Thursday, March 12, 2009

It will be this way until the NFL switches to six-man football

This is the last sentence in a NYPost piece about the NFL players' union: "NFL players currently receive roughly 59 percent of league revenue - the highest ratio in pro sports."

Isn't that a misleading statement? Or at least incomplete? It almost gives you the impression that football players must be the highest paid athletes in pro sports. That's not the case and it's a meaningless number because football team rosters are larger than those in other sports. (I might be wrong there. I have no idea how many players make up a soccer team. Do you count girlfriends?) I've always believed that, given their short careers and risk of horrific injury, football players are underpaid, especially compared to your average, inconsistent Major League Baseball player. Carlos Lee, your thoughts?

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