More times than not, kids are taught to use good sportsmanship on the field. And when they are not following the rules, they get in trouble, penalized or get taken out of the game. Aspiring football players pay attention and listen to their coaches for the most part, but they also watch the league where they aspire to be: the NFL. Imagine a kid making a big play and jumping in another player’s face because he thinks that is the thing to do. He would surely get in trouble for doing something like this. But his reasoning may be that he saw it on the television and thought it was ok. Whether we like it or not, kids can idolize and mimic just about anything. So by penalizing the unsportsmanlike thing they may see, it will help them to understand that some things are unacceptable on the football field.
In many situations on the football field, people can get into heated arguments. Those heated arguments can go on for the entire game between players and even teams. And when big plays happen, someone could take it to the next level and taunt the other team or player. When that happens, you run the risk of some violence breaking out on the field and that would be a black eye for the league. Just one incident spiraling out of control could cost the NFL sponsorship money and that’s what they don’t want. Eliminating or discouraging taunting takes out that element of violence that could happen and it makes for a cleaner game.
Rules are rules. No matter how much folks complain about them, they are not going to change because the fans want them to. And quite honestly, once the rules are actually explained, they really are not that bad. The overreaction to them has been interesting to observe. Hopefully after everyone has calmed down, they will understand the rules and the extreme talks of not watching NFL football will go away.