Undeveloped thought I must think about more:
Could the NFL's October "Breast Cancer Awareness" pink-fest be a contributing factor to its current "problem with women?"
That is, by volunteering to engage in non-football related advocacy, has the NFL now claimed responsibilities beyond the scope of football?
The size and scope of the NFL does tend to convey upon it certain social responsibilities. Players are, for better or worse, role models, and the NFL cannot claim no responsibility to the prevailing winds of social discourse. If Michael Vick is killing dogs and Richie Incognito is hazing teammates, the NFL must respond.
But do they also have to become an animal-rights or anti-bullying advocate as well? Will we allow them, despite their visibility and influence, to remain an organization devoted to the game of football or shall we demand that they be advocates for the social issue of the day?
It seems to me that there are natural limits as to what the NFL can accomplish when it comes to domestic violence or breast cancer or animal rights. Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment when our approach to social issues resembles a PR campaign?