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NFL Players' Strike: The Battle Continues

October 24, 1987

Unlike the majority of NFL fans, I support the players and not the owners. I wonder how many of the fans know that under the present TV package, each owner has and will receive $17 million each year for three years. That's before the owners realize revenues from luxury boxes, and other seats, concessions, parking, NFL-endorsed products, etc. The owners, to their delight, are drowning in dollars. If you have any doubts, try buying an existing or new franchise.

The reason the 28 teams are doing very well financially is they have a popular product; a sport played by very talented players. Since the players are directly responsible for this financial bonanza, they deserve a greater share than they are receiving.

The NFL players of this era are bigger, faster and stronger, but, unfortunately, gutless. It is unbelievable that many of these men of courage on the field could strike for no longer than a week. Do these players have knowledge of average working persons who were on strike for weeks and months? These workers endured hardships that these NFL players can't imagine to improve conditions not only for themselves but for other workers.

MILTON A. STEWART

Los Angeles

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