Last week SwB brought you the news that an in-over-his-head kid from Buffalo was working to raise money to pay for billboards that will read, "It's time to clean house, RALPH," referring to Bills owner and longtime Mike Brown ally Ralph Wilson. Brown and Wilson, you may recall, were the only 2 owners to vote against the current collective bargaining agreement, or CBA.
Brown and Wilson like to frequently complain how hard it is to make money for small market teams, yet as this NY Times blog post points out, they both "have chosen to stroke their egos rather than take part in one of the easiest ways for pro sports teams to make money...But as long as the Bills play in Ralph Wilson stadium and the Bengals play in Paul Brown Stadium, Wilson and Brown shouldn’t feel vindicated when they talk about the difficulty of making money in the N.F.L. these days. They should just feel foolish."
WDR has frequently discussed our thoughts on Mike Brown benefiting from the NFL's revenue sharing and generous stadium deal (and then failing to reinvest those proceeds into the team's coaching staff, front office, training facilities and medical facilities). But it seems that some other fans are also frustrated with their owner/GM - the Redskins.
Without trying to link to annoying Steeler fan Michael Tunison aka Christmas Ape twice in one day, he brings us news that some intrepid Redskins fans are trying to raise money to pay for ads on DC Metrobuses that call for owner Dan Snyder to sell the team.
There are clearly some similarities and differences between WDR's work and this cause. First, we actually pulled ours off while their work is so far just an idea. Second, WDR has never called for Mike Brown to sell the team. While that might be the ideal scenerio, it is also implausible. It is his team and will continue to be kept in the family long after Mikey has passed onto the owners box in the sky. Instead, we accept that Mike and his family will continue to own the team but just call for him to bring in a GM and increased player personnel department.
I wish these fans the best of luck. Sports owners across the country capitalize on fans loyalty to put out a inferior product and continue to profit. The problem is that the bottom line for guys like Snyder will always be profit. Fans need to demand that the bottom line be wins and losses.