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Let's commend Roger Goodell for taking a voluntary pay cut during an economic downturn that has afflicted even America's most profitable sports league. With shrinking Super Bowl ad revenues and owners rightly concerned about raising prices as football fans become more frugal, Goodell has set a shining example for executives in other industries.
Let's not get carried away, however, and expect NFL players to do the same.
Players are the lifeblood of the NFL. With all due respect to Goodell, no one pays to watch the commissioner at work.
Then there's the matter of player job security, or rather lack thereof. You can count the average life span of an NFL player on one hand and have a few fingers to spare. One hit, one awkward landing, can end a career. Just ask Joe Theismann or Mike Utley.
Football players also don't have guaranteed contracts. All that's assured are the signing bonuses, and in most cases, it's not a goldmine unless you're Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or LaDainian Tomlinson.
Out of the four major professional sports in the United States, football is the most risky
for players, and that's why they should get whatever they can whenever they can.
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