Posted: February 26, 2011 by Dan Condie in MLB, NBA, NFL
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Boiling point. Everyone’s got one. They’re all unique and maybe some people require more heat to reach theirs, but everyone snaps once their tolerance level is maxed out.

When you’re talking about a group of people reaching a boiling point collectively, my friends, you’ve got yourself a recipe for revolution.

Professional athletes all around every league, it seems, are reaching boiling points and acting contrary to tradition.

Basketball players are manipulating NBA league policies in order to get paid more money, play for a big city team with other superstars, and even forcing coaching changes.

Baseball players are using outlandish and unreasonable contract deals as precedents for minimum salary, high-balling owners into over-paying stars.

Football players are demanding more pay and fewer games, forcing owners into closing the doors on the players, fans, and of course, money.

It seems that the last 4 years or so, more than ever before, players are realizing the power they have to impact not just on but off the field, court, etc. Teams stacking themselves started long before LeBron‘s “decision”. Demanding higher pay is nothing new, seeing as Babe Ruth made only $20,000 (about $220,000 today) after the 1919 season. That was double the amount he was making the year before. How did he get the big increase? Ruth demanded it.

Just recently, 6-7 players for the Detroit Pistons “boycotted” the shoot-around before the game that night at Philadelphia. Pistons Head Coach John Kuester benched the players involved and was left with only 6 players, one of which, PG Will Bynum, played all 48 minutes. The result will likely be Kuester losing his job for lack of control.

Is it right? Of course not, but this is what happens when you have leverage, and the players are realizing that leverage.

It seems the NFL owners have reached their boiling point. How long until the other leagues’ owners reach theirs? How long until there’s war?


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