Team Glazer And The NFL Labor TalksMarch 8th, 2011
Joe has a hunch all the hand-wringing about whether there will be an agreement between the NFL owners and the NFLPA at week’s end will be fruitless because — voila — there will be another extension.
How CBA’ed out is Joe? He hasn’t listened to more than three minutes of Sirius NFL Radio this week because Joe knows — just knows! — that’s all that will be talked about all week. Thank God for the King of All Media!
This CBA chatter is so bad, so overwhelming it’s nearly as bad as the incessant browbeating the honchos at the NFL Network are employing with that damned Dixie Chicks school bus commercial at virtually each and every commercial break. The NFL Network is doing its best to ensure Joe never gives a red cent to the United Way.
But since the CBA chatter won’t go away, good guy Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times has an interesting take this morning about what side of the fence does Team Glazer sit? Are they doves or are they hawks?
Here’s another thing worth mentioning: While the Glazers don’t have a new stadium to pay for, the one they do have hasn’t been full in quite a while. That is surely eating into their profits, though their low payroll perhaps mitigates this.
Now, here’s what we don’t know. We don’t know how the Glazers are doing financially in their other industries, though it’s safe to assume their commercial real estate holdings – of which they have many – have taken a big hit in this economy. But the Glazers are nothing if not diversified, and that’s the key to weathering a downturn in a particular business sector.
The guess here is that we’ll probably never get much of indication of the role the Glazers played or positions they took through this labor unrest. For all we know, they’re blowing up Roger Goodell’s cell phone and urging him to hold his ground. Or they could be doing nothing of the sort.
Since guessing is the order of the day, here’s Joe’s take, again, purely speculation:
Team Glazer wouldn’t lose too much sleep if there is Armageddon and the 2011 season goes up in smoke. The team hasn’t drawn that well of late so there’s not that much cash — relatively, of course –to lose from the gate with missed games. And since Team Glazer has no stadium payments as Holder noted, there is less risk of loss if the season goes poof, than many other owners would suffer.
That’s not to say Team Glazer wants to cancel the season. Joe’s not suggesting that. Rather, Team Glazer is just more inclined if not prepared to wade through a protracted work stoppage than other owners. In short, Team Glazer has less to lose from an extended work stoppage than Jerry Jones or Bob Kraft or Bob McNair.