Well, this NFL nonsense has been going on for a few weeks now and I just can’t contain myself any longer. I look forward to the start of the NFL season – almost as much as I look forward to Christmas. Therefore, I’m mad at both parties for putting my season in jeopardy. However, if I had to choose a side, I think I would have to side with the owners. I know, I know – the owners only care about money and it is the players that are sacrificing their bodies week after week. Agreed. However…
Lets assume that they announced that they were having player tryouts this weekend for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys. Lets also pretend that they announced – in advance- that the most they would pay ANY player was going to be $100,000 a year. No 8 million dollar contracts – just $100,000. I would bet that there would be thousands of people lined up outside the stadium to fight for one of those jobs. Thousands!
Now lets assume that they announced that they would be having tryouts for NFL Owners this weekend. All you had to do was show up with a hundred million or so in your checkbook. How stiff do you think the competition would be? I bet the line wouldn’t be quite as long as the player line. In fact, the line would be non-existent. Very few people are willing to risk a lot of money by owning a franchise but everyone wants to be an NFL star. Quite simply, it is supply and demand.
Wait Larry – you may say – its the greedy owners. All they care about is making more money. How much exactly is “too much” money? Is there any other business in the world where the owner is told they are making too much money? Isn’t that the American way? If you own a business, you are entitled to try your best to make as much money as possible – so why is the NFL any different?
But Larry, what about the players who are sacrificing their health week after week so the owners can make a buck? Unfortunately, there are a lot of jobs that take a toll on your body. Is a guy working in a coal mine all day not risking his body just as much as an NFL player? I don’t know a ton about miners, but I bet there aren’t too many making eight million dollars a year.
Lets say they DID cap the player salaries at $100,000…. just for the sake of argument. What would you do if you were a star defensive lineman coming out of college? Would you take that NFL job for the mere 100k or would you head out there into the job market and weigh your other options? I would guess that 99% of the graduates would not be walking into $100,000 salary jobs – so that NFL gig would look pretty sweet.
But what about the inflated ticket prices that teams are already charging? Heck, I agree with you- it is too expensive. However, it is another case of supply and demand. The only reason they can charge outlandish prices for the tickets is because people are willing to pay it. Maybe not you or me – but trust me, someone is paying it. I can’t imagine ever owning a team, but if I did – you can bet my #1 goal would not be to make ticket prices as low as possible. Sorry. That wouldn’t be my main goal and I’m guessing it wouldn’t be yours either.
So maybe both sides are wrong to a certain extent, but until I hear rumors of having a season with “scab” owners, I think I have to side with the ones who are putting their own money at stake. Either way, I’m gonna be really bummed if there is no NFL football in 2011.