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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.


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

See you Tuesday.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:17 am

The Daily Shoutout

I have no issue with any Football player making any amount of money.  they have earned the bonus and if the team wants to cut them they have that option.  It is why football is so competitive. Same as Golf, tiger and phil cashing in, good for them.  My problem are the deals in Baseball, NBa and NHL where these guys sign 8 year deals and are done in year two with working hard and done performing by year three.  

As for owners, the ones who have a billion in the bank and then tell the employees to take 20pct paycut, well they are tolls in my book.   

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:13 am

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I've been watching the NFL for 50 years and would have to consider the owners overpaid.  I offer three reasons for that thought.  

First it seems to me only fair (and legal) that stadium naming rights income be split proportionately (based on their contribution) between those that financed the facilities. 

Second, another reason I believe they're overpaid is strictly a personaly belief that the product they're putting out has steadily diminished.  I haven't been to a game in a decade since I quite finding the product not worth the money.  Now with so many commercials I find watching it for free has become impossible. I usually tune in sometime during the 2nd half.   

Lastly, consider the lack of quality quarterbacks in the league.  Seems to me that there is an urgent need for an instructional league instead of strict reliance on the college system to provide talent. 

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 8:21 am

Owners Overpaid?

What a preposterous idea!  Our economic system is capitalism.  Those who have enough capital and want to purchase or start a business are entitled to do so.  There is always risk involved.  But the rewards are greater too.  Players are high paid employees.  They have no right to share the profits of the owners, period!  The owners share their profits by rewarding high performing employees with bigger contracts (bonuses & raises).  We are not a socialist or communist country that thwarts free enterprise.  The State doesn't pay salaries, ... businesses do.  I wish the players would shut their mouths already and do what they do best, .... play football!  When they start bringing their own money to the table to invest in their own franchise, then they can start to expect profit sharing.  Negotiate for the things that you are entitled to, salary and benefits and stop bitching about how much the owners make!  If some of the players weren't so stupid with their money, they would one day be in decent shape to buy their own franchise.  How interesting would their perspective be if the shoe was on the other foot?

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