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NFL PLayers Want Non-Football Revenue Too?


I love the Miami Dolphins.  LOVE THEM!  I have the team logo tatted on my arm and I eat, breath, and sleep Phins football.  I also absolutely hate this lockout garbage but as a supporter of the owners, I truly believe that it is not their fault but more of a forced hand brought on by the former NFLPA and their “effing” lawyers.  Specifically Jeff Kessler and for his part, DeMaurice Smith. Over the last few weeks it appeared that talks were moving along and that an end to this labor dispute was coming to a close sooner rather than later.  That still may be the case.

However, if I were an NFL owner right now, I would tell the players to go to hell.  PERIOD!  Take your chances in court!

What has got me all worked up today?  An article on PFT regarding an article by Yahoo’s Michael Silver about the lockout.  You can read the article yourself by clicking the “clip” below.  I only needed to read two pieces of it to get steamed.  The first I was already aware of.  That is the fact that the players, presumably under the advice of Kessler, wants total revenue from the owners to include sales tax.  In other words if the owners make $1.00 and the IRS taxes some govt. takes a quarter of that dollar for tax the players want their percentage to come from the full buck instead of the .75 that the owners actually get.  This is complete and utter garbage aimed at doing nothing more than stalling talks or worse proving that their cry of “this is not about money” really is nothing more than being about money.

If that wasn’t enough, the players now are also asking to receive a piece of concert revenue pie from the use of the stadiums!  I mean WTF is that?

In my opinion it’s one thing to ask for a higher percentage of what is being offered and telling the owners that unless they open their books that the players will give nothing back for yearly expense increases, it’s entirely something else for the players to start demanding or even asking for a cut of the revenue from other sources outside of the NFL game operations.

Case in point.  Yesterday the PBA hosted the Women’s U.S. Open tournament finals in the new Cowboys stadium.  Should NFL players get money from that?  Hell freaking no they shouldn’t.  Absolutely ZERO entitlement to that.  If Paul McCartney plays a sold out concert a Sun-Life Stadium the players deserve nothing from that gate.  NOTHING.  Not one freaking penny.

When the players start ponying up part of their money for stadium renovations, repair, and general upkeep, then they can start talking about getting a share of what is generated at the stadium when they are not there playing on those fields.  Hell, the players don’t even pay a dime to vacuum the floors of their locker rooms let alone bother to clean the locker rooms before they leave it.

This is pure greed and nothing more.  In fact, this is so freaking stomach churning to me that I can say I will never put a dime into the players pocket by purchasing personalized jerseys, buying football cards, or anything with their likeness.  I mean, seriously why should I?  It used to be that players played football for the love of the game, now with each passing year it seems more and more like they simply play as long as they make money.  The worst part is there are guys out there who would play for 90% less than what these players demand or currently make.  They would simply play for the fun of playing football.

The owners are walking on a fine line with the labor discussions and the players are quick to point out that they will not cave simply so there will be a full season.  The owners themselves have capitulated on some issues and have changed their minds on others…but if they accept any agreement from the players that includes stadium revenue generated outside the game of football, then they are simply stupid.  Personally, I would tell the players to go to hell and then go to the unemployment line.  And I would drag out every legal battle I could to keep them off the field.

I updated this article to reflect the notion that I had no clue to what I was talking about and to point out that the IRS is not taxing the teams.  It absolutely changed nothing of my opinion on this.  The fact is the players don’t want to pay for shit when it comes to the NFL but want everything.  Screw ‘em.

Tags: Jeff Kessler Miami Dolphins NFL NFL Lockout NFLPA

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  • Schottey

    Um…no.

    Your analogy is misguided and false.

    The players are asking that TOTAL ticket sales be included in TOTAL revenue. The owners are arguing that taxes shouldn’t be included.

    If we’re using your “dollar” explanation: If owners sell a ticket for a dollar and the state govt. (not the IRS) taxes .25, then the players want the full dollar to be a part of the equation. Owners want only 75 cents to be a part of the equation.

    You’ve horribly misconstrued that fact to your own ends.

