Another Call for an Audit
Michael-Louis Ingram over at Black Athlete Sports Network just wrote an excellent piece titled, The Greatest GAME Ever Played? The story starts with ESPN’s recent replay of the legendary 1958 National Football League game between Baltimore Colts and New York Giants (digitally-enhanced AND colorized from black-and-white!).
Ingram’s article recognizes the contribution that those early players made to the game in getting it to where it is today. In fact, he compares the NFL’s phenomenal growth to IBM. Ingram’s story goes on to provide a good, short overview on that recent NFLPA/Players Inc. trial. His closing paragraphs pretty much sum things up and we’re looking forward to BASN’s ongoing investigation:
“With the $28 million averaging out to roughly $4,000 a head, two things still stand to reason. One, that’s not a lotta cabbage, given the length of time and no adjustments for cost – of – living allowances; and two, there are still thousands of other players who weren’t included in the class action suit.
Either way, the next three letters after NFL in this case should be I.O.U.; immediately followed by GAO.
Until the government audits the NFL to examine their true net worth, this all remains a pissing contest.
BASN contacted the NFLPA and the NFL for feedback on these issues, and we will delve into their responses as well as other aspects of salvaging a better quality of life for the disposable heroes of yesteryear.”
Read the entire article by clicking HERE.
It’s interesting to note that the last 25+ years of great growth for the NFL and the NFLPA came at a great price for the retired players and coincided with the recently-departed Gene Upshaw’s iron-fisted management. Guess we can at least give the NFLPA under Upshaw’s rule due credit for being an equal opportunity abuser.