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Doing the Right Thing in Sports

How the NFL and NHL failing to handle scandals correctly is isolating younger generations of fans.

A fan wears a T-shirt depicting Roger Goodell as a clown. Photo: Getty Images

Sports are supposed to celebrate competition, success, diversity, and talent. However, the NFL and NHL have both recently failed in making sports a fun and safe environment for their players and employees. The Washington Football Team (formerly Redskins) have been engulfed in a scandal involving the top executives of the company for the better part of a year. The Blackhawks, Chicago’s hockey team, have been embroiled in a sexual assault scandal for the past few months. Both clubs at first acted correctly, firing who had to be fired. However, certain shady individuals still remain employed in both leagues and it is quite evident that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman are failing to follow a morally correct path to redemption.

We live in an age with of secrets. These secrets can be anything from fibbing about your height on Bumble to government level cover-ups. Sick and tired of dealing with secrets and scandals, younger generations in the U.S. have shown they place a high value on transparency within a business or company. A study with more than 1,000 participants done by The Org showed that 84% of young Americans favor organizations that have transparent cultures.

Without a doubt, the ownership level of sports is an “old boys club.” Who knows what secrets and shifty business deals hide behind the veil of sports leagues?

Recently, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was fired for racist, sexist and homophobic comments he said in emails with Bruce Allen, the former President of the Washington Football Team (WFT). These emails were leaked after the NFL launched an investigation into dozens of allegations against Dan Snyder, owner of the WFT and other team executives that accused them of creating a work environment in which women were constantly sexually harassed. The top brass even went so far as to allegedly circulate a video from a photoshoot with the cheerleaders, which included semi-nude photos with props covering up explicit areas. The video sent amongst executives apparently highlighted moments during which nudity was exposed. Read the Washington Post article here