Salary flaps take fun out

Sports Focus



As an acknowledged full-blooded sports fan there are no other teams that I like as much as the Houston Astros, Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs when they are in the midst of their regular seasons.

As of this moment my main focus is on the Astros and how they will fare in their search for a second World Series title in the last three years. In other words, baseball season is in full bloom as far as I’m concerned.

At the present time there are a lot of sports articles being written about the Spurs in the San Antonio Express- News and their coming season. The newspaper is also full of the happenings in the Dallas Cowboys training camp and the belief that the Texas Longhorns have the potential to be one of the best teams in the nation this coming season.

That’s all well and good and I’ve read all the articles. But like I said at the top, baseball is on my mind right now and how the Astros will fare against the Yankees and other good teams in the American League before they meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series – which is what I’m predicting by the way.

There is one topic that bothers me as far as the Cowboys are concerned and that’s salary disputes and holdouts. Why is the salary problems of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott the main topic of Tuesday morning’s front page story? The Cowboys played a preseason game Saturday and didn’t look very well in losing to the San Francisco 49ers 17-9. But the loss doesn’t really concern me because I know the teams play the game to evaluate players more so than getting a victory. Last year the Cowboys lost all their preseason games and still went on to win the division.

What I really don’t understand is why must there be salary disputes and holdouts at this point of the football season? Why didn’t they take care of that months ago?

As most of you know Dallas’ prized running back Elliott is not in camp right now and is holding out for more money even though there is still one year left in his present contract. In Tuesday morning’s edition of the Express-News a story indicated that starting quarterback Prescott has rejected a $30 million offer from the Cowboys and wants more in the $40 million range.

Whether these players deserve the amount of money they are asking for is not my concern. My concern his why are we doing this now as the the football season is about to start? All this money haggling takes away from the game and the players who are working hard in training camp.

Let’s play football.

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