3 Perspectives on the CBA Negotiations

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Sorry for the long length of time between posts. I took a little vacation and it turned into a big one.

Well here we are in the middle of an extension concerning the CBA talks, and I am starting to get nervous. The Seahawks had an incredible end to an exciting season that proved to be more than a rebuilding year. Fans can’t wait for free agency, the draft, training camp, and the regular season to start again… but I am not so sure the players or the owners are. Here is a brief perspective on the owners, the players, and the fans.

The owners’ perspective: Each paid hundreds of millions of dollars in order to aquire their team, so why wouldn’t they deserve to be first in line when the pie is being sliced? The NFL’s popularity is due to far more than just the talent of the best players. Effective advertising and marketing have had a huge impact on the success of the NFL since the last work stoppage in 1987. And remember that players come and go with each passing year, but owners carry the responsibility of maintaining the league. Also the NFL seems to have a more dedicated owner in general compared to other pro sports. Take the NBA for example. The LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, has been widely criticized for being somewhat of a lame duck. He doesn’t need to win because it’s enough just owning the team. Baseball is even worse. The worst teams in MLB have turned into farm teams for the best ones. The real spending doesn’t begin until after you buy the team. Imagine if Jerry Jones could do whatever he wanted. The reality is that baseball was last seen before the strike when it drowned in a big pile of money. R. I. P. My point is that the NFL seems to have the parody and committed ownership that other leagues lack.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sammysings Sammy

    First off, it’s $40 to park in the stadium lot. ;-)

    But as I see it, the owners already take the first billion dollars off the top. So the first 11% goes to the teams to the tune of $31 million each, before the players get a dime. The owners want to increase that to two billion, but are unwilling to open their books to justify the doubling of this off-the-top money.

    Players are already willing to concede to a rookie salary scale, as they should. But the owners have put the 18-game season on the table as if it is a foregone conclusion, then when they scale back on that talk they act like they’re conceding something. They’re conceding something that never really existed. It’s like offering someone a 30% pay cut and then countering with “only” 20% and acting like you’ve offered a 10% increase.

    The owners keep saying that 16 + 4 pre-season equals 18 + 2, when everyone knows pre-season games do not equal regular season games.

    Players have a very short, finite career and play with non-guaranteed contracts. A 4-year, $20 million contract is really a 1-year, $5 million contract (yes, still a lot of money, and yes there are front-loaded contracts) with hopes that it becomes longer.

    The real bottom line is that the NFL is a government-sanctioned monopoly. They should be required to open their books to the NFLPA, define the actual pot of money (does it include concessions or not, NFL merch or not?), and come up with a way to split nine+ billion dollars. Everyone in the sport is rich. It’s ridiculous to get greedy at this point.

    • http://www.raidertickets.org/ Raider Tickets

      I agree with your opinion sammy, very well said. BTW, nice article. Thank you for the author who share this. well done.

  • Riley Moore

    Sammy you make some great points. Especially when it comes to the 18 game season. As a ticket holder, I would love to get more for my money as the preseason games are a required purchase and the same price as a regular season ticket. However, as a fan, I feel like it is a terrible idea. The NFL works so well because every game is important. By adding 2 more games, owners are diluting the product. Would each game still be relevant? Yes, but less than before and it would cost the same price. This whole thing stinks of money and egos which is a terrible combination.

  • LouieLouie

    You forgot about another affected group; the US taxpayer. Who builds the stadiums (for the most part) and makes the road improvements that these stadiums need? Who ultimately pays for college football?

    Both players and owners benefit immensely from these taxpayer subsidies. Football would be an entirely different game without the taxpayer’s money. I can guarantee that if the taxpayers started asserting themselves, the players and the owners would make a deal quickly.

    The 12th Man should never forget what a hosing the taxpayers got from the Sonics.