Monday, March 14, 2011

NFL And Players

I heard recently that the NFL teams have been asked again to open their books to the players for review. That's ludicrous. One talking head actually concurred because as he said, "the players are giving back so they should get to see the books."

Let me clarify this. The players aren't "giving back" one dime. The old CBA has expired and that pie (we'll call it apple pie) was divided under it between the NFL teams and the players. None of the players' money under that agreement is being given back.

NOW, the NFL is baking a cherry pie. They are deciding how to divide it (under a new CBA) since the apple pie has been devoured. They players aren't giving back any apple pie. It's all gone. Now, they are discussing the cherry pie.

The owners have invested millions and some hundreds of millions in their franchises and stadia. As fairly reasonable business people they might like to make a reasonable profit. They provide employment for a bunch of folks. Hopefully, this will settle sooner rather than later.

Just a thought.


At 6:57 PM, Blogger Greg said...

I think the players have a right to know about the owner's NFL business when they, the owners, are asking for another billion slice of the pie because of expenses. Sounds bizzare to the players group when over $5 billion in public taxes and bonds went to pay for the expenses of the stadiums.

Does a movie star have a right to know the the profit of the movie producing company so that it can negociate a more fair deal. Sure.
Oh and have owners and players all choke down on paying that extra 4% Fed taxes too.

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

No, a movie star doesn't have the right to know the profit of a private company and neither does a football player. It's the NFL pie and they can share if they wish. They may resort to starting over with all new players, a new cap, new rules etc. They have been very generous to date. As the price of franchises rise, they need more to justify tying up money. That's reasonable.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Bottom line is that the neither the players nor the owners are obligated to agree to ANYTHING.

Perfect example is my favorite PHILLIE, Cliff Lee. He was offered more money by two teams with recent World Series experience, but chose to return to Philadelphia. Why? BECAUSE HE NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE!

Philly didn't have to offer him anything extravagant, just the chance to play for people who truly appreciated him.

The lesson everyone should learn from Cliff is that there are things that are more important than money. If you don't get what you want in the negotiations (e.g. the chance to look at the books), no one is forcing you to be a part of them.



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