The billion dollar battle, the football fray, the silly skirmish. Call it what you want – the NFL is knee deep if you know what I mean.
An offer was laid out by the player’s union yesterday, and the owners didn’t even bat an eyelash before walking away. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cancelled an owners meeting that was scheduled for next Tuesday in Philadelphia – the city of Brotherly Love. There isn’t much love between the players and the league at this point.
Just four days after the close of the 2010 NFL season, we are left wondering how much of a 2011 season there will be. Owners want a bigger portion of the league’s revenue ($9 billion), and they want to set a limit on rookie payouts. They also want to expand the regular season to 18 games and cut preseason down to two games.
The players are content with how the NFL runs today. However, if there must be changes, they would like to see improved health benefits and a bump in pay if the league expands the regular season schedule.
Come September, the league will lose $400 million for every week that football isn’t played. Silent Sunday will be felt around all around, not just in coaches, players, and owners’ pockets, but in the hearts of NFL fans and the economy of NFL cities. Cities will lose $160 million – certainly no chump change.
No one wants to hear the ‘L” word, but a lockout if looking more realistic considering the two sides are not set to meet anytime in the near future and the current CBA expires in three weeks.
Desolate is the feeling that surrounds the off season right now. Usually, we would be getting pumped up about the draft and possible off season trades, but the Broncos and the rest of the league will suspend all NFL action after March 3rd until this thing is worked out.
That’s just plain evil.
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