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The Daily Shoutout

Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:13 am
 
PRESIDENTIAL EDITION: There is just one way to end this ugly, messy drama that's been happening in the NFL for two long months. Just one--White House intervention.

I know, I know. This is what you're going to say. President Obama and his staff have bigger issues like, oh, I don't know, a still faltering economy. Football is a tiny morsel compared to what's on the plate of an American president. But I'd argue football is vital to the American psyche (and doesn't exactly hurt the economy when it's in full swing) and is worthy of a presidential sitdown.

Obama could get this solved in two days. Three tops. He'd pull these stubborn egos in the Oval Office, put on his Cutler jersey, get the Secret Service to bolt the doors, and keep them in place until a deal was struck. It'd be the easiest negotiation Obama ever did.

It would work, too. The ego-driven owners would love it. Imagine Jerry Jones strutting across the White House lawn. The owners and players would be on their best behavior because the lockout would leave the sports world and watched by many in the country who aren't football fans.

Again, it'd get solved in a matter of days. If a presidential meeting happened on a Monday we'd have football by Friday.

No judge or mediator is going to end this dispute. Both sides are entrenched, bitter and spiteful. If no one like Obama intervenes the players will hold on as long as possible and the owners won't budge, either. That means no football until August and possibly longer. We're starting to enter the games-missed zone. I don't want to hear the arrogant tripe that it's only May. The next hearing is early June and by the time the slow ass 8th circuit is done ruling we're into July and if the players lose again -- which looks likely -- the wait is on.

And on. And on.

Unless the White House quickly gets involved.
Category: NFL
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:39 pm
 

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McVeigh??  Say what?  you have gone off the deep end there buddy.  I am a chemist... so umm, come again?  No one proved your point, because you have no point... you just throw out blanket accusations and call people names... there's no point to there other than the leftist agenda.  That's what your buddies on MSNBC do, they just start calling people names & then the media takes hold.. all lies & propaganda by the left.  I was never looking for WMD... I personally didn't know if he had them or not, but I surely thought the mid east was safer with Saddam than w/o.  Why?  He kept Iran in check.  Iran feared him and feared he had those weapons.  Hell, the country of Iraq might be better with him as well.. he kept order there.. not the way that should be done, but with fear.. but it worked.  Personally, I think there are bigger issues w/ your boy Obama than his BC.  He's elected for about another year or so... the BC can't stop him, but the voters can... and people see how he works, and are gonna throw him out soon enough.  Enjoy your healthcare & free goverment entitlements while they last.
Free healthcare and government entitlements?  You must have me confused with Exxon.  Yeah, your a chemist.  And I'm Michael Jordan.  I have no idea why you hate moderates so much, I guess you are so far to the right that you couldn't find the middle with a telescope, but then again you hate science and probably see telescopes as instruments of magic or something.  You still haven't learned how to use your bold buttion, say hi to Nichols for the rest of your extremist terrorists friends, what a freak...



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:32 pm
 

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I don't even know what channel MSNBA is you McVeigh wannabe, but thanks for proving my point that education and reading are some how elitist.  Shouldn't you be on the wrestling page?  Have you found those WMDs yet?  How about the birth certificate?  What newest shadow are you and your torch-wielding science-hating mob chasing this week?  Evolution?  Chemistry?  All evil leftist plots I know...what a whackadoo.
McVeigh??  Say what?  you have gone off the deep end there buddy.  I am a chemist... so umm, come again?  No one proved your point, because you have no point... you just throw out blanket accusations and call people names... there's no point to there other than the leftist agenda.  That's what your buddies on MSNBC do, they just start calling people names & then the media takes hold.. all lies & propaganda by the left.  I was never looking for WMD... I personally didn't know if he had them or not, but I surely thought the mid east was safer with Saddam than w/o.  Why?  He kept Iran in check.  Iran feared him and feared he had those weapons.  Hell, the country of Iraq might be better with him as well.. he kept order there.. not the way that should be done, but with fear.. but it worked.  Personally, I think there are bigger issues w/ your boy Obama than his BC.  He's elected for about another year or so... the BC can't stop him, but the voters can... and people see how he works, and are gonna throw him out soon enough.  Enjoy your healthcare & free goverment entitlements while they last.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:23 am
 

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Read a book uh skreffty, I guess you want to pick the read list too, uh?  Hmm, if you didn't get your news from MSNBC, would you even know what's happening in the world?  You talk about reading books, but clearly you don't... you want your old boy Olbermann... errr... he quit, sorry, he's a coward... anyway, you watch MSNBC, that's how you know to make the charge to "read a book"... that's the same thing every liberal elitist says.  Like some how reading one of your "magical" books can make the world right... then again, why would you want us to read books, doesn't that make you tree huggers mad?
I don't even know what channel MSNBA is you McVeigh wannabe, but thanks for proving my point that education and reading are some how elitist.  Shouldn't you be on the wrestling page?  Have you found those WMDs yet?  How about the birth certificate?  What newest shadow are you and your torch-wielding science-hating mob chasing this week?  Evolution?  Chemistry?  All evil leftist plots I know...what a whackadoo.



