The Lockout Thread Part I
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10-17-2012, 08:23 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
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Great negotiating move by the owners. They get the PR win as "50/50" just has an air of "fairness" about it to many people.
Just a comment, not directed at you but I felt the need to rant again. When society feels that people going up to the owners of a company or entity demanding 50% of their revenue or they won't work, I'm am not sure we aren't in a society that "fairness" is something that has taken on a whole new meaning from what I grew up with. What that just means is the rest of us would like to do that and get paid 500k for the job we do because the owner dared to make a profit. The players gave no consideration to the possible trickle down effect of their demands to front office workers on small market teams. Pretty much all of them don't give a crap about how much a ticket costs until we quit paying the price for them.
At one point unions were formed to cover things like being extorted or job conditions (look up the death rates on building sky scrapers for example). Being vastly underpaid in a job that can easily kill you is a good reason to organize. Getting upset because Toronto and NY are giving you a larger percentage of their profits to smaller market teams so that the league average for player will eventually hit 4 million a year, isn't. That is wealth redistribution at it's finest. Except in this case we are redistributing the wealth from the rich to the rich. When it can sometimes be a question if some of the players are actually more wealthy than the owner, you know craziness and come upon us.
To be fair the owners "started" this. They've made some poor decisions. They are greedy, just like the players are. They locked out the players and wanted to renegotiate contracts on the fly. However, this was never about fairness from the players or owners side(s). This is about the players union sucking every last dollar out of the owners, and ultimately us, as they possibly can. It's about the owners wanting to use their market size as an avenue to buy championships or make unseemly amounts of money. Absolutely none of this is about fairness. It's certainly not about what is fair to the fans.
Frankly, this whole process is just another disgusting display in the world. This is just another notch in the belt of my eventual exit of professional sports. I fled to hockey, the greed is now ruining it. I would see if fleeing to soccer might be better, but I'm honestly bored to tears watching it. Might as well get into profession tennis or golf, they bore mess less than soccer.
Why can't the players be content with what they have and negotiate things that truly matter? The important things are not 50% of revenue .vs. 54% or 57%. If you look over the CBA you can see the things that are truly important. They are some real valuable concerns in there beyond attempting to increasing the average salary northward of 4 million a year.
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