Originally Posted by old 55
Sorry, but this quotes the letter from Goodell, but does not show the complete text as far as I can see. We don't know what was left out.
Also, Goodell's memo referenced in this article seems to expand the actual NFL rule. Does he have the authority to expand the rule without a vote by the owners?
If I received a memo expanding the scope of a rule, I would consider it to be his opinion or misunderstanding of the actual rule. Several posters have listed the actual rule and it does reference equipment other than polaroid cameras (paraphrasing here.) That would indicate to me that taking Polaroids is OK with the league and all this hoopla is about the video method rather than the quest for fairness and balance. To me the most infuriating part of all this is the pretense that this is about cheating. The NFL has stated its OK to cheat using Polaroids, you just can't be more efficient and use video. Sorry, but that's like being a little pregnant IMO.
It's an excellent point......... That thought rolled through my brain too, you articulated well. Its kinda parsing in a way, but why not..
Seriously, it's a fair point. I work in a Law enforcement field and we have tons of procedural edicts that we must follow. We also get tons of clarifying memos from the bosses to that remind us of things, rules, issues we need to focus one (particularly when one of us eff's one of them up
Often, these clarifying memo's contradict the initial procedural process. We're always told you always must go back to the procedural process as the end-all, and to view the memo as a guide or instruction, not the procedure itself when determining if you are acting correctly.
In this case, it doesn't matter, because BB clearly violated the process.
However, it's quite telling that the memo was discussed in the statement. The fine, the pick and the punishment........... IMO has as much to do with BB apparently thumbing his nose at the NFL, then it does with the infraction. The NFL was annoyed with his attitude.
Goodell punished by emotion, not by the transgression. In other words: Judicial Activism................ which tells me, he is short for this world as a NFL Commish.