NFL’s ruling in Browns investigation could legalize tanking

Editor’s note: This is an opinion piece based on information uncovered in Sports Illustrated‘s investigation In Hue Jackson’s claims that he was incentivized to lose games while he was the head coach of the Browns.

In a footnote of a letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Browns owner Jimmy Haslam over the league’s investigation into Hue Jackson’s tanking allegations this week, Goodell wrote (emphasis mine): “There is no merit to suggest that offering incentives Article 9.1 (C) (8) of the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, which prohibits bonuses to coaches for winning specials games against particular opponents. “

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