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And Another Thing


One last thought on the Johnson-Cortland bout

So I guess there's some chatter out there today that maybe the reason the NFL didn't suspend Andre Johnson of the Texans for his takedown of the Titans' Cortland Finnegan is because the Texans just happen to play on the Thursday night NFL Network game.

I have to say I don't find this all that outlandish a conspiracy theory.

Look, here's the thing: The NFL is, over and above everything else, big business. Its primary goal is to turn a profit for its investors (you the fan) and shareholders (the owners). One of its properties is the NFL Network. The bigger ratings it can generate, the more money the business as a whole makes.

So ... not so much a stretch to think that suspending Johnson, one of the marquee players in the Thursday game, might hurt the NFL Network's bottom line that night. Hence, a guy who's just gotten into a full-on fistfight on the field gets away with the lightest fine the NFL can hand out for such infractions, and no suspension.

I'm not sayin'. I'm just sayin'.

Ben Smith's blog.