Players are very oblivious to the fact that the fans pay their salaries. The better you are, the more people want to see you and the more money you can command from your team. Pretty simple economics. NFL players get 6% from their jersey sales. What does a player like Peyton Manning make every year off of jersey sales? Pretty hard to imagine. Personally, I am tired of paying $80 for a ticket and $8 for a beer.