Many National Football Leaugue fans when they heard the news about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson’s blowup during a collective bargaining negotiating session they thought that it was an out of the blue moment.
However, after thinking about it the blowup could be a part of their plan all along.
Richardson was made one of the leaders to represent owners in negotiations and that isn’t by coincidence. Richardson has owned the Panthers since its inception in1995, so the other owners know who he is and that includes him being a stubborn hot head.
These are 32 shrewd businessmen that have all dealt with huge business deals and knows just like any other sporting event or business deal there is a certain psychological game that goes into. It is for that very reason why they tabbed Richardson.
The owners knew that CBA negotiations can become heated as well as Richardson being an impassioned person that sticks to his beliefs. When they tabbed Richardson the other owners knew that someone like Richardson would blow up, and they counted on that happening.
Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feeley was there and stated that Richardson was condensending, so what do you think the players were thinking when this took place? This guys is freaking crazy.
That is exactly what the owners want the players thinking, because right now every single one of them is sitting there convinced now that the owners aren’t ever going to budge with Richardson leading the way. So, that will lead players to conclude that the only way to get back on the field to get paid is by giving them what they want and that will lead to players crossing the picket lines.
Simply, they are dividing and conquering the players. Why else would NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith is conducting a conference call of all the players?
You will hear in the media that the conference call was to let all the players know where the negotiations stand and other bull. However, the real reason that it was called is to try and keep the players together.
In the end, the NFLPA’s damn is cracking and it is only a matter of time before it breaks.