Comment 59970

By Mogadon Megalodon (anonymous) | Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:26:02

NFL owners want guarantees no other business provides
By Sally Jenkins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 17, 2011; 12:09 AM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/16/AR2011021603846.html

Excerpt:

"The owners are lucky that the collective bargaining process is so convoluted, and the language of their argument with the players is hard to understand. Because when you peel away the headachy legal terms and expose their real position, it can be summed up very simply: They believe they are entitled to make money every year, even in the midst of disastrous recessions. They think they are owed a living.

They also think your money is actually their money. Or at least, it used to be yours, before you paid it at the box office, paid it at the concessions, paid it in the parking lot, and paid it in countless other ways - from those deplorable "seat licenses" to tax breaks and public funds for new stadiums and renovations, where they can charge you even more.

What are owners really owed in return for their investments? That's what fans must decide, in weighing whose side to support in the impending lockout and labor impasse, which, judging by the belligerent maneuvering of the past week now, likely will last many months and disrupt next season. The core issue is this: Owners resent the fact that a lot of your money is going into the pockets of players, instead of into their own."

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