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DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Of all the frustrating offseason storylines , there's one that's perhaps most annoying: the impending NFL lockout in 2011. DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith told Bloomberg Sports .

Smith's biggest point of contention is the NFL refusing to actually provide financial information relating to their claim that they're not pulling in enough cash. (Enough here, of course, is relative.)

“If this model is not working, i.e. teams are losing money, then we’re willing to see the evidence of that and make the changes,” Smith said. “But prove it. If not, what’s the justification for getting a billion back from us?”

Smith, along with most players, doesn't care for the also-impending possibility of an 18-game season.

“We don’t look at two extra games as being divorced from the health, medical and safety standpoint,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to divorce one part of this from the whole.”

That may be true -- however, it seems pretty likely that the league will get its 18-games one way or another. Also likely, as expressed by Smith's quotes, is the NFL locking its players out.

Owners and players are just too far apart right now, and because the 2010 season is beginning and because 2011 seems so far away (regardless of whether it's true or not), the urgency to really sit down, negotiate and hammer out a deal just isn't out there for either side.

Which is why there's a pretty good chance that the most important people, the fans, will end up suffering the most.

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Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:36 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I concur, very good plan, rookies who have proven nothing do not need to be paid more than vets who have set the standard. A good retirement package and medical plan is essential too. I must say how much is too much? Green Bay show's it's annual share holders how much revenue the Packers bring in, but then again Green bay is the only community owned tean out there.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:33 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Hey Jazzman, Can I borrow your time machine?

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:25 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

How the teams are losing money is beyond me.  The last game I went to cost a small fortune so maybe the owners and the players need to expect less revenue and smaller paychecks and maybe they can make games fun and affordable again.  Owners can give up one private jet vacation to Spain and the players can buy one less $100k car and reach an agreement.  Or they can both bit*h and moan about the millions of dollars they make are not enough and I will stop going/watching/buying football related items.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:21 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

A lockout would be ignorant. The NFL is the King of American sports. From the draft to the training camps to the season ans playoffs, the NFL dominates the entire sports news year. A stoppage would slow momentum and push its popularity back a few years. Both sides need to compromise and make concessions and get this thing over with. Unemployment is at 10%, people are losing thier houses and the economy is weak, who is going to feel sorry for either the owners or the players. To slow down the NFL juggernaut just isn't smart business.

Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:10 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Ok have a lockout from March 2011 until July 2010 that way you can have only 2 pre season game and can star the 18 game season labor day weekend.  also you have no training camp until july and the player will be well rested.  Oh yeah the first 2 or 3 week the game will be very ugly

Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:48 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

i really like your idea. Problem is GREED by both the players, owners and broadcast networks in ALL sports. Nobody needs to make that much money, especially when a lot of these players are so stupid when it comes to money management. We, the viewers need to stop attending the games and paying the outrageous ticket prices. Again, it's all about GREED!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:47 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I dont see any talks taking place til after the Super Bowl. By that time comes it will be too late to hammer out a deal. I feel the same way that DeMaurice does I want to see the evidence that these teams are losing money. Ticket prices are off the wall and what they get from merchandise sales are booming. Sponsorship fees are high also. I don't think the talks will be solely on salaries but also on pensions and medical plans as well. Until the teams can prove that they are losing money everything is only going to keep going up. But the only people that are going to suffer the most are the fans.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:41 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Sounds good to me!!

Since: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:35 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Here is an idea....stay with a 16 game season, cut out two preseason games, set manditory salaries for players in the first 3 years of the league allowing more money to be paid to veterans.  Then both sides quit whining about it and get on with football.

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