Before we put to bed the “Bountygate” scandal, let’s take a look at how this incident plays out in other sports.
If you’re not familiar with the story, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently suspended players for their role in the New Orleans Saints' “cash-reward” program that paid bonuses for purposely injuring key opponents in games from 2009-11.
Did the league overreact?
Well, we have seen an increased number of concussions being sustained in the NFL, as the league is facing a number of lawsuits from former players, who felt the NFL didn’t provide enough information on the risk of playing with head injuries.
Goodell can emphasize the importance of protecting the players from ultimately themselves, but it will be hard to outlaw or prevent a bounty system from occurring again, either in football or another sport.