Mar 122011

nfl logoBy Justin Adkins:

Jets free-agent-to-be cornerback Anotonio Cromartie recently classified both the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association as assholes, and while he may be a moron who has more trouble keeping it in his pants than the Dugger dad, Cromartie’s not wrong here.

The NFL has officially shut down, engaging in the first work stoppage by the league since 1987.

This means no free agency, no team interactions with players, no OTA’s, no injury rehab, no hope of the Eagles potentially spending big money to replenish a team with multiple gaping holes.  Potentially no football at all in 2011.

It likely won’t get to that point, and it’s even possible that all the normal offseason activities will still happen as the NFLPA decertifies and pursues anti-trust litigation against the league in an attempt to block the current lockout.  That effort has a good chance of succeeding so it’s possible we’ll continue to have football while the the owners and players argue in court over who gets to wipe their asses with the biggest piles of cash.

The owners are pretty much shamelessly proclaimining their greed every moment this lingers on, banging their gilded drum regarding the need for the NFL to continue to grow, insisting that’s why they need to keep a bigger cut of the NFL’s $9 billion pie for themselves. 

Because they apparently don’t have enough yet to allow them to dive into their money bins and softly land on their hind-feathers. 

The reality is they’re swimming in it, but like most driven, successful business people, it’s never enough.  And that incessant need for more is taking precedence over common sense in this labor argument with the NFLPA.

The players aren’t free of blame in this either.  While their insistence on seeing audited financial statements is understandable, the continued fight against ancillary issues such as the rookie wage scale is serving only to protract an already bloated process.

And that’s just one of the more publicized battles.  It’s likely players are also insisting on maintaining some of the more ridiculous terms from the previous CBA, such as the so-called TO rule.  Nowadays, even when a player gets busted for DUI right before a game, teams like the Jets hide behind the rule prohibiting them from benching guys for disciplanary reasons in order to allow them to play their stars, a la Braylon Edwards.

It’s hard to believe that a team is unable to internally handle their trouble-making players, but that’s been the case with the just-expired CBA.  If a player decides to engage in criminal behavior, no matter how heinous, teams would be unable to punish them.  The team would have to wait for the NFL to mete out consequences, otherwise the teams would likely face a grievance from the player and the NFLPA.  And that’s not just from a team potentially cutting a player; if a team just simply deactivates a law-breaker, a lawsuit would possibly ensue.

That type of protection for lowlife players needs to go. 

Then there’s the drug testing program, which according to Chad Johnsoncincowhatever, provides a heads up to players for when the pee man is coming.  That’s laughably inept.  But that’s what the rules say so that’s the way it is.

If the players would back off the nonsense with some of the terms they ram-rodded into the owners on the last deal, maybe the owners would be less inclined to take the players to the cleaners when it comes to splitting up the neverending eggs being squirted out by the NFL’s golden goose.

And maybe the owners could take a step back and realize that it’s OK to come slightly under-margin when your profits could probably solve world hunger. 

OK, that’s not likely, but something has to give at some point.  A $9 billion a year enterprise can’t allow itself to go out of business.  If these two greedy entities can’t figure something out soon, the greediest entity of all, politicians, will soon be getting involved.  No one will be happy then.

So please, NFL people, spare the rest of us your public whining, finger pointing, and otherwise unnecssary public posturing.  No one cares who is wrong or who is right or who is going to end up richer than the rest of us anyway.  Like AC said, you all come off like assholes.

All we want to know is when we can get back to anticipating how Joe Banner and Andy Reid are going to explain why the Eagles weren’t able to sign Nnamdi Asomugha even though they of course made him a great offer. 

You know, business as usual.

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