Michael Thomas cites new Tony Romo deal in opposition to CBA

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The decision by CBS to get Tony Romo under contract in advance of CBS getting the NFL under contract could make it just a little harder for the NFL to get any network under contract.

Responding to the news of Romo making $17 million per year to serve as a game analyst on TV (only $1 million less per year than he was making as a starting quarterback), Saints receiver Michael Thomas — the 2019 NFL offensive player of the year — cited the Romo contract as proof positive that players should be negative about the proposed labor deal.

“[T]hat’s why we shouldn’t sign the new CBA agreement no way the announcer should be making more than 90% of the players,” Thomas tweeted Friday night, adding a #No for good measure.

Thomas is not active in NFL Players Association leadership. Some within the union believe that the decision of star players who choose not to be involved in union business to take shots at the CBA will galvanize those who spent hour and hours to get the CBA to where it is now. Which could help their effort to push the proposal across the finish line.

Still, like Jimmy the Gent’s crew after the Lufthansa heist, it could be wise for the networks to not go buy anything for a while.

44 responses to “Michael Thomas cites new Tony Romo deal in opposition to CBA

  1. I thought football guys didn’t talk about each other’s money? What does Thomas care how much Romo makes? He’s the best at what he does and he’s officially being paid like it. End of discussion, Thomas needs to mind his own business. Especially since he apparently isn’t very involved in the process.

  2. This is ridiculous on so many levels. I hope Michale Thomas never retires and wants to be an analyst. Or if he does I hope he takes less than the base salary of an NFL player. What CBS wants to pay its employees has nothing to do with the CBA, and quite frankly is none of the players business.

  3. Some of these players don’t realize the urgency to get a deal done and the owners with the networks in turn has much more to do with the 2020 Election. Many players are not old enough to remember Trump’s attempt to force an NFL-USFL merger in 1986 where he “won” but the USFL (where he owned the NJ Generals) was only awarded $1 (tripled to $3) in damages and his vendetta against the NFL dates back to then along with his failed 2014 bid to buy the Bills. The owners need to lock in deals with the players and networks now as if Trump is re-elected in November, he could turn around and for example reinstate the old “prime time access” laws as they used to be that would hurt the NFL just to “stick it” to them. That would have many unintended consequences extending beyond football as networks would be required to return to setting aside 7:00-8:00 PM/6:00-7:00 PM CT on Sundays for news or children’s programming and there are religious groups who will not accept pro sports as children’s programming. That in turn makes the NFL less valuable if for example Sunday games have to be 12:15 and 3:40 PM ET just to assure games as best possible end by 7:00 PM ET and NBC unable to air Football Night in America starting at 7:00 PM for example and delay Sunday Night Football to an 8:50 PM ET kickoff just to get a pregame show in at 8:00 PM ET.

    Waiting could cost the players and owners a lot of money because networks won’t be willing to pay as much if they have to play by the old “prime time access” laws that pre-date FOX taking over the NFC package of the NFL in 1994.

  4. These kind of totally irrelevant comments does not help the NFLPA’s cause. What’s next – getting caught distributing marijuana & blaming the sun for growing it!

  5. While Romo is undoubtedly being over paid this is apples and oranges. One is one of 1600 being paid to play football, the other is one of 12 being paid to announce it on TV. Different skill sets, different employers, different unions.

    Peyton Manning was earning that much in endorsement money per year when he retired on top of what the league paid him to play football. Hell i think Dak Prescott makes more money than that in endorsements.

    What you are paid in one career is not necessarily related to what you are getting paid in another career. There’s no indication at this time that anyone will pay Michael Thomas to be a broadcaster.

  6. By that logic, there’s no way any athlete should be making more money than the fans who support them.

  7. If he thinks Romo making more than “90%” of the league is too much, what percentage would he be okay with? Also, will he look at other NFL corporate partners such as beverage companies, auto companies, tech firms, etc., and let them know that their executives should not be paid more than grown men playing a child’s game?

  8. Hes wrong. Romo is more recognizable than most of the players, so why shouldnt he get the money. Hes also, arguably, the best analyst doing NFL games right now and should be paid accordingly.

  9. Romo got everything that he deserved – bush league move by Thomas to criticize someone else’s money.

  10. This 17 game proposal in the CBA will tell us if the players are more interested in their health or their wallet !

  11. According to the US Census, The average income in the US in 2018 was $50,431. Approximately 67% of workers make less than that. Minimum salary in the NFL could soon be over $600,000. That means it would take 12 years for the average worker to make what the lowest paid NFL player makes in a year.

    Please, Mr. Thomas, tell your fans why we should care about the opinion of a multi-millionaire (you) regarding the salary of another multi-millionaire (Romo).

  12. “While Romo is undoubtedly being over paid this is apples and oranges.”

    Comparing apples and oranges is at least comparing fruit. Mr. Thomas is comparing apples to kitchen plumbing.

