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  •  Good news for labor for a change (5+ / 0-)

    Between Chicago teachers and this lockout, it's nice to see unions hold their own twice in high-profile disputes.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 06:45:47 AM PDT

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    •  Never good news when they sell out future members (2+ / 0-)
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      I hate to hear that the officials agreed to the oh-so-common refrain of "I've got mine, screw you", by agreeing to ditch the pension plan for future members as long as they get theirs.  Not exactly good new, in my opinion.  The whole idea of solidarity is that everyone is in the same boat and negotiate for the benefit of all.  The current members are selling out future generations with their agreement to these two tier systems.

      "When people show you who they really are, believe them." - Maya Angelou

      by Pennsylvanian on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:33:56 AM PDT

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    •  Please don't... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...equate this to actual labor. The NFL refs are a bunch of already rich guys doing this for fun. The main sticking point was a pension that none of them need.

      This was not a labor issue to begin with. It was a case of greed on the part of some pretty rich guys v. the greed of some extremely rich guys. It was no victory for labor.

      Perhaps most interesting was how quickly this thing got settled once the integrity of the game was challenged by the gambling interests. I have believed for a long time that the main purpose of organized sports, at both the professional and college levels, is to fuel the gambling industry. Just look at the media saturation, particularly around football. All the major sports have their own TV networks whose programming consists mostly of analysis of strategy and relative strengths between competing teams. Watch the NFL network and you get a steady update on injuries and statistical analysis all designed to help people make informed gambling decisions. This stuff isn't for the casual fan, it's for people who gamble on the games, whether through countless fantasy leagues, or with bookmakers.

      I saw estimates of how much money changed hands due to the bad call Monday night ranging from $250 - $500 Million. That was just one game out of 16. That adds up to between four and eight BILLION dollars a week, which is more than the total annual revenue of the NFL. Now consider that each team plays 16 regular season games and the number grows to $64 - $128 Billion! This doesn't even account for the playoffs or Super Bowl where the dollar values really grow.

      So, this was all about maintaining the integrity of the game for the gambling interest. Without it, the NFL does not get the big TV contracts, or its own TV network. If people stop gambling on NFL games, nobody much cares about injuries, or whether the 49er's employ a Deep 2 Safety zone defense, or put 8 guys in the box.

      Sorry, this had nothing to do with labor.

      I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

      by itsjim on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:54:53 AM PDT

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