  • Brian Miller

    Either way you want to think about it or find logic in it, there is no freaking way in hell that I would give the players part of what I don’t keep. The owners don’t get any money from those tax dollars so why the hell should the players? If the owners sell a ticket for a buck and any govt. takes .25 cents of it, the players should only get their percentage off the remaining .75 cents. PERIOD

  • beowulf

    Talk about being “misguided”, Schotty. If the revenue is a dollar including tax, then the players want a percentage of the dollar, not of the 80 cents or so that the owners get. Like the IRS they want a part of the WHOLE pie, not the profits. The players are acting as if they deserve partial ownership with these demands! Anybody who sides with these spoiled a$$clowns is a fool!

  • Schottey

    Wait, I’m somehow “wrong” because I pointed out that the author misunderstood the article and made a pretty huge error and based an entire article off of that error?

    Where did I state any opinion to the contrary? I just pointed out that in your anti-player furor, you misguided your readers to the tune of 50 cents (in your analogy) and millions of dollars (in real life dollars.)

    But, either way, believe what you want and the facts be damned!

  • fins4ever1

    Keep in mind it is common strategy in negotiations for one side to ask for something that they have little chance of getting, but it makes the other side feel they have won something when the request is rejected.

    Meanwhile the side that suggests a one sided agreement is prepared for the objection and moves closer to what they really want or will agree upon.

    True story:

    We were house shopping and found just the perfect place. The lady who owned it was recently divorced and put it on the market herself to save a commission fee.

    When we went into the kitchen we commented on the hanging copper pots and pans. She said they were a gift and she could never part with them. In other words, she made it clear they were not part of the deal.

    We made an offer considerably less than the asking price and threw in the condition that the copper pans stay with the house. She went ballistic and immediately turned down our offer. Actually, she was insulted.

    I let her cool off a couple of days and called her back to say I understood about the pans and she could keep them. She quickly agreed to our price and felt like she won the negotiation. We, on the other hand, would have liked the pans, but our goal was to save the 25K on the price.

    I feel the NFLPA and the owners are playing the same game.

  • Mike

    I say “send in the scabs.” I’ll still watch. I have not heard one of these entitled NFL players make any sort of case for the college players who receive NO compensation. Don’t give me the free education argument, please. Their bodies take very similar abuse, and they can’t even accept gifts or be taken out to dinner. They’re the ones who should be crying.

    • fins4ever1

      Agree with Mike, it is due time these overpaid whiners are put in their place. Actually, I will be disappointed to see them back!

  • Schottey

    Teams hire scabs during a strike.

    This is not a strike. This is a lockout.

    The owners cannot lockout players under contract and hire players not currently under contract. That is against the law.

    • fins4ever1

      Must admit I am not up on the legal aspect but know it has been done in the past. Didn’t the union dissolve for a legal advantage? Can’t have it both ways.

    • Mike

      Good points, I didn’t realize that. I’m tired of these guys whining. I don’t care if they put their bodies on the line. So do hundreds of other professions out there. No one is gonna care when I fall off a ladder and break my neck or whatever at work. I’m sick of paying $70 per seat in the nosebleeds so these guys can make it rain at the club and hire defense lawyers to beat their sexual assault or DUI charges. Why should the owners give up that much of their pie, when they assume ALL of the risk, and the taxpayers assume all of the stadium burden? I’d never open my books for ANY employee and I don’t blame these owners. At my job, I have the mentality that I am lucky to be employed right now, and as long as my check clears every Friday, I will do whatever my employer wants me to.

  • Brian Miller

    you’re right schottey, instead the owners can simply not re-sign any player not under contract and the entire league can simply phase out all contracted players with college kids and pay them with no cap structure what so ever. It would never happen which is why I hope the owners do not cave in to the players.

    I still strongly disagree with the asking of total revenue instead of what the league actually makes. There is no freaking way they deserve to even ask for the tax amounts. NONE.

    • Jhizzle

      The players do deserve a portion of the total revenue…they do not deserve anything from the sales tax. If i pay $1 for a ticket the state is going to charge me an additional tax on top of that $1, say $0.05. The owners are still making their $1, the state is making $0.5, and the players want a percentage based off the total of $1.05. So again, the only ones losing anything is us the fans