Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 15

Labor unions have been attempting to better the lives of workers in the U.S. since the early 19th century, and they're doing so more than ever in some cases. This article from Bloomberg News discusses the ongoing dispute between the NFL and its players' association. The two have been talking about what to do with the league's $9 billion in annual revenue (the most of any pro sports league). Talks that were supposed to end a week ago have come to a stalemate; the owners have threatened to shut the league down and the union to stop representing the players. Should the argument (which has been narrowed down to a $1 billion gap) continue, players will be able to sue the league individually.
The NFL is the most successful sports league in the U.S., and its games gain the most attendance of any sporting event in the world. February's Super Bowl was the most watched television program in history. Yet the league still feels the need to extend its season from 16 games to 18, obviously for increased revenue. This comes as a shock to many as the NFL has been so wary of its players' health and safety of late. But people tend to sympathize with their favorite players, failing to remember that the game is, unfortunately, little more than a business to some. If the two sides can't come to some sort of agreement on these subjects, then they will both suffer as fans lose faith in the game and patience for bickering between billionaires.

5 comments:

  1. Discuss the economics of this situation.

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  3. I discussed the economic status of one of the biggest industries in the world and gave my own input as to what effects the current situation could have on the future of the business.

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  4. I think thst the ownsers are crazy to try and extend the seasom to 18 games. The players are aleady having enough health problems after they retire, and 18 game season will only make it worse. Like Danny said the NFL is the most ptofitable professional sports league in AMerica. They'll be fine with a 16 game season.

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  5. I don't see a strike happening in the National Football League. But if there is, it will be an outrage. My first thought was that ESPN would suffer due to the non-existence of games to cover, but honestly the madhouse coverage of legal issue between the League and Players would probably cause an increase in viewers for the prominent sports news company. The NFL probably wouldn't lose too much if there was a one-year strike, but it's never a good thing.

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