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The NFL and, more recently, the NHL lockouts got me thinking. Do the athletes really deserve more than 50% of the revenue that the leagues bring in? Personally, I don't believe they do. Athletes have no skin in the game. Owners take all the risks and are the ones with the vast majority of their net worth on the line.
Players deserve everything they can get IMO. Even if it is well above 50% of all revenues.
Dont know how to answer this. My first response is yes. But it always comes at fans expense.
Yes. No athletes, no business, it's that simple.
This makes no sense to me.
Owners invest all the money, build the stadiums, provide all of the equipment, hire the coaches, do all the promotions, and hire the athletes.
The athletes play a fvcking game that normal people pay to play in leagues only the athletes get to make millions, become stars, ext.
If anything the athletes deserve less.
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Give the players more and watch the ticket prices go up appropriately. The more the players get, the more the fans pay.
They deserve as much as they can get.
Also owners in the NFL take 0 risk at all. There is no risk into being an NFL owner, you are guaranteed a profit every season.
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It's like any entertainer though - an arena owner could do literally all of that stuff, but without a good act to perform, there's no money to be made. The vast majority of the fans don't show up for the stadiums, the equipment, the promotions, or any other administrative function - they show up because of the players.
Yes, it's a symbiotic relationship, but the players are the reason people care about the game. Various owners have elevated themselves to legendary status (Al Davis, George Steinbrenner, Robert Kraft, Mark Cuban, etc.) but nobody would give a damn about these guys unless they didn't also field an entertaining product.
Without the talent from the players, there is no business enterprise. The owners are often very good at taking this talent and squeezing every cent of value out of it - merchandising, stadium offerings, promotions, tv deals, you name it, and they deserve their money for doing that. It's unquestioned that all of the work done by the owners results in more money for the players, so the owners deserve financial recognition for that. At the end of the day though, the owners rarely provide anything intrinsic that another business-savvy billionaire couldn't provide. The key piece in the entire economic structure of professional sports is the actual athletes.
Players need the owners more than the owners need the players. The fans will still watch the replacements. The USFL had some pretty big named players and look how that turned out. As for the poster who claimed the owners have no risk and they all make a profit, you have obviously never taken a finance class.
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The USFL failed because of lack of interest. Yes, the revenues would go down for a year or two, but so would the expenses. The fans would still watch their teams and find stars among the replacements. Meanwhile the former players are washing cars.
...so there was a lack of interest...just like I said. The WFL played in the Spring and they still failed.
USFL is supposedly coming back next spring so I guess it will be a big success.
The USFL was awesome, they did get some big name stars.
Owners and coaches have a far higher earning potential than players do so I don't have a problem with the players getting a majority stake in revenues
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Yes the USFL was so successful in the spring that they decided to gamble it all away to move to the fall and take on the NFL.
I would say the owners take the least risk of anyone involved. They have taxpayer funded stadiums, the league promotes the product on the field, their business model is pretty much laid out for them. The players deserve at least 50%, it's their ass on the line week after week, it's their ass that can just be cut for no reason. The owners don't even have to honor the contract that they write up. The owners are greedy and Goodell is a POS.
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