Will Angry Voters Now Turn On The NFL?
Everyone seems so outraged over politics these days. If not the ones who think Donald Trump is somehow being denied his just desserts then it is the followers of Bernie Sanders who whine over super delegates and corporate influence in politics. Complain, bitch, and moan. One might think a large segment of the nation just woke up and are shocked to find reality landed in their backyard.
In light of all this foolishness I have to wonder how many of those same folks get all bunched in the undies when it comes to their favorite Pablum for the masses–football and the way the NFL conducts themselves.
Yesterday the news reported on deflated balls and the way one player was able to navigate around the mess. Will people protest the games, boycott watching, rant, rave, and take to Facebook in a name-calling orgy akin to how primary season has played out?
Or will it all be soon forgotten as the pre-season grows near and couch potato season returns?
We all know the outcome as the people of this nation are about an inch thick when it comes to principle. If they were more tuned into what really happens–in light of this political season–they would be up in arms over the tax free zone at the NFL.
At NFL headquarters on Park Avenue in Manhattan, the daily business may span game scheduling, referee hiring or media-rights bargaining – an operation financially fueled by all 32 pro teams which collectively pay more than $250 million in annual “membership dues.”
All of that revenue received by the league office — a half billion dollars since 2010— is untouchable to the Internal Revenue Service
But football means more to people than what they profess to be their guiding lights when it comes to Sanders and Trump. And I laugh.
A Manhattan federal appeals court ruled on Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was right to have suspended the New England Patriots quarterback for his alleged role in a scheme to deflate balls used in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
Now, unless Brady wins a Hail Mary appeal, he will miss the Patriots’ first four games next season — and not be paid for them.
Not that his bankers will notice, because of contractual changes he made two months before the ruling, protecting him against the cost.
In February, he renegotiated his contract, giving him a $28 million signing bonus while reducing his salary — which takes the hit of any suspension — to a mere $1 million.
That means that the lost games will cost him just $235,000, compared with the $2.1 million he would have forfeited under his original $9 million annual salary.