Ericanadian's Comments

Posted Saturday November 19, 2011, About: Can players start own league?
Of course they'll charge less at the start. They'll be playing in second rate stadiums and trying to break into the industry. You don't do that without undercutting your competition.

I'm sure the second bit sounded funny in your head, but in print is was sadly unoriginal. I also note the lack of denial in your accusation. I suppose honesty is a positive. I assure you, there are no players in any orifice of my body. Tell Mark I said hi once you stop for air.
Posted Saturday November 19, 2011, About: Can players start own league?
The BRI cut wasn't the argument. The players seemed willing to accept the proposed 50/50 split, but were then asked to make concessions in other areas. Taking the BRI from 57% to 50% translates to a reduction of 12%+ in the player's portion. That's a ridiculous amount to ask, much less demand and then to demand more on top of that seems unbelievable to me.

Further, this massive reduction in the BRI would result in no subsequent reduction in ticket prices, beer prices or anything, further proving that the players salaries aren't the driving force on that end. They raised the ticket prices because they could. Seeing that they could, they paid players higher salaries because they realize that solid basketball sells more merchandise and puts more people in the seats and great players are what you need for solid basketball.
Posted Saturday November 19, 2011, About: Can players start own league?
I keep seeing references to the XFL and even Strikeforce, but they all folded for one reason only. Lack of talent. This proposed league would have all the talent so the comparisons don't hold. As for inability to run a league, use the Green Bay Packers model. I guarantee you that most of the people with shares in the Packers aren't your typical businessmen, but they run just fine. The biggest challenge they would have in a player run league would be the distribution of income. We've all seen how generous CEOs can be when they decide their own pay structure.

Finally, the fact that so many of you cheer against the players in this is ridiculous. The players aren't raising ticket prices annually or paying the players exorbitant sums of money to play basketball. They aren't charging you $10+ for a beer either. The owners have screwed the common fan in every major sport in the name of greed and an inability to keep their own spending in check. The fact that some are cheering on the idea of replacement players and would actually pay the sort of money they charge to watch that junk are chumps. It's a wonder you can speak with a certain appendage of the owners jammed so far down your throat.
Posted Saturday August 20, 2011, About: Haley angry with Harbaugh
From the article:

""I think he said something like, 'I don't know about that,'" Harbaugh said. "I understood, and I just said, 'Preseason, preseason for the young guys.' He said 'OK.'

....

In his postgame session with reporters, Haley actually seemed to agree with Harbaugh, saying that coaches have a limited opportunity to evaluate everyone on their roster. Still, Haley sounded like a guy who wasn't completely convinced of his own words.

"Their coach has to do what he has to do to get his team ready," Haley said. "I'm trying to do what we need to do to get our team ready.""

This is being blown out of proportion. The Chiefs just had two embarrassing touchdowns scored on them to end the game. Is Haley supposed to be all smiles and happiness? His response is what I would want from my coach.
Posted Saturday July 16, 2011, About: Yankee accuses Jays of stealing signs
They're probably thinking the racial variant of the term. Was wondering what the hell you wrote..
Posted Sunday July 10, 2011, About: Can Mallett follow Brady's lead?
This is the same Bill Belichick who watched Bledsoe go to a division rival at the tail end of his prime, traded Richard Seymour, the heart and soul of their defense, to Oakland for a draft pick, and shifted their top receiver at the time, Troy Brown, to cornerback. If Brady falters at all, Belichick will send him packing while he still has value. Brady won't be permitted the luxuries given to guys like Aikman or Young.
Posted Sunday July 10, 2011, About: Arrested: Ward insists he did nothing wrong
Whatever. Though I agree dude should be smart enough to hire a chauffeur, he isn't paid to be brilliant. He's paid because he's good at football.

