But NOOOOO... Instead, I have to listen to hours of endless bickering between millionaire players and billionaire owners about financial disclosures, union decertification and collective bargaining agreements. It's enough to make your head explode. Last week, the proverbial shit hit the fan as both parties walked away from the negotiating table.
Although I've speculated that a lock-out may, theoretically, help the Packers, I'm already growing impatient for this blood feud to get resolved. For those of you with the good sense to tune out the madness, here's a recap of where things stand:
- The NFL owners decided they wanted a bigger piece of the $9 BILLION that the NFL makes, so they opted out of the existing "CBA" or collective bargaining agreement.
- Presently, the owners skim $1 billion off the top before the revenue is split with the players. The NFL owners want to double that to $2 billion under the argument that they are losing their shirts paying for all the expenses of running an NFL franchise, like hot dog vendors and towel boys.
- The NFL Players Association has asked, for two years, for the owners to provide some evidence that their expenses have, in fact, doubled. But the owners are un-willing to share their financial information.
- At the deadline (which was extended one week) for negotiation, the NFL owners brilliantly forced the NFLPA to decertify their union. This action enables players to sue, but it also allowed the owners to claim the high ground -- asserting that it was the players who walked away, when, in fact, it was the owners who triggered this whole thing.