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Congress and the NFL

February 1, 2008 - Steve Murch
What in the heck is up with Congress? Yes, professional sports do have their issues, but so does the good old U.S. of A. So why Congress spends more time on hearings with sports people than keeping America from sliding into a recession is beyond most people.

Sen. Arlen Specter wants Roger Goodell to to go before Congress and talk about the NFL destroying tapes of the New England Patriots “Spygate.”

Last time I checked, we still have troops in Iraq, the economy is in a stupor, illegal immigration is still an issue, and our health care system needs a shot in the arm. You’d think Congress might have a bit more to worry about than sports.

If the NFL has an image issue, it will take care of itself. All professional sports will when they face issues. If they don’t the fans will quit attending. Since fans are still going to games in droves, they apparently are not concerned. And just watch the ratings for this year’s Super Bowl — I’ll wager it is in the top 10 if not the top 5 of the most watched games in the history of the event.

Sen. Specter, people vote for Congress at the ballot box and fans vote for sports at the ticket office. Why don’t you spend more time making America prosperous and safe and let the fans tell professional sports when they’ve had enough?


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