent sport, but if you knew that there was a potential for ailments as a result of repeated concussions, and didn't do preventative risk management for those players, then shame on the NFL.  Additionally, if you know that a player has a propensity toward violence in college, and you are going to have him be draft eligible, please institute a zero tolerance policy.  Enough with the fines. Fines don't seem to mean much to millionaires.  Maybe they should write a hundred times, and go sit in the corner.  I'd like to question whether Richie Incognito might have CTE, but you know let's not go there.  Easier to paint him as a horrible person, rather than explore a possible root to the problem with his behavior, that seemed to be happening back when he was in college.  Maybe that's just him and it's got nothing to do with brain trauma, but maybe it does. Oh and why did the NFL allow a player with such propensity for violence to even be in the league?  I wouldn't care so much if you were a for profit company, but remember you're supposed to be promoting public interest.  Maybe I just don't know enough about these sorts of things.  If that's the case just ignore all of my questions, and please accept my appreciation and gratitude for taking time to read my letter. 

If you'd ever like to hear what I think about the risk management, and how to develop role models, please give me a call.  Crazy I'm writing to you, I know you've got better things to do than read a letter from me.  

Respectfully,

 

@SportSXMichelle