Originally Posted by rbedgood
It's a business. Period. It cannot be a one-way street. The business has to be good going both ways.
How many years of contracts were left on the Chiefs players cut this week? I haven't read one post stating "The Chiefs need to stop whining and honor the commitment they made."
Why did they not hesitate to cut in the middle of a contract? It made good business sense. Why did LJ hold out? It made good business sense. Why is Allen trying to re-do his contract now? It makes good business sense.
These posts have been going on a lot and they are usually followed by averaging out the amount of $ someone makes a play and complaining how wrong that is.
Guess what? That's capitalism and every time we go to a game / buy a shirt / watch an ad during an NFL broadcast, we vote with our dollars that it is RIGHT.
If we don't think any pro-football player is worth $20 million, then we can all do something about it. It's simple. I did it for two years: stop watching professional sports. Just watch college. Let's give our $ to the other professions that always come up as getting short-changed (teachers are a good one). We would all agree teachers should make more. Let's take the $100 - $1000 we'll spend this year and donate it to them.
But we don't. Why? We like the product. Or better yet, we "demand" the product. Supply is limited, prices go up. Do you know who really makes the $? The Hunts. They pay these salaries every year. Think they are upset with the prices? Hell no. They can afford it. It's an investment and they are getting a nice return on it. How else do you put in $125 million on a stadium renovation? Just their way of saying thanks for the $ and being nice, right? Wrong. It's an investment. And they will get that back too.
I think anyone who doesn't like contract hold-outs & big salaries should follow a business where that has been removed (like college football).
Otherwise, let's keep sending them our money, drinking the beer they advertise, and enjoying the product that each of us has helped to build with our support. But if we go this route, let's not complain about it....
Ahhhhhhhhh. The soapbox is now free again. I have thick skin, so no need to hold back in the replies...
You can only have one favorite team. There are no "second favorites".
-- Chris, resident of Arrowhead East (St. Louis)