The NFL doesn’t like Fun

In the past decade, the NFL has made it clear they are against any fun.

“It’s overwhelming for me too. I would love to see it,” Lurie said. “I love the midnight green, I think it’s great. But I also want the Kelly green. I’d love for us to have both and some games have one and some games have the other. I think that would be more fun.” He went on to talk about how other teams would support this idea and how it would make the league more fun and produce a profit.”

— Jeffery Lurie

 A few years ago, The NFL updated its rules and prohibited the use of more than one style of helmet. The new rule no longer allows teams to wear their “throwback Uniforms” from the past for fun, and only a very rare chance to don their old outfits. The NFL has only allowed an alternate uniform that uses the same helmet. Many teams have changed their logos and colors so wearing a single helmet makes wearing their old uniforms impossible and not match their new colors. If the NFL were to go back and change this rule, It would make the games more fun and memorable, bringing in more fans and money in the process.  

 

In 2013 the NFL passed a new rule based on comments from their head, neck, and spine committee. The Committee claimed that a broken-in helmet was safer than a new helmet. This new rule has resulted in many teams unable to use their old uniforms. Some were fan favorites and brought crowds in for the single game. People can agree that they would love to see the kelly green eagles uniforms, or the Patriots wear their classic red uniforms. New rules have forced every player to wear the same helmet throughout the entire season. 

 

If the NFL were to allow teams to wear their throwback uniforms, they could profit off the sales of the jerseys. If young fans were to watch a team play with their old uniforms, they could purchase one and wear it. Much like how they are selling the color rush jerseys as an alternate jersey type for all teams that are worn by teams throughout the year.  

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 Some teams haven’t changed their colors, and they are able to wear throwbacks. However, teams like the patriots, eagles, and titans are unable to wear their throwbacks because they have changed their design and colors. We can no longer see the Patriot red, or the Kelly Green Eagles, or the Oilers (The Titans). Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffery Lurie created a proposal to have the rule changed but withdrew it after hearing it would not pass.

 From CSNPhilly.com, Lurie spoke out about the rule “It’s overwhelming for me too. I would love to see it,” Lurie said. “I love the midnight green, I think it’s great. But I also want the Kelly green. I’d love for us to have both and some games have one and some games have the other. I think that would be more fun.” He went on to talk about how other teams would support this idea and how it would make the league more fun and produce a profit.

 

The NFL claims that allowing the players to wear more than one helmet is dangerous. NCAA college teams don’t agree with that. Teams at all NCAA division levels have multiple uniforms with matching helmets. With the NCAA not seeing this as a major concern, many have criticized the NFL for being over-protective. From an article, at  ESPN.com An NFL equipment manager disagreed with the NFL’s new rule. “It was true 10 years ago, maybe even five years ago. But helmet technology now is much better. There’s really no break-in process for about 90 percent of the helmets, at least in my opinion”. The NFL is always developing a safer helmet, so why wouldn’t they create a helmet with a shorter “break-in” period. Especially when college teams claim that the break-in period doesn’t change the safety of the helmet? The new styles of helmets being developed over the past decade have become the safest the players have ever worn. But people question the NFL’s claim that older helmets are safer than newer, more protective helmets.

 

 Allowing teams to choose what style of helmet they wear should be allowed.  A solution to the issue is that the players can wear the helmet throughout the course of their practice week to break them in to allow them to be “safer”. If the NFL claims that new helmets are more dangerous than broken in helmets, then they need to make the helmet so they are safe 100% of the time. 

 

If the NFL were to allow organizations to wear their throwback uniforms, they could sell merchandise more than they already do. They could use their throwback designs on clothes, towels and other products that fans would buy.  Some of the most memorable regular-season games are when the team throws on the old uniforms.