Real NFL football is finally here as the Cleveland Browns kick things off with the opening of their training camp today in Berea, Ohio. As the first team to officially take the field for the 2010 season, the spotlight is shining on an organization that appears to be making strides toward respectability. Nowhere is that more evident than in the way the Browns went about the business of setting up their organizational structure and hierarchy during the offseason.
For so long in the NFL it seemed as if the prevailing wisdom was to simply build an organization in which all of the key decision makers had worked together and were very familiar with one another. Think Miami Dolphins, for example.
If everyone has the same philosophy and goes about their business the same way, is progress sometimes stifled? Ingenuity can be created by bringing together people with different backgrounds or viewpoints. That's why you have to like what is going on in Cleveland.
The Atlanta Falcons recently had the first back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history under the leadership of president
All good points. The revenue-sharing issue among the owners is very complicated, and the fact that different franchises run their businesses in diverse ways, as you mentioned, only complicates things more. I wouldn't want to share any of my revenue if I were Jones or Snyder, but under a salary cap system, player compensation grows at the exact same rate as overall revenue for the league as a whole. The salary cap number is based on a percentage of that revenue.
Fine, but does
No. As long as the money would still be paid out to veterans or retired players, everybody other than agents realizes the system is broken and needs to be fixed. The agents like the instant financial gratification that comes from top draft choices, but even they realize they are fighting an uphill battle on this one.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders at British Columbia Lions game I went to recently was really entertaining. What stood out to me was the fact that the NFL seems to be getting more and more like the CFL every year in terms of emphasis on getting offensive players in space and the need for speed at every defensive position.