NFL: Why Roger Goodell Is Hurting the Cause of Team Owners in Labor Strife

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2011

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After reading Roger Goodell's letter to the Wall Street Journal, in which Goodell asserts that the players' wish list of demands is the true source of division between the players and owners, I must wonder: Why exactly did the owners choose this guy to be their voice?

Goodell has claimed that if the NFL players win, then there will be no NFL draft, no free agency, no minimum salaries, etc.

In other words, anarchy in the NFL.

Goodell may as well tell his children that they will not receive any Christmas presents because their letters to Santa were unrealistic.

Goodell is either unable to asses the real situation, or trying to scam the fans once again.  I feel safe in saying that I have rarely trusted Roger Goodell because of what I view as transparent attempts to turn fans against players.

The most obvious case, of course, has been Goodell's draconian policies of discipline, which, by and large, have been grossly inconsistent; and quite possibly as a subtle reminder to each and every player that, in truth, their services should only be rewarded with a sack of coal.

This is not to say that the players are actually sympathetic. 

In terms of behavior and financial management, many players are below the bar and somewhere closer to a pole in a seedy club.

Regardless of that, I can give some consideration to the fact that the players literally have their skin in the game, whereas, the owners only figuratively have their skin in the game. 

This is not baseball or basketball.

And by no means is the NFL an example of capitalism or the free-market.  The only common denominator between the NFL and capitalism is the philosophy that each individual should advocate their self-interest, even if collectively.

Football players, on average, live shorter lives, due of course, to the injuries incurred through the duration of their NFL career.  Meanwhile, the owners live into their 80s and beyond. 

By common sense, you know that the person who collects millions or billions of dollars per year for 30-50 years will make more by the end, then say, an NFL player who's career lasted three to five seasons.  And during that time, he suffered multiple concussions.  The owners on the other hand, live long enough to be senile.

This is not to say that the owners don't deserve credit for their role in the success of the NFL.

But spare me the analogies between your small business and the NFL. 

The average NFL stadium is constructed and maintained by convincing taxpayers that a stadium and NFL team is good for the local economy.  Which is true. 

Yet, by the inverse corollary, it would be bad for the economy if there is no NFL season in 2011.  The NFL owners are holding the players hostage, because the owners have no appreciation for the fact that they will make more money in a lifetime than any single player in the NFL ever will.

Under the previous CBA, a group of roughly 1,800 players that varies every year, collected a larger percentage of profits than the 32 owners that remain relatively constant, sometimes for decades.

Moreover, the NFL owners are also holding the everyday employees hostage (ticket sellers, grounds-keepers, etc.), as well as the businesses that would benefit from NFL games (advertisers, hotels, restaurants, airlines, etc). 

All because the owners want to pout that the players don't have their "skin" in the game. 

How ironic.

The NFL also has the power to black-out NFL games in local markets, if not enough people buy tickets for the stadium that they paid to build and often pay to maintain through taxes. 

So if the NFL is truly like your small business, then ask yourself this: Do you as a small business owner have the right to shut down competitors because the business at your store is too slow?

Remember this as well, it was the owners who chose to void the previous CBA, not the players.

The owners want more money.  The players have stalled with a plethora of demands.

In the court of law, the owners have lost thus far. 

In the court of public opinion, the owners are losing ground in a previously tied contest. 

The job of NFL commissioner is to be the sacrificial lamb for the owners, in the event that the public sides with the players in labor negotiations.  Right now, all I smell is the cooking of lamb chops.

I thought it was Roger Goodell's job to make us fans forget all those messy details. 

Instead, Goodell is hoping that we fans once again believe his bluff.

Somehow I get the feeling that Goodell views fans and media alike, as no different than the "idiots" corralled in the movie Dinner for Schmucks (2010) for the amusement of wealthy businessmen.

I couldn't help but add this.

Today, I learned that the royal family of Great Britain, actually has a person whose job it is to, well, wipe after they use the toilet.

Such a job is a goldmine for jokes. 

Is your resume a roll of toilet paper?  What is the job title for such a job?  The Royal Ass-Wiper?  The Royal Flusher?  The Royal Analyst?  The Minister of Rectal Affairs?  Would it be considered an act of treason for failure to go promptly and jiggle the handle?

The reason I added that is so the following statement makes sense.

What we have here is a failure to defecate.

Because Roger Goodell is clearly full of crap.


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