I am baffled by the premise behind the fine and suspension levied upon Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. I understand it is within the commissioner’s authority — but it makes no sense to me. Fines and suspensions are for players, ostensibly to penalize them for: 1) their use of performance-enhancing (read: competitive-advantage-creating) drugs; 2) giving the public the impression that they are anything less than the choir boys that the public wants as heroes.
But Irsay is not gaining “competitive advantage” with his druggin’ and drinkin’ and other malversations. And no one looks to him for heroic, saintly athletic accomplishment. He owns a for-profit business, which has arranged a very profitable “profit-sharing” arrangement with all the other team owners, the combination of which goes by the name “National Football League.” I might guess that being an owner of a for-profit business, while behaving badly in his personal life might puts him in the majority category of for-profit business owners.