It's Handegg Season

At this point it’s almost like they want people to pirate the sports broadcasts.

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A bunt!

Fifteen butts

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You can beat the shit out of another player on the field with a legal play and suffer no consequences.
You can do it with an illegal play and suffer any consequence ranging from penalty yardage to a suspension or expulsion from the league.
You can straight up fisticuffs another player in ice hockey and only have to sit in a box for five minutes. If there are less than five minutes left in the game, almost no consequences.

But you merely shove someone who isn’t another athlete and boom, criminal charges.

IMHO the criminal charges should come for all of the above incidents. Fight on the field should be treated no differently than fight on the street.

There is a concept in US Torts law of implied consent between athletes about the “normal” activities that occur in the course of a game.

implied consent | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute.

“Especially when the activity with harmful or offensive contact can result in battery, the implied consent will be a defense of the actor (e.g., athletes have assumed the risk of violent contact within reasonable boundaries) unless the actor intentionally used force exceeding the consent or the consent was forced to submit.”

So, for example, one boxer can’t sue another boxer for battery, because hitting someone/getting hit is within the reasonable boundaries of that sport. It’s the same with football and hockey players. However, a fan attending a sporting event has not given implied consent to getting assaulted, because he or she is not a participant.

Additionally, you also have the concept of “Assumption of risk” where a person is not entitled to damages for any losses suffered because he or she chose to willingly expose themselves to a known hazard. To put it another way, if a person was aware of a known danger and still took a chance, they cannot sue for damages if they are hurt or killed.

What is Assumption of Risk? (vs Wrongful Death) - West Coast Trial Lawyers.

To go back to my example from above, a boxer assumes the risk of being injured or killed by participating in a boxing match. Because of this, there is no legal duty owed to that person if he or she is hurt while participating in that activity. Boxing carries an inherent risk of suffering severe injuries or death, the same with football and hockey.

So from a legal standpoint at least, that’s why Adams is being charged with assault but athlete on athlete violence isn’t generally a crime unless it is an UNreasonable act of the sport.

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I mean sure, that legally covers situations where you get tackled in handegg or hit by a baseball. But does that cover a bench clearing brawl?

I (and by association the law) would argue that a bench clearing brawl is within the reasonable boundaries of sports. It might not be super common, but it’s also not rare. Because of that, it would fall under the “implied consent” and “assumption of risk” umbrella of “normal” activities of sports.

A brawl is not part of any sport. It’s a thing that may be culturally and historically acceptable within a sport, but it’s not part of the rules of any sport like punching is in boxing.

That argument is basically that because it wasn’t considered a crime before, we won’t consider it a crime now. Whether the old thinking on the matter was correct or not does not make a difference?

Yeah, hey, my family has been robbing this bank a couple times a year for a few decades. You never did anything about it before. It’s historically acceptable and expected, so you’re just going to have to deal with it and allow it to continue. Sorry!

Welcome to the law, where precedence and tradition rule with an iron fist, and it takes tremendous effort to change things.

But again, to go back to the article you posted, the major difference is that it is athlete on fan violence instead of athlete on athlete violence.

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The New York Football Giants won a playoff game.

They have completely missed the playoffs the past 5 seasons.
They played one playoff game 6 seasons ago, and lost.
Prior to that, they missed the playoffs four seasons in a row.
And the season before that, in 2011, they won the owl.

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Whoops my bad, misremembered their match up.

It’s still not clear to me which games are subject to local blackouts. Just paying for normal YouTube TV gets you access to your local broadcasting stations that you could get with an antenna. Unlike other sports, NFL games are on those stations. If the Giants are playing at 1PM or 4PM on FOX, and I turn on YouTube TV, will I see a blackout message or the game even though I could watch the game for free with an antenna? Google can’t help with this question.

The prices seem to be right in the sweet spot actually. For anyone who is merely a casual fan, or only cares about their own team, it’s too outrageously high to even consider. Hundreds of dollars to watch fewer than 20 handegg games.

But for anyone who is truly hardcore NFL watcher, it’s the opposite. Someone who spends 17+ Sundays parked on the couch watching handegg all day will find this to be a bargain, especially if they get the early deal.

Tubi also is a good service to catch live sports as well, not sure about NFL games however.

Also getting an antenna is not hard and poses to be more useful in weird scenarios.

In the NFL, the running back is a high visibility position. They have the ball in their hands in play for more time than any other individual player on their team except the QB. They take a huge beating over the course of their careers. Every single play they are involved in ends up with them being tackled, unless they score a touchdown. Plays where they don’t touch the ball, the are involved in attempting to block players, who are usually much larger than themselves.

And yet, since the introduction of the forward pass, their importance in the game has reduced. Even at a time when teams are calling passing plays the majority of the time, the numbers suggest they still aren’t calling them often enough.

Under the current NFL rules, passing the ball is just so much more effective than running. Even taking into account the risk of interception. Even taking into account that establishing a running game keeps the defense honest and makes passing easier. Passing plays are just so much more effective at gaining yards. The optimal strategy is to reserve running plays only for situations where they count.

As teams realize this and continue to pass even more, running backs are in a tight spot. Their value and salaries go down, but their visibility remains high and their careers short.

I don’t think there’s any easy solution to this. They would have to change the rules of the game itself to make running more effective and important. That would get RBs more money, attention, and fame, but probably make their careers even shorter as they take more hits.

I think it would also bring football revenues down as a whole. Not even taking winning into account, running plays are typically not as exciting and entertaining as passing plays. People get most excited when the team gains a lot of yards in one play. An absolutely incredible RB can make 5 first downs in a row, but those little 10 yard runs won’t get many fans out of their seats the way a 50 yard reception would.

EDIT: Another aspect of this seems to be the length of rookie contracts, which are four years. A fresh new RB gets paid a low salary on the rookie deal. If they suck, after four years, they just get someone new. If they are amazing, they’ll just say you’re all worn out after 4 years of getting beat up. If the player is good, and not worn out, they can use the franchise tag.

This is a part that can be fixed, but it would have to come in the CBA negotiations. And it’s going to be tough to do that given that not only do owners have no incentive to fix it, but all the players in the league who aren’t RBs have no incentive to fix it. This effects less than 100 people on Earth. The 32 starting RBs for NFL teams, their backups, and maybe some third stringers.

Even worse, the rookie scale affects players who aren’t in the league yet. So who’s fighting super hard for them during collective bargaining?

If you have 9 hours, Jon Bois and Alex Rubenstein have completed their History of the Minnesota Vikings series. As with basically all things involving Jon Bois, this is highly recommended.

They’re going to vTube a football game, Toy Story-themed.

If a guy gets concussed do they turn him into Mr. Potato Head and lose all his parts? Doesn’t feel great turning a dangerous game into a literal cartoon.

Cigarettes for kids.

You mean these?