NFL players and Burger King workers

Can you imagine crewmembers suing Burger King and its franchise owners over pay and benefits? I would tell them to walk, just like I would tell NFL players to take a hike (no pun intended). If these players want a bigger piece of the action, they should accept ownership shares in their respective teams versus salary. Otherwise, they, like their Burger King brethren, don’t have any legitimate claim on the NFL’s profits.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to NFL players and Burger King workers

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    For once, we (sort of) agree. To say that professional athletes are over paid is putting it mildly. Now the NFL players are in a dispute with the NFL owners over how to divide up $9 billion. Incredible.

    But do we agree? You recently said that we should each negotiate our own salary and benefits. The players have tried to dissolve their union so they can sue the owners–I heard this was an anti-trust suit. In any case, if they were no longer a union, they would individually sue in order to open up the negotiations–or “extort” the owners via the lawsuit, depending upon your point of view.

    You might argue that this tactic is “unfair” to the owners, but again, it’s about equalizing the power in the situation in order to get to a point of a more equitable negotiation. The owners tend to have the upper hand, the players realized this, and are attempting to level the playing field (sorry for the unintentional sports metaphor).

    It will be interesting to see whom the fans side with. If the fans were smart, they would tell both the owners and players to go packing until player’s salaries were limited to something reasonable ($400,000 per year sounds good, it’s what we pay the US president), and the owner lowered ticket prices to reasonable levels so fans could actually afford to go to a game without having to take out three mortgages.

    Do you really think the owners would offer ownership shares? Why would they do that–it would seriously dilute their power.

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