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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In the Heart of Steeler Country
Re: Peterson and Mendenhall Compare the NFL to Slavery
In the way that they round them up like cattle at the combine, call them RB19, 5-10,220#,4.50 40, 260 # bench, it is. But then they go on to make $10 million. Slaves didn't make bank like that.
I can understand the players wanting the NFL to give total transparency on league revenues. The salary cap is determined precisely by that. In effect, the players work on commission. If any of us were paid on a 45% of X basis, I bet we'd all love to know exactly how much X is. They are trying to get the best deal for themselves, just like the owners. The owners own the teams and deserve to be handsomely rewarded, and they are. I think that playoff revenues should be split between the teams left in the playoffs. IE-Wild Card Round=1/12 per team, Divisional Round=1/8 per team, etc. That way, NFL teams that have ownership like the Pittsburgh Pirates don't get welfare. But the players shouldn't be faulted for trying to get the best deal they can, either. Just as the owners have a very valuable asset, the players control a very valuable asset also, their talent. Lets face it, would you rather see Big Ben and Mendenhall, or Dixon and Dwyer? A deal FAIR to both sides should be able to be reached. Somehow, I have a hard time believing that Goodell is helping this process. If I were a defensive player, I wouldn't agree to anything if he remains Commish. He doesn't want to allow defensive players to do their jobs, which in turn affects their salary big time. Poor Harrison had $100k stolen from him last year due to arbitrary fines for borderline hits that were legal the week before. What did he do to Vince Young that deserved $5k fine? He tackled him while the play was going on, while Young had the ball. Yes, he dropped him on his head, but that isn't expressly written in the rules as illegal. Could he have actually damaged Young's minuscule brain anyway? The players should hold out for a disciplinary committee with players and management, and a separate appeals board. As it stands now, Goodell's toadies and him sit in the office Tuesday morning, and watch every Harrison hit on super slow motion, looking for anything to fine him for. When Harrison appeals, he has to appeal to the people who sentenced him. If you get a speeding ticket, and the magistrate, who happens to be the officers brother in law, upholds it, should they make you appeal to the same magistrate? The players are the ones who play under the rules, they should have a say on what the rules are. And no, that committee should not consist of Brady, Brees and Manning. We should allow defensive players also, to be fair. If it were up to Brady, you wouldn't be allowed to hit at all.
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