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Mr. King,

 

I have to take issue with your recent support of players' disdain for their play-off "salaries". Particularly, your inaccurate response to question concerning the attitudes towards the play-offs.

 

The fact you, and NFL players, seemed to have overlooked in this melee is that NFL contracts are per year, not per game. Players have their regular salary divvied up by regular season games because this is a known increment. This means, just like the rest of those fortunate to be employed in these days, they are obligated as an employee of their franchise and any contractual agreements for the course of the year. Any money they receive above and beyond their base pay is a bonus, along with the pride of a job well done.

 

However, I realize that once the dollars start flying, people become a little dizzy and perception becomes hazy. Therefore, I propose one of two solutions be implemented to ease the troubled minds of these mindless behemoths who have forgotten that they are getting a king's ransom (no pun intended) to play a magnificent game.

 

1) Change the pay increments to be based on the yearly calendar, not the NFL season. Whether it be monthly, or biweekly, how many games were being played would be irrelevant. For the owners, this would allow for smaller paydays (though more often) that may soften the "burden" and allow time for NFL profits to earn interest in a collective trust fund.

 

2) Truly make the salaries per game based on the first regular season game and progressing to the season conclusion during the Super Bowl. If a team does not make the play-offs, their pay would discontinue until the beginning of the following season. This would encourage players to strive to win, not to just get paid.

 

I would push for the implementation of either of my proposals as a solution to the grumbling of players in regards to play-off salaries. Once implemented, and if players are disgruntled, let them retire, or quit, or just fade away. There are thousands of high school players, hundreds of college players, all burning to play this great game in the NFL. Yet, those who are playing gripe about just how many millions they will get if they earn the opportunity to compete for a championship. If it is such a burden, let players who truly enjoy the game have a chance.

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