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Former Chiefs GM Carl Peterson Chimes In On 'Open The Books' Argument

I remember coming home one day in grade school and trying to avoid my parents like the plague. In my backpack, I had a paper that I had done for social studies and received an embarrassing C on it. It was my first, or one of my first C's and I was literally shaking because I didn't want my Mom to see it. So I get home and she asks me how I did on it and I said I got a B. She wanted to see the paper -- or as I called it 'The Evidence' -- and I said I had already thrown it away. Of course she didn't believe me and wanted to see my backpack to prove it but I refused.

I had lied to her and didn't want to open my backpack because I had something to hide.

That's how it feels sometimes with the owners and the "open the books" mantra from the NFLPA. If the owners didn't have anything to hide, wouldn't they open their books? The NFL's argument is that they've shown enough information by now and there's evidence to suggest that.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote a story about opening the books and quoted former Chiefs president and GM (and CEO!) Carl Peterson as saying part of it is a "personal thing" noting that most teams are private companies.

"I think a number of owners have intertwined some of their football business with some of their other businesses. They're not interested in getting into that. They feel they've opened their books for yers to their partners (other teams and the NFLPA). They've showed them all of their revenue and many of their costs. They don't know why they should have to open them more than that."

But "many of their costs" don't paint the full picture. And the NFLPA likely wants to see if, for example, Clark Hunt is paying himself or a family member $10 million per year. These are things that would affect the numbers the league has given to the NFLPA.

The NFL feels they've given enough and points to the fact that every other labor deal has been done with less information than the NFLPA currently has. Indeed, the NFLPA has more financial information than they ever have doing a labor deal. That's strong evidence that they can come to some sort of agreement without more information.

In some ways I feel that, if the owners gave the NFLPA all that they wanted, the NFLPA would somehow ask for more, or say the information isn't sufficient. In that regard, I can agree with their position that they've given enough information.

On the other hand, it makes you wonder what else is in that backpack.