Beside, though drunk driving is stupid, it's getting to the point of ridiculous when you can't even have a beer with lunch without being over the legal limit in a lot of places. I'd have to hear his blood alchohol level before I cared.
Posted Sunday June 19, 2011, About: Greatest free-agent signing in NHL history?
Doubtful. It's a NY paper and probably thinks highly of Bettman. It was pretty clear that Bettman was getting booed and those boos turned to cheers as soon as the topic because Bruins players.
Posted Sunday June 19, 2011, About: Will Seahawks sign Leinart?
Leinart came in had a rookie year comparable to what Sam Bradford just put up in St. Louis and then struggled with the hurry up offense the following year opening the door for Kurt Warner. Did he have a better team around him than Bradford? Better receivers, certainly, but his O-line wasn't anything to cheer about while Bradford's looks pretty damn solid. His being dropped at Arizona in favour of Derek Anderson and the two rookies only makes Whisenhunt looks like an idiot and has little to do with Leinart.
Posted Friday March 11, 2011, About: Bettman lobs threat in Air Canada's direction
Wasn't a public statement. Appears it was a letter sent to Bettman and leaked to QMI, who then made it public. Now, if AC leaked it, then your point still stands, but it's entirely possible that the leak was on the NHL end of things.
Posted Saturday February 12, 2011, About: Holliday willing to defer salary for Pujols
Direct Quote.

"This all leads to the fact that the more the players are paid the more prices go up across the board so that the owners can earn their profit margin."

Players could be paid nothing and prices would go up all the same and the only reason for it is because people will pay it.
Posted Saturday February 12, 2011, About: Holliday willing to defer salary for Pujols
Geeman1: You're a fool, if you actually believe that. The owners will charge whatever will maximize revenue. If they can sell tickets at a $1000 a piece and still sellout the stadium, they'll do so. They're not nice guys only charging as much as they need to cover salaries.. get real. Since this is the case, why shouldn't the players go for as big of a piece of the pie as possible and why would we, as fans, begrudge them this?
Posted Sunday February 06, 2011, About: Europe expansion behind 18-game schedule?
Yes, because THAT'S how you sell football...
Posted Sunday February 06, 2011, About: Europe expansion behind 18-game schedule?
Why not just add one game to make it a 17 game season where each team has one neutral site game on their schedule. Would allow them to hit a lot of untapped US markets as well as continue their push into Europe and Canada.
Posted Saturday January 22, 2011, About: Wells too steep for Angels?
This is great! Perhaps the Jays can actually compete for their own guys now and make a run in two or three years. It's kind of nice to have hope again as a Jays fan.
Posted Sunday November 21, 2010, About: Jeter's agent baffled by Yankees' tactics
I see a lot of comments about how Jeter's production is dropping off, and that should dictate contract negotiations. The reality is that the contract is dictated by the income you bring the team, not the hits you make at the plate. Why do you think the Mariners gave Griffey a contract?

If Jeter does not play for the Yankees next year, they're forced to find a new face of the franchise and who will that be? There's no easy answer on that one because their team is either too old, too young, or an import. Even if they had a guy in place, following Jeter is going to be no easy task especially if he leaves on bad terms. The march to 3,000 is going to generate buzz and sell tickets. You don't pay a guy for what he's worth to other franchises. You pay him for what he's worth to you.
Posted Sunday November 21, 2010, About: Jeter's agent baffled by Yankees' tactics
I see a lot of comments about how Jeter's production is dropping off, and that should dictate contract negotiations. The reality is that the contract is dictated by the income you bring the team, not the hits you make at the plate. Why do you think the Mariners gave Griffey a contract?

If Jeter does not play for the Yankees next year, they're forced to find a new face of the franchise and who will that be? There's no easy answer on that one because their team is either too old, too young, or an import. Even if they had a guy in place, following Jeter is going to be no easy task especially if he leaves on bad terms. The march to 3,000 is going to generate buzz and sell tickets. You don't pay a guy for what he's worth to other franchises. You pay him for what he's worth to you.

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