Huffington Post: In Coming NFL Labor War, Remember That Players Bear All the Risk

October 27th, 2010

The Huffington Post ran an article today written by Jonathan Weiler stating that the real risk in football doesn’t lie with the owners, it’s with the players.

 “The risk in the NFL is all on the side of the players,” Weiler said. “They are the ones who exist in an intensely competitive market for talent. And they are the ones who put their bodies on the line every day.

 “It’s the players, not the owners who, in football especially, but to lesser degrees in other sports, risk the possibility of a lifetime of pain and discomfort or, as the evidence about the long-term effects of brain trauma increasingly shows, depression and suicide (and those realities the NFL spent many years denying).”

 Added Weiler, “Incompetent owners may cost their team wins on the field, but they will still make a killing off the field.”

 Weiler’s main point throughout the article focuses on the false image that the NFL, owners and some members of the media continually try to impose on the public. 

 “They (NFL owners) assume virtually no risk, earn massive sums of guaranteed money regardless of the product they put on the field and still feel a need — with the indispensable aid of Commissioner Goodell — to distort basic facts about the nature of sports economics and their own profitability.”

 Though some journalists have suggested that the ongoing labor dispute is a fight between millionaires and billionaires, Weiler rejects that framework of thinking.

 Weiler points out that the average player tenure in the league is 3.6 years — though he mentions that the “median” age is likely far lower — and for every highly paid player, “there are dozens of players who may make the league minimum for the short duration in which they play in the league.

 “And given the significant long-term health problems that many NFL players face, the impact of those problems on their job prospects, the bills they owe, those few years of good earnings can evaporate quickly. No NFL owner is ever going to be out on the street.”

 For the complete Huffington Post story, click HERE.

One Response to “Huffington Post: In Coming NFL Labor War, Remember That Players Bear All the Risk”

  1. Brett Says:

    The Huffington Post writer brings up a good point that for every highly paid player there are dozens of players who may make the league minimum for the short duration in which they play in the league. However, I’ve got to say that if the players know how to manage their money better, they can stretch it a long way as long as they don’t have a bunch of surgeries to pay for later down the road or make bad investments.

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