Coaches comment on “greedy” NFL lockout
By Amanda Lowrance
Photos by Amanda Lowrance
Adamsville Cardinals head football coach Brandon Gray (TOP) and McNairy Central Bobcats head football coach Jim Glover (LOWER) offers their views on the NFL lockout.
The National Football League has been battling legal issues regarding a lockout, which prevents the players from playing even with the 2011 season approaching.
Over 100 days into the lockout, the league has set a new record for longest work strike.
After doing some more research at the official website of www.nfllockout.com, this is more than just taking the game away from the public and dedicated fans.
Each NFL city will lose approximately $160 million and about 115,000 jobs will be affected.
The owners have the advantage if the lockout remains in effect. With a tremendous financial advantage of $4.4 billion and negotiations with the media that guarantee the owners up to $4.5 million in profit whether games are played or not.
“The owners don’t want to pay for their ability,” said Adamsville Head Football Coach Brandon Gray. “They want to add games to the players and want to try to give fewer benefits to them as well. It all comes back to greed.”
“It will hurt football just like it hurt Major League Baseball. Not only will it hurt players and national cities, but the police officers that work security and the guys that helps clean up.”
Restaurants are rebelling as well. Buffalo Wild Wings launched a 17,000 signature petition supporting “Save Our Season”.
Approximately 3,000 jobs in each NFL city will be lost if there is no season. The public has helped to build 31 NFL stadiums. During the regular season the gate receipts total to $400 million dollars lost in a week.
“Why are we jeopardizing a whole football season?” McNairy Central Head Football Coach Jim Glover said, “If there is no season this year, the fans will look at the organization, the owners, and the players as being greedy.”
“I’m with the common man on this. We have a large number of people that don’t have jobs. And here we are not having NFL because of a large amount of money that these people can’t reach an agreement on.”
Another issue brought to attention in this case is the use of an en banc hearing, which involves all the judges on the particular court of appeals deciding the case, instead of having the four judges which have sided two on the owner’s side and two on the player’s side.
The division of the judges has a political stand point of the democrats siding with the players and republicans siding with the owners.
The line has become clear that the conservatives are protecting the rights of the business defending the owners and the liberals are protecting the rights of the workers by defending the players.
Both sides have valid arguments with the owners being unhappy and out-of-pocket knowingly since last year. The en banc hearing will push to settle the separation issues.
There is already talk of pushing Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis back a week if the season continues.
With the press and the people in the dark the only thing to do now is wait and hope that there will be an NFL season.