In an Insiders View Sport Club exclusive, the American National Football League or NFL announced in a leaked memo that it will convert all its measurements to the metric system.
Currently, the NFL uses the imperial measurement system of inches, feet, and yards. The Waterboy project, according to reports, was started as a “pet” research project by commissioner Roger Goodell at the encouragement of the Obama Administration in 2014. Apparently, Goodell was looking at all kinds of ways to modernize the almost 100-year sports organization.
US Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 in an effort to hasten US conversion to the metric system and yet Americans have aggressively resisted the adoption of the system. From medicine to engineering to mechanics, just about every professional and technical profession uses the metric system.
The NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League (AFL) in 1966, and the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season; the merger was completed in 1970.
Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world.
The individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most watched television programs in American history, all occupying the Nielsen’s Top 5 tally of the all-time most-watched U.S. television broadcasts by 2015. The NFL’s executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league. The players in the league belong to the National Football League Players Association.
However roads, weather forecasts and sporting events continue to imperial measurement, making the United States one of three countries that still use the antiquated system.
“Commissioner Goodell was concerned that the NFL was getting too stale and old, and wasn’t positioned well to capture the attention of younger Millennial sports fans,” said the Insiders View Sport Club report. “Goodell was really worried about Soccer taking over.”