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NFL Must Form a Disciplinary Board to Stay Legit

Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 8:21 am

The Colts engagement of Jim Tressel as a consultant highlights the absurdity of the NFL's discipline policy in light of the arbitrary suspension of Terrelle Pryor.

The NFL should form a Disciplinary Board that is empowered to enforce the League's conduct and disciplinary policies. The Board must have a set charter and membership with a formal appeals process to establish legitimacy of the NFL's discipline process. This would require a written policy that dictates the conduct and discipline policy including who it can be applied to.

One way of achieving buy-in from the players is to provide some player representation which is commonly done in Universities by having student representatives on their disciplinary boards.

A nine member Board should be formed with a Chair appointed by the NFL Commissioner. It could be anyone but preferably a person who is experienced in overseeing disciplinary actions such as a former judge. The players would achieve representation by the NFLPA nominating three former players that are subject to the Commissioner's approval. Another three members would nominate by the 32 teams from among team or NFL staffs. The final two members would be two former head or assistant coaches nominated by the 32 head coaches.

Appeals would go to the Commissioner's Office for adjudication.

I believe such a system would retain the Commissioner's strong role by making nominations subject to his confirmation and being the final adjudicator in case of an appeal to the Board's actions. It would provide team management, coaches and players representation since they would be nominating the members. Finally, it would give fans the confidence that the NFL disciplinary system is not based on the whims of one person who acts as prosecutor, judge and jury.

Category: NFL
Tags: Colts, NFL

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:22 pm

NFL Must Form a Disciplinary Board to Stay Legit

Another inconsistency with the NFL appeals process. For off the field transactions, suspensions do not go into effect until after the appeal. Suspensions for on the field incidents whether it is a non-football play such as Ndamukong Suh stomping his foot on another player after the whistle is blown or a player making a tackle like James Harrison's penalized play against Colt McCoy are enforced immediately. Should James Harrison's appeal be sustained he will have missed three days preparattion for an upcoming game. An inherently flawed construct. The NFL is again demonstrating that the enforcment of their policies is arbitrary and unfair.

A disciplinary committee empowered to enforce NFL published NFL policies with appropiate punishments needs to ne put into place to give the league some credibility.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:19 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:49 am

NFL Must Form a Disciplenary Board to Stay Legit

Another post by Ravensmaniac that I could remove - but it just demonstrates stalking behavior. I will let this stand along with the other other messages he has left intended to disparage my posts.

Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:15 pm

NFL Must Form a Disciplenary Board to Stay Legit

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