Unless you have been on Mars, or hate sports, you must know that the NFL players and the NFL owners were negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). When the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, the NFL owners locked out the players. But the news today is that it looks the players and owners have agreed to a new CBA and that there will be football this season.
I listen to sports radio all the time, and I heard many fans who were upset at players. These fans called the players greedy for wanting even more millions for playing a game. While I certainly understand the sentiment in today's poor economy, I do not think the players are greedy and if they do accept the proposed CBA, then they compromised too much.
The value of the NFL, about $10 billion dollars a year, is the one in a million athletes who play the game. The players are what make the game interesting and fun to watch, not the owners. I don't know why the owners of these teams should reap extraordinary financial benefit when it is the players that make the NFL profitable, not the owners.
Also, the players are taking extremely high health toll to play the game. The average career of 3 years in the NFL costs a few decades in life expectancy. While being a professional athlete certainly is glamorous, that makes the NFL almost, if not more so, as dangerous as other tough jobs such as coal mining or deep water fishing. See "NFL is killing its players, and league doesn't care" by Gregg Doyel.
Yet despite the risk to the players, the NFL may have covered up those health risks, in particular the risk of concussions "NFL Sued for Allegedly Concealing Brain Injury Risks":
Seventy-five former professional football players are suing the NFL, claiming it intentionally concealed the harmful effects of game-related concussions for 90 years. According to the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, the players and their wives claim, "The NFL knew as early as the 1920's of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions; however, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players and the public."
Let's hope that the NFL was not quite this cynical.