Back in the 1970s, I was on my way up the business ladder. I ultimately did pretty well, obtaining an Executive Vice-President post at an insurance company. A book that I read that had a major impact on me was “Up the Corporation” by then-president of Avis Rent-a-Car Robert Townsend. The book now has a longer name. Townsend was the genius who spiked Avis’ massive growth by taking on Number One Hertz. His slogan, “We’re Just No. Two, We Try Harder,” was extremely popular with customers. All of this information has nothing to do with my article; I want to talk about a potential football strike.
Townsend had a lot of ideas that were a little off-the-wall. He didn’t have a desk, choosing to stand at a podium to do his paperwork to spend more time in the factory. However, his slogan that I would borrow from is “Never P— in the Soup.” And I always remembered that. When things are going great, don’t “tweak” them. In fact, like Townsend, I had an assistant who reminded me of that.
Why all this history? The NFL is making a lot of noise about having a strike. And the players of some pretty big teams just voted to take power away from the Players’ Union so they can sue the owners if they are locked out. The result is that this strike could get bloody and lengthy, and my understanding is that it is about — what else — but money.
I don’t know about you, but I am floored about what Pro Football players earn. And they need more?
Let me speak as a fan: I love football. I am a loyal rooter for some teams, the Bears first. Then I root for the Saints, Niners (sigh) because Singletary coaches them, and the Texans, all in that order. I put up with players making fools of themselves off of the field and listen to announcers play favorites (are you listening, Joe Buck?) all to watch my favorite teams play.
I don’t watch the NFL for stars. I used to play football, and I like to look at plays and formations. I like to watch the technical aspects of the game. I fancy myself a coach; don’t you?
There are literally millions of fans like me, and we deserve better than a football strike. Owners and players owe it to the fans to solve their differences outside of the season-proper.
If they don’t, they may find they have p—-d in the soup.
Chicago Now Website, Rock Mamota, “NFL Will Suffer Losses With A Lockout in 2011…”
“Up the Organization,” Robert Townsend, ISBN 13: 978-0787987756