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History of the NFL American football has a long and rich history in the world of sports. In 1869, football as we know it was first created. This American sport was developed from rugby. It wasn’t until 1876 that a man known as the father of American football, Walter Camp, had written the rules to the game. In 1892 a player was paid $500 making him the first professional American football player and in 1893 the first contract for professional football was designed. A few Pennsylvania football teams attempted to form the first National Football League (NFL) in 1902, but it wasn’t until 1920 when the state of Ohio changed the league into what it is today. A meeting took place in downtown Canton, Ohio, and this is where the official birth of the NFL occurred. (NFL, n.d). The personal conduct policy Over the years, football evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. This once modest and humble sport began to create superstars and celebrities. Along with the fortune and fame for these young athletes came problems that were not good for the face of the NFL. These problems ranged from things such as drug and alcohol abuse, rape allegations, domestic violence, vehicular homicide, animal cruelty, child abuse, and murder. In 2007, the commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell strengthened the NFL’s personal conduct policy that was established a decade prior. This new policy that was instituted was worse than going through the judicial system for some of the players and organizations. The new policy was tighter and more detailed than before. The policy affected anyone tied the NFL including players, coaches, officials, owners, front-office and league personnel (USA Today, 2007). Although this new policy was good and thought by all parties to be very detailed, in 2014, Roger Goodell realized that his new system was still flawed.
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An addition to the policy was added in December of 2014 after separate incidents involving NFL running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Rice was seen on video footage punching and knocking his then fiancé unconscious in an elevator. She was hospitalized after the incident. Peterson was charged with Child-Abuse where he eventually entered into a plea deal. Some of the new additions to the policy included NFL funded counseling for victims, families, and violators, independent investigative services, specific criteria for paid leave for an individual formally charged with a crime of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, an expert group of outside advisors, and a baseline suspension of six games for assault, abuse, or violent crimes. (NFL, 2014). Motivation The purpose of re-structuring the personal conduct policy is an attempt to clean up the NFL. Goodell believes that the players are the face of the company. These players are hero’s and role models. Children look up to them and they want to be them. “Motivation is the process of arousing and sustaining goal- directed behavior” (Nelson & Quick, 2013, pg. 75). This new
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