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A slightly embarrassing headline for the NBA, even though they came out in disputed the ranking and how he'd calculated it basically saying that in fact, it had been tied, and they didn't lose by a tenth of a point who cares. No fan actually cares about ratings, though, network executives and commissioners, do but the key for the af is not whether or not it can beat the NFL on one Saturday night in February. They were the novelty they were the new thing. It was on broadcast TV was on CBS. And the new thing did well even with women in promotions. So that's impressive. The key OB sustainability if they do it next Saturday the Saturday after that the Saturday after that Saturday after that how do they compete against the NBA then how does it compete against March madness. How would it compete against college football rankings or ratings and that sort of thing? But more interestingly to me is who's involved here. Bill Polian is one of the founders of this thing as is Charlie Ebersol. The ever saw family. Of course, dick Ebersol NBC. They've got the Sunday night football package involved. The Thursday night football been a league broadcast partner for a long long time. There is a committee of former players that includes Troy Paula Malo in Hines ward. That are involved in the af their games are on CBS and the NFL network. Kurt Warner is an analyst for some of the af broadcasts, and you notice I said NFL network ever saw. He's got the ties to NBC and the games are on CBS. Another broadcast partner of the NFL. The NFL doesn't have a financial stake in the af. But they absolutely have a stake in its success. This is free publicity for football. And it's a feeder system for talent. So one rating doesn't matter but the viability of it. I think absolutely does for the NFL, and I'll tell you why the NFL has an unofficial minor leagues in college football, right? That's the feeder system of talent ninety nine percent of the talented plays in the NFL has to play in college football. They have a free labor system. You've got a free. Feeder system of talent that is not protected by the NFL players association. So they're not protected by the union, there's no benefits that they get. They are not beholden to it. And they don't have to draft kids straight out of high school because the rule that says that you can't go into the pros until you've been removed from high school for three years, and there's no international alternative from insure. There's the Canadian Football League, but the marketability of the viability of it isn't good. And you're not gonna get kids from who are seventeen years old leaving home in Alabama, Florida or Ohio or Pennsylvania. Go move to a new country when they can get a world class education in an American place, and they don't have to play against grown men and have the cultural changes such a young age. College football is a great business. It's a great product. It exploits the hell out of the kids that story for a different day, at least for the purposes of this conversation, and it's great for the NFL because the feeder system of talent, but the trade off having a free labor workforce in which the pick ninety nine percent of your future workforce. From is. He can't have any influence on it. Because it's not yours will the af isn't yours either. But when you've got NFL people shaping it and you're Aaron games on the NFL network. You've got some sort of relationship with this league where it could be seen as a you scratch my back out scratch yours, for example. These are some of the rules that the af has been using that the NFL doesn't have we've been talking about some of them extra point kicks are gone every touchdown his followed. By a two point conversion kickoffs are gone teams. Just start the ball the twenty five yard line on on sidekicks replaced by the option to attempt a fourth and ten at the team's own thirty five yard line the play clock thirty seconds instead of forty seconds. Also, no television timeouts less commercial time. Now, obviously, there's less commercial inventory sold. But still. A lot of things that do any of those rule changes feel so radical to you that it would be ridiculous to consider that they would be in the NFL five years from now fifteen years from now, I certainly don't think so but the NBA has the D league where they can try out new rules. Major league baseball has minor league baseball. The NHL has the AHL. The NFL doesn't have a place where it can workshop new rules advances in the game advances in technology, low stakes places where you can push the envelope on things you can let quarterbacks get lit up for it not to be a penalty. Now, it's a moral, but they're signing up for it. They're getting seven thousand bucks a game. It's a short schedule. It's shot for Trent Richardson and Christian hackenberg. And Denard Robinson. Whoever else is in the league to get another shot to keep the dream alive to maybe get Scott, it's go back into the NFL just to play for the love of the game. Whatever the. Case may be they know what they're getting into. Even if it's not a direct partnership with the NFL, it's got fingerprints, and tentacles of the NFL it's in the AFC interest to be on the good side of the NFL cross promotion social media channels access to their broadcast partners being used on the NFL network all sorts of things that they're already doing. And then the NFL gets the added benefit of let's watch this game. And see how it goes with no extra points. See if we like it. There's no consequences. No stakes. No real attention being paid to it. That's a tremendous advantage that the NFL has that they cannot have in college. That to me is what matters about the af more football. Great more jobs. Great happy for you. If you care about it. If you're in San Antonio and become a huge fan of the commanders or in Orlando and become a huge fan of the Apollo's. Awesome. Good for you. Most of us in NFL markets are not going to our fandom is going to be changed. Maybe we'll watch it. If you don't care about the NFL or the NBA or the NHL or college basketball or any other sports that are going on right