Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie appeared on ESPN this evening shortly after voting to approve a new collective bargaining agreement. He was asked about his thoughts on the deal approved by the owners.
“(The deal) was filled with a lot of compromise,” Lurie said. “I don’t think anyone was smiling and saying ‘oh boy that’s great.’ It wasn’t like that. It was very much a victory for compromise. It was a win-win for the teams, the players and definitely the fans.”
Uh… what? If anyone can explain to me how the fans are the big winners here, I’m all ears.
Are ticket prices going to drop? Parking? Can I get a flat beer in the stadium for less than 8 bucks?
Is the NFL going to make their NFL Sunday Ticket available on multiple cable providers like every other major sports organization? Is the NFL Network going to stop its pissing contests with various cable providers and make it available to all the fans?
Is the NFL going to pay for their own stadiums instead of the fans through seat licenses and public money? And if not, are the owners at least going to share the profit made from those buildings with the people that actually paid for them?
I’m serious – Can anyone think of one single way that the fans were “definitely” winners?
A word of advice for Jeffrey Lurie: The fans aren’t stupid. Stop calling them winners like a patronizing, pompous asshole.