Then you must not understand football finances then. It is all about filling seats and corporate boxes and concessions. The team that gets no appearances on MNF gets paid the same in TV revenue as the guy who appears 5 times.
What are you talking about otherwise.
As for who is the backup, it is wide open. I don't really have a clue whether it will be Cantwell or Clausen at this point. I am just saying the hype means nothing to Fox and won't determine who gets the role. It will be about preseason and who can better run the offense if Moore goes down.
You should try telling the city of cleveland that hype doesn't translate into money right now.
As far as Clausen being the backup, your fantasy that the better player always gets the spot actually requires a "better" player. Most times when you are dealing with rookies or untested guys like Cantwell you simply don't know how they will perform in a game situation. As I said before, all else equal, this is Clausen's job to lose. They gave him some money and a four year contract with the added benefit of national hype. Cantwell would have to be head and shoulders above Clausen the way that Clausen would have to be head and shoulders above Moore to land the position. I am more than happy to be checked on this come the opener, right or wrong.