Further damning is the fact that, with the disappearance of the salary cap in the final year of the recently expired CBA, owners had every opportunity to plan for this eventuality. Some teams blatantly seemed to do just that – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly spent less than $90 million in player compensation last season, for an estimated savings of more than $30 million apiece (relative to what would have been the spending minimum in a capped year). Yet Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is among those who instituted staffwide pay reductions once the lockout began in March – a move that, in his case, is particularly unconscionable.
We’ve gone back and forth on this issue. Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, you have to agree that employees who are not players getting their pay slashed (or getting fired all together) sucks. This is an interesting article and it calls out Clark Hunt specifically. Check it out.
While Silver makes some interesting points, remember that it is hard to tell just how hard up the Chiefs are for money without knowing all the information of their revenue streams. Even Silver admits that he doesn’t know all the facts. Season tickets may be going well but the Chiefs could be losing money in other areas.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen