Gimpy, on 21 March 2012 - 01:38 PM, said:
I'm not sure about that. They had videotapes, but I don't know that it really swung any games.
On the other hand, even if it did, I don't think that football games are more important than the health/lives of the people playing them.
In all seriousness, player safety vs. outcome of games, player safety wins every time, so yea. It's more "serious" but from a PR standpoint, its a much more serious issue to have Championships with *'s next to them because of cheating. I guarantee there would have been a lot more fans losing interest if that had come to light.
This whole Saints situation goes along with what Goodell's been trying to do now for a while and he's making an example of them to say. "Hey we're the good guys, we dont' condone that type of behavior"