As NFL teams continue to grow with more value, the pool of potential owners continue to get smaller. Just because someone is rich and can buy a team, doesn’t mean they’ve earned the right to acquire an NFL franchise.
The NFL must learn from the NBA’s Donald Sterling controversy when giving potential new owners the right to own an NFL team.
Donald Sterling’s words to his mistress were highly offensive. Existing NFL owners should be warned about the potential consequences of such conduct. Potential owners should be screened even more cautiously to determine that they have done or said nothing that would suggest that their hearts are rotten with racism or other qualities that could result in their wealth and power being used to offend other people.
According to NFL.com, the owners expect Commissioner Roger Goodell to address the situation in some way at the next NFL ownership meeting in May.
The Sterling situation in Los Angeles shows us all the importance of taking all reasonably available steps to ensure that the country’s biggest sports business is doing business with people who have both the wealth and character to lead an NFL franchise. Luckily for Niner fans, our football team is in great hands.