This should make you feel good about the owners.
In an interesting column about how some players – despite being warned over and over again by the NFLPA – are spending piles of money and not saving for what happens if a lockout occurs, CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman bemoans the short-sighted attitude of many players who just don’t understand the reality of this labor situation. Or don’t care about it and just want to spend money.
But the sentence that caught my eyes was this:
Owners are aware of this and plan to use the players' lack of spending control against them should the expected labor strife occur.
I get it. I understand the owners want to take advantage of every little bit of leverage they can find when negotiations begin – and the same goes for the NFLPA – but it’s hard to get the image of Henry F. Potter out of your head when you read something like that.
It’s funny, I had a conversation last season with former Jets WR Laveranues Coles when we were talking about saving money and discussing strategies for the best way to invest. We both knew the importance of setting up yourself for the future. Of course, Coles was 32 at the time. The problem is that a 23-year-old kid with wads of dough in his pocket doesn’t think like that.
So, he buys that fourth car or he buys that third house. The owners know better. But they also know that if they can make a positive gain off a monetary loss for the players, they’re prepared to do so.
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