Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Email to Roger Goodell

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

I know that you (and your administrative assistant, bless her/his soul) have been inundated with phone calls and emails today not just in reference to last night's Packers/Seahawks game, but also in regards to the replacement referee "scandal" in general. As countless others have told you, your greed and inability to reach a satisfactory conclusion with the referees' union has made you the most hated man in the NFL.

Fans are calling for your resignation, and players are taking to social media to risk their paychecks and their careers to call you out. There are talks of walk-outs on national television, more chants like Ravens fans did on Sunday night, and a boycott of purchasing concessions and NFL merchandise until the lock-out is resolved. From a business standpoint, you have shot yourself in the foot. The union now has the upper hand in negotiations. The professional referees know that you are in a serious bind; they have the leverage to demand perhaps even more than what they had originally asked.

I am not a businesswoman. I am not qualified in the slightest to tell you how to do your job. What I am, however, is a die-hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens specifically and of the NFL in general. I follow multiple players on Twitter and Facebook. I own two jerseys and countless tee-shirts, bobble-heads, and Ravens paraphernalia. I belong to a group of other die-hard Ravens fans who gather every week in our favorite bar in Denver to watch the game. Every single one of us shows up in jerseys, and every single one of us also owns a wealth of Ravens gear. Despite this great love, I am actually considering boycotting the game this Thursday. For anyone who knows me, this is inconceivable. I have planned my wedding around the Ravens' schedule. I have planned theatre rehearsals and work times around my team's schedule. While you may think that one person skipping a game won't change anything, I hope you know that I am not alone. There are hundreds, thousands more like me who are going to stop tuning into games, who are going to walk-out on national television, who will make their voices heard until you step up and act like the responsible businessman you claim to be.

You have angered one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in professional sports. I hope you finally recognize this fact, end the lock-out, and return integrity to the National Football League.


Nikki C.
Baltimore Ravens fan

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