Player power in the NFL



August 7, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) gestures to a fan in the stands during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at AT&T Stadi on Aug. 19, 2017. BOB BOOTH/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/TNS

Last December, NBA superstar Lebron James referred to NFL owners as “old white men” who have a “slave owner mentality.” The statement is a lot to unravel, but James was trying to clarify that NFL owners hold players hostage, unlike the NBA, where players hold the power.

Every year the NBA has its free agency frenzy with franchises begging players with max-slot contacts. Look at the Clippers. They literally let Kawhi Leonard play general manager, and recruit Paul George via trade with Oklahoma City. After all, the only reason Leonard went to the Clippers is because they gave him what he wanted — the opportunity build a super team. 

But in pro football, who should hold the power? Well, like in every story… there are two sides. 

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