TAMPA - It’s always interesting to me to listen to two parties argue over the potential loss of millions, when in fact, they’re still going to make billions when it’s all over.
Such is the case with this pending NFL lockout.
NFL labor guy Jeff Pash projects the NFL could lose $120 million in potential revenue if no settlement is reached by the March 3 deadline.
Should the lockout extend to September, the league bumps the total to $1 billion.
Here’s what really makes me laugh.
The TV networks still have to pony up the rights fees money during the lockout. All the league has to do is repay them.
So, if I get this right, the NFL will get millions during a lockout to do whatever they want with it without a product on the field.
What do you think the league will do with that loot?
A. Hold a big owners party on an island they buy?
B. Hold a big owners party at an Elks Club near you?
C. Hold a big owners party at Brett’s Restaurant in Green Bay?
D. Hold a big owners party at Al Davis’s home?
E. Collect interest on the money?
Of course, they’ll sock it away, make some interest, and then pay the principal back when they have to.
This little deal with the networks is essentially a strike fund for the owners. Smart guys, those owners.
This is all about money, and who gets what share. The owners want to take back a portion of what they agreed to in the last CBA.
That request never gets a warm reception, especially if you are dealing with a business (NFL) that still racks in a ton of loot in the worst of economic times.
I don’t think the league will be facing bankruptcy anytime soon.
We as outsiders sit back and listen to this lip flap from both sides.
Everyone involved in this test of wills try to jock for fan approval.
Fact is, there should never be a winner in the heart’s of the fans.
If you think either side gives a flip about what the fans really think as this process moves along, you are totally kidding yourself.
Both sides know, when the smoke clears, and the deal gets done, NFL fans will forgive and forget.
Have a nice labor war, boys. Call me when your battle over billions is over. Better yet call me collect. You can afford it.
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