Tuesday, December 11, 2007

They're All Just Cogs in the Wheel

One has to wonder just what, beyond making money hand-over-fist, matters most to those running the National Football League.

Whether it's dragging their proverbial feet on eliminating, limiting, or ameliorating the effects of concussions, or helping retired players as they struggle with the physical hardships that so many suffer it just seems that the league is very reticent in regards to lending a helping hand to assisting their players, both current and former.

The latest example of this comes in the form of a report that indicates that the NFL has decided to resume funding in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. On its surface that is a good thing, however the league -- after having not contributed anything for the past two years (in fairness, the league contributed to the project from 1986-2003) the NFL is kicking in $113,ooo.

Say what?

In one published report the NFL, in fiscal year 2005, had revenues of $5,700,000,000. We may be going out on a limb, but the guess here is that the 2007 revenues will be even higher. That would mean that the amount of the funding being provide will represent less than .001982% of the NFL's total income.

So while Buffalo Bill Keven Everett was a significant beneficiary of the work done by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (and Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson has been a strong supporter of the Project), the league doesn't seem fit to put its money where its most significant assets -- the players -- are.

The next time a player opts to leave a team for a big money contract someplace else just remember that he's just applying the lessons he's learned from his employer.

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