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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    In general, I support your well-reasoned analysis. It was a fun read, so well done. However I must take issue with this point:
    > I read where Pash has made like $24 million from the league in the last three years alone. Which is more than Andrew Luck has been paid in that same span.

    So what? Both are highly-valued occupations that take /years/ of commitment to accomplish and be very successful. Both organizations who hired them obviously feel strongly that they provide significant value. They are making what their respective organizations feel they are worth.

    Really enjoy the show.

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    John St. Patrick

    You go Czabe! The Red-Headed Spokes Ape’s time “leading” the NFL must end.

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    After reading Judge Berman”s opinion, it is clear that Goodell, Nash, Vincent, Wells and the entire Paul, Weiss Independent Investigator//Zealous Advocate for the Shield Team did not Know The Rules governing arbitraltions under the National Labor Relations Act, the Federal Arbitration Act, the federal decisions construing those laws or the leagues’ own body of rules, policies and arbitrall findings. The NFLPA was entitled to presume that the Commissioner and the Management Council and their Outside Counsel were at least Generaly Aware of the Rules. Sadly, despite any actual knowledge or general awareness they may have, their hubris and arrogance, borne of an addiction to absolute power, consistently impair their ability to seek justice as opposed to winning at all costs. Sadly, their cumulative efforts will inevitably lead to misplaced general criticism of the arbitration process, which in most cases functions quite smoothly, thanks to truly independent (note lack of scare quotes) arbitrators and competent judges who Know The Rules.

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    Mike O


    Hope that you read the story at ESPN today that provides quite a lot of background on the League’s treatment of the Patriots since Spygate: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/13533995/split-nfl-new-england-patriots-apart. Assuming the reporting stands up–and, in a high-profile context like this, one hopes that ESPN has fact-checked it to death–this is a considerable piece.

    I don’t disagree with you that Roger Goodell appears to be a bit of a clown. All commissioners–all commissioners since Fay Vincent, at least–are stooges. But the piece suggests that, in Deflategate, Goodell has plainly been doing the bidding of a majority of the owners. And, based on what I read in the ESPN piece, I can’t say that I blame a majority of the owners for seeking a Patriots scalp. Conduct like what’s been reported puts the golden goose at risk–and it is a very, very, very fat goose indeed.

    Kraft is plainly very smart and equally shrewd. Goodell may or may not be his equal; we lionize captains of industry like Kraft for the fruits of effort that, as often as not, involve both deceit and luck in great measure. Whatever the case, all the evidence I’ve read suggests that Kraft has placed his considerable talents, and resources, at the mercy of a guy whose systematic disregard of anything like competitive integrity makes him a substantial risk in a business that hides behind an antitrust exemption. If the story is right, Kraft is not just poking Goodell in the eye, he’s poking his peers in the eye–some of whom (e.g., Paul Allen) could buy Bob Kraft from petty cash. Seems like a poor idea.


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