Moral Capitalism in the Nfl Lockout Essay

2416 Words Aug 17th, 2011 10 Pages
Moral Capitalism in the NFL lockout When it comes to fights over money, neither pro-football players nor owners are easy to root for. The owners are rich enough to begin with, and the players, though they take part in a violent game that risks their long-term health, are compensated handsomely. To further complicate the legal struggles of billionaires vs. millionaires; both players and owners are competing for human capital by trying to capture the loyalty of the fans. They do this fully aware that the $9 billion dollars they are wrangling over comes from the fans. The same Fans who attend games, buy jerseys, and sit-through television ads. Do this with the expectation that everyone plays by the same rules, and that the game they love, …show more content…
Goodell is trying to frame this as a union initiated strike; rather than what is really is, an Owner instituted lockout. This is an attempt to sway the public and win points at the negotiating table.
Goodell pushes this motif of lambasting the NFLPA by writing: “the union-financed lawsuit attacks virtually every aspect of the current system including the draft, the salary cap and free-agency rules, which collectively have been responsible for the quality and popularity of the game for nearly two decades.” Again, Goodell is trying to paint the picture that the NFLPA is undermining the current system.
This worst part about this deceptive approach to winning popular support is that it is completely unnecessary. There is nothing wrong with seeking market profit; indeed the reason the NFL came into being was to ensure sustainable profits for the team owners, as well as the players. The NFL had every right to exit the CBA, but they also had a responsibility to deal honestly and fairly with the public by not attempting to “spin” whose responsibility the lock-out is; instead they should have argued their reasoning for entering the lockout. The NFL had legitimate reasons for leaving the CBA, reasons that Goodell does not bring up in his op-ed piece. When the CBA was first developed in 1993, it dealt with many issues that Goodell mentioned in his op-ed article; namely a salary cap, free agency, and benefits for retired/injured players. However in the 15 years

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