Female care workers in NFL stadiums and arenas have been the subject of some of the league’s most vitriolic social media attacks.
But what happens when a woman goes into a game with a male care provider?
What happens when she becomes a spectator?
It’s a question that’s being asked at an increasingly high volume as female players continue to be featured in the NFL’s marquee events.
And it’s one that many female fans and players are asking for answers.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering a proposed rule change that would change the way the NFL monitors female players who want to attend games.
The league, which is one of the few major sports leagues in the world without a gender pay gap, has been under fire for not enforcing its female-only policy.
But this is not just about Goodell and his team.
The NFL is struggling to balance its image with its financial and social realities.
For years, it has struggled to find a balance between its image as a game-going entertainment company and its financial viability.
It’s become a hot topic in sports circles because female fans are increasingly demanding more transparency and accountability in the game and the league, particularly at the highest levels.
This year alone, the league saw more than 1,100 sexual assault allegations against players and coaches, more than double the number in the previous five years.
More than 20% of its players have been accused of sexual assault.
“The NFL needs to do more to be more transparent and honest about the type of care that these women are receiving,” said Laura Miller, an analyst for The ESPN Analytics blog.
“I don’t know how much the commissioner will do, but he should have at least talked to these female fans.
They want to know how it is they are treated, and they want to be treated as equals.”
Some male care providers in the league say they want an easy way to talk about the issue.
“We can’t talk about female care workers unless we start talking about male care professionals,” said Robyn Beck, an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders.
“There are guys who go to a lot of these games and don’t want to talk to their wives.
They’re not in the business to get attention.
If you go to the NFL, you’re not going to have a conversation with a woman.”
For example, in an interview last year with ESPN, NFL Commissioner Joe Lockhart said, “I want to make sure that the women in the industry know that I have my eye on them.
And if you do something wrong, I’m going to be very upset.
I will have a very strong, very personal, very strong view.”
The NFL Players Association, which represents more than 300,000 players, has lobbied for the league to institute an additional standard for female care providers.
In a statement to USA TODAY Sports, the NFLPA said it “strongly supports” Goodell’s plan.
“At the same time, we are concerned about the safety and well-being of our players and have raised the issue with the league,” the statement said.
“Our league is committed to ensuring that women’s health and safety is protected at all times.”
A spokesman for the NFL Players’ Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an email, Goodell said that while the NFL will “continue to work with the players union and all other stakeholders in order to develop an appropriate solution,” the league will make changes to ensure female care professionals are treated “in a manner consistent with the highest standards of professionalism and respect.”
The change could mean a change in the way female careworkers are paid.
A 2015 study by the University of Washington’s Center for the Study of Women in Sports and Employment found that female athletes receive about three times as much as male athletes for their care work.
The study did not find that female caretakers were paid less than male caretippers.
“In this instance, it appears that female workers have been excluded from benefits,” the study said.
The lack of pay is a problem in many arenas across the country, including at football games, where female care employees often have to wait in line to get to the field to deliver oxygen to players or their families.
The issue has been exacerbated by the lack of uniform policies for female players, who have faced widespread criticism from male fans and teams.
Female players and fans are calling for an end to gender pay disparities, and a number of women’s advocacy groups have started their own campaigns against gender pay discrimination.
“It’s a terrible problem that we are fighting to fix,” Miller said.
At the end of the day, what’s important is that there are no barriers that keep women out of sports.
“You have to be able to play,” Miller added.
“And I don’t think women should be allowed to be the only ones playing.”
A league spokeswoman declined to comment on the proposed rule changes.
The National Association of Black Journalists has called on the NFL to change its policy on female care and said in a statement that the league should make changes that