Looking at the four major sports in the United States each commissioner is faced with some sort of dilemma that could pose a long-term effect on the respective sports league that he governs. So my question today is which sports commissioner has the toughest job and why?
With the recent rise in concussions among players and the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has his hands full on just those two subjects alone. The recent suicide death of certain Hall of Famer Junior Seau has raised even more speculation as to whether the NFL is doing all it can to make sure that its former players are ready to deal with life after football. Also under consideration is an 18-game schedule.
David Stern has seen the NBA go through two season-altering lockouts in ten years. Contracts seem to be the root of the problem. Stern has long sought to expand an already watered down league that can ill-afford another project franchise. Questions again are starting to surface about the age where college players can deem themselves NBA eligible. And as of yesterday Stern has said that “flopping” amongst players has become a concern.
Bud Selig is still sitting in a dark room - either afraid or unwilling to open the blinds on baseball’s drug problem. The recent dilemma with NL MVP Ryan Braun has given a new twist on a problem that has plagued the game for decades. It is the biggest threat that has won back its fan base and has even expanded its playoff format to ensure even more parody.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has come long way from being a joke of a commissioner. I believe that he’s not happy being the fourth rung down on the ladder of sports in the U.S. but as long as there’s a television deal, there will be an audience. The NHL is moving along just fine, and has two non traditional winter cities in the Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles and Phoenix). Player safety has always been a primary concern in the NHL as they continue to improve on rules and equipment alterations to that cause.
In other news:
Here’s a thought-provoking piece by Dave Zirin (Edge of Sports).
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