posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 04:00 AM
I'm with the OP I love football,and I'm also I big hockey fan,basketball not so much.I believe we will have a full NFL regular season,maybe a
shortened preseason schedule.
I just wanted to share some thoughts on sports salaries,first off I don't have a problem with athletes making large amounts of money albeit for
playing childrens games.I believe this country (U.S.) likes having the distractions of the rigours of day to day life through sports,and most are
willing to pay some of their hard earned money to go see a game or order a pay per view fight to have that enjoyment.However the last 15-20 years
player salaries have gotten out of control,really since the advent of modern day free agency.For example if you were to look at the contracts of the
top quarterbacks of the early ninetys say Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, or Dan Marino and compare them today to the contracts of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady
I'm pretty sure the difference would be rather signifigant.The same could be said for all positions in most sports I would think.
My point more or less is that the rate of increase is unsustainable,and helps to lead to higher ticket prices, consessions,merchandise etc..I believe
that the major sports leagues in this country are bound to bankrupt themselves if there is not a blanket reduction of player salaries very soon, say
by maybe a thrid.It would also depend on the multi-billionaire owners not pocketing that extra cash,but instead use that advantage to signifigantly
lower ticket prices.In today's economy they cannot continue to support the rise of player salaries and therefore ticket prices,they must do the
opposite to encourage the everyman of America to come to enjoy a day at the stadium at a reasonable price.
All that said I think the NFL will be okay or at least outlast the other sports due to its popularity.The NBA is already feeling the reprucussions of
this and needs major changes immediatley.
Also all franchises in all sports also have their profit margines effected by team success,popularity,location etc.
Bear down Chicago Bears!