Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 03-27-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
A Son of Martha

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Bires: Lockout case of off-setting penalties

Bires: Lockout case of off-setting penalties
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
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
Living Legend
OX1947's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,207
Member Number: 723
Thanks: 320
Thanked 1,428 Times in 722 Posts
Default Re: Bires: Lockout case of off-setting penalties

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.
OX1947 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:15 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts