For the most part, ex-players have been backing players in the labor battle that has ground business in the NFL to a halt.
But Kurt Warner, a two-time MVP and former Super Bowl champion, suggests it is the players who will have to budge in this matter, especially if they don’t want to lose any game checks.
“I'm still optimistic that they're going to find a way to make sure there's football,” Warner said, according to Jim Corbett of USA Today. “The players have too much to lose. And as much as I hate to say it, at some point, the players have to give in. And, hopefully, they can gain some other things on their side.
“But ultimately, they have too much to lose.”
The owners have plenty to lose too. Take for instance Jerry Jones in Dallas. He owes massive amounts of money for his shiny new stadium. If there are no games being played, he’s not going to be pulling in revenue. Missed games would damage the owners’ product, there is no question about that.
“I don't think there's any question the players have to give back money,” Warner said. “And we have to realize we've had it great for a number of years.
“We made a lot of money, and the salaries went crazy. As a player, you have to say, ‘It's OK for us to pull back a little bit and make less.’So now where do we subsidize that? Where do we get our benefits in this new agreement?”
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