Following lengthy negotiations with the Ford family and the rest of the Detroit Lions management team, the team has agreed to change its name and its charter for the 2011-2012 season under the new name of the Detroit Generals.
More than just a name change, the new purpose of the team is to act as a practice vehicle each week for its opposing team, guaranteeing that team at least one win for the season. NFL league commissioner, Roger Goodell says, "It will be very similar to the function of the Washington Generals, who used to play against the Harlem Globetrotters at each venue". The goal is apparently to provide the framework of an American football game when you already know the outcome of the game.
"That way we still get our television revenue and the core of the Detroit Lions business is sound", says personal assistant to the Ford Family, Rod Pushkin. "After ten years of 2-14 or 0-16 losing seasons, we're ready to play this new role", says Pushkin. "Our team can still feel like they are playing real football, and they are already quite familiar with being humiliated week to week. This won't be a culture change for us at all".