Just in case you haven’t heard, the NFL is currently closed for business and doing battle with the guys who fill the stadiums aka football players. This shutdown is threatening the livelihoods of countless individuals who work for the teams, stadiums and surrounding areas that host football games. These people have no stake in the 9 billon dollar split that the owners and players are currently trying to bisect. They are just trying to put food on their tables; make their car and mortgage payments.
There have been some rather vocal activists on both sides of the CBA issue. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees have championed the cause of the players. John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, has been one of the workhorses working to bridge the gap between the two parties in order to salvage a season headed for disaster. Steve Tisch, VP and co-owner of the New York Giants…not so much.
Recently, Tisch voiced his opinions in support of gay marriage, or marriage equality as the “P.C.” term may be. Really? Steve, do you think this is the best time to be speaking out in favor of equality when the team you are VP of is not allowed in your stadium?
While yes, an owner and/or player doesn’t have to be lobbying for the 2011 football season 24/7. But Mr. Tisch doesn’t seem to be too concerned with the goings on of the CBA. In fact, much of his recent time has been dedicated to throwing a “royal” hootenanny for newlyweds, Kate and William. Let’s face it, they’re uber important people. The big hoedown will take place at Tisch’s Hollywood mansion sometime in July and is reported to have quite the impressive guest list.
Tisch has his hand in many business ventures, the film industry being one of them. He is the only person to have been awarded an Oscar and a Super Bowl ring. The Oscar was awarded for “Forrest Gump.” The Super Bowl ring was awarded for…well…you know.
I have tremendous respect for what Steve Tisch has done in the film industry and for the Giants organization. I applaud him for championing a cause that he believes in. However, his involvement in the current NFL lockout is spotty at best and his timing could not be worse. Perhaps his relationship with the royal family and commitment to same sex marriage will find him hosting a royal family/same sex marriage some day soon. Now THAT I would pay to see.
In other news, Plaxico Burress spoke to the media this week and said some more things that will make all 32 teams in the NFL think twice about hiring him. I think it’s safe to say that he won’t be wearing BLUE in 2011. Just a little piece of advice Plax…stop talking.
Topics: CBA, Drew Brees, Forrest Gump, Giants, John Mara, Kate And William, Marriage Equality, National Football League, New York Giants, NFL Lockout, Peyton Manning, Plaxico Burress, Sean Kerr, Steve Tisch, Super Bowl, The Oscars