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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Striking the current trend

By Evan Bliss

If we’re talking about good strikes we’re talking about bowling or baseball. Some of the ever-decreasing smoking population might include Lucky Strikes or striking a match as good strikes. In current U.S. news striking is all over the wire, except baseball is not in season yet, cigarette companies aren’t permitted to advertise on television and even with 900 channels I can’t find bowling on TV, luckily.

Instead I’m referring to union strikes. There’s that big one over there in Wisconsin where the teachers are the ones playing hooky, and then there’s that NFL Players Association (NFLPA) that’s been getting mighty fed up with the owners and the Commishinator.

So then, what NFL bread has been tough to break and share?

- The owners want to take two games from the pre-season and tack them onto the regular season. Even though fans and players are strongly against this, it’s the same players and fans that stirred the idea. Washington’s own Clinton Portis has openly expressed how much he detests the preseason and how he thinks veterans should be permitted to sit out. Fans don’t care because the games show and mean nothing towards the team’s upcoming potential. So everyone hates the preseason, but owners don’t want to just shave two games of revenues. Keep the status quo; this was a stupid idea in the first place.

- I’m pretty torn on the idea of a rookie wage scale, another hot topic. On one hand, no top-10 draft pick deserves upwards of $40 million before his first day on the job regardless of what he accomplished in school. However, Sting’s manager Miles Copeland summed it up best when Sting’s bass player wanted a big pay bump because of all the work he put in. Miles asked him how many people would want ticket refunds if the bass player missed a show, then Miles asked how many people would want ticket refunds if Sting missed a show. You could see the light bulb go on in his head. When Peyton Manning sat out home games to rest up for the playoffs, Colts ticket holders were bellowing for refunds. When our interests spike, so do revenues and salaries, and it’s gotten to a point where I could sit through the NFL Draft and not a regular season baseball game (on TV). Capitalism isn’t a hockey fan base.

- Another huge issue is retirement benefits. This is pretty run of the mill for unions and bosses. Workers are always worried about what’ll happen to them afterwards, and bosses want to pretend like they care about people that no longer work for them. Medical insurance should be the biggest topic here as the players donate their bodies for our entertainment and many clearly suffer long after their career is over. The lawyers are better suited to handle this issue than I am, but the NFL does more than almost any other company in trying to educate its employees about fiscal responsibility, yet still so many players end up bankrupt. Is it the NFL’s job to babysit players with poor spending habits? Don’t deny me the day when Albert Haynesworth declares bankruptcy.

By Evan Bliss  | February 25, 2011; 2:35 PM ET
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