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Posts Tagged ‘lockout’

Philadelphia Eagles Season Ticket Shakedown

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Well, the NFLPA is decertifying, the lockout is upon us, and there hardly is anything more to say about the subject.  It becomes a period of watching and waiting to see which group of exceedingly greedy and selfish professional sports groups blinks first.  While I previously have written about how fans feel (generally) about this matter in NFL Determined to Throw Fans for a Loss, it only just occurred to me to give at least one fan a forum to let loose about the unmitigated gall and greed of these organizations.

The whole 2011 season ticket invoicing scheme from most, if not all, of the NFL teams is just starting to make it’s run around the sports talk shows and publications.  Here is an angry email I received from a Philadelphia Eagles’ season-ticket holder, Mr. Robert Whalon, and I reprint it with his permission.  Mr. Whalon brings some serious heat and anger, and it’s a rage that is undoubtedly stoking the angry fire of fans across the nation.  It’s a well-written flame-fest directed at the Philadelphia Eagles and apropos to the entire NFL.

See the Philadelphia Eagles Greed after the jump >>

Players: Top 10 NFL Lockout Money Saving Ideas

It is a bad economy and the NFL Lockout is a foregone conclusion.  Despite the allegation of “progress” leading to this extension period, it’s very important that these NFL players take a long look at their budgets and find ways to both cut back and supplement their incomes during a prolonged NFL lockout.

With that in mind, I offer the NFL players my Top 10 NFL Lockout Money-Saving Ideas to help them manage through this difficult time.

Champagne tastes on a lockout budget?

Time to lay off of the Cristal for a while. Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is at least 90% cheaper than the least expensive bottle of Cristal and you’ll still get just as trashed.

Lay-off the Posse.

Dudes, you know these guys are just hangers-on who are livin’ large off your hard work. You’ve seen how it’s done during the summer. It’s time to trim that roster down to say, oh… 53-men, just like NFL cuts. That’s still way more than enough lip-service telling you how great you are, how “you da’man” with a big grin and their hands out. Lose the entourage. You have enough mouths to feed with all of those children you’ve left in your wake.

More money saving ideas after the jump >>

NFL Determined to Throw Fans for a Big Loss

Well, the cancellation of the latest negotiations meeting between the NFL and Players Union is a cold water splash in the face of all of the fans of professional football.  Make no mistake about this folks – there is going to be an NFL lockout and it’s going to affect next season.  It wouldn’t shock me if it lasted into next season.

Your loss.  It’s a big one, too.

The 2010 NFL Season will be remembered as one chock-full of it’s usual level of excitement, controversy, surprises and one that ended with a very exciting Superbowl XVL.  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in a game fit to be called – SUPER.

It already seems like ages ago given what is confronting every football fan in the world.

The NFL Lockout is upon us and there isn’t a damned thing you can do to stop the madness.  As we sit back and watch the billionaires ratchet-up their battle with the multi-millionaires, I can’t help but not care any less about them fighting over a billion-dollar gap in their negotiations.  What do I care about?  I care about all those people whose lives depend on their employment – those that don’t get $20-million signing bonuses and a game check that is worth more than most will earn in a decade.  You don’t notice those people, but they’re all around you.  They’re the people who work in and around the stadium (security teams, vendors, maintenance crews)… the people who work in the restaurants if you’re fortunate enough to have one of those newer palatial estates owned by the billionaires and paid for primarily by your tax dollars in many cities… and think of all of the local businesses in and around the stadiums and beyond where fans of all sorts funnel in on game day or game night.  I’ve seen estimates that put the losses for the NFL cities during the NFL lockout at somewhere between $100-million and $200-million in revenue.

More NFL fans losing it after the jump >>