NFL Posts Job Ad For "Crisis Communications Strategist" To Advise League Executives

As the NFL's feud with President Trump continues to dominate headlines, a feud which has effectively turned ESPN into a politically-themed talk show, the league has decided to recruit additional talent to "provide crisis communications counsel to leagues executives."  Per a job listing posted to Daybook, the NFL says they're looking for a "Senior Communications Strategist" to be based out of New York City who can assist with "crisis communications" and "devise a strategy and long term vision to strategically position the NFL in the sports marketplace."  Here are some highlights:



The senior communications strategist will be responsible for proactively developing plans and strategies aimed at publicly positioning the NFL to key audiences through all communication channels, both traditional and emerging media. They will work closely with communications department leadership to create messaging to reflect the league's wide variety of priorities and expedite organizational decision-making.


Additionally, the strategist will:

  •  Provide crisis communications counsel to leagues executives.
  • Devise strategy and long term vision to strategically position the NFL in the sports marketplace.
  • Provide guidance to senior leadership, including executive vice presidents and COO to achieve desired reputational results and develop metrics to measure success.



So, what kind of skills are required for such a position?  Well, you'll need to be an "expert" in "storytelling" and you'll need to be "comfortable working in a diverse environment", no Trump-supporting racists allowed, please.

Required Education and Experience:

  •  Bachelor's degree in related field and a minimum of 8+ years of experience in communications or journalism with expertise in storytelling, issue management and long term planning
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to lead, participate in, and support cross-departmental activities.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, excellent organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the PR field including documented experience working in public, fast paced, high-pressure situations.


Other Key Attributes / Characteristics:

  • Strategic Leader: The successful candidate will think and act strategically as a valued member of the communications department and other NFL units.
  • Trusted Advisor: He/she will serve as a credible PR resource to clubs and league executives
  • An individual with intense and dedicated work habits. Someone who takes initiative, speaks his/her mind, and sets high standards in all he/she does.
  • An individual comfortable working in a diverse environment
  • A creative, imaginative individual who has the business acumen, curiosity and ability to define innovative strategy and deliver against it.
  • A person with the highest moral and ethical standards, who can be relied upon to always act in the best long-term interests of the League.
  • A person with the capacity to be a hands-on, sleeves-up team player.
  • Superior judgement and communication skills, as well as political sensitivity both internally and externally
  • Experience in corporate communications, sports or entertainment is preferred.

Of course, rather than prepare for a political war the NFL could also just play football...just a thought.


skbull44 Cynicles II Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:56 Permalink

It certainly would be refreshing for DT to focus his energy (and tweetstorms) on meaningful issues and carry through on his campaign pledges, such as reducing military overreach and confronting corrupt Wall Street banks (both of which he has seemed to do the opposite). However, it is understandable that he is twisting a relatively benign protest about racial injustices towards the emotional and virtue-signalling issue of 'patriotism.' It is a win-win for the State/Empire as most citizens uncritically support the perspective he is pushing.

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Syrin TheDude1224 Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:25 Permalink

Anyone ever think multi-billionaire business owners would be more afraid of and cater to their employees over their customers?   F'ing pussies.   Get your players under control.   Your own f'ing RULE BOOK says that all players are to stand with helmets under their left arm during the anthem without speaking.  Some dude wears a non-league approved sweat band and you fine the shit out of him for breaking the rules.   Break this rule, shit on the country, and do hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to your business, and you're okay with that?   Incredible stupidity.

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IH8OBAMA Salzburg1756 Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:49 Permalink

They don't need to hire anybody.  All they need to do is call me for advice.1.  Tell players that on game days or anytime they are representing the league they WILL NOT participate in any political or social protest or even indicate their position on such a subject.  Doing otherwise, including kneeling to make a statement, will be cause for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION AND BEING BLACKBALLED FROM THE NFL FOR LIFE.  Also, any employee of a league team or the NFL directly who is on the field of play or in a stadium stands or sidelines will immediately stop what they are doing and stand with right hand over their heart any time the National Anthem is played in the stadium or venue.2.  Post half page ads in all major U.S. newspapers and on online meda the following message:The NFL has made an error in judgement, we acknowlege our mistake and regret that we have disrepected most of our fans.  We appologize to our fans and the nation for our ignorance and disrespect.We have immediately required all of our employees and players refran from making any political or social justice statement or taking any actions, such as kneeling, that attempt to make a statement in this regard on game days or at anytime they are representing the NFL.  Any employee or player violating this rule is now subject to immediate termination and will not be employed at any point in the future by the League or by any League team.We sincerely appologize for any harm or inconvience previous actions may have caused any fan of the NFL.  Please, rest assured that these actions will no longer be tolerated by the NFL or team owners.Sincerely,Roger GoodellCommissioner of the National Football League

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AsinineBovineFeces Syrin Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:19 Permalink

The NFL doesn't give a shit about anything but money. They have no values, morals or patriotism. They take massive payments from the pentagon to inspire the next generation of cannon fodder and hold their wet finger to the winds of public opinion in order to gauge the best way to further sell their shitty meaningless brand.

