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NFL Labor Collapse: NFLPA Decertifies, Stupidity Finally Wins

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 28:  National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) and NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith testify before the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent NFL study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Daniel LewigCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2011

They couldn't possibly be that stupid.

That was the voice of reason inside each and every one of our heads. As the cost of an NFL game is prohibitive for many families to attend, as people are forced to deal with rising gas costs that can greatly impact their budget, the owners and players are saying they can't divide $9 billion.

I guess they really can be that stupid.

The owners and players union are ready to take their fight to the courts, as the NFLPA went through with their decertification threat. Each one is ready to take their ball and go home and let someone else decide who's right and who's wrong.

The sad part is, they're both wrong.

They are both taking major risks thinking possibly losing games will not do serious damage to fan interest and future funds.

In the last 15 years, each of the other three major sports have had work stoppage. All three felt major impacts that has taken years to return the game to its former status.

Some, like the NBA and NHL, are still trying to get there.

Does the NFL really think they will somehow be numb to this?

As the battle moves to the courtroom, tempers among fans will finally surface.

No one cares about how to divide money where even a player on minimum wage makes more than some people make in over 10 years of working.

The average player earns more in one paycheck than a person does in a year. And that average player earns more in a year than the average American earns in a lifetime.

This doesn't even include some of the richest men in this country, who run the clubs that pay these contracts to the players.

They are good businessmen. There is a reason why they've had the type of money to buy a professional franchise.

It is an elite club.

Only 32 get to be in it. And yet, they can't find a way to share billions of dollars of success.

Look, no one gives a damn about why the game has stopped. People don't care whose eyes see what, who's holding out for more, who has been the most slighted.

All that matters is for the average person to sit down on a Sunday, after working their butt off at a job they most likely hate but work anyways, because they need to support their family and pay the bills, and watch their team and dream.

It doesn't matter what the dream is.

It's an escape from reality. An escape that helps some people get through to the next weekend.

These are the people who need the break enough that they're willing to spend $9 billion a year to get it.

And the greedy people who should be grateful enough to collect the billions off of millions and millions of hard working Americans, instead are willing to screw them over because they're not getting a big enough slice of the pie.

They really can't be that stupid.

Can they?

Looks like that's a yes.

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