Should the NFL Change Its Player Policy on Media Day?

Marshawn Lynch showed up for Super Bowl media day Tuesday wearing sunglasses and a hat with a Beast Mode logo which is a possible violation of NFL approved apparel. Lynch was threatened with a $500,000 fine for violating the NFL’s media policy if he did not show up for the event.lynch3

He began the session stating he was there so he wouldn’t get fined and was going to answer each question with the same answer so “ya’all could shoot if ya’all please.”

Lynch answered, “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” 29 times during the four and a half minutes he stayed on the podium including questions from former NFL star and current NFL Network analyst, Deion Sanders.

The NFL media policy for players never states the minimum amount of time a player is to be available to the media, but it does state it is not to exceed one hour. So, there is still a chance Roger Goodell will fine Lynch for leaving after less than five minutes. lynch1

Media day at the Super Bowl is such a huge deal that this year the NFL offered a limited number of spectators the opportunity to sit in the stands for $28.50. Fans received a gift bag with a radio to listen to the media coverage throughout the day. Not all players acted like Lynch so fans were still given a chance to hear some good interviews from other stars.

Radio and television stations have talked extensively about Lynch’s short interview session yesterday that revealed absolutely nothing. That is why the NFL should change its media day policy for players.

In my opinion, the NFL should ask Super Bowl teams to provide a certain amount of players to the media not specific players. If Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll felt strongly enough about having Lynch represent the team on media day and conveyed this to his star running back, I am sure Lynch would not act as he did on Tuesday.lynch2

The  NFL is filled with many stars who never saw a camera they did not like. For every Marshawn Lynch, there are five Richard Shermans, Michael Irvins, and Warren Sapps. These kind of players should entertain the crowd through their words, mannerisms, and dance moves.

It is not like players are going to reveal game plans or provide much bulletin board material on media day. Every answer seems so guarded.

So listen up NFL. It is time to stop forcing players to attend media day. Give the teams the opportunity to  choose who will represent them. The results will be better for all involved, and analysts can then focus on the big game rather than a player’s refusal to answer questions with more than one response. You won’t regret it!

And that’s as I see it!

Come check out my blog articles and others at http://thegamedayreport.com.

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