This display of greed in the NFL (National Football League) is the straw that broke the camel's back for me, and I couldn't be happier.
I gave up on the greedsters in Major League Baseball over twenty years ago, and since that time, I have not watched a professional baseball game.
About the same time, I trashed the National Basketball Association, and, here again, I have not watched an NBA game in over 20 years! Nada...zip...
There is so much cheating going on in sports nowadays...from biking to tennis, golf, you name it...I pretty much don't watch sports anymore.
I have lost interest in the NFL for many years, and I would watch an occastional game...here and there. But, with this riduculous fight between the greedy players and greedy owners...that's it for the NFL! I won't watch another game even if they settle their differences.
The average American is out there trying to carve out a living...struggling to make ends meet...worrying about their jobs; their house and how to feed their kids...and here are a bunch of arrogant and greedy players, coaches and owners fighting over billions of dollars and how they're going to spend it! SHAME!
I've been in the humor business for over 50 years, and I know humor when I see it. Many years ago, the NFL and players were involved in a strike, and what did the owners do? They brought in players off the streets, so the games could continue! This was a circus at best and some of the best humor in the world. All these misfits that were brought in couldn't even thow a pass...it was awful. This was about as funny as when Major League baseball started a Senior League for old players! AWFUL! All these pot-bellied old men took the field...and couldn't even catch a ball...or get over and stop a grounder...it was AWFUL! All this was done in the interest of making the owners money! It was a SHAME more than anything else!
farce: (description); foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham;
The following articles was written by George Will, a syndicated columinist, and the piece was published in the Albuquerque Journal on June 5, 2011. The article is entitled;
'NFL Risks Sacking Own Success'
"NEW YORK; Although his Park Avenue office is as quiet as an empty stadium, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits atop a seething volcano of fans who will erupt if training camps do not open in July. Fans care nothing about the details of the labor dispute that threatens to keep the stadiums empty in September and perhaps beyond.
There were meetings between the two sides last week, but apparently there have been no formal negotiations since March 11; the court hearing this past Friday might...weeks from now...result in a decision that will restart negotiations. Even if, however, you think football is one American's dispesable frills, the NFL's agony is a fascinating illustration of how things can spin out of control.
Explaining why the NFL...a hugely popular $9.3 billion enterprise...needs fixing, Goodell sounds paradoxal. Costs are growing faster than revenues, stadiums are the biggest costs, and they must be made better because most fans never enter them. Most NFL fans have never been to a game, more than 90 percent never or rarely go. They watch at home on wide-screen televisions, with super-slow motion replays and close-ups of linebackers' collisions and cherrleaders' cleavages.
The television experiences will be diminished, Goodell says, if the stadiums are not full. And the parlous condtion of state andmunicipal budgets means that taxpayers are resisting building them. Under the previous agreement, owners took $1.3 billion of the league revenues off the top before players got about 65 percent of the remainder. This time woners began by demanding that another $1 billion in revenues...subsequently reduced to less than $400 million...be set aside for stadiums and other investments, before the players get their portion.
But, players, whose careers average about six years, according to the league, resist sacrificing earnings so the league can make long-term investments that might benefit players now in high school. Furthermore, because fans...especially season ticket holders...resent having to buy tickets for two home preseason games, the owners want to reduce those games from four to two, and lengthen the regular season from 16 games to 18. Players say this means more work and risk of injury for less pay. Owners say players would get a smaller slice but of a bigger pie.
These are splittable differences. But the players union responded to the owners' lackout of its members by dissolving itself (decertification). This created a situation in which, without a collectively bargained agreement, all players, would be free agents...independent contractors. So the players, whose pay and benefits increased 85 percent over the last 10 years, and who began by playing defense against the league's demands, now might threaten to unravel the draft, team salary caps and other arrangements by which a sports league contrives to produce competitive balance.
Because 43 percent of the NFL revenue comes from national television contracts and is shared equally among the 32 teams, and almost 80 percent of all NFL revenues are shared in some way, teams in smaller markets can prosper. The teams in the last two Super Bowls were from Pittsburg, Green Bay, New Orleans and Indianapolis. The combination of revenue sharing and the salary cap means it takes a perverse genius for a team to lose money.
The owners, by decrying the current system, desparetely want the union resurrected so they can bargain with it to preserve most of the system. Currently, the owners propose a salare cap of $141 million per team, meaning $4.5 billion in league-wide compensation. The players want $151 million, meaning $4.83 billion in league-wide compensation.
It is ludicrous to risk even part of a season over so little, and both sides probably would, if they could, erase the last three months of staking out improvident positions and agree to extend the current system.
Any labor dispute is a test of the two sides pain thresholds. The owners think the players serious pain will begin when they miss the first of their 17 paychecks. The owners may however, be forgetting a pertinent fact: NFL players...pain is part of their job description...are NFL players...because they are intensely competitive and hate to lose at anything.
After decades in which economic sectors much larger and more essential than the NFL...e.g....the steel and authomotive industries...were laid low by mismanaged labor relations, and as the role and rights of organized labor are being hotly debated, the NFL's current crackup suggests that both sides are slow learners."
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farce; (definition); foolish show; mockery; ridiculous sham;
In life...there's more important things than the stupid Super Bowl! Millionaires fighting millionaires...and who is the sucker in all this? The stupid fan...of course!
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