November 3, 2008; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (left) talks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (center) and Redskins head coach Jim Zorn (right) prior to the Redskins game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field. The Steelers won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Fair Fight

I’ve been mulling over this blog for a couple of weeks now after I read about the reasons why Roger Goodell denied the salary cap penalty appeal from Washington and Dallas. The main thing that stuck with me were these two words: “unfair advantage.”

It was said that allowing these teams to get away with going over this imaginary cap line that they created was allowing them to have an unfair advantage over the other 30 teams in the league. I’m still lost.

Was it that he simply meant that they shouldn’t be allowed to spend more than some unwritten number that they had in mind? Or that they just shouldn’t be allowed to spend more than other people? The year WAS uncapped. They agreed to it when they signed the new collective bargaining agreement. So if it’s in writing that there is no cap, how is it an “unfair advantage?” I still don’t understand.

These two teams won a total of 13 games that season. I guess they were supposed to win a total of 6 or 7 games instead. Would that have been fair? Would it have been fair to just let people who were much better off with their rosters run the table in the league while the teams that needed a tremendous amount of help were left to struggle? The year before the uncapped year, both teams were was 6-10. Sounds like they both needed a lot of help.

I guess Rog felt like Danny and Jerry’s pockets are deep enough, they didn’t need the extra money. Or maybe they were taking money out of the pockets of some other executives in the league… they do get a pretty big piece of the $11Billion pie.

The argument that the league had an imaginary cap number is a valid one, especially when the teams have contractual guidelines on paper saying that they could pretty much do whatever they needed to do as long as the league signed off on it. But I’m trying to figure out how two teams that statistically stunk for two years in a row were deemed as having an “unfair advantage” against other organizations that did much better. Almost like it was the league’s intent for them to stay below .500.

Something’s just not right about that to me.


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