Even if you take all of the politics and anthem kneeling out of the equation, there’s still a lot left to be desired when it comes to the NFL.
Too many players find themselves in legal trouble, whether it’s domestic violence, DUI or other drug problems.
NFL leadership, which includes commissioner Roger Goodell, can seem inept at best, and downright clownish at worst when doling out discipline.
And if you believe there’s a direct link between football and CTE, there can be ethical apprehensions as well.
But other than those issues, at least the NFL is wholesome fun for the entire family, right?
Apparently, only if you’re willing to pay full price for every last member of the family — Including 3-month old babies.
One of the NFL’s marquee franchises, the Green Bay Packers, have come under fire after it was revealed the team required a mother to pay a full ticket price for her 15-week-old baby.
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Die-hard Packers fan Erica Johnson spoke to KMSP-TV in Minneapolis about the ordeal she had to go through when trying to bring her infant into a Packers game.
Johnson had presumed that her infant, who’s too young to have her own seat and would spend the whole game attached to mom, wouldn’t require a ticket to get into legendary Lambeau Field.
“I just want them to step back and review the policy as to the rationale so that being a hometown team, family-friendly environment, the one we’ve always known the Packers to be, that kids could really enjoy that experience,” Johnson said.
Johnson also reiterated how leaving her child at home was just not a realistic option.
“Many nursing moms understand leaving her at home for the average length of the game — three and a half to four hours — just isn’t a feasible option,” she said. “So you gotta figure out how to make do, which means bringing her with.”
To be fair, the NFL does not have a league-wide policy on admitting small children. While some teams do allow children under a certain size and/or age to be admitted at no charge with parents, Green Bay is one of seven teams that requires a ticket for every person who enters the stadium, regardless of age.
As a point of reference, Disneyland — well known for excessive pricing and expensive admission tickets — doesn’t charge admission for babies under the age of 3.
It’s no secret that the NFL’s image has taken a hit since the advent of anthem protests. Ratings are down and public perception of the league is perhaps at an all-time low. So it doesn’t help the league’s image when one of its marquee franchises is perceived to be reaching deep into the pockets of the mother of a small infant.
You can argue whether a packed NFL stadium is the place for a 15-week old, or question why Johnson assumed she would be able to bring her child into the game. But there’s no question the Packers and the NFL are the ones who look worse in this situation — the latest piece of bad PR for a league that can’t seem to escape it of late.
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