Florio from PFT put together another good NFL Lockout / CBA impasse article together, with some commentary by Jeff Pash from the NFL. This article is a good way of explaining some of the road blocks with the current "negotiations".
Now I am not saying that the owners are all benevolent philanthropists or anything like that. And I do absolutely agree with giving more health benefits to ALL NFL players, young and old. However, I think that it is absolutely ridiculous for any employee to think that they are entitled to 50% of a business's income. I know the players have a short shelf life, and they risk their bodies. I appreciate and respect that. However, it is absurd for them to expect that type of financial gain with no financial risk.
I wonder how many people out there would love to get 50cents of every dollar they generate/save their companies?
Heck, I would already be a multi-multi millionaire myself.
When I was in the Military, I spent years doing electro mechanical work where my 4 person unit collectively generated 20-25 million dollars for the United States Air Force, over a 4 year period. During that 4 year period I can roughly over estimate that I made a whopping total of $120,000 (all benefits included). All I had to do was trade my life away for those years.
But I can totally understand why some NFL players feel they are modern day slaves.
Just glad our men and women of uniform don't go on strike.