NFL players should get paid more…

Kelvin Holloway
October 15, 2015
ENGL 123

Football Vs. Baseball Rhetorical Analysis

Pete Rozelle laid the foundation for the National Football League (NFL) as we know today. His vision of this widely televised sport has withstood record-breaking television viewings, sponsorship deals, and multi-million dollar signing bonuses, which has evolved the game into a billion dollar industry. The ideas of Pete Rozelle and his team were filled with envisions that we are now reaping the benefits from in today’s society. Although, it has taken many months and years of complicated negotiations between coaches, player unions and owners to achieve their vision and make what we know today as a phenomenal plan. The vision was the more popular the NFL became, the more beneficial it would be for everyone. The wisdom and foresight of this vision has led the NFL to popularity and success. Unlike most professional sports today, no matter where you live in the country, your team has an equal chance of winning the Super Bowl. This has caused the game to grow in popularity throughout every corner of the United States, not just in major cities. The vision of one guys and his team has intern made football the most popular sports throughout the 50 states with in the continental United Sates.

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New studies have suggested and shown that the brutal hits NFL players have taken may be linked to a much higher risk of cognitive impairment. While the studies continue to focus solely on dementia-related illness, the various bodily injuries football players suffer in the game can have lasting effects. As millions of American boys and young men take the football fields, there’s lots of talk about making the game safer. We’ve seen new rules over the past decade on tackling, stronger penalties for infractions and time limits on practices. But it’s unlikely that these changes will significantly reduce injuries. For the last century, high schools and colleges have tried to modify the game to reduce the chances of people getting hurt. The first changes took place in the early 1900s, before that time the game resembled rugby, with players piling on top of one another to control the ball. They could pass it sideways or backward but not forward. The results were predictable: smashed noses; dislocated shoulders; broken necks; and fractured skulls. Dozens of young men died, mostly from cerebral hemorrhage. Cerebral hemorrhage is an intra-axial that occurs within rather than outside the brain tissue. Causing your brain to raddle around and possibly destroying your brain permanently. So may say that injuries have been the number cause of career ending in the sport of football.
Baseball is not like other sports the chances of someone getting injured is a lot less than the sport of football. The most common baseball injuries include mild soft tissue injuries: such as muscle pulls (strains); ligament injuries; cuts; and contusions. Although, baseball is a non-contact sport, most serious injuries are due to contact either with a ball, bat, or another player. The repetitive nature of the sport can also cause overuse injuries to the shoulder and elbow (the main injury for baseball player). The major injury for baseball players that is most common now is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Pitchers throwing too much often cause this injury. The ulna collateral ligament is the main stabilizer of the elbow for the motions of pitching. When it becomes damaged, it can be difficult to repair and rehabilitate. Additionally, this injury must be repaired and rehabilitated immediately.
The biggest difference between football and base is the salary cap. A way to maintain competitive balance within a sports league is by placing an upper limit on how much teams can spend on players. Among the four major American professional sports, only Major League Baseball does not have a salary cap in place. The result, according to some critics of the sport, is a league in which only big market teams in cities like New York and Los Angeles can afford to buy the best free agents, leaving scraps for the smaller markets. For example, in 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers led MLB by spending more than $235 million on players, which is more than five times as much as the Houston Astros spent. Conversely, the NFL is acclaimed for its parity perhaps because of its stringent salary cap. Teams that go over their cap numbers are fined, have to cancel contracts and/or loss draft picks for the upcoming NFL draft day. In 2012, Dallas and Washington were fined $10 million and $36 million, respectively, for exorbitant spending during the uncapped 2010 season. By putting a salary cap in place, this would reduce the problem over money and spending.
That doesn’t mean that teams can’t boost the cap a little. However, a provision introduced in the 2011 CBA allows teams to bank money from one season to the next. For example, NFL teams won’t actually be working with the exact same salary cap in 2015. Since 2011, teams have been allowed to take unused cap space and apply it to the following season providing they announced amounts before the end of the regular season in progress.
For example, The Jaguars will be carrying over nearly $21.8 million to the 2015 salary cap because they spent so little in 2014, which, in addition to “other adjustments,” gives them a league-leading $168.5 million adjusted cap figure to work with.
Top five adjusted salary caps for 2015
Adj. Cap
Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland Browns
Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets
Tennessee Titans
The latest salary cap figures put three teams — the Kansas City Chiefs (-$5.76 million), New England Patriots (-$11.39 million) and New Orleans Saints (-$20.65 million) — above the limit, according to Over The Cap. The Oakland Raiders join the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns among the teams with the most space to work with under their caps, thanks to a bevy of expiring contracts heading into the 2015 free agency period.

This parity in team values can be seen in no other sport than the NFL and the reason for this parity in team’s bank accounts is due to the parity on the field. League parity makes for a more exciting product, which makes for a more popular product, which in turn leads to greater wealth for everyone. The parity seen in the NFL today can be attributed to two main principles: equal revenue sharing and a salary cap. Two-thirds of all NFL money comes from television contracts. That money is distributed 100 percent equally amongst all teams in the league. The large percentage of the remaining money comes from sponsors such as Rebook, Gatorade, Coors, etc. All the sponsorship money is, again, distributed 100 percent equally amongst all teams. Finally there is the money that comes in through NFL licensed apparel, which, not to sound repetitive, is again distributed 100 percent equally amongst all teams. To make things even better, there is a league salary cap, meaning that no team can pay exceedingly more than another to acquire a team full of All-Stars.
This is what Odell Beckham Jr. meant when he listed the problem he had with the NFL.  (Website that was used for argument) (Picture of Odell Beckham JR.)


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