Associate Director, USA Sport Group.
I sit and watch the professional game these days and cringe at the lack of flowing football/soccer. My main gripe is when the referee blows up for what looks to be a little bit of contact. A fifty fifty challenge these days is reviewed on television multiple times, slowing it down and evaluating if it was studs up or overly aggressive. 90 minutes of football ends and all that is focused on are the decisions from referees to give, or not give, a foul or a card!!
I was told recently whilst watching the Super Bowl that the NFL change the rules regularly to reduce the amount of player injuries, like when players can kick the ball right off the field instead of risking a punt return.