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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

The author of NFL Crime Watch and Founding Editor of The League.

Nothing's Fair in Fantasy Land

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There is nothing fair about the NFL's personal conduct policy until you take into account that there is nothing realistic about the NFL. To look at it as a regular job, where regular rules of employee-employer relations exist is ludicrous.

Professional sports is a dream world in which athletic freaks of nature to get paid millions of dollars to play a game. They wear colorful uniforms, perform 4-6 months per year (nine in hockey, unfortunately) and travel around the world in the lap of luxury with throngs of adoring fans begging for them to sign pieces of paper and balls.

Now, don't me wrong. I'm not one of those haters who thinks athletes should get paid minimum wage, be slaves to ownership and be forced to lay brick during the off season; far from it. Pro sports generates huge amounts of revenue that athletes are entitled to. All I'm trying to say though is that the life of an NFL player is so fantastic that to call some aspect of it unfair or unrealistic is idiotic. It's like picking one tree out of an enchanted forest and complaining that its sap doesn't comport with the laws of gravity. Nothing in the NFL is realistic, let alone fair except perhaps the outcomes of the games.

The league consists of performers and owners. The performers' union essentially gave up a huge amount of power to ownership over their personal conduct, but they did give it up willingly -- they agreed to it. Until they renegotiate that, they remain at the mercy of Commissioner Roger Goodell who can crack the whip as hard as he likes. As unfair as that may sound, think about how many people earn less money, with less freedom, no benefits and even less job security.

By Emil Steiner  |  June 29, 2009; 3:34 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Emil Steiner , Michael Vick , NFL , Plaxico Burress , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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