SC: It's nothing that I haven't heard from other players, believe me.
AP: It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it's how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, 'Hey — without us, there's no football.' There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously we're not all on the same page — I don't know. I don't really see this going to where we'll be without football for a long time; there's too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that we'll get something done.
But this crazy idea about an 18-game season … I'm sure they want more entertainment and more revenue, but we're not going to see a pinch of that (the increased revenue), and it's just the business we're in.
[ Edited by Snider8706 on Mar 15, 2011 at 14:50:45 ]
i haven't read this book yet, so i'm not sure how convincing the argument is or whatever, and I don't actually think this has any direct relationship to AP's statement, just pointing out that its not a totally "random" idea.
anyway, its not a good, from a PR standpoint, to use that kind of "charged language," especially when the average fan thinks players are overpaid millionaires and probably thinks that the players are somehow being greedy in this CBA dispute.
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