New Rule for NFL Broadcasts

Sunday, February 04, 2018

New Rule for NFL Broadcasts

Cris Collinsworth

Eight year National Foorball League vet­er­an receiver Cris Collinsworth last caught a pass in 1988, but has been in the broad­cast booth as a "color man," variously on NBC and Fox, ever since.

I'm not sure exactly when he passed his prime, but by the end of the first quarter of this evening's Super Bowl LII telecast, it was apparent that Collinsworth has devolved into a 59-year old gas bag who not only doesn't com­plement play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, more often than not he gets underfoot.

It's sad... I used to enjoy the former Cincinnati Bengals receiver's contributions on the couch alongside Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason on "Inside the NFL," cur­rently on Showtime after running on HBO from 1977-2008.

I therefore propose the imposition of a new NFL rule, that former players, in the vernacular "Jocks," initially be ten­dered broadcaster employment contracts of a maximum of three (3) years in duration, renewable only upon review by a select panel of thirty (30) football fans, one representing each of the NFL franchises, and then only for a term of two (2) additional years.

After that, sayonara! Start checking the want ads.

It's a case of familiarity breeding, not contempt, but ennui.

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