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:30 am
 

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Your just pissed because our talk radio outweighs yours 4-1.
And that's just Rush Limbaugh.

For those under the impression that the NFL is some sort of model for the free market system:

1)Federal Anti-trust exemption, which allows

2)The draft

3)Free agency restrictions

4) salary caps

and if you're a fan of socialism, check out how smoothly the NFL incorporates core socialist principles through

1) revenue redistribution 

2) the aforementioned draft (managed labor distribution) and 'worst picks first' (direct attempt to help better weak teams)

3) League de facto insistence on public subsidies for new facility construction. (Corporate Welfare)

I've been looking into this lockout and the micro economics of the NFL much more closely this week as a result of participating in the comments here in the 'Shoutout.' There is a wealth of information available. One of the more interesting points that comes up is that in spite of revenue sharing of TV and some merchandise monies, unshared revenue is still creating a wedge, lifting some teams higher while forcing undue hardships on other teams. 

The way the current labor deal is structured, the following hypothetical example is happening in real life all the time. Say the Cowboys sell the naming rights to Cowboys Stadium for $32 million. Good news for the Cowboys, because they get to pocket all of that money. Bad news for the other teams, because those 32 million count towards the Total League Revenue as defined by the CBA, against which the salary cap is calculated. Effectively, this means that the salary floor for each team just went up by an additional $1 million, because the salary cap and salary floor is determined by the revenues generated by all teams, including the high-revenue teams.
One interesting example of how the clubs are hurting each other. Note that the players aren't involved in that scenario at all.

In the course of the build-up to the lockout it was suggested by the Players' Association, media and generally nosey folks that the owners open their books for all to see how they were hemmoraging money. This request did not appeal to the owners or the league. We would just have to take their word for it that there is a whole lot of red ink on the pages. One team is is required by it's status as a publicly traded company to file financial report:The Green Bay Packers. Their latest statement showed the Super Bowl champs slipping in pre-tax profitability by better than 50% to only $9.8 mil in 2010. That's all anybody but the owners themselves. 





Not many here are really interested in learning more about the situation. Most are content to squawk on about how indulged and pampered the players are, or how the owners are fat cats trying to make a buck off the real efforts of others, or even how the owners, being owners have a right to all the profits (being owners) and the players are lucky to have jobs and should shut up... that's my personal favorite. Whatever position you champion, have a nice day.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:24 am
 

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I think that Freeman grossly overestimates both the authority and influence of Obama on a group of rich white guys who almost certainly voted as a block for the other guy.  Obama has no authority to:

Order anyone to do anything in a private business
Order congress to do anything about an antitrust exemption

Plus, one would think that Obama has these minor issues like the economy, security, the debt ceiling, and a few other trivialities that maybe should be a bit higher on his priority list than football.  Plus he's a basketball guy, just ask him.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:58 am
 

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Obama was going to bring the Winter Olympics to Chicago also.  How did that work out?  Oh yea, Chicago was the first city eliminated from the conversation.  And, that was when he was actually popular.  What a goofy idea.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:45 am
 

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Read a book uh skreffty, I guess you want to pick the read list too, uh?  Hmm, if you didn't get your news from MSNBC, would you even know what's happening in the world?  You talk about reading books, but clearly you don't... you want your old boy Olbermann... errr... he quit, sorry, he's a coward... anyway, you watch MSNBC, that's how you know to make the charge to "read a book"... that's the same thing every liberal elitist says.  Like some how reading one of your "magical" books can make the world right... then again, why would you want us to read books, doesn't that make you tree huggers mad?



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:32 am
 

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Just a couple of quick thougts.  Why would the President want to get involved in this mess now that he has started campaigning for re-election?  If he didn't force a compromise favoring labor, he would be ticking off a large base of Democratic voters and if he offends the owners, he will be cast as anti business.  Either way a no win situation.  Besides, do you really want him to turn the NFL into that stinking mess called our health care system and bankrupt the League?



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:24 am
 

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Real quick, I do not want to spend a lot of time on a mindless article such as this. The editor of this article is an idiot. It doesn't matter what Obama does (i.e. killing Bin Laden), if the gas is $6.00 a gallon, than he will surely be a 1 term president. Not that it matters because he is a terrible one at that, let alone try and fix the labor arguments in the NFL. He is not the savior, just the current sitting president. The NFL has experienced, smart men and woman working on this issue, just because he is president does not make him all knowing. The fight is an argument between Billionaires and Millionaires, the fan is the only people getting hosed in this current situation. Remember that!



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:56 am
 

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Your just pissed because our talk radio outweighs yours 4-1. Hippy!


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