Why Not to Feel Sorry for NFL Owners

This post refers to sports.espn.go.com

Rick Reilly from ESPN.com with a piece on why he doesn’t think the NFL owners deserve anyone’s sympathy:

Their estimated combined net worth is well over $40 billion, which is more than the GNP of 150 nations. Paul Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks, has a 414-foot yacht called “The Octopus” with two helicopters, two submarines, a swimming pool, a music studio and a basketball court. He also has two backup emergency yachts.

414-feet! That’s 1 and 1/3 football fields long!

Reilly continues:

Do you realize what having no NFL season would do to the economy? According to the NFLPA, it’s estimated it would cost each NFL city $160 million and 3,000 jobs. That’s 93,000 jobs nationwide. For what? Another Aspen chalet?

Think about the people who work for minimum wage at the stadium concession stands. Or the waitresses who will lose probably hundreds of dollars in tips on the Sundays with no football.