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Today marks a very important day in NFL history.

Money hungry millionaires from all over America are getting together in a fancy hotel somewhere and discuss how they should get more money from other millionaires and why they are right, the others are wrong. I honestly don’t know what’s going on other than both sides of the discussion want more money. If nothing comes to an agreement by midnight tonight, the NFL will lock out the employees (players) and the NFL season may not happen in 2011. Fantastic.

So what other topics are a big deal in these discussions? I don’t really care too much, but I do have a little bit of input on how I feel on certain issues that have been raised. Here are a few of my observations:

18 Game Schedule
I’ll be the first to say this is the dumbest thing ever. After making a huge deal in 2010 regarding player safety, they want to tack on two more games where players bloody and injure each other. Where’s my idiot stick? I need to hit someone. Right now, the regular season is 17 weeks long with each team getting a bye week. Since money is obviously fueling this decision, they should just give teams a couple more bye weeks and get rid of some pre-season games. Expanding to 18 games is also incredibly dumb because records that have stood for decades will all be shattered in a matter of one season. Break Dan Marino’s 5,084 passing yards in a season? Easy. A running back to hit 2,000 yards in a season? Cake. You see where this is coming from? The only explanation to add more games is money and greed.

Player safety
Again, you want to add two more games to a regular season? How about fining players ridiculous amounts of money (see James Harrison for about $145,000+ this past season) to show that you are serious about it? What a contradiction. Those fines are ridiculous amounts of money. But what the heck… at least they have the comfort to know they can appeal a fine which basically means the players send Roger Goodell a piece of paper that he can wipe his butt with. What a useless appeals process. By the way, this is the game of football, not patty-cake.

Rookie Wage Scale
Rookies don’t deserve to be paid that much. Owners empty their bank accounts to an unproven early twenties kid who has not proved anything other than they can dominate other teenagers in college where the athleticism of two players on two different teams could vary tremendously. Welcome to the NFL rookies. Take your most feared player and imagine eleven of them on the other side of the ball. That’s the NFL. (See Reggie Bush) That money should be used to keep good players for the long run, which would equate to better games and more fan loyalty which equates to more revenue and support. Duuh. Players will get more money in the long run and stop complaining about feeding nine kids and needing their signing bonus up front  (see Antonio Cromartie trying to name his kids).

Playoff System
If they really want more revenue, the playoffs is where to make the big bucks. By the end of the season, fans will have new stars they are following and will be rooting them hard for the playoff run. Also, the best games of the season are the teams playing at the end for the last two wildcard spots. They should add four more teams to each conference for a total of ten teams. The top six teams will receive a bye and the last four will play for the seventh and eighth seeds. Here’s my diagram for one conference:

Remember, this is only for one side of a conference. The teams highlighted are the divisional winners and I think the current way of seeding teams for playoffs right now is fair. Instead of having eleven total playoff games (like we currently have), you will have nineteen games with tons more revenue. That will be enough money coming in with building up to the Super Bowl, playoff story lines, an extra round of playoffs and more football for everybody. Anybody know Roger Goodell’s email? I really need to send this to him.

Anyway, I don’t care too much about it. I just want them to get a deal done so I don’t have to miss any NFL this year. Honestly, I enjoy college football a lot as well so it wouldn’t be too depressing to have a lockout. No football at all would be another story. I’m going to guess that they’ll extend the deadline because I just don’t see them working out any thing in the near future.

We’ll see what happens.


Written by jonewantsm3

March 3, 2011 at 1:00 am

Posted in Rant

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