If you're going to accept half of what the owners were offering, then why not just propose that?
Sorry, this DeMaurice Smith-guy is simply hoping to out-Gene Upshaw, Gene Upshaw's memory...
I think this is the same, (allegedly
) corrupt Washington Labor attorney who was sued by former players - and had a mysterious fire break out in DeMaurice Smith's NFLPA office
- which some say oddly enough (allegedly) destroyed some evidence those former-players were seeking to help their case against the NFLPA - (something about former-players holding the new highly paid members of the NFLPA to account for not doing their
part to help out older/former players. See the old guys hold new players responsible for lack of a decent pension/healthcare - that they said they'd pay - except the new players said they couldn't afford to help just yet...).
Yeah, the way I heard it - the former players feel the popularity and financial success enjoyed by the current
players was built on the foundation of the older/former plauers - at great personal cost (politically and financially) - and felt it was only fair that a union of highly paid players set aside a portion of their trememdous incomes for former players who never made a lot of money, many of whom were now in poor health and some even destitute....that
DeMaurice Smith - same guy - just alleged that it was the owners
who weren't dealing "above board" with his union
Because if it is - the current players should watch their wallets where DeMaurice Smith's union is involved - any former player with an axe to grind later-on in their careers - may just find themselves on an updated "[ur=http://fourthandgoalunites.com/2010/04/16/demaurice-smith-is-using-gene-upshaw%e2%80%99s-blacklist/]blacklist[/url]"...started by the late Gene Upshaw, passed with care to dear DeMaurice...
To actually hear fans siding with millionaires for the priviledge of paying more for everything from beer, hotdogs, potato chips, cigarettes, cigars, Sunday Ticket, NFLnetwork, and tickets to the game - will pay more for EVERYTHING....and get this, it won't
help owners sell more
tickets because fans
have to pay more...
Are you guys beginning to get it yet? These morons aren't negotiating with the owners to hold onto hard fought wages/pensions/benefits - they're refusing to bear more of the operating costs from their wealth - the alternative is, whatever isn't shared by players - who make money from their base contracts, incentives, investments, AND private endorsements - is going to be picked up by YOU.
This is getting ABSOLUTELY ridiculous! Could you guys THINK before endorsing a side - try getting your information from somewhere other
than the nimrods on ESPN - because those guys think you're numbskulls
(see, they get paid for getting interviews and inside information from the PLAYERS
.). The ESPN/media guys don't really have a vested interest in what's best...for owners or fans...they get paid for showing games, getting postgame interviews from players - they don't ever worry about what the owners have to say - unless they're trying to help the players by reporting only what some owner says about something stupid Peyton Manning said,
Don't get me wrong, the owners aren't necessarily
worrying about the fans...but they know
that their costs are MUCH higher BECAUSE we FANS aren't going to their stadiums, you're NOT buying season tickets, and Sunday/Monday beer sales are NOT increasing...
It's just that in this "labor" dispute - our interests are better represented by the owners
...and you know what...? Regardless of what the media and a biased judge has to say - NO ONE can argue that the economy sucks, that there are more stadiums with empty seats, and every cost associated with the game has gone up exponentially.