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  • Do you think it's good for NFL players to be flexing their power here and in starting to use their leverage to determine their future in their career path?

  • I do.

  • I think it makes the league more interesting.

  • I mean, think about what we're talking about right now because us things to talk about.

  • It is fans things to speculate about and have fun with.

  • And I think changes of scenery are good and exciting for sports.

  • More than that, though, I think this was the inevitable byproduct off the fact that people love offense.

  • You know, why do I say that?

  • Because for years this is not how it was in the NFL, but because the fans want offense ratings go up with offense.

  • The rules changes consistently have been not only to protect the quarterback but to make his job easier to make it harder to cover the wideouts innovation on the offensive side, they realized the return on investment when you handed to a running back is more or less always the same, but when in the passing game it can increase.

  • Michael Lewis, right with the blind side, points this out and so through the years.

  • Increasingly, the importance of the quarterback has increased to the point where if you're great, not if you're just anybody.

  • But if you're great for the first time.

  • And I think history, those players, by definition only, I don't know.

  • What is it, Stephen?

  • A.

  • Five or six.

  • It changes year to year 47 Whatever it is have now, it seems to me the power off MBA superstars because those players can affect the fortunes of your team the way eh?

  • NBA stars can.

  • And those players are looking at their at at the n b A and thinking yet that would be nice.

  • So you're saying it's good playing?

  • Probably.

  • It's good.

  • I'm saying it's inevitable and good.

  • I don't think it's inevitable.

  • Um, I like it.

  • I'm not.

  • I'm not averse to it.

  • Um, I would tell you that, uh, the more power the more power players gained, the better, But I will tell you is gonna be few and far between.

  • It's not the MBA, and it never will be.

  • And everybody needs to get over that, Um, the n b A.

  • You got 450 plus players.

  • The National Football League.

  • You got in excess of 616 196 players when you take into account, Ah, 53 man roster.

  • And when you consider that along with a hard salary cap on how that governs the league, there's a limited amount of power than any player is going to get it.

  • More importantly than that, I think that what you have to pay attention to is the reality, uh, that the actions of a few could ultimately affect the many.

  • You know, one of the things that I brought up on many, many occasions, Max.

  • Just so you know, years ago when LeBron James decided to take his talents to South Beach, what people What flew under the radar for years is what kind of problem it caused with the NBA owners and the players, because the kind of rules that they wanted to implement uh, you know, reducing Excuse me, the amount of basketball related income.

  • You know all about that.

  • You know, once upon a time it was 57% that the players had.

  • It's down to 50% you know, some owners wanted it is lowest 47%.

  • This is why they were locking out the players and what have you?

  • Ah, lot of it had to do with LeBron James and how he elected toe handle his exit from Cleveland to South Beach.

  • The Dan Gilbert of the world and others were behind the scenes, raising holy hell about player movement and things of that nature.

  • So some of these rules that you've seen injected into the equation was a by product of them being so turned off by the manner in which he elected to handle it, which I think is the lone blemish on his illustrious career.

  • We transition to the National Football League, and what we find is a situation where you've got a hard salary cap.

  • You've got players that don't earn as much money as as as as MBA players, you've got the very few that are marketable stars in the National Football League because you wearing shoulder pads, helmets, your identity is disguised to some degree, and for the most part, the NFL is the one who chooses who should be marketed and who should have in most situations.

  • And so when you're playing in the league like that and the only guarantee dollars you have is basically with your signing bonus and what have you.

  • There's a limited amount of power that you have and the few that exercise it Max, even though they could get away with it.

  • You're just form and new ideas for the owners to come up to curtail you from gaining even more power.

  • And that becomes more of a priority during negotiations.

  • And even though those few individual players could get away with it, the collective whole could end up suffering because of it.

  • And I just think that it's something that we need to monitor.

  • Moving forward.

  • We love the players getting more power, but don't think for one second it won't come without a stiff.

  • Still real quick, real quick.

  • Same thing in the MBA.

  • Yep, only a handful of players like our James Harden, who could get exactly what they want go where they want also get their guaranteed dollars.

  • All that same thing in the NFL.

  • If Dion Sanders was in his prime in the NFL right now, he could do it.

  • A shutdown corner.

  • Aaron Donald.

  • Someone like that, and maybe five or six quarterbacks.

  • Everyone else, you're right.

  • It's their different tiers of players and different influence.

  • But the NFL is in a new day.

  • That's what it looks like to me.

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