    There was a time when I used to grumble that my team was playing on CBS versus Fox. With Romo, I’m happy as a stuck pig when they’re on CBS … and not ONLY because of Romo. It almost seems that CBS’s game crews top to bottom are better than Fox’s. That is just my opinion.

  13. One thing I noticed about Michael Thomas, while he’s a great player he whines and complains about every little thing.

  14. Idk one has nothing to do with the other. If you’re so “upset” about what the other 90 percent make why don’t you kick back some of these greenbacks to your fellow players?

  15. This comment highlights the players lack of understanding of the bbn business they are in.

    They are in the entertainment industry. They get paid millions because of the television deals. The television companies can only pay this cost if they get ad revenue, which comes from maximizing the amount of people (customers) who watch the game. Customers are more likely to watch the game if it is fun and entertaining. Anouncers can impact whether the product is fun and entertaining.

    The fact that CBS sees value in paying Romo this much to broadcast Thomas’s product should be good news to Thomas, not bad.

    The television

  16. Wow, the money is just crazy and we are paying more every year for season tickets. I’ve cut my company’s tickets from 12 to 10, then to 8 last year. This year we’re just keeping 2. LEt someone else pay these guys.

  17. So because an announcer is making good money a player doesn’t want to sign the new cba? Makes no sense. Keep your head down and do you MT, stop worry about the next guy.

  18. I’d like to point out that too many fans, $17 million is too much to pay any athlete. Be careful what you complain about.

  19. I like Michael Thomas but he’s wrong here. How much a broadcaster makes has no bearing whatsoever on what NFL players are being paid. I’m sure those 95% of players making less than Thomas find his comments ironic.

  20. Lets see here, Romo works the CBS hand picked game of the week, is the best at what he does…..1 million a game seems fair-

  21. The players need to realize where their money is coming from. TV is the source so he needs to understand that the top people in that industry aren’t competition, they are an important part part of his revenue stream.

  22. Michael Thomas is obviously correct. Of course playing football at the NFL level that only the top 1,500 or so in the world can succeed at requires a great deal more talent than game/play analysis by a former game veteran, and thus deserves more compensation [supply and demand]. A great number of us could learn [with great effort] to announce/analyze games as Romo does, but could not hope, even with years of physical training, to demonstrate the rare physical skills shown by NFL players.

  23. More people play football because of John Madden the announcer / video game icon than any clown wearing a uniform for 3-15 years who pretends its only about them.

    The top 50 salaried NFL players should strike for the whole year so they can watch the ratings increase without them.

    Nick Foles is my favorite Eagle of all time. Dawkins is next, Reggie is 3rd, and Cunningham is 4th. Not a single one of them is an Eagle now and I still watch every game, buy hats, and jerseys, and pay for Red Zone.

    Michael Thomas is free to start his own league.

  24. By his logic they better hurry up and ratify the new CBA because the more CBS pays their guys the less they can give to the NFL for the new TV deals

  25. I dont think he thought this one through… The Saints pay him a premium because he is in the top of his class. CBS is paying Romo a premium for the same reason. Both provide a great deal of value to their organization, and paid accordingly.

  26. jbcommonsense says:
    February 29, 2020 at 11:51 am
    Michael Thomas is obviously correct. Of course playing football at the NFL level that only the top 1,500 or so in the world can succeed at requires a great deal more talent than game/play analysis by a former game veteran, and thus deserves more compensation [supply and demand]. A great number of us could learn [with great effort] to announce/analyze games as Romo does, but could not hope, even with years of physical training, to demonstrate the rare physical skills shown by NFL players.
    ———
    You missed the point. Sure, you could learn to announce the games, but the trick would be making yourself likeable and for people to want to listen. You either have it or you don’t. Romo couldn’t carry Joe Montana’s jock on the football field, but Romo cleans his clock as an announcer.

  27. I like Michael Thomas, and l feel that the players should hold out for the best deal possible (including only 16 games), but what CBS chooses to pay Romo (who is a great announcer) has ZERO bearing on NFL player contracts.

    Stay in your own lane on this one, Thomas.

  28. This guy proves himself an idiot when he cried about the Vikings beating their team in the playoffs. He doesn’t even know that cbs is not the one paying his salary, does he?

  29. Fans are an afterthought. What pays these guys is the billions they get from TV contracts. Now if fans stop watching the product and networks start losing money and those networks are no longer willing to print money for the NFL then we got a story. TV ratings drive the NFL, don’t be fooled. Tony Romo is the best in TV therefore higher ratings. Not rocket science at all. As always, follow the money.

  30. No way a football player should be making more than a soldier fighting for our country either. Thomas’ comments are probably the stupidest I’ve ever heard

  31. “[T]hat’s why we shouldn’t sign the new CBA agreement no way the announcer should be making more than 90% of the players,” — MAYBE NO WAY FOOTBALL PLAYERS SHOULD BE MAKING MORE THAN 90% OF AMERICANS. Come back to the real world!

  32. Why bring up Romo when Roger Goodell is actually paid by the league and making as much as three times that.

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