So in the past few weeks I’ve gotten asked by my girl friends what these labor talks are about and here is my take…
The owners who make millions/billions at not only NFL football but also other pursuits (that put them in the financial position to buy the team) want more money. And the players who also make a ton of money want more money. I have heard a lot of talk about siding for the players because it is the right thing to do. Ya don’t say?
*Disclaimer* I am no financial expert other than I pay my bills on time.
I hear the players talking about pension and insurance after retirement. And while I believe everyone should have access to health care after retiring, I have issues with this. At 340K a year and that is league minimum I know I could put money back for insurance. And the boo-hooing about bad investments, ever heard of a simple CD? I am not saying there should be 18 games and no compensation for players I am just talking common sense. I have a hard time feeling bad for someone who cries about being broke AFTER you have pocketed millions. It is not my fault they invested bad or spent it like water. And this is one reason players have no leverage when it really comes down to it.
Look at the owners. Successful business men who have for the most part been wise with their money. They after all did have the cash lying around to wake up one day and say “I think I will lobby for and invest in a sports team”. And for those teams truly owned by families. If they didn’t surround themselves with the right people in the financial department they would no longer own the team.
But in the end we are all selfish. This is exactly why the average fan doesn’t feel bad for either side and just wants the whole thing done before the first game of the season. In fact don’t cover it ESPN, fat chance I know, just tell me when the whining is over and I can go see my team play.
- Racheal Sayers