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The NFL’s Record of Shame Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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The NFL’s Record of Shame
 
 

88 assaults, 85 incidents of domestic violence, 38 gun arrests, 82 drug charges, 202 DUIs, 10 sexual assaults and that's not all. 730 total criminal charges since 2000, 14 years and counting, ranging from multiple murders to breaking and entering. What are these statistics? you may ask. Good question. They're the current NFL line up on player arrests.

After my posting last week about Ray Rice, I received a lot of email, evenly split between those agreeing and those disagreeing with me (it turns out I, too, made it more about Roger Goodell than Rice). But those disagreeing were much more incensed. So I did a little more research about Mr. Goodell and the NFL, and I stumbled upon the statistic above. I was absolutely shocked. It's incomprehensible to me that NFL players have such a high incidence of run-ins with the law.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not changing my position from last week about Mr. Goodell in thinking the evaluation of his job performance in running the NFL is not up to us but rather to the team owners who employ him.

The 32 NFL teams are reported to be worth on average $1.5 billion each (yes, billion), for a combined value of $48 billion. That makes the collective net worth of the NFL greater than many Fortune 500 companies. Each of those teams has a roster of 53 players, for a total of just under 1,700. We have 1,300 people in 23 offices at Marcum, so while we might not compare to the NFL in market value, we are roughly in the same ballpark on size and scope.

So now that I've established that Marcum and the NFL are very similar operations - OK, let's be realistic; they probably have a better TV deal and more lucrative sponsorships than we do - they certainly beat us hands down on criminal charges, 730-0 (so far as I am aware). I can't imagine keeping my job if our culture or values tolerated even one domestic violence incident, or sexual assault, or murder. Without our honesty and integrity, we have nothing.

So, while I believe it really is a matter between the billionaire owners of the NFL franchises and Mr. Goodell, I must say that I think the NFL needs to look itself in the mirror and re-evaluate its tolerance of unacceptable player conduct. I know if I permitted an environment at Marcum even remotely close to what's been tolerated by the NFL, I'd most likely be calling Roger for a job.

 

 
Friday Morning Quarterback:  Ray Rice Deserves the Penalty Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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Friday Morning Quarterback:  Ray Rice Deserves the Penalty
 
 

After knocking out his wife (fiancée at the time) in an Atlantic City casino elevator and getting caught doing it by security cameras, which seem to be everywhere these days, the press has managed to turn Ray Rice's deplorable behavior and subsequent indefinite suspension from the NFL into an indictment of Roger Goodell, the league's long-time commissioner. How this became about Mr. Goodell is beyond me.

First and foremost, this is about Ray Rice and his behavior. There's no question and video proof that he punched out a defenseless woman in the confines of an elevator. Second, it's about whether the NFL is willing to tolerate such behavior by one of its players. The answer to both seems to be an absolute position by the NFL that such immoral behavior will not be tolerated. Period. Who in the NFL office knew what and when they knew it does not change the material facts. It is just not the issue.


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What I Did On My Summer Vacation Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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What I Did On My Summer Vacation
 
 

For those of us who live in the Northeast and endured what was probably one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent history, the weather gods paid us back in spades with one of the best summers we've had in a long time. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as my family and I did.

The Weiners spent the summer on the East End of Long Island, where I don't even need one hand to count the number of rainy days we had during July and August. And I certainly don't need any fingers to count the over-90 degree days, since there were none. All in all, it was just a great time. We're unanimous in feeling that we'd gladly put up with another winter like last year's if we can have another summer like this one. When I wasn't working, you could find me on a local golf course, out on the water, enjoying the beaches that Long Island is perhaps best known for, or enjoying a great meal and drink(s) with family and friends.


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Summer Sign-Off Marcum LLP | Accountants and Advisors | New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California and Florida Certified Public Accountants
 
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Summer Sign-Off
 
 

It's the last Friday in June and I'm about to start my summer vacation, so you know what that means. A respite (for all of us) from my weekly columns in July and August.

For those of you who have been following this column since I started writing it in January of 2013, you'll know that I take most of my vacation time over the summer. Here in the Northeast, summer is particularly special. We truly have four seasons here, and the geography of the NY metropolitan area lends itself perfectly to enjoying the local beaches, perhaps our greatest natural resource. From the Jersey Shore to the coast of Long Island and up through New England, we are surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world, and summer was made to enjoy them.

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Jeffrey M. Weiner joined Marcum in 1981 and has served as Managing Partner since 1990. Under his leadership, Marcum has expanded from a one-office Firm of 20 employees to a Firm ranked #15 in the United States.

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