How to fix the NFL

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Elias Boc­che­ci­amp, Lau­rel

The rat­ings for NFL broad­casts are lower than ever. I can think of sev­eral things the NFL could do to end the slump.

I want no broad­cast­ers chat­ter­ing dur­ing a foot­ball play ex­cept the play-by­play an­nouncer. Please kill all other mi­cro­phones.

I want to see Asians, other mi­nori­ties and women in the broad­cast booth. Hannah Storm would be great in the booth.

A fe­male co-worker men­tioned cheer­lead­ers and the Red­skins name as rea­sons that foot­ball is a big turnoff. If you must have cheer­lead­ers, they should in­clude men as well. If you must have cheer­lead­ers, re­duce the num­ber and give them more pub­lic­ity.

Dur­ing the glory days of the NFL, most com­men­tary was limited to the half-time show. I wouldn’t mind a longer half time if the staff in the broad­cast booth were re­duced. Don’t dare show talk­ing heads dur­ing a foot­ball play!

I see noth­ing wrong with play­ers cel­e­brat­ing in the end zone. Let them cel­e­brate ev­ery play as long as they don’t de­lay games.

As for the of­fi­cials, I want fines and sus­pen­sions if a ref­eree or line judge’s call is over­turned by the league. Give an ex­tra time-out to any team that suc­cess­fully chal­lenges a call.

I would like the march­ing band to pa­rade around the sta­di­ums be­fore games. Pa­rades used to be a lot more com­mon.

I was hap­pier when the teams had more play­ers on their ros­ters. At this point, just one or two cru­cial in­juries can de­stroy a whole sea­son.

Also, it is very hard for a team to win if they play on Sun­day and then play again on Thurs­day. Thurs­day games should only be played af­ter a team has had a full week off.

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