now. Cool. I'm not telling you whether or not you're going to enjoy it or not enjoy it. What I am saying is the NFL can benefit from it. It's not a coincidence who these broadcast partners are it's not a mistake that these games ended up on NFL network. The NFL's never had something like this with any real viability. Your sustainability that they are even remotely connected to where they can use it as a testing ground to see what's what. I think it's big for the NFL. I really do. And I think some of those rules are gonna come into the NFL in the not too distant future. Let's hear what your ideas are to make sports better and more fun. Eight five five two one two four CBS is the telephone number in Nova Scotia. My main man on The Danny Parkin show. What up Matt? Good. Are you doing great? Thanks for calling. Yeah. And so I was thinking about the game of golf, right? Okay. Candidate here. We only in Nova Scotia we only get golf really go into the year recipes snow and can't really play anything. So. Yup. But to increase interest 'cause I know it's a problem in other places in the states to like where where golf courses go to business and beautiful courses. Don't get utilized because they're not interested in the game. What if they increase the whole size engulfed by happened inch in diameter happening? Well, so are you saying? For free fro for the pros. Or for public courses begging across the USDA like RCA like every every association agrees to happen inch extra on the whole and you'll see more chip in you see more whole from the fairway you see more of the bunker instead of being in trouble, you hold up to birdie. It's it'd be it'd be so much more exciting for the fans. Like, okay. The reason why I got this idea. I've talked to other people about are too was one of the tournaments. I played almost five I play a lot. And at one of the tournament's on the eighteenth hole right next door where the club houses were like the people watch the people coming down on the fairway. Yeah. They increased the whole by an and they need a finger hole. And there was chip in for eagle per five and chip in for eagle. It was it was really exciting for the people watching. So I feel like if you did that across the whole board not too much happening in India quarter. And then. This thing that I would see as a problem with it is is that we watch golf because it's hard and the best of the best can still shoot a ten under on plenty of courses. It's fairly rare that the best of the best fuel like they are truly challenged. And so there's just such a huge gap between the amateur golfer who plays it ten times a year and the pro golfer that. It's not it's not so hard that. There aren't plenty of people that can be scratch golfers. And so I I appreciate the call Matt. So I I think that's unlikely to happen on the pro level. But I do think, and there are courses that are doing this. That have no dreams of ever hosting a US Amador tournament or a PGA tour event or LPGA event. They're just public golf courses that you and I could go play. Widened fairways fairways that are slopes down back into the fairway. So the ball goes into the rough. There's a good chance that it bounces back in your direction slightly. Larger Cup sizes. I'm all for that for recreational golf. If you're telling me that there were a bunch of courses out there that we're making that and it's like, okay me and my buddies couple of my friends will shoot mid seventies. A couple of them are high eighties. The majority of us are nineties. Golfers. Maybe one zero five if I shoot a one zero five, but there's of course, that I could go play where I'll shoot a ninety three because the cups a little bit wider. The fairways are a little bit wider. And I have a little bit more fun. That's not taking away from the sanctity of the game. So I absolutely think that there's a business model for public golf pro golf. I be surprised, but public golf, I absolutely think that that's a thing that could happen in golf. Let's see here. Let's go to let's go to Maryland. And welcome Andrew, Danny Parkin show. Andrew, thanks for calling. What ideas do you have to make sports better? Yeah. Actually, what I have gone as a modern day ABA actually has a rule that I think is actually pretty exciting. For basketball, the the did actually awards the defense for planning doing their job. And if you get a steal in the back court, they automatically add a point for the next basket that the team makes. So you want to incentivize baskets that come after defensive stops. Actually already do it. So obviously, you get three points for any many two point field goal and four points. Rain three point field goal. Once they get to steal in the backward. What did you say they already where do they do it? This is in the ABA minor minor league. Which is ABA you're on the air in the states right now, and they actually already do this. So okay. And what is the effect of it? You think it leaves the better defense or what why why do you think it's a good idea? Because actually helps you once you get to the end of the game. Or even if you just put it for like the last few minutes of a game. It helps you with your extra point there. So I see what you're saying. Yeah. Listen on offense. Yeah. I feel so baskets that would be worth more. If they're the direct results of I need to see it. It play. So you say it already exists in some level basketball. I don't know about that. I'll have to do more research into it. I would think that there would be some ambiguity of. Okay. So yeah, if you get a steal in the back court, sure that's easy to Termine. But if you get a block and there's a secondary fast break, and then you score. What's the is? There a demarcation like you've got a score by the sixteenth second Mark on the shot clock or how do you determine if the basket came as a direct result from the defensive stop? We'll do a little bit more in terms of suggestions from you guys. And then we're going to try to figure out the top of the Eastern Conference in the post trade deadline world and the best kampfer's. I n Williamson lots more to do. It's The Danny Parkin show. Thanks for hanging out. This is CBS sports."