I finally got out of the house since the new baby was born (for a reason other than work).......so me and the boys were hanging out talking some sports. We started talking about next season and the possibility of an uncapped year with no new CBA in sight. I understand the chess match going on between the owners and players union.....but I think we have all missed something. My thought process took me to the fact.....if we have an uncapped year.....how are they ever going to get it back to a salary cap system? The owners and players have to agree in principle.....which is what everyone is hung up on. What about inside the separate groups?
Let's take the easier one for right now.....the players. It is easy to see why they would not want a cap.......but I think they would be willing to go back into a capped system to protect the sport....with concessions. I feel like the vets would want to move toward a rookie pay scale so the vets can get a few more nickels at the end of their careers. Obviously.....they want more NFL shared revenue flowing to them as well. I can also partially understand this.........the NFL is a multi-billion dollar entity and is only as strong as the guys playing on the field. That being said.....these guys get paid millions to play a game.....while the real people of the world bust their ass just as hard for chump change! On the other hand.....I would do it too if I could.
Here is where my real questions come up. We go uncapped for 2010.......their are small market teams that can cut out all the big contracts bc their is no minimum team salary....just as their is no maximum. I would think teams like Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Cleveland, Carolina, etc may dump some big salaries to save some money for the upcoming year bc of the current economic mess we are in. But the big market teams....Dallas, Washington, New Yorks, Indianapolis, etc.....may exercise their right to spend big. The problem will be....the owners themselves have to come to agreement before they can ever even meet with the players. The Snyders and Jones are not going to want to go back to a capped system. It's one thing to get millionaires to come together (players).....but it is a whole other thing to get billionaires to meet in the middle. There is the potential.....this whole CBA makes the NFL more like baseball......with teams like the Yankees and Red Sox running the show simply bc nobody else can afford to keep up. This would be good for us.....the Washington Redskin's fans....as our owner has deep pockets and showed he doesn't care about money......but could also ruin competitive football as we know it today. Without the salary cap......the Saints and Cardinals could never get close to a Super Bowl. Those close games we are getting accustomed to are out the window.
All that being said......they need to come to some kind of agreement and avoid any kind of lockout. Baseball took years to recover from their lockout......and then got punched in the nuts with the steroid mess. I will always be a Skins fan.....will always be a football fan........but I don't want to see the greatest sport in the world be diminished and ruined any further by greed. Am I overthinking this?