Has the NFL been turned into an experiment in social engineering?

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  1. bethperry profile image83
    bethperryposted 9 years ago

    Has the NFL been turned into an experiment in social engineering?

    Friends who are NFL watchers were talking about the controversies surrounding Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. One of my friends -who rarely says anything political- said he suspects the media is obsessed with publicly crucifying pro players because the NFL has become an experiment in social engineering by gov't and law enforcement authorities that seek to make the public accustomed to Big Brother being in everyone's private affairs. Now I'm not big on conspiracy theories, but I do find this one interesting in light of the excessive press given the Rice and Peterson cases. What do you think?


  2. lovemychris profile image75
    lovemychrisposted 9 years ago

    Or they're trying to take focus away from OTHER abusers.....big wigs in high places. The peadophile sex scandal in UK for example. Dig deeper: we would see who some real nasty abusers are. Franklin cover-up here in USA. Maybe it's a distraction. Because NFL abuse sure has the spotlight all of a sudden--just like ISIS. John Kennedy: "things don't just happen, they are made to happen"

    1. bethperry profile image83
      bethperryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting food for thought!

  3. Marisaupa profile image73
    Marisaupaposted 9 years ago

    In order to facilitate a massive shift in social and behavioral paradigms it is essential to effect change on the institutions that traverse social class such as the NFL. Rich or poor, across different regions, across different ethnic groups, rural or urban, young and old, the NFL is something that America shares. It is to be expected that  the ministers of political correctness would seep into the vast NFL audience to showcase their best efforts at social engineering.

    Is this right? Absolutely not. It insults the intelligence of the fans, the players, the owners and all involved. Sadly, if the question becomes will it continue? The answer is, yes. The NFL has long ago stopped being a business centered on the interests of owners, fans and players. It is now but a mere pawn to larger media concerns. So, if the media wants to use the NFL as a petri dish for "social change," guess what? They're gonna get it.

    1. bethperry profile image83
      bethperryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Marisaupa!

  4. cjhunsinger profile image61
    cjhunsingerposted 9 years ago


    As the NFL is being forced to suspend and financially punish these players for conduct not 'on the job or 'job related' prior to a determination by a court is foreboding. That the NFL has set up a "Social Responsibility' Dept with a newly appointed vice president leads to some questions. Does the employer now have authority and responsibility over the private life of an employee? Certainly, if the NFL takes on this responsibility and authority, for the common good, then other companies (employers) will be forced to follow suit. Will employers now visit homes and interview family members to ensure tranquility? Does the employer now become a court onto itself? Do we install cameras, or microphones in the homes and cars of employees to ensure tranquility. Would this not be considered 'fair', if one does not have anything to hide.
    I don't think that this is a conspiracy theory. It seems very real.
    Many corporations now have 'wellness' departments where employees submit to a supervision of their eating habits and lifestyles, so company supervised social responsibility for employees , seems to be here, as well. Consider it just another benefit.
    Colleges are now starting to require students to complete a sexual preference and sexual history questionnaire prior to admission. Elementary and High Schools are starting programs that require students to perform activities outside of the classroom in order to graduate, with an eye to the regulation of their private lives.

    1. bethperry profile image83
      bethperryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      cjhunsinger, thanks for contributing the info. Very scary thought as to where all this institutionalized "guidance" may lead us!

  5. Old-Empresario profile image71
    Old-Empresarioposted 9 years ago

    I know the government bureaucracy is not involved, because none of the agencies are that clever. The closest thing to what you mention would be the GOP and DNC think-tanks who analyze voter trends and human behaviors to win elections and formulate policies. But even the Republican and Democratic parties do not have any control over the NFL. A great misconception about the US is that the government runs things. It does not.

    Basically, corporate marketing is the "big brother" in this case. The explosion of excessive press coverage of athletes and the control over the national obsession with pro sports comes from the television networks themselves. Networks are businesses that need to make money by selling airtime to companies that want to advertise on commercials during "prime time". Because the US is a TV-based culture now, this makes the networks very powerful in our society. They are driven, not by the government, but by who gives them money for airtime. But with the entry of Netflix, DVRs, VUDU, HBO series', Showtime series', DVD box sets and anything one gets on-demand into the market, consumers can now watch their favorite shows and skip over seeing the commercials. This means companies might be less willing to buy airtime and the networks would go bust as businesses. Sports, however, cannot be enjoyed by pre-recording and watching later. Sports have to be seen live to get the experience. That means each NFL game is overloaded with tons of commercials where companies paid a fortune for the ad airtime. Thus, news, sports, interactive reality shows are in high demand by networks now. News TV has to hold people's attention and so it zooms in on celebrities or athletes so that the keep the interest going and each genre feeds off the other. So, as usual in the US, everything comes down to money. I am 100% convinced no one in the government wants to try to control what the American people do every day just for fun. But I will accept that anyone will control the minds of others to make money. That's essentially what commercial marketing is. The beauty is, all we have to do to break that chain is to stop watching television. It will change America. But no one will do that, because TV networks are all too busy subliminally telling us that it's the government that's after us and that we should stay tuned if we want to learn more.

    1. bethperry profile image83
      bethperryposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Old-Empresario, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    2. profile image57
      retief2000posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      The NFL is a nonprofit, monopoly exempt industry - that means it exists in its present form at the sufferance of the Federal government.Also the IRS can do anything it wants, as recently and amply demonstrated.Its head just proclaimed his lawlessness


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