SBD/January 26, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Aikman Concerned About Football's Long-Term Viability, 18-Game Schedule

Aikman expresses interest in running an NFL franchise in future
HBO's "Real Sports" profiled Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman last night, and host Bryant Gumbel noted Aikman has "gone from one of the game's best steely eyed signal callers to one of its clearest-eyed observers, one with strong opinions about the modern state of the sport he loves." Aikman said he is "concerned right now overall with the long-term viability of our sport, and I'm worried that we may be looking back on this period of greed at some point in time and saying, 'Wow, those were maybe some of the missteps that the NFL took that led to their demise.'" Aikman: "I think that we're at a real crossroads as it relates to the grassroots of our sport because if I had a 10-year-old boy, I don't know that I'd be real inclined to encourage him to go play football in light of what we are learning from head injury. So what is this sport going to look like 20 years from now?" Gumbel noted with the NFL "facing its most serious labor dispute in more than 20 years, Aikman sees a major difference between what the owners are saying and what they're trying to do." Aikman: "When you stand and talk about player safety and then at the same time you want to extend the season two more games, there's a contradiction in there." Aikman said he would "never have wanted to play 18 games as a player" because it is "too much." Aikman: "I'm not naïve. I know why it's being done. So do the players. But it's not being done because anyone thinks it's best for the game of football. It's being done to increase revenue." Aikman was asked if he would like to become involved in running an NFL franchise, and he said, "Not the Cowboys. Jerry's got a couple of sons." But he added, "I would tell you that being in that capacity I would enjoy" ("Real Sports," HBO, 1/25).
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