Catch 22: Why the NFL Players and Owners Treat Fans Like Slaves

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2011

As a fan of the National Football League, I don't feel compelled to side with either the players or the owners, even as a lockout or other uncertainty looms.

What's the point exactly?

Fans seem willing to side with whom they believe is more important, and in doing so, the fans reduce the importance of fans and in effect reduce themselves to being nothing more than brainless pawns.

Or dare I say, slaves?

Adrian Peterson was at least half right when he called the NFL, "modern-day slavery," because he did after all compare NFL players to everyday people like you and me.

The NFL has given a whole new meaning to "Turn on, tune in, and drop out."  For the amount of money that fans pay to be entertained by robber barons, they'd be better off smoking crack or dropping acid. 

It's cheaper.

What exactly do the fans receive in return for loyal patronage to the NFL?  Nothing, except a headache every time they exploit you or I as useful idiots.

That's right.  The only people being exploited are the fans, and that's because we fans have been conditioned into thinking that we must choose sides.

What power do the fans have, or at least, should have?  The stadiums and the fact that every owner has used tax payer money to either renovate or build the stadium in which the respective club plays.

The response to that is that the community should finance the costs of the stadium because NFL games are good for the local economy.  By the inverse corollary, if and only if the NFL does not play, it would be bad for the economy.

I would submit to you that the NFL is a loop: You can't have one without the other.  Without owners, the game would not be organized.  Without players, there would be no one to play the game.  And without fans, the game would not be profitable.

I say the fans should be our own side.

And that you, the fan, have every right to tell them where they can stick it.