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Posted: 10/25/2004 4:56:53 AM EST
What would happen if a plane carrying an NFL team went down?
It happened in college football back in the 70s with Marshall, and NFL teams fly twice as much. Think about it...a crash with an NFL team would kill the whole team, all the coaches, the sports media of the city they represent and most of the team's front office as well.
Leaving aside for the moment the personal tragedies involved, how would the NFL handle it? Would they cancel the whole season? If they didn't, how would they rearrange things for the rest of the schedule?
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:59:57 AM EST
It's amazing that it has not happened in the entire history of the NFL, MLB, or NBA. Think about how many times a flight has taken off with a team on board. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of instances.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:00:53 AM EST
They'd blame it on Bush for having viscously slashed the budget of the FAA and NTSB in order to give lavish tax breaks to Halliburton....
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:25:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
It's amazing that it has not happened in the entire history of the NFL, MLB, or NBA. Think about how many times a flight has taken off with a team on board. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of instances.



I would say the reason it hasn't happened yet, despite what you've said, is testament to the record of air line safety. Flying really is very safe. It's just rather unforgiving if you do have a problem.

But I have no idea how the NFL, et.al. would handle it. I don't see anybody canceling the rest of the season. Too much money involved for that.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:34:25 AM EST
It would suck for the season ticket holders....
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:53:48 PM EST
I dont think they would cancel the season, they would obviously have to cancel the games that the team was scheduled to play.


Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
It would suck for the season ticket holders....



ROFLMAO, yeah everyone else would miss a few games, the ticket holders of that team though would miss them all.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:31:22 PM EST
I believe the major sports leagues already have contingency plans for such events. IIRC, they involve something like a mid-season expansion draft where so many players on each team would be protected and a reconstituted team would be created to finish the season.

Googled...

Here's a link to a story concerning the issue:

http://www.s-t.com/daily/02-01/02-07-01/c05sp133.htm
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:33:58 PM EST
I know it would suck but they fly a whole lot less than a nascar team flies. Nasca has what,36 races a season and the NFL has what, 16 games. But anything could happen. It would alot of dead rich guys (thats what the denocrates would say)
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:41:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 4:42:08 PM EST by The_Macallan]
If it were the AZ Cardinals, they could just replace the whole team with the ASU Sun Devils' team and probably end the season with a better record.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:51:37 PM EST
If they could not field a team they would probably forfeit or possibly they would institute a supplemental draft to allow them to restock. Manchester United lost 7 or 8 players in 1958 in a plane crash and IIRC continued to play but were not winning very often.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:01:53 PM EST
I think it's apples and oranges.
This was a small plane landing at a small field, and isn't that always the problem? Payne Stewart, Buddy Holley, Richie Valens, SRV, etc... All small planes.
Airliners don't crash that often. An individual player may fly on a small, or private aircraft, but you don't put football teams on small birds. There are just too many guys.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:04:37 AM EST
Don't know how the leagues would react, but the odds of there having to are very small.

The probability that the team would be killed on the bus ride from the airport to the stadium is several orders of magnitude higher than the odds of the team dying in a commercial plane crash. Less than 1 commercial airline passenger out of every 2 MILLION who flies each year is killed in a plane crash.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:07:31 AM EST
Well....with the way the Dolphins are playing it appears it already happened........


SGtar15
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:10:29 AM EST
Didn't that happen in Beetlejuice?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:10:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
It would suck for the season ticket holders....



No way, man. Gene Hackman would have Keanu Reeves out there doing what it takes to get into the playoffs.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:49:59 AM EST
I would not want to be the insurance carrier writing the coverage for an NFL charter flight where each passenger is an average $10 million payout.
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