I hate it when someone throws cold water on my dreams. The shrinkage is really bad. There goes everything I was banking on in regards to my NFL tickets. It was only yesterday when the top quarterbacks in the NFL were calling for an agreement and assuring us that things were getting close.
But not so fast. The two sides may not be as close as we’re being led to believe. But I guess the word “close” means different things to different people. Here’s what I’m hearing and believe me I have no inside NFL connections. Of course, the rookie wage things is a big deal. For years now NFL rookies at the top of the draft have been handed huge contracts, much of them guaranteed. Which everyone but the rookie believe is wrong. If you’re going to start somewhere in ensuring the future of the NFL and fairness to every player, the rookie wage scale has to be fixed. Right now, the two sides are pretty far apart.
The second issue where there’s going to be plenty of dissension is in handling the finances for older players. Truth be told, current players want their health and financial package but they aren’t all that interested in taking care of the retired players at their expense. The owners don’t care at all, except in the sense that they want to look good. The NFL lockout continues and I’m beginning to get worried about missing the preseason.Eric Drouant