I really want
to make this rule clear because it might be hard for some to understand. Just ask Eagles starting quarterback
and 10-year NFL veteran Donavan McNabb and two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, both of whom claimed to not
know the specifics of the rule last season. Statistically, in the NFL there is a strong correlation towards the team
who wins the coin toss eventually winning the game. It might not always be on the first possession, but
your percentage of winning jumps a large amount when winning the flip.
This rule brings to mind the infamous Thanksgiving Day game between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Detroit Lions
in the late 90’s. The game ended in a 16-16 tie and the team captains gathered at mid-field for the
overtime flip. During the toss Steelers running back Jerome Bettis clearly called “tails.” However, NFL ref Phil
Luckett proclaimed that Bettis said “heads." Detroit was awarded the ball and won the game on
the first possession of overtime. Video evidence clearly showed that Bettis called “tails”
and was unfairly given “heads” by Luckett.
4. NBA Rule:
The top 3 picks in the NBA draft will be determined
by a lottery system.
1985, the NBA instituted the lottery, which originally was a first chance drawing for the top 7 picks in the draft. During
the first lottery, the New York Knicks landed Patrick Ewing with the 1st pick and the Warriors received the 7th
pick after having the worst record the previous season.
In 1987, the NBA draft began
to determine only the top three picks, making it so the worst team in the league could draft no lower than 4th
position. The NBA team with the worst record for the season should automatically receive the 1st pick in the next
year’s draft. This way the individual talent and marketing superstars of the league are spread evenly
throughout the country.
blackout rule states that if an NFL game is not sold out within 72-hours of kickoff then it will not be shown on television
in the immediate 75-mile radius of the stadium.
If you are from
a big city with a successful sports franchise then you might not even know what the blackout rule is. If
you live in a smaller market then you are all too familiar. There isn’t anything quite as terrible
as not being able to watch your favorite team play football on Sundays. The NFL blackout rule has been detrimental
to financially struggling teams. It causes them to lose potential revenue and new fans. With the economic troubles of late it would be nice if the NFL would
let everybody enjoy their favorite NFL franchises.
2. MLB Rule:
baseball currently has no Salary Cap.
It is really quite
perplexing that MLB does not have a league cap on the amount of money they pay their players. The salary
cap is a method used to keep the leagues overall costs down and ensure parity between teams. It is also
designed to restrict inflation on the player’s salaries, which is ever constant in the MLB. Teams
are signing players like Mike Hampton, who agreed to an 8-year 121 million dollar contract in 2000 and only lasted two years
with the club.
Just to give you an idea of the difference between team salaries in the MLB. In 2010,
the Yankees had the highest payroll, $209,081,579, and the Marlins had the lowest at $21,836,500. With a salary cap each club has roughly the same amount of economic power
to attract players to their cities. It is the exact opposite in major league baseball with the Yankees
landing any free agent they want. In the NFL, the salary cap is set to be 59.5% of the total projected league revenue
for the year, $127 million for each team in 2009.
So if the league profits gain then the players
get paid more money. I think that is a fair system for all. The question of whether
NFL players should receive more then 59.5% of the revenue is something else entirely. The NFL players union
will be discussing this issue when their current contract with the league runs out.
1. College Football Rule:
A player is considered down
by contact when any part of his body, other than his feet or hands touch the ground (from a tackle or otherwise).
The sole exception to this rule is the holder of a field goal or extra point, who is often on one knee.
This might be the worst
rule in all of sports. I really can’t see any negatives to adopting the NFL regulations on this matter.
If your knee or elbow is down, but no opposing player has touched you, then you should be able to get up and run with
the ball. Some other notable college football rules that
need to be reexamined are the one foot in and one foot out completion rule and the BCS standings.
The BCS standings might be the most hated college football rule. It
really takes away from the opportunity for the small market school to succeed. The discussions on this
topic are endless, but I think adopting a playoff system would be the best thing for college football and its fans.
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- July 22, 2010
Well in my opinion third rule related to NFL game is the worst.
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