So finally, the two sides found some common ground and reached an agreement. No, I'm not talking about Congress and President Obama. Hey, maybe they should go on strike?
Of course I'm talking about the NFL and the whining billionaires and whining millionaires getting together to decide how they will divvy up the the inflated ticket prices, and over-priced jersey revenues.
They got it settled, at least for another decade or so, so we can move ahead with America's true pass time again this fall. Training camp got underway for some teams and others will begin immediately as the preseason schedule looms just ahead of us.
So now that football is officially underway again, it's time for a select group of athletes to begin bellyaching about the contracts they legally signed for "X" amount of dollars, which now, because of last year's stellar performance, should no longer hold water.
You know, the veteran player who had the breakout year and decided that the 6 year contract he signed - in its fourth year - doesn't provide him with a lavish enough lifestyle for an athlete of his amazing prowess and ability. So he starts talking holdout.
Now of course there's nothing to suggest that he's going to have an identical season - but that really doesn't matter. He wants more. He should have more. And if he doesn't have his way he shall pout like a petulant child.
And by pouting I mean he won't show up for training camp like the rest of his teammates or he will begin demanding a trade. That's right, he will take his skill set to South Beach, or anywhere else willing to toss big bucks at him.
My question is: Why doesn't a contract mean anything anymore? And I mean that on both sides of the equation. If a player signs a contract for $60 million over 6 years, why is the team ownership not required to pay it?
And if a player signs a long-term contract, seeking more security why aren't they obligated to play it out?
Personally, I'd like to see a clause for players - especially those who scream for more money than what they signed for - where if they fail to perform up to certain standards they have to give a certain amount of the money back. Then perhaps I'd be a bit more forgiving or the "pay me or trade me" mentality some of these young athletes in all sports demonstrate.
NBA legends Karl Malone and Charles Barkley said it best when they both pointed out, with regards to the monstrous rookie contracts being awarded kids fresh out of college, that you used to have to do something in the NBA before you made that kind of money.
Now we offer huge money to underachieving, unmotivated athletes who are looking for the big payoff before they've even done so much as pick up their first yard in the NFL.
You want to be paid the big bucks to perform, be willing to surrender the big bucks if you don't. Put your money where your mouth is and let's see who is really ready to earn top dollar.