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Is Presence Of Bad Teams A Sign NFL Parity A Thing Of The Past?
Published October 30, 2009
|Parity Not On Display This NFL Season|
GROWING CONCERN? CBS' Phil Simms said the lack of parity in the NFL is a "cause for concern." He added of the disparity between teams, "You've got to pick the right coach, it's about making the right personnel decisions and more now than ever: money." NBC's Cris Collinsworth said stadium deals are "starting to create a little bit of a gap between the haves and the have nots in the league." Collinsworth: "The reason I think it's a concern is going into next year … because if you start thinking about this in terms of no salary cap, now will we begin to see potentially baseball happening to football." CBS' James Brown said the "cumulative effect of all this is having an adverse impact on the product on the field" ("Inside the NFL," Showtime, 10/28). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said the NFL is "our national pastime, and it's based on everyone in the country has a chance. Right now, they don't." Plaschke added NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "needs to look at this and some of these awful franchises and if they need his help or guidance, they need to give it to them," as the "lack of parity is just killing the NFL" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/28).