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The Daily Shoutout

Posted on: May 16, 2011 7:38 am
 
THE POLITICS OF WEALTH: Michael Strahan, the former New York Giant, recently raised an interesting point on Twitter. This is what he wrote:

"Why is it that athletes can be overpaid but owners aren't? Is there a basic logic behind that?"

I've always considered Strahan one of the smartest athletes I've ever covered and also mostly fearless. As happened several times during Strahan's career, something he said ignited a passionate debate. After re-tweeting Strahan, my own Twitter exploded, turning a sleepy and rainy Saturday afternoon in the east into a fiery one.

The 200-300 tweets sent to me seemed equally divided. Half said owners created their own wealth and deserved every penny while the other half said players were a rare resource who did things few on the planet can and deserved to be paid well for it. I think Strahan's overall point is a viable one. There does seem to be far more resentment over players making millions from football than owners making millions from football (if not a lot more). Perhaps the biggest reason is that we see and read about the players daily. They're closer to us. They're ubiquitous. Owners, with the exception of Jerry Jones, are mostly invisible.

Some fans also feel that they're just a heartbeat away from being a pro athlete which is, of course, laughable.

We also don't seem to have dislike for actors who make $15 million a movie but we have disdain for players who make a great deal of cash. Ben Stiller earned $53 million one year. Ben Stiller? Have you seen him act? Ben Stiller and myself have something in common. Neither of us will ever win an Academy Award for best actor.

Strahan's tweet was an interesting jumping off point in this lockout battle for hearts and minds and I don't expect this debate to end any time soon.

MEDIATION RETURNS: Yippeeee!

PLEASE. STOP IT: Donovan McNabb's career isn't over. Not yet.

See you Tuesday.

Category: NFL
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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:14 pm
 

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Ok tymxposure let me explain to u since i see u just started your account and are new to this how it works. Were all adults here and mostly we tend to not get into childish arguments and name calling like u are trying to provoke. The way it works is u read an article and then u can form your own opinions about the situation, rather than read the article and then read everyone else's opinion and try to rip everyone else apart by stateing random things u read to support your arguement and protest theirs. Obviously we stand on different sides of the fence on this topic. U wont change my mind as i won't even attemp to change yours. So move on the next topic and try to remember people can feel anyway they like about situations whether u think there wrong or not. k, thanks




Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:17 pm
 

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and " my own opinions." crazy huh
Nah, they aren't yours. But I did forget to add 'facility as parrot.'



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:51 pm
 

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and " my own opinions." crazy huh



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:21 pm
 

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Sarcasm and bluster is all he's got.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:04 pm
 

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lol, yes sir...



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:32 pm
 

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AIRFORCE1......are you being sarcastic?




Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:34 am
 

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Congratulations u turned me! Im now on the side of the players! I agree we should let the employee's run the company. They definalty do deserve the majority of the money for all the risk and hard work they put in for the ten or so years their there. Im mean after all with out them there would definalty be no league. Its not like we could find more players anywhere... U are a visionary and i cant believe i even had my own opinions about it. Thank your for pointing out my mistake and submitting articles that could help me see the error or my ways. It wont happen again.



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:01 am
 

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Read Tex Schramms biography! He states right in it how the cowboys orginization was hemorrhaging money and he couldn't afford it anymore, so he sold it to jerry jones!

Perhaps you should re-read that biography, because Schramm never owned the Cowboys. He was president and general manager under the first owner, Clint Murchison, and Murchison's successor, 'Bum' Bright. He only left the organization after Jerry Jones fired Landry.
For the sake of discussion, I will allow that perhaps he had an interest in the team, but the team was never his to sell. 

And as far as the rest of your rant goes, take it back to the Fox News blogs and comment sections. I'm not surprised in your unwillingness to look at any information challenging to your predetermined world view, but I am amused that you question my willingness to look at outside information. look at my posts on this topic and you will see a fairly wide sampling of sources for what I say- at least in my last 6 or so posts.

First off, except for a few franchises the GM and coaching staff make the draft picks not the owners and when these first rounders turn out to be garbage they lose the millions they gave them for there signing bonuses!
This is generally true, although I'm pretty sure The Panthers ownership was well aware the new head coach and the GM were planning on keeping their first pick in the draft and using it to take a player that would probably cost $10 million or more in his first year. And as far as our most recent example of money wasted on busts, Mr. Jamarcus Russell, well I think everybody knows who made that decision.

Once again dont try and attack my opinion by stating random facts from passages written by someone else to support what ever side they were on.
Let me explain: these are called 'attributions' and are used by people who actually do a little research on a topic and then use that research to try and present a coherent argument with reputable, pertinent sources to support their claims. I know it must seem odd to you based on your reaction, but I assure you this is common practice in academic writing of all types and used to be the norm in journalism until 'anonymous sources' became acceptable. 

I know this isn't a popular method of writing in forums like this. Flames, snarks and trolls are much more entertaining, and I don't intend on moving in here- I just like baiting Fox zombies on labor issues.  
 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:53 pm
 

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I dont need to read anything because theres a million articles and blogs out there to support each side! What i did was form my "own opinion" based on things i read. I suggest u do the same and save your comments. And there have been owners that lost millions and thats why they sold there teams! Read Tex Schramms biography! He states right in it how the cowboys orginization was hemorrhaging money and he couldn't afford it anymore, so he sold it to jerry jones! Just because it isn't blasted across the papers doesnt mean its not happening. Why do u think the dolphins have multiple owners? But apperantly when "the owners" make "bad decisions drafting bust" its there fault and dont lose any money. R U serious? First off, except for a few franchises the GM and coaching staff make the draft picks not the owners and when these first rounders turn out to be garbage they lose the millions they gave them for there signing bonuses! Once again dont try and attack my opinion by stating random facts from passages written by someone else to support what ever side they were on.




Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 3:44 pm
 

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 The player has the opportunity to turn himself into a millionaire. While the owner really takes a chance at going bankrupt if he fails. If the owner runs a team into the ground or the team does poorly or the market just isnt good in their particular city they can possibly lose hundreds of millions they invested!
This is the most ridiculous thing I have read in this thread! Can ANYONE name the last NFL franchise that collapsed and left the owner losing miliions?

Never.

The last NFL franchise to fold was the Dallas Texans in 1952- after trying life as the Boston Yanks, New York Bulldogs and New York Yankees, it finally collapsed when you could still buy a franchise. The owner? It was the league itself. The original owner was bought out by the NFL. And franchises were 10's of thousands of dollars- not hundreds of millions.

Today, owners are at risk of minimizing their profits- nothing more. Read THIS and open your eyes, if not your mind... 
In every other buisness the owners make the majority of the money and the employees make a salary. This should be treated no differently.
In every other business there are strict regulations about monopoly and anti-trust activity... rules the NFL (and other sports leagues) are exempt from. So why again should they be like every other business?

And while players like Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell might be fun to snort at and use as examples of why players don't 'deserve' any money they get for their services, good or bad, the REAL example we are given is that owners can't save themselves from making bad decisions... and for that they want others to pay.


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