At last check, it's 21 for the owners and 20 for the players. I have to ask you this: Do you know of any owner that has ever lost money and gone under in the NFL? Are any of them suffering in their live's after football should they have sold their teams? As far as I know, the answer is none. In the early years, specifically in the AFL, the Raiders were almost done. I'd have to research but, the Raiders didn't even have a field to call their own in the early years. His name slips my mind right now but, the owner of the Bills loaned $400,000 to the Raiders during those dire times to keep them alive (the loan equal to millions of dollars today).Originally Posted by Strangebrew
On the other side, statistics show that around 70% of ex-NFL'ers aren't doing so well. Yes, they may have a nice home and ride, more middle-class but, their not able to walk so good and, it's not so easy for them to get out of bed in the morning. But, they have to because, the NFL money is gone and they need to make a living. Have you ever noticed it's the guys that have been retired for a while that want big buck$ for an autograph? It's literally to put food on their table. I don't make the statistics and, I'm not making it up (Help anyone? Got a link? The article was recent).
Football is good for both the owners and players. But, for most of the players, the good-times run out once, they leave football. That never happens to the owners. When they leave football, their busy counting all their money.
I think if you sit back and really think about it, you'ld reconsider your support of the owners. This recent impasse appears to be a problem with the owners amongst themselves. The players want a little more than half of the pie (there's 32 owners and how many players - 10x - 20x - 30x or more as many?) and by all reports, they're only 4 percentage points off. The players want 60% and the owners want that to be 56%. So, they're close on that. Also, it appears that everyone agrees the cap should increase. What I gather from reports, the major hang-up is the "cash over cap" clause. As it stands now, teams are able to pay players cash over the cap in the form of bonuses and incentives that do not count against the cap. There's a total figure allowed. The rich owners want to increase that figure while the other owners don't (unless, they get more revenue shared).
But, most all of us agree, we're the ones getting screwed paying $250 for an authentic NFL jersey that only costs $40 in labor and materials to produce.