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Big voices; Chad responds

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on August 24, 2010 – 4:56 pm

The Bengals not only play the big boys Opening Day in three-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady’s Patriots, but they also get the big voices for the 1 p.m. game in Foxboro, Mass. CBS is sending their top announcing team of play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms. For the following two weeks, the Paul Brown Stadium opener against the Ravens and the Sept. 26 game in Carolina, the Bengals get play-by-play man Bill Macatee and analyst Rich Gannon.

The Ocho has responded.

He was fined fined $25,000 Tuesday for violating two NFL game policies –- possession of an electronic device and posting messages on a social media site – when the Bengals beat the Eagles Aug. 20. 

Two messages appeared on his Twitter page during the prohibited period for players to be using social media, which begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff and lasts until postgame media obligations are fulfilled.

Asked to comment, he texted, “Child Please!”


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5 Responses to “Big voices; Chad responds”

  1. By 2ndboot on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    I guess it boils down to the NFL wanting to be the ONLY show during games and any player trying to make a buck on the side gets his wrist slapped no matter what media contact he might have. If the NFL ain’t making a buck it ain’t gonna happen..
    It’s kind of like government being the only entity allowed to run a lottery, collect taxes, have a toll road, etc.. NFL is the ONLY entity permitted to make financial gain outside of salaries during games.. I seriously don’t believe it’s about anything else BUT that.. Oh well.. Welcome to the game of Monopoly Chad.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    It’s really not different the any other business. The NFL owns the league. The teams are entities of the league and the players are employed by them. If I spend my companies time to say write a book. And they can prove that I did it on company time. They own the book.

    Now you can make a good argument the NFL has a monopoly. The USFL could have survived and fixed that. And they were much closer than most people think. It’s simply that the court ruled in there favor but only gave them $1. Aside from that Donald Trump, owner of the New Jersey franchise, did the most damage. By prematurely running up salaries before game attendance could handle it, he set up a situation where owners had to operate in the red to compete. Otherwise the $1 ruling would not have killed the league.

    As it is now I can see no public interest in such a thing now. The mid 80’s was a perfect time for it. From then through the early 90’s there was a lot of interest in new and different sports entertainment. Surfing and skating became big sports, hockey and soccer peaked as baseball enter a long decline from the #1 sport to the ruination it is today.

    In the end the NFL & the NFLPA had better watch there step and get a deal done. A lockout will not be good in the current economy. Revenues are already down. People will not see the argument of either side. I for one think they both should take a little loss and try to lower prices a little. If they don’t find a way to control the over-inflated costs of entertainment the bubble will burst.

    What happens when the average fan can’t afford it anymore, but the league needs every dime to keep up with salaries, etc. and still post a profit.

  3. By 2ndboot on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Well it can be looked at in so many ways.. Personally I think pro sports in general cut its own throats years ago when one owner paid out a million dollar contract (Catfish Hunter) then everyone scrambled to keep up with the Findley’s (Charlie O) and it just ballooned from there. Were they right in paying that money out? Maybe, maybe not, but I’ll bet every owner in sports wishes Charlie O had been shot on the spot that year.
    Some have been successful with huge salaries, but most have not. The Yankess have at times been successful, but other years it’s been a disaster. Those huge salaries only work if you can pack in the house year after year and guarantee your fortunes will never reverse and from all appearances it’s about to reverse for all pro-sports because no player wants a cut in pay and no owner wants to pay more so someone has to give somewhere. Players like DiMaggio back in the 40’s were HUGE stars far bigger than Chad TO or any current NFL player, but made just a pittance in salary in comparison and it’s not even relevant to inflation so I guess we as fans really don’t have a dog in the fight, but the ownership and players do.
    Nickel and diming players like Chad isn’t going to turn the bubble around and the league knows this as does Chad. Chad can afford the $25k, but what does it do to over all player moral and their willingness to come to the bargaining table when the league wants to put every little thing under their thumbs?

    Oh well..I’m drifting here.. I know what I want to say, but my fingers don’t want my brain to type it. ;)

  4. By hobsonschoice1 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    MATT: I agree with you on pretty much everything there. There are employers and there are employees.

    It’s like when people ripped the Bengals for coming up with the Carl Pickens Clause, which fined players for publicly criticizing the club, players, or coaches. Some of the people ripping them were no doubt employers that would have gone nuts if any of their people went rogue on them.

    You either work for somebody else or yourself and most of us work for somebody else and you expect rules.

    But, then again, we take everything so seriously nowadays. I’m supposed to be outraged Chad tweeted a response to getting big hitted right after it happened rather than getting the quote from him in the locker room after the game?

    Try the decaf.

    The guy that would seem to have the biggest gripe is the head coach and not the NFL. But don’t you seriously doubt The Ocho would have done all that during a regular-season game?

  5. By 2ndboot on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Well this is starting to sound like some kind of artificial intellectual property problem, but Chads tweet wasn’t against the Bengals nor the NFL and didn’t give any trade secrets away. He didn’t sit and write the great American Novel while in uniform, but folks are acting as if he’s done some horrible crime against the sport. Did he place a bet with gamblers? NO.. Did he sell out the play book? Hardly. Did he bad mouth the QB or coach? Absolutely not. He commented that getting hit so hard in pre-season was getting ridiculous and he’s right. So the NFL owns the rights to Ochos opinions now? I don’t think so. Every word these guys say is put under a microscope now and dissected so much that if AB says he’s not 100% quite yet then he’s suddenly saying he’s done for the season.. Opinion has become fact and whatever players say at any time to anyone is now public fodder.. It’s become beyond hideous and as long as this comment has become I just haven’t thought of the word that’s beyond hideous. I guess the word stupid comes to mind..

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