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Saturday, November 13, 2004 

The best things in life are free...

... but Scott Boras obviously doesn't see it that way. His comments earlier this week made me wonder why any agent would want to represent football players. Boras started the bidding on Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek at 5 years, $50 million, guaranteed, plus a no-trade clause. (Which as an aside, how many teams could afford to trade for him at $10 million a year anyway?) If Varitek played in the NFL, Boras would be laughed out of the room if he made that kind of request. The salary cap not only caps player salaries, but it keeps the agent commissions down too.

The NFL has great deal - it can basically print money when it comes to TV contracts, garnering $8 billion from Fox and CBS for a 6 year extension of the Sunday afternoon TV packages. For comparision, the last time around, the two networks spent a combined $8.4 billion for 8 years. And of course, the NFL can still play around with the prime time packages, which may be more valuable now that the Fox/CBS deals include some flexible scheduling clauses for the late in the season. Look for the NFL to use the NFL Network as leverage.

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