How do the owners of the world’s most popular sport claim monetary losses as their main reason for a work stoppage?
Now, since the NFL Players Union has decertified, there actually will not be a work stoppage, but this will now be decided in court. In other words, batten down the hatches, find another hobby for the Fall and think about becoming a hockey fan because this isn’t going to be over any time soon.
But I’m not an expert, I literally have no idea what’s going on, just a vague understanding of what’s going on. But what I DO understand is that this is complete and utter bullshit.
Do the owners not realize that without fans, there’s no money? No. They don’t. They didn’t get to where they are in life (billionaires) without a few moral pock marks. I’m sure a few of them have gotten their billions by questionable, if not illegal means. But that isn’t my place to conspire whether or not these men are of good character.
What is my place is as a fan who spent over $1500 of my hard earned dollars on the NFL’s product last year. That isn’t including whatever my worth is as a single fan, who watched every Chiefs’ home and road game this season, in television revenues.
I’m one of millions who did that. The NFL is selling us, the fans, out. It is complete bullshit. Not to mention, they’re selling out the players who put their bodies on the line every Sunday. But they understand that the game they play is dangerous and are handsomely rewarded for their sacrifice.
But what are us fans rewarded for our sacrifice? The Chiefs struggled to fill Arrowhead Stadium in their first winning season in almost five years. I’m 24 years old and can afford to spend a few extra bucks on a couple of games each year. But what about the construction worker who spends 25% of his paycheck on season tickets so he can spend time with his kids on the weekend?
There are a ton of examples. But what I am tired of is these fat cats trying to get their grubby fingers on every bit of loose cash they can so they can buy another house in the Poconos.
I’ve said it many times before, but buying a professional sports franchise IS NOT A GOOD INVESTMENT. Buying a sports franchise should be a selfless act for a city and if you happen to turn a profit from it, that’s great. But do NOT come to the fans claiming that you are hemorrhaging money when your TV rights for the regular season alone top $20.4 billion dollars PER SEASON. Brutal.
So sack up you aristocratic whiners. You’re not the only ones losing money in the world. And I’m sure there is an investment in your portfolio that is covering your losses from your NFL team that loses relative chump change when it comes to you.
My advice? Open up your ledgers and let the world see how many frauds we have running our beloved teams.