The National Football League offseason was marred by the normal distractions including holdouts but one holdout stood out the most in Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew ended up missing all of training camp before just heading straight into regular season play. Jones-Drew also ended up getting hurt early in the season and while many hoped he would play in the regular season finale, Jones-Drew has now had foot surgery and will be out until June. This only proves once again that players can’t be holding out just for the sake of more money as Jones-Drew was likely not in game shape yet when he got hurt.
There are a lot of players that have decided it was worthwhile to sit out hoping for a new contract or more money after a successful season or two. There are players who probably deserved the raise with their play and others who just wanted a different contract. I implore those players who are thinking about holding out in the future to think about the fans out there that can’t do or get paid the same amount of money. There are people everywhere who would love to get a major raise but they can’t exactly walk out at any moment they want.
This is the biggest problem with professional athletes in this day and age where their salaries are so sky-high as opposed to the rest of the general public. This forces teams to raise ticket prices just so they can pay the players they have signed to the big contracts. It helps no one and especially those fans that don’t have the money or can’t afford to bring their kids to a game. Things have to change with professional sports with these facts. I hope someone is listening and players stop holding out for no reason at all.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.