Time for NFL players, owners to shut up and play

By S.C. Zuba
Sports Columnist

This may sound harsh, but shut up and play.

That’s what I want to say to all involved with the NFL’s labor struggles. I’m sorry, but I don’t have any sympathy for NFL owners who want an extra $1 billion each season. I don’t care. You make enough money.

Given the recent economic crisis that ravaged American families, it’s safe to say the general public doesn’t have any sympathy for them, either. The NFL appears to be so out of touch with reality. People are struggling to keep their homes, and they are arguing about who gets the last billion dollars in revenue. It’s just not right.

Nobody wants to listen to billionaires arguing with millionaires about money. News flash, you all make more money than you’ll ever need.

The NFL is so much more than just football. It provides for families. People depend on the revenue the NFL brings in each season. Bar owners need it. Pizza places need it. Beer companies need it. We need football to be played in 2011.

The ripple effect of not having football in 2011 will be catastrophic. People will lose their jobs if there’s no football.

America needs football. It’s so, so much more than just a game.

I think a reality check is needed for the NFL. Owners and players need to take a step back from the situation, look at how much money they already have, and then get a deal done before this starts affecting the public.

The minimum salary in the NFL for the 2010 season was $325,000. That’s not a bad wage to play football—and that’s just the minimum. Most players make well above that number.

What more do they want? How many millions does a person need?

It’s time for all involved in this situation to take a step back and see how holding out on the 2011 season will affect America.

Share your thoughts with S.C. Zuba via e-mail at samuelczuba@gmail.com.

From the March 16-22, 2011, issue

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