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SDShack AsinineBovineFeces Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:36 Permalink

Actually, the NFL is not following public opinion because about 70% of the public is against the players on this kneel for the anthem shit. No, the NFL is bowing to the PC crowd because the owners are scarred to death of the thug players and the union doing a bigger protest like a sit in or walk out during a game. This has nothing to do with the fans, and only about bowing to the players. The inmates are running the asylum. The only way this changes is if the fans boycot en masse, or better yet, start demonstrating against the players. It would be great if veterans would get together and stage a protest against the players, like at a game, or at the airport when they return from an away game. The only way to fight Alinsky tactics is with Alinsky tactics.

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AsinineBovineFeces SDShack Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:49 Permalink

I really don't care if Colin kneels etc. I think it's a misguided effort on his part as the whole Michael Brown thing was a false narrative from the start. I respect the rights to kneel and the right to stop paying for any NFL products and sponsors by people who are offended by it. People's identity politics are rapidly devolving our culture and society as is our obsession with non-stop mindless diversions and lack of will to examine anything more substantive than a fucking meme. I would have an easier time taking these people seriously if they would address extrajudicial killings of unarmed people of ALL race by a very small number of cops of which an even smaller number might actually have done so under the wrong circumstances. Individually some of these issues have merit but the media and intellectually lazy, overly emotional reactionaries take every unique situation/person and conflate them all into some bullshit narrative. What we need is a "War on Stupid" 

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SDShack AsinineBovineFeces Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:54 Permalink

No, I respectfully disagree. The NFL rules clearly state that what the players, and now teams are doing is against their own rules. This is just another example of the destruction of the Rule of Law. The Rule of Law for the USA means adhering to the Constitution and all it stands for, which means God-given rights and laws derived from God. Without it, the Republic will not stand.It is this God-centric theme that has been chipped away by leftists piece by piece for decades until every moral and ethical norm has been gutted in the name of tolerance and inclulsion. This is just another example. But in reallity, every institution has been corrupted by greed and immoral or unethical decay to the point that now society is based on the Rule of Man, not God. A society for all is a society without law and order... a society of chaos. Or the society rejects chaos and accepts unequal law where you have leaders and followers, so you have different rules and laws for the elites versus the masses. Either way, a society without norms, rules, or laws for all is ruled by despotism. Every American should be outraged about this, but they are not because the rot is so systemic, engrained, and accepted that sheeple are just numb to it, or worse, advocate it. This is where Western Civilation has devolved to, and can only end when like minded citizens revolt against man-centered chaos and totalitarianism.

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AsinineBovineFeces SDShack Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

NFL rules and Rule of law are not the same. NFL has a right to enforce their policies, which they seem to have chosen not to. US law grants us freedom of speech, expression etc. It is most certainly the "progressives" who don't seem to understand the concept of inalienable rights. They believe that your rights are contingent upon group think ideology and if you fail to fall in line with that you are a "nazi" and have no rights to speak or even exist. The important thing is to not fall into that same mentality when trying to fight back. You have one group that only has mindless platitudes and ineffectual, intellectual lightweights that rely on rabble-rousing to bully their way forward. Those who are tired of it need to continue to pull all support from any business/institution that panders to them. Raise your children/grandchildren/neices/nephews... to see through the rhetoric. Keep supporting those people and businesses that aren't part of the problem. We just need to remember in this age of convenience, where we are used to instant gratification, that some things still take a little time. The tide is shifting. The Trump derangement syndrome and the media meltdowns are the final deaththrows -the childish temper tantrums- of people who realize the days of getting things handed to you, commensurate with the level of victimization you claim, are over. 

