|DeMaurice Smith (L) watches as Robert Kraft (C) gets a hug from Jeff Saturday (R) outside the NFL Players Association Headquarters in Washington July 25, 2011. Reuters.|
Finally, the NFL owners and players were able to hug it out and put an end to the lockout. They were able to put aside their differences and come to an agreement about more money than the average fan will see in their lifetime.
NBA, please take notice.
On any given Sunday, watch and see that fans are fickle, changing their mind about their favorite player with a drop of a pass. But, we still show up and spend our money on tickets, parking, beverages, hot dogs, jerseys, etc. For many fans, going to a game is a sacrifice. I know hardcore fans that right now, can't afford to take their families to a game. So thankfully, the NFL and players got wise to the fact that in these days of economic uncertainty, your average fan does not have an ounce of sympathy for the average millionaire.
When you have a guy like Peyton Manning that makes $718,750 per *game* and you make $40,000 a *year* that my friends is a tough sell. The guy in the Dawg Pound would have to work for almost 18 years to make what Peyton makes in a game.
The days of Gordon Gecko and "Greed is good," are gone for the most part. People are tired of the wealthy whining about being broke. Or health insurance. My head almost popped off when NFL players were griping about health insurance. I'm sorry but until they had to decide between, heating their home, eating or getting their medicine, I don't want to hear it.
Everyday people depend on the NFL and players to make ends meet. The guy that hawks beer...the woman selling hot dogs...the vendors working training camps all over the country. That 7 bucks or so an hour makes a difference for them and their families.
Thank you NFL and players for getting your act together and realizing that.
Now, who is ready for some football?