orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Opinion

July 19, 2011

Lockouts proves greed is alive in pro sports

ORANGE — Gas prices continue to stay around $3.50 and the cost of everday items continues to rise above avergae prices.

Yet through it all the NFL and NBA are both staring at lockouts as owners and players argue over millions of dollars and who will be the one to get even more rich.

Seems fair doesn’t it?

The biggest sticking point of the NFL lockout remains the money the owners want to take as credit from the revenue pool. The owners took in $1 billion in the last agreement and have been looking to receive $2.4 billion in this agreement. Players would have their share cut by 18 percent if the owners got their way.

What is a player to do? How can a player afford to feed his family when that money is stripped from him and he is only making $10 million a year from his contract?

Everyone involved is greedy. This nation is in need of the NFL mainly for economics reasoning. Stores which sell NFL items are seeing their revenues fall and the same would be done to TV stations if there is a shortened year.

The NBA just recently crowned Dallas as the champions and the league is already talking of next season not going the full 82 games.

Do officials realize it is July and the season starts in November? How can the two sides not get an agreement in place in four months?

Yet we will buy tickets once they are on sale and then purchase sports packages through our television provider.

Fans will still spend tons of money on individuals who have shown they only care about one thing and one thing only - dollars, billions and billions of dollars.

They do that while a lot of Americans hope a check does not bounce after filling up for a tank of gas.

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