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The lack of respect displayed by NFL owners towards fans and players is manifesting itself in a way owners never envisioned in a million years. They’ve continued to increase the cost of tickets, force cities and fans to build new stadiums on their backs without any regard for whether or not it’s affordable.  Most of the fans in a city where an NFL team is located can’t afford to even attend a game, let alone afford the taxes assessed on them so that the owners can try and outdo each other with bigger stadiums because of their greed and egos.

In an article written by Royce Young on March 23, 2014, Mark Cuban made the following statement during a program interview when the conversation covering a number of topics turned to football:

 “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion.” “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they’re getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way.

“I’m just telling you, when you’ve got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That’s rule number one of business.”

Cuban was referring to the NFL grabbing more television nights and I am going to venture to say that Cuban’s words are coming true. Viewership and attendance at games is significantly down.  The NBA is on its heels and making a strong challenge.  Additionally, football fans are starting to prefer college football more and more now because most NFL games just plain BLOW.  It is my opinion that NFL owners started a smear campaign against Colin Kaepernick to try and explain away the low attendance and viewership by saying Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest has caused low attendance and viewership, give me a break one man doesn’t make a difference in people choosing to watch a football game.  Honestly, most fans don’t care and are much more forgiving than the media and the small minded NFL owners.

At the end of the day, the NFL has saturated the market and in doing so the product that is being produced is awful. Most of the games are not watchable because of the constant general manager and coaching carousel changes. The commentators are horrible and fans and cities are sick of paying for stadiums and getting nothing in return.  It is time for media outlets to write the truth about NFL owners. Media outlets only recently started writing about the Kaepernick situation in a slightly different light because fans have taken to the streets to protest Kap’s treatment by the owners.

We all know that Kap has been blackballed and now the chickens are coming home to roost on the NFL owners. Players on the Dallas Cowboys team are saying that Jerry Jones never told them that they had to stand for the National Anthem or they would not be working for him.  Seriously, what kind of cloak and dagger routine is that about?  He said it but his players are still being bullied by him so they’re running scared.  At the end of the day, the truth will be revealed and he will have to own what he said.  Players in the NFL have been bullied and threatened by the owners for years and it’s time for them to stand up and say enough is enough.  Stop allowing the media to deflect from what the real issues are and Colin Kaepernick protesting police brutality is a deflection.

I enjoy football and recently became a season ticketholder for the Tennessee Titans when I relocated to Nashville because I couldn’t remain a fan of the hapless 49ers any longer, talk about poor management, enough said.




It is time for NFL Players to stop being intimidated by the NFL Owners

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It is time for the NFL to become more in line with the NBA and MLB when it comes to its treatment of the players that risk life and limb to play the game. The NFL owners are not concerned about the players or fans they only care about  lining their own pockets.  Football is the most violent sport, yet it has the worst player contracts and health insurance.  It is time for the NFL players to say enough of being treated like chattel.

The only way change can or will happen is if key players like Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Richard Sherman etc. take a stand against the owners. Tom Brady needs to stop hanging out with Robert Kraft and be about the players.  Key players in the NFL tend to separate themselves from the rest of the players, which is stupid and not a “team” mentality. NBA and MLB players are about the good of the team, not management/ownership.  My recommendation is for key NFL players to sit down with key members of the NBA and MLB Players Associations and brainstorm about the best way to tackle this mess with the NFL owners.

One of the things they’ve got to do is put a plan in place to tear down the current establishment and it can’t be done on a whim. The players need to meet and develop a strategy for a lockout, which includes telling players to start saving their money and be frugal because they’re going to be in for a long fight.  The current leadership of the players association must be ousted and new leadership ushered in.

Another problem with the league is some of the players have the tendency to be very negative towards each other, which keeps the players association from becoming a more cohesive and strong organization for the players. The owners have created an environment of fear and intimidation and that has resulted in the players not having a voice.  Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles has challenged other white players to join in support of the protest that several African American players are engaged in with respect to the National Anthem.  Alex Smith was asked about the situation with Colin Kaepernick and he’s just as perplexed as everyone on the outside looking in as to why Kap is unemployed and Kap took his job.  What’s happening with the NFL is not about the National Anthem, it’s about being fair and just to the players and the owners refusal to do what’s right.

At the end of the day the players can’t depend on the owners for support, it’s time for the players to take control of their own destiny and fight for what’s right.  It’s time for the Joe Montana’s, Peyton Manning’s and Jerry Rice’s of the football world to take a stand and fight for the rights of players.




NBA Owners vs. NFL Owners

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It’s my opinion that NBA owners are more progressive than NFL owners. Some people want to say it’s “old money” versus “new money.”  It is my opinion it’s ignorance vs progression, plain and simple.  As the old saying goes “Ignorance is Bliss.”

It is blatantly evident that the NFL owners decided to blackball Colin Kaepernick because he openly expressed his displeasure with the police brutality taking place in this country against people of color by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. The Miami Dolphins chose to hire Jay Cutler, who had retired from football and was a mediocre quarterback at best, instead of giving Kap an opportunity.  The Baltimore Ravens sent a survey to fans and ultimately decided not to hire Kap.  This kind of blatant shunning of a player is sickening.  Colin has not committed any crimes, beaten his girlfriend or broken any laws but because he chose to exercise his constitutional rights, the owners have blackballed him under the guise of “fear of losing” fan support, which is garbage and we all know it.

I never approved of what Colin did, not because I felt that he was wrong but because I knew this would be the end result of not thinking his actions through. At the end of the day, a person cannot do what they want to do on their employer’s dime, without suffering the consequences.  That being said, NFL owners lack the mental fortitude needed to become more of a player oriented league and stand up for what is right.  NFL owners are greedy and don’t really care about the players or the fans.  They only care about lining their own pockets and to hell with everyone else.

Mark Cuban said it best when he was asked to provide his thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick situation, Cuban said: “I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players.” “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights….  Cuban’s statement reflects the difference between NBA owners and NFL owners.

I’m going to end this blog with Cuban’s statement because in my opinion that sums it up in a nutshell.