The end of football as we know it probably about 48 hours away. The reason being that in the last few years turning a profit as a business has become a crime, especially if you are dealing with the NFLPA. God forbid that the man who writes your paycheck actually makes any money. That is not what America is all about. Not anymore.
In this new ” distribution of wealth” era employees are entitled to half the profits even though they though they pay none of the expenses. Not too shabby. Unfortunately for the NFLPA I doubt they get it. The players need the NFL, the NFL doesn’t need them.
If the league closed up shop tomorrow, which I think they should do Saturday if no extension is reached, the owners wouldn’t go broke, they will always be rich. That is why they are owners. If the NFL never played another game it would be no skin off their back.
Union leader De Smith seems to think the players are paying the league instead of vice versa, and the lawyer by trade is at home in the courtroom, which is where they are headed.
How else do you explain this quote by Smith?
“Just to be absolutely clear, the information that was offered wasn’t what we asked for. According to our investment bankers and advisors, they told us that information would be meaningless in determining whether to write an $800 million check to the National Football League.”
That statement alone tells you how clueless this man is and how poorly advised this union is. Even if they win in court, they lose. What are they going to court for? 20 million isn’t enough for a year’s pay? I suppose, many of them have 9 wives and 10 kids to support. Not counting the 100 grand bar bills and making it rain a few times.
In a league where the 32 teams have to fend for themselves financially I couldn’t see the Packers lasting ten years. Without a draft the Packers would have no shot at the top players, and no major network would ever want them on national TV. Without the antitrust exemption the NFL now enjoys the small market teams will become noncompetitive and then extinct.
So the players want fewer jobs and lower pay? Go figure?
Anyway, maybe I’m jumping to conclusions but the way everybody and their uncle is talking to the media instead of following the mediator’s order of complete silence, things seem to be falling apart rapidly. I hope the players realize they are screwing over every player who played before them and every player that will play after them.
Who the NFL really needs is Jim Baker.
ON A BRIGHTER SIDE:
I can’t help but wonder what our old buddy Jon is thinking these days. I’m sure he can find a flaw in Aaron Rodgers that we overlooked and that Rodgers will never be great. Last year Rodgers was Aaron ‘fumble-six’ Rodgers in the 1000 or so emails or banned comments I received from him.
Like the Ted Thompson bashers, it is no longer a question of “if” they were wrong, they “were” wrong! Granted, it took him a year longer than it took Ron Wolf to win a championship, but that is because Thompson inherited Mike Sherman as coach. Now “The Thompson Way” is becoming to team building what the ” West Coast Offense” became to NFL offenses, a gold standard to success.
The new Packernet is confident this thing will get worked out and the Packers will have a chance to defend their World Championship. Come on, apes don’t kill apes!