Re: KRAFT = To Blame For REF Fiasco
posted at 9/24/2012 3:58 PM EDT
Let me get this straight ...your argument for the owners is :
a) The refs are only part-time
b) OK to change the pension rules because "everybody else is doing it "
If the first 3 weeks of the season have taught us anything - it's that the regular refs had a skill set that cannot be easily replaced . I would even go so far as to say that what they bring to the table can be described as a " talent ".
You erroneous claim of "16 weeks Sundays of work " conveniently leaves out the preseason / post season slate ( potentially adding up to another 2 months ) as well as other mandatory NFL related scheduling .
The point is moot anyway -
Who really cares whether they put in 3 months or 12 ?
The NFL is paying for their "talent " more than their time. The NFL isn't in the "making widgets " business ( where time = production )
They are in the ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS .
When you go to a Russell Crowe flick , you don't leave the theater thinking "Gladiator was awesome , too bad the guy in charge of cinematography only worked on set for a measly 16 weeks " .
He may not have been the star of the movie - but without his "talent" the overall product would suffer , and the time he put in was irrelevant , as long as he did a good job.
No matter how much time you put in , it ultimately boils down to talent.
b ) Your 2nd point holds even less water .
The refs should be commended for not cow-towing to Corporate America .
( I know I shouldn't be asking this but ...you also vote straight Republican ticket right ? )
So under your logic -
If Corporate America decides to completely do away with Pensions - the Refs should follow suit ...and like it.
I understand the NFL is blatherin' about how they have full time employees who are not getting the same sweetheart pension plan ( market-based 401k instead ) , so the "part-time" refs should be strip sacked of their original pension plan.
In the words of that almighty Baltimore fanbase " B-U-L-L-S-H-*-T "
There full time employees can walk if they dont like it ( my guess is it would take about 2 days to fill their positions with likely equally as "talented " counterparts.
Is Kraft to blame ?
Maybe he secretly wants to settle with the Refs , but so far his silence speaks volumes.