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Escrava Isaura AsinineBovineFeces Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

"War on Stupid"   It will never happen, wonder why? Stupidity is the essence of capitalism. Don’t take my word for it. Below is Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations page 603. The understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. But in every improved and civilised society this is the state into which the labouring poor, that is, the great body of the people, must necessarily fall, unless government takes some pains to prevent it.  
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AsinineBovineFeces Escrava Isaura Tue, 09/26/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

Adam Smith sounds like a typical know-nothing who writes about things he has no real experience or understanding of. Sure, there are simple minded people who would obviously stay in menial jobs and never improve their station in life. That is an inverse situation than described. I have a simple occupation that requires little thought on my part. I do it because it allows me to make a good living while spending less than half my week at work. I have the right to leave at anytime and pursue other employment if I like. It hasn't dumbed me down one bit. I can perform my job functions while reflecting on any number of things, which is nice considering life away from work can be hectic and leaves little time for introspection. I appreciate that you are still on here. I've been away for a while. I still disagree with almost everything you say 

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Bluz Syrin Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:26 Permalink

When I drilled down, I came up empty. It appears that this version of the rulebook is a hoax. That doesn't mean that they shouldn't stand and be respectful it just means that I check sources now as I want to know what is "Real News" and what is not. If you can give me a bonified source I would be happy to change my opinion.

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Bluz Syrin Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:37 Permalink

When I drilled down, I came up empty. It appears that this version of the rulebook iis a hoax. That doesn't mean that they shouldn't stand and be respectful it just means that I check sources now as I want to know what is "Real News" and what is not. If you can give me a bonified source I would be happy to change my opinion.

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Handful of Dust TheDude1224 Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

They need moar "therapy puppies" for the hurt multi-million dollar "oppressed" athletes.Why don't these millinaires "take a knee" for the thousands of black killing other blacks each year in the inner cities?No "knee" for Obama who allowed black poverty rate and jobless rate to duouble during his 8 years as he sent millions of jobs oversaes. NFL/Athletes/owners=HYPOCRITE faggotsDO NOT go to NFL games and DO NOT buy NFL products or the companies that sponsor them like Nike, Ford, Pepsi, etc. if at all possible.Americans have a choice and best not to choose people/companies that spit on you and think you are a FOOL.

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AsinineBovineFeces jcaz Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:06 Permalink

It damn well better be a female, or better yet transgender, person of color! Doesn't the NFL realize that Black Trans Lives Matter?! They need to replace at least half of their sportscaster positions with these poor, benevolent, marginalized people to better represent the diverse society in which we live. They also need to get rid of that Lee guy as well. I don't care if he is Asian, his name triggers me! Asian privilege is one of the great unspoken crimes of our generation. FURTHERMORE why are all cheerleaders fit young women?! Why can't fat ladies, hairy pre-op middle aged transsexuals,  octogenarian widows, paraplegics.... you get the picture...why can't they cheer? Give 'em a uniform and let them CHEER for the pioneering progressives in the NFL. Gone are the days of the patriarchal, cis-gendered, chauvinistic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, ablutophobic, heteronormative, rednecks with all their rowdy friends coming over to eat wings and drink beer while the ladies cook, clean and do everything in between. OR ARE THEY?… This is going to add an interesting element to the mix. Will Hank placate the drooling masses and get them to bring their poor white trash money back to the NFL's coffers? Will kneeling get the black folks to bring their money back after the boycott that the media isn't talking about - the one where "blackout" is promoted due to Colin not being renewed and blacks being "exploited"? Should anyone reward a bunch of pandering duplicitous douchebags whose only real game they enjoy is raking in billions off the bread and circus industry? Let the NFL and ESPN/Disney die a slow and sad death. Let the world move forward (maybe read a fucking book on Sundays) god knows most of these dotarded fuckwits in the country need to educate themselves. There's some real progressive thinking for ya!

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ThanksChump JRobby Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:54 Permalink

I just hope the new hire is really expensive and has a 20 year iron-clad contract. That kind of football was a silly sport anyway. Contact golf w/o the excitement..., maybe. With box cutters and naked women running from the benches and gouging opponent's eyes with their stiletto heels. Hell yeah, I'd pay to see that shit. Go ahead and charge me a fin for a beer! I'm in.

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chubbar Cynicles II Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:29 Permalink

The owners are doing everything in their power to avoid having to act like the adults in the room. The NFL controls every damn thing these players do, from how many full pad practices, how high the socks, how they celebrate in the end zone, etc., etc. But for some reason they can't tell the fucking players to stand for the anthem? I call bullshit on this. Whatever they "do" to get the players to conform to the other rules is what they should "do" here. Whether that is in the form of fines, suspension or whatever. This is no different that any other rule a player chooses to break, so why treat it differently?Now that the owners have allowed the players to break this rule without consequences, what do you think will happen next? You may as well throw out the fucking guidelines for everything eles if you are just going to pick which ones you enforce.

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JRobby Miggy Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:19 Permalink

The owner mind set is all about ego, tax dodge, elitism, etc. (Even Bobby Axelrod couldn't get into the NFL owners club!)The players have been on a pedestal and told how great they are since they were 9 or 10 years old."I'll take total disfunction for $900 Alex"

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