Ravens center Matt Birk was a guest on 105.7 The Fan’s Norris and Davis Show on Friday morning and said that he doesn’t agree with President Obama’s remarks about the NFL labor dispute. “I also think that for an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way and be true to their fans who are the ones who obviously allow for all the money that they’re making,” Obama said.
Matt Vensel transcribed Birk’s reaction to Obama’s quote in an article in the Baltimore Sun.
“Well, he talked about the NFL being $9 billion, which is correct, but he kind of said it a little bit sarcastic,” the 14-year NFL veteran said. “I mean, the U.S. government brings in a couple trillion [dollars], don’t you think they’d know how to balance the budget?”
“And ‘millionaire players’ isn’t really correct,” Birk continued. “Most NFL players are not millionaires. They don’t make millions of dollars. But that’s OK. You know what, that kind of right there is the general feeling. … Billions and millionaires and nobody really cares about their problems. ‘Work it out.'”
Like everyone else, but me, Vensel said that “hopefully” the owners and players will get the deal done next week.