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mesaSteeler
03-27-2011, 05:20 PM
Bires: Lockout case of off-setting penalties
http://www.timesonline.com/columnists/sports/mike_bires/bires-lockout-case-of-off-setting-penalties/article_92c05e4c-5822-11e0-a2e1-00127992bc8b.html
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:29 pm

Bires: Lockout case of off-setting penalties Mike Bires Timesonline.com | 0 comments

As the NFL's labor crisis drags on, I'm often asked: What side are you on?

Quite frankly, I'm not pulling for either the players or the owners.

There are several issues being debated in this bitter struggle. But what it all boils down to is greed and the almighty dollar.

Shame on the wealthy owners who continue to rake in a ton of money. And shame, too, on the players who are paid quite handsomely for playing a game.

The NFL is easily the most successful and most lucrative pro sports league on the planet. Yet, the owners and players are so selfish that neither is satisfied.

With a weak economy and disturbing unemployment rate, millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

That's not the case with the NFL.

The league is so popular that 28 of the 30 most-watched TV shows last fall were NFL games. The last two Super Bowls were the most-watched programs in the history of American television.

Another example of how filthy rich the league has become: For Super Bowl XLV in Dallas last month, the NFL offered 4,000 fans a chance to watch the game outside of Cowboys Stadium on a big TV screen. The famous Cowboys cheerleaders made a cameo appearance, and anyone buying a ticket was given a commemorative scarf.

The cost of the ticket was $200. Predictably, all 4,000 tickets were quickly gobbled up.

As far as the players themselves, the average salary is reportedly around $990,000. The Steelers' salary scale ranges from the $11.56 million Ben Roethlisberger is due to make in 2011 to $405,000, which is what the six lowest-paid players on the team are due to make.

Obviously, the players are doing pretty well financially.

Since the owners locked out the players on March 11, there has been sniping from both sides. But the most absurd comments came from running backs Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and the Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall, who compared the lockout to "modern-day slavery."

Mendenhall said on his Twitter account that "Anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel each other."

That's as disgusting as it is moronic.

After he was taken in the first round of the 2007 draft, Peterson signed a six-year deal worth $40.5 million with $17 million guaranteed. Mendenhall, a first-round pick in '08, signed a five-year deal worth $12.55 million with $7.125 million guaranteed.

For them to even compare the NFL to slavery shows how misguided and greedy they must be.

But regardless of how this mess is resolved, I'm certain of two things.

One, there will be a season in 2011. Despite their differences, they'll eventually reach an agreement.

Secondly, both sides will still figure to come out on top. There's too much money involved for them not to.

Mike Bires can be reached at mbires@timesonline.com

OX1947
03-28-2011, 10:57 AM
Blah blah blah, we get it, they're greedy. How bout writing some original material that we don't know already. If you want to call anyone greedy, stop calling the players greedy by the way. No one is telling the owners to pay these players 100 mil and then bending over fans with 30 dollar parking costs and making fans pay full price for preseason games. NFL owners are the epitome of this society of greed and liars.

Why do they want 1 billion more? What for? So they can make up for those seats no one is buying? There were more blackouts this year then the last 6 years. 9.5 billion dollars and they are not happy? Just amazing.