|06-20-2005, 02:44 PM||#1|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dove Valley
From 1997 until 2004, the combined salaries of NFL players rose from $1.245 billion to $2.57 billion.
I post this because I have read a few apologists (for players holding out) on this board. This data is from well into the salary cap era, and yet the salaries have doubled in less than 10 years. How long do you suppose it took the salaries to double once the NFL was established? 20 years? 30 years maybe?
My point is, the fan is the one getting screwed, not Terrell Owens, Edgerin James, Ed Reed, or Javon Walker. I pay $55 a seat (for a ticket that was $25 in 1997), $6.75 for a beer, $20 to park, and have to watch the game at Invesco Field at Mile High (not Mile High Stadium). (Actually I don't pay for the tickets anymore because I can't afford it, but that's what my seats are worth now). Soon I will have to pay to watch my favorite team play on television -- that's already kind of here if you consider NFL Sunday Ticket (what $500 now?) and NFL Network. Don't even get me started on what it costs to buy team apparel and other merchandise.
When the players start refunding the fans for games in which they play poorly... oh nevermind that will never happen. So please, don't make excuses for the players anymore. A deal is a deal, and they (collectively) are making out like bandits.
|06-20-2005, 02:48 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2005
|06-20-2005, 02:48 PM||#3|
Billy=Semi Tough Big Guy
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: between 5,000 and 10,000 feet elevation
I don't dwell on what any of the players get paid. It is supply and demand. As long as the revenue from the ticket sales, the licensing fees and the TV money comes in the players will get a big chunk. However, like any other employee of any business I wish there were a way for them to get paid based on performance on the field.