2012 NFL Predictions: 5 Controversies Sure to Surface

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2012 NFL Predictions: 5 Controversies Sure to Surface
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It has been said that no publicity is bad publicity, and one way to get any type of publicity is through a juicy controversy.

Controversy sells newspapers, grabs television ratings and website hits and becomes trending topics on Twitter. It's good in the sense that you're talking about the league when you normally wouldn't—see "The Decision," which was very controversial and took place in July of 2010, keeping people talking about the NBA all summer.

Controversy also works when it comes to other forms of entertainment. It grabs attention, and attention usually equals money. Case in point: the number of terrible musical acts that went platinum because of the "Parental Advisory" sticker slapped on their CD's.

But while controversy does give the NFL publicity (even though it's often not good publicity, like Pacman Jones), it can tear teams apart.

Today I'm going to put on my fortune-telling cap and try to see what potential controversies we might see in the coming months of this 2012 offseason. So far it looks like it will be a juicy one, which football fans will likely welcome after a 2011 offseason that was shortened from the usual six months to six minutes because of the NFL lockout.

Now, I'm not guaranteeing that these will happen at all, but here are some potential controversies that you could see spring up between now and when training camp begins this summer.

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