Moe Greene

March 11th, 2011 at 5:08 PM ^

A multi billion dollar product that's growing by leaps and bounds, and these peckerheads are going to figure out a way to kill it.

NICE.

Gary Bettman is probably laughing himself silly right now.

JohnnyBlue

March 11th, 2011 at 5:25 PM ^

While I don't feel ethier side should be bitching about money, I think the owners wanted this lockout from the beginning. if they wanted to make a deal they would just open there books and then they would just hammer out a fair deal. the fact that they won't open said books just says to me there are skeletons in the closet they don't want the players to know.

Shemmy126

March 11th, 2011 at 5:33 PM ^

While I agree that neither side is in any position to be complaining about $$, opening complete financial records is rare to unheard of in collective bargaining- and the union knows this.  Union contracts are negotiated in almost every type of business without this "complete" financial transparency- and are completely unnecessary to complete a deal.  Not one of the previous collective bargaining agreements negotiated by any major American sports league has required said complete of books.    It is greed on both sides that is driving this dispute, and neither side gives one shit about us- the fans that pay the bills- no matter what is said in the media.

BiSB

March 11th, 2011 at 5:30 PM ^

The Lions need to get Shane Falco on the phone ASAP.  If he can lead that team to a few wins, he's gotta be a priority in the event of a long strike. 

If he's not available, Johnny Utah might work, though I worry about his knee.

LSAClassOf2000

March 11th, 2011 at 5:27 PM ^

F is only two keys from H. NFL, NHL.....could be an easy mistake to make soon enough. 

To that end, I have excellent vibes about the Lions' chances to at least go 8-8 against the lockout this year. 

dennisblundon

March 11th, 2011 at 5:42 PM ^

Does anyone really think that the owners are losing money? Short of Florida teams, which god only knows why they have 3 teams when no one gives a shit about 1, what other franchise is losing money. 

The players called bullshit and the owners walked. Pretty much sums it up.

yoopergoblue

March 11th, 2011 at 7:55 PM ^

The Players crush the Owners and we'll be paying even more for tickets than we already are.  Profits for the only publicly owned NFL team, the Green Bay Packers, have been decreasing steadily for the past handful of years due to the increasing salaries of the players.  The books of the Packers are open to anyone and the players union has undoubtedly scoured them thoroughly.  I would think that this would be enough for the players union because Green Bay is a franchise that has the most loyal fanbase you can think of which sells out every game and has somewhat of a national following.  Both sides are being greedy but I believe the owners have more of a legitimate bitch than the players do.

Jeff

March 12th, 2011 at 5:11 PM ^

The decreasing profits aren't due to "increasing salaries" though.  The salaries of players jumped in 2006 when the new CBA agreement was passed but has held fixed at just under 60% of adjusted gross revenue.  I don't follow the financial status of the Packers very closely but isn't a large part of the cause for their decreasing profits the following?

  1. Stadium renovation in the 2000s when city/state governments were very reluctant to pay for most/all of stadium construction.  The Packers sold some new stock and took out loans to fund renovation as opposed to teams that renovated in the 90s and got their stadiums for essentially free.
  2. The revenue sharing part of the CBA.  I imagine the Packers are in the top 15 teams in terms of revenue.  So they have to pay to some of their profit to lousy franchises.

Certainly there are many concessions that the NFL will get out of the players but cutting player salaries by 1 billion dollars probably doesn't have to be one of them.

Maybe for the Packers there is no way to increase their profitability other than cutting salaries but I doubt it (and remember that they are still profitable).  For other teams like the Cowboys it is harder to pity them.  Perhaps Jerry Jones should have only spent $20 million dollars on his video screen instead of $35 million.