All We’re Asking For Is Accountability ……….. The Fans That Is
In making their choice of choosing DeMaurice Smith the Players’ Association and have broken with tradition by naming an outsider to lead their union. Smith who’s a lawyer by profession brings with him a great deal of knowledge but primarily in the field of corporate litigation. So it’d be wise to presume that he possesses all of the communicative skills one would expect of a trial lawyer. That being said the union and how its members are now being perceived by the public may be of greater issue and concern for Smith . Rather than the cordial relationship that he for one states that he’d like to maintain with Goodell.
With the collective bargaining agreement about to be opted out of at the behest of the owners not being prepared to play ball with union. One can well understand that things could become very contentious between the two parties. It won’t be so much that the agreement itself can’t be dealt with in the appropriate manner. But with the now acute economic climate the players aren’t prepared to make any sort of concession to the owners that’d weaken their position overall. They’d rather be in the driver’s seat and not a passenger. And in a business where it’s gross revenues is in excess of $7.8bn . That’s a great deal of money that the union sees that ought to be placed within their own coffers by way of the agreement in place. The combined value of all 32 teams is in excess of $20 bn. And their television package alone annually is in the range of $900m. The contract is set to expire in 2010. But this plays only a marginal part in terms of the gross revenues that the league garners each year. When one takes into account the sales and merchandizing domestically as well as internationally. You can see why it is that the NFL is in such an enviable position. It has turned owners who came into the league as millionaires into billionaires. And multi millionaires into multi billionaires.
All of the franchises within the NFL have seen their values appreciate greatly over the past five years. And it certainly hasn’t exactly been a blight to the owners concerned. And now within the midst of an economic downturn . We’ve not exactly seen a tightening of the belts of many of the teams. Though it can be said that some teams have taken note. The NFL itself has laid off workers within its head office in New York. Some teams have followed suite but by laying off ancillary staff that it deems not needed or necessary. But yet the wage demands of the players are still at a disproportionately high level . Where one might deem it to be overly opportunistic. So much so that we’re now starting to see outrageous demands being met by teams who in all reality have either lost their minds. Or the mere fact that in their overzealousness to chase the immediacy of success warrants the spending of the vast sums. They deem that whatever it will take will be worth it in the long run. At this juncture there aren’t exactly any guarantees that the success envisaged will follow.
Teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins with their deep pockets and known for their overspending. They haven’t been the bastions of success over the last couple of years. If anything they’ve become all too well known for their mediocrity on the field of play. And the outsized ego’s of their owners and the off the field antics of some of their players. Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder respectively have become the embodiment of what the all power hungry NFL owner has become all about. In their zeal to win at all costs , it appears whatever it takes does take a back seat sound judgment . They’ve been known for more hits and misses when it comes to the conducting of their operations . But then if they’re still making money it doesn’t really matter to them at the end of the day. But for their long suffering fans they may well see it differently. Especially when it comes time to the renewal of the season tickets. Those increases along with that of the general admission prices do tend to take a bite of a fans’ discretionary spending. But yet the owners are of the opinion that the fans are only all too willing to endure this.