Greed Ain’t Good … Morning Cup O’Chiefs

Our theme this morning is greed, a word that keeps rearing its ugly head around the National Football League in general and the Kansas City Chiefs in particular.

Let’s start with the story on the home front. It comes from WDAF-TV, Channel 4 and it casts a spotlight on another attempt by the Chiefs front office to step on the little guy.

The ticket takers and parking attendants that work at Arrowhead Stadium on game day have been told by the Chiefs they will no longer be allowed to stay and watch the game after their work is completed.

The stadium workers say that the team has allowed them to stay and watch the games for free. They had no seats, but could stay and watch from standing-room areas. Obviously in recent seasons they had the opportunity to grab a seat because there were so many that were empty.

“We were told that when we work and we are done, we are to clock out and leave the premises,” said Steve Warner, a ticket taker for 13 years in an interview with Channel 4. “Everybody was very, very, very upset. When we go and work hard at the gates and knowing that it’s hot outside or freezing in January, even during the season, you get your benefit of going and watching the game.

“You work hard, and plain and simple. We don’t get paid a lot of money. Why take that privilege away from everybody?”

The Service Employees International Union represents the workers and met with team officials on Wednesday. Union officials declined the request of Channel 4 for an interview.

The Chiefs, in a prepared statement, wrote: “We’re working to develop policies and practices that provide the best possible experience for our fans; and fair and appropriate compensation and benefits for our employees. We met with the union representative today for the first time on this issue and had a productive conversation. We look forward to continuing our conversation.”

Let’s hope the conversation continues within the offices of the Chiefs and they reverse course on yet another story where the team looks remarkably bad and cheap.


So close and yet so far. Greed has gotten between the NFL owners and players again as they come down the stretch on this four-month lockout.

This time it’s not all the players or the union, or the owners and their people. It’s about two players – San Diego WR Vincent Jackson and New England G Logan Mankins.

On Wednesday, Jackson and Mankins supposedly were the biggest obstacles to the new labor agreement being approved by the players and the team representatives. Until they do that, the proposal can’t be approved by the rank-and-file.

Now, the NFL owners say they will not vote on approval at their Thursday meeting in Atlanta until the players ratify the deal.

So on a Wednesday where many thought would be the first votes of approval, nothing really happened. There is no deal yet approved by either side. The players association has not recertified itself as a union and no agreement on how to handle the plaintiffs in the Tom Brady-led anti-trust suit against the league.

Jackson and Mankins are part of that case filed in federal court in Minnesota. That case must be part of the settlement for the owners and players to sign off on what’s being called a 10-year labor agreement.

Jackson and Mankins want money to remove them from the situation. Reportedly, they were asking for unrestricted free agency status for this year and $10 million each. Reportedly, the money is to make up for “damages” they suffered last year when they were free agents and were slapped with the franchise player tag. Each ended up holding out and missing a large part of the 2010 season. Reportedly, they’ve dropped their demand to become UFAs.

Jackson has denied he’s holding anything up. On his Twitter account on Tuesday he wrote – “Can’t believe all u read or see in media. I have made no demands. I wanna play ball like the rest of my peers!” Mankins hasn’t been heard from.

The media out of Washington, D.C. where the player reps were meeting has reported that there was a vote. The reps have agreed that the settlement of the Brady suit be sent to the 10 plaintiffs in the case if some issues can be resolved, i.e. Jackson and Mankins.

Lawyers from both sides worked well into the night on Wednesday and are expected to continue on Thursday morning. At some point on Thursday, the owners meeting in Atlanta will get a chance to see the paper work.

It may not be a final draft, but it will give the owners enough information that they can take a straw poll and then charge Commissioner Roger Goodell to wrap things up. The same could happen on the players side with DeMaurice Smith.

The ramifications of extending the lockout are known to everyone – cancellation of pre-season games and the revenue that comes from them. That would squeeze the money pie and likely create the necessity to re-evaluate the agreement.

The owners want ratification from both sides on Thursday. If that can’t happen, then the bull will be loose in the china shop.


After hitting the links at Lake Tahoe over the weekend, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has stayed in his native California this week. He was speaking with young high school and college quarterbacks at the Elite 11, a five-day QB camp at Pepperdine University in Malibu.

Cassel attended the QB camp himself back in the day, and he told the passers who were attending about his story of not starting a single game in college.

“There were coaches who told me I’d never make it in the NFL, to go out and get an insurance job,” Cassel said.

He also recalled a time when Patriots QB Tom Brady used to yell at him, as he tried to encourage Cassel to change his manner around his teammates.

“You have to be a leader,” Cassel told the young QBs.

7 Responses to “Greed Ain’t Good … Morning Cup O’Chiefs”

  • July 21, 2011  - Dave says:

    How does the “employees watching the games” story translate into greed or cheapness? Surely it doesn’t cost the Chiefs anything to allow them to stand somewhere in the stadium. So how is eliminating that a financial decision?

    The only possible way I can see it being about money is if they hope all those employees turn around and buy tickets, but there’s no possible way they can actually expect that to happen.

    I ask because I had a similar thing happen when I was in college. I worked part-time at the local arena and we got to stay and see the event for free. But they did away with it because too many people were only applying because they’d get to see the shows for free. And if someone is only there for a free show, you can imagine how diligently they performed their duties.

    I don’t mean to compare any of the fine people working at Arrowhead with the lazy deadbeats I used to work with. But jusing using that as an example, there can be valid reasons for doing it.

  • July 21, 2011  - el cid says:

    Do not know about your college experience but we started 3 hours before the game and left up to 4 hours after. Frankly we worked our butts off and my college team never had more than 4 wins in any of my 4 years there. Maybe it was different at Dave’s college.

    I would suggest this is just another example of the gold on all the Hunts statues around KC may be brass. Man talk about cheap and bad spirited. So much for “valid reasons” as far as I see.

  • July 21, 2011  - the other dave says:

    I miss Lamar.

  • July 21, 2011  - Anonymous says:

    In the past some of the parking attendants have been present at the end of the game to direct cars out of the lots. There have been instances involving inebriated drivers coming close to causing serious injury to these attendants, many of whom are still teenagers. We get it that a free pass into the stadium to catch part of the game may be an attractive, benefit that some might abuse, particularly considering how little they are paid; but they have not signed up to be wooden ducks in a shooting gallery.

    Taking away access to the stadium is just as petty as the extremes to which the team goes to find another place they can plaster with advertising they can sell and is just as rancid as their attempts to lay claim to Hank Young’s photographs.

    We’ll be glad to see the season start so there is something about which to cheer at Arrowhead. Right now, though, the Hunt/Pioli back office hijinks are coming across as though Ebenezer Scrooge were in charge of the fun police.

  • July 21, 2011  - jim says:

    Once a presedence is established, as in the case of workers being able to watch the game, and have it taken away……especially when it costs the franchise NOTHING, is the moral equilivant of taking away an employee benefit that cost the employer nothing. It is a show of “we have the power, and there’s nothing you can do about it” mentality.

    In my companies, I am continually looking for new and inovative ways to increase my employees benefits, especially when it can be done at little or no expense to me. It only promotes dedicated, unselfish, and loyal employees who want to stay with you and do their best. In the end, it winds up making my bottom line better so we can stay afloat. As someone else previsously said, I miss Lamar.

  • July 22, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    As a 33 year season ticket holder, IMO the parking lot staff is poorly trained, egotistic, and over populated. My suggestion would be to get rid of them and have High School activity participants be volunteers to do the job as a fundraiser. Then let them watch the game in the Pavilion that is no longer used.

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