The NFL, after months of criticism from owners, has agreed to end its “NFL All-Pro” system that rewards top performers in the league’s annual awards.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the changes Monday.
This year, the award, which is named after a quarterback named “First Team All-NFL,” will be given out in three different categories: Most Valuable Player, Offensive Rookie of the Year and Most Valued Team Player.
Goodell also said that a new awards system would be put in place to reward teams based on player performance.
The winners will be announced during the season, Goodell said.
He didn’t elaborate on what the new system would look like.
The awards system is “one of the least transparent in the business,” said Mike Munchak, a sports law expert at the University of Virginia.
“The NFL is trying to make its own system, and the players aren’t going to like it.
But that’s a shame, because this is something the league is doing.
I’m not sure what the other guys are going to do.”
NFL Commissioner says new award system will be in place for 2017 and 2018 season winners.
“This is a very important year for us to give back to our fans and our players,” Goodell said in a statement.
“Players deserve recognition as well for their dedication to their profession. “
We want our players to understand that they are deserving of the opportunity to earn their share of the money in this award.” “
Players deserve recognition as well for their dedication to their profession.
We want our players to understand that they are deserving of the opportunity to earn their share of the money in this award.”
NFL owners were divided on the change.
Several owners, including the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, have expressed reservations about the new award.
NFL commissioner says new awards will be put into place for the 2017-18 season winners and 2017-2018 season winners, with a “First-Team” award.
“For years, we have said that we want the NFL to be a place where every player and every fan can be treated fairly and equally,” Goodell told reporters.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done to create this system, but we have to do more to ensure that our players are treated fairly.
I think we have a responsibility as owners and owners of players to create a fair and just system.
We are committed to making sure that our player personnel, our coaching staff, our players receive the respect that they deserve.
I believe we have that responsibility.”
Goodell says awards system will continue to reward winning teams in the 2017 season.
“As we have continued to work with the players to improve our system, we also recognize that our fans have been the driving force behind this change,” Goodell added.
“There will be no new awards in 2017 or in 2018.
Our awards are the same as they have been in the past, and we will continue honoring the players and the fans.”
Goodell said the changes would benefit the league and its fans, noting that there is no change to the “First Best” awards.
“Our first priority has always been to create an award that is a reflection of the hard work, sacrifice and excellence of our players and our fans,” Goodell wrote in a press release.
“These awards will continue as they were in the years that we have operated the award system, to reward players for their accomplishments on and off the field, and to recognize the work and dedication of the outstanding coaches and front office staff.
We recognize that this is an important year in the history of the game and the future of the league, and as always we will do everything possible to ensure we reward the best players and coaches in the NFL and the best fans in the world.”
Goodell also announced the retirement of the All-Star Game, the annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the San Diego Chargers, and announced that the All New England Revolution would play the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 AFC Championship.
Goodell said he was pleased with the new awards and that the league will be doing everything possible this year to help fans get behind the game.
“Fans have been asking for the new ‘First-team’ award since it was first announced, and it is time for them to get behind our players, our coaches, our owners, and our league,” Goodell stated.
“With the league now in the position we are in, it is important that we continue to honor all of our hardworking players and fans, and I look forward to welcoming the new and returning All-Stars to our stadium next season.”
Goodell’s announcement comes on the heels of the NFLPA’s announcement that it would end its negotiations with the league over a new contract that includes pay raises for its