The poor performance of replacement officials represents a major credibility issue for the NFL, as well as an example of the league's worst tendencies. But for an organization with major safety issues, focusing on the officiating crisis could create a lasting and catastrophic shift in priorities.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are far from the first or worst example of the nouveau riche in sports. But their flagrant displays of wealth, and the extent to which they persist, could determine if one of the best franchises in baseball history becomes an ideal model of success once again, or a very expensive joke.
With the all of the hoopla from London 2012 now in the rearview mirror, NBC can look back and say "We broadcasted the Olympics! In London!". We're not sure what else they could say beyond that, but what we are sure of is that they definitely missed out on some finer points of British culture. Thankfully, Eric Freeman is here to tell them where they went wrong.
NBC's Olympics broadcast is athletic competition communicated with an unheard-of level of editorial control. In truth, it often looks a lot like the network's regular primetime programming and not all that much like sports. It’s a spectacle guaranteed to bring in viewers and hopefully establish NBC as a home for quality programming. The problem with this plan is that most viewers are not completely stupid.