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Why MLF Penalties Are a Good Thing: Part 1

Major League Fishing event rules are in place to protect a valuable resource - the fish - and to provide entertainment to bass fishing fans; it's a win-win

Why MLF Penalties Are a Good Thing: Part 1
Why MLF Penalties Are a Good Thing: Part 1

What’s the first thing you look for when your favorite football team scores on an exciting play? If you’re anything like me, you scan the field looking for yellow ¾ a penalty flag that might nullify a great run, pass or kick return. In fact, penalties are so pervasive in football that quite often the play-by-play guy will call the touchdown and then say something like, “There are no flags on the play,” just to confirm that what we’ve seen will stand.

Before Major League Fishing, penalties in competitive bass fishing were mostly a behind-the-scenes thing ¾ something that was deducted from an angler’s catch at the weigh-in or something that disqualified an angler from competition. Too often these “penalties” were assessed without explanation, and since there were usually no cameras around, without any context for fans.

MLF has changed that and ¾ I believe ¾ improved the sport by putting penalties out front where we can see and understand them. By itself, this is a step forward, but that’s not nearly the only advancement.

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