September 11, 2010

The Coming War

It appears the NFL is set for a cataclysmic labor showdown a year from now, and Mike Silver (no relation) has a good roundup of what's going on.

I'm on the players' side, no question. They're the product, and they're the ones risking their lives and, in more and more cases, their lifelong physical well-being. Meanwhile, the owners have, by far, the most owner-friendly economic system of any major sport, and they're ready to shut down the game because they want it to be even more owner-friendly.

And not only that, the likes of Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft want to crush the league's revenue-sharing model, which is generally considered the #1 reason for the league's success. Are they really stupid enough to blow it all up, like the baseball owners did in the mid-'90s? Unfortunately, I think they are.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 11, 2010 09:41 PM
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