Why Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees Have Earned My Respect
Why Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees Have Earned My Respect
In the wake of the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) that has yet to be reached between the NFL and the Players' Union, there is talk that the union may "decertify" if they cannot reach an agreement with the owners. In other words, the union would "commit suicide", cease to exist, and expose the NFL to antitrust lawsuits. Word has it that if such an event happens, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees, are preparing to name themselves as plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL. picked by B-MoreRavensFan 1 week ago
tags antitrust NFL unions collective bargaining
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It says something about the greed of the NFL owners that the three of the elite quarterbacks in the game are publicly calling them out and getting ready to take them to court. This isn't simply about money, of millionaire athletes negotiating with billionaire team owners. The owners are prepared to not have an NFL season in 2011 if they don't get everything they want (18 game season, overall decreases in pay to increase the owners' share of the revenue, etc... sounds like Governor Walker). They are trying to squeeze every last drop of money out of the game without any concern for the players.

Lots of people complain that professional athletes are overpaid, and some aspects that is definitely true. However, football is a brutal sport, and the average professional football career is going to be less than 10 years of playing. Many former players have permanent life-altering injuries from football that require extensive medical care, so I don't think it out of line for these guys to make as much money as possible before the football gods end their career with a torn ACL or too many concussions. If you want to see real greed, look no further than the NFL ownership. Been to an NFL game lately? At least $100 for a ticket generally, in Baltimore anyway. $8 beers, $5 hot dogs, $7 nachos, $20-25 for parking. Season tickets cost thousands of dollars. Going to the game is definitely a luxury for people with some expendable income.

NPR has a great article about the players' union decertifying and what the consequences would be:

Corporate greed needs to be kept in check by organized labor, even if that labor is highly-paid athletes. I find it ironic that the players' union is actually a benefit to the NFL owners, and here the players would be fighting back by destroying their own union and expose the NFL to federal antitrust laws. It gives the NFL a strong incentive to negotiate with the union or face major litigation. These billionaires need to remember it is the players, not the owners, that generate the money that made them wealthy.
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7 days ago
Yea, those poor, underpaied millionaires playing in the NFL...
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