Marxism in the NFL
With an impending NFL lockout, many people are beginning to worry. A year in America without a football season?! That’s like taking fire works away from the 4th of July! For those that don’t know, there is currently a butting of heads occurring between the NFL team owners and the NFL Player’s Association that could lead to there being no 2011-12 NFL season. Basically, the owners and the player’s association had a collective bargaining agreement that divided up the total revenue the NFL annually accrued and dispersed it based on an agreement that was made in 2006, with the owners receiving $1 billion out of the $9 billion total revenue. That bargaining agreement expired and now the two sides have to reach a new agreement. The problem? The owners now want $2.4 billion instead of just the $1 billion due to the economic recession and the player’s association doesn’t want to give that up. If they can’t agree, which they havent thus far after having been negotiating since just after the Super Bowl, then there probably won’t be an NFL season.
In viewing the dispute, I couldn’t help but notice how this relates to the Marxist ideals of the proletariats (the owners) and the bourgeoisie (the players). Marx believes that the distinction between the ruling class (owners) and the working class (players) will eventually lead to either “…a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes” (Communist Manifesto, 1848). This means that the working class is a much larger population that labors for the ruling class and that this disparity will eventually lead to a revolution of the working class to defunct the ruling class. In relation to the NFL dispute, this quote holds true. The owners are trying to secure more wealth for themselves through the labor of the players, but the players know that the owners need them as much as they need the owners, wherein the revolution lies. The player’s association not agreeing to the terms of the owners will either, like Marx says, reconstitute the way in which the revenue is distributed or institute a lock out, which is “…ruining the contending class (owners)”.
From the outside, it just seems like the owners are being stuck-up, extremely wealthy businessmen that are attempting to make even MORE money. These guys, for the most part, are all billionaires and the fact that they’re citing an economic recession as the reason why they need more money is blasphemous. Yes, I understand that owning an NFL is very costly, but when you have a bank account that ends in over 9 zeros, a few hundred million should not be worth risking your company which makes 3x more than that yearly. What do you guys think? Are the owners justified in making this claim that they need more money or are the players overreacting and should just be happy they’re getting paid to play their sport?