Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I think punishing the fans and players is stupid. Punish the owner and the individuals involved, but not the team......knee jerk reaction in my opinion.
The "fans" punishment is collatteral damage. SP flat out lied on multiple occasions about no bounty. Yet the league has evidence to support their claims. What are they to do? Fine him? Money is too easily replaced. That is no incentive to other teams not to have a bounty. Severe suspensions gets the point across and scares others away from doing it in the future.
If you want to be pissed at some one be pissed at the people who orchestrated and encouraged the bounties. Feel sorry for the fans but at no time were the fans "punished"
Punishing the fans would be akin to taking all prime time games away, stripping teams of championships, etc.
Anytime a marquee player is suspended the "fans" are punished because they don't get to see their guy perform.