NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Legendary sports performance management specialist Mackie Shilstone is speaking up for those who could be in potential danger as a result of the NFL looking to expand its regular season in 2012.

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“It’s the players who are the sacrificial lambs in this equation and theirs is the opinion that should count most. Without them there’s no league, no team for someone to own and no one for whom the fans can cheer,” Shilstone told WCBS 880 sports director Jared Max.

Shilstone argues that NFL players are given a raw deal that would not be acceptable in other industries. After the first weekend of an NFL season which saw the Jets lose their starting nose tackle for the remainder of the year, among a a slew of other season-ending injuries,  In his blog Monday at, Shilstone wrote, “Tell me any business that would put their assets at such risk and convince their board of directors such actions were representative sound business practices.”

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