Save the Cap — Save the NFL!

[January 26, 2010. New York.] This past weekend’s NFC Championship game involved a team from Minnesota and a team from New Orleans.  Yet, there was an estimated 57.9 million people watching.  (And that happened with Joe Buck in the booth!)  This is the highest number in a non-Super Bowl game since “The Catch” in 1982 — and the highest number of any non-Super Bowl television show since the last episode of Seinfeld.  Truly amazing, considering the game was sloppy (frustrating to most football fans),  and included bad calls and more calls for an NCAA overtime rule.

Hopefully, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith do not see these numbers.   The current collective bargaining agreement between the NFL (represented by Goodell) and its players (represented by Smith) will expire at the end of the 2010 season.  (That is next season.)

As for some background, the NFL has a salary cap.  Hence, we have a Super Bowl between Minnesota and New Orleans, and not between the Yankees and the Phillies.   The cap is set to expire this year.   Besides pushing communism out of the NFL, this will be a huge shock to the NFL system.   Brady will make more than Oprah.   Kickers will buy houses.  Quarterbacks will actually buy cars to their linemen; not just say they will.  And Goodell will not allow this.  A lockout will ensue.  What would those 50+ million people do?

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January 26th, 2010 at 03:24pm Brian

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