NBA Draft Day Conspiracies vs. 2011 NFL Lockout
Match-up: David Stern has been accused of rigging the NBA Draft Lottery to benefit major market teams like New York and Chicago. This year, Stern was accused by some for fixing the Draft to benefit New Orleans owner Tom Benson who'd recently purchased the Hornets from the league.
During the 2011 NFL lockout, Goodell fought to give a larger share of the $9B pie to owners while, simultaneously, demanding that the schedule be increased by two games. In sum, the players make less dough for more work and owners receive increased revenue for literally doing nothing. You know, boss shit.
Winner: Roger Goodell
Goodell is a henchmen for NFL owners. So, you can hardly blame him for stroking to their collective bargaining needs of his billionaire bosses. That said, Goodell made a remarkably underhanded comment that was at best disingenuous and at worst a flat out lie to NFL fans, “We can’t continue to shift the cost, whether it’s the rising player cost or the rising cost of operating an NFL franchise, on to our fans.”
Really? In 2012, the average cost for a family of four to attend an NFL game is almost $450, a 4 percent increase from the previous year. Fans from Chicago, San Diego, and Houston saw their teams combine for a 26-22 record and one playoff win in 2011, but their ticket prices sky-rocketed by more than 10 percent this season. Buy a stadium beer for $7, an officially licensed jersey for $249, and a Cam Newton autograph for $125, if you want to know much the NFL respects you and your wallet.