Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:32 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

both sides are to blame here, the owners and players have become increasingly greedy over the course of just the past decade.  all the holdouts from players and you just know the owners got bank.  Really?  you play a sport, a dream for any one of us fans who would gladly give up our boring jobs just to be a part of football for next to nothing.  It makes me sick, because the only people who really suffer are the fans.  for the players, its just a vacation year and with all thier millions of dollars can go do whatever they want.  same thing for the owners, who pretty much just do whatever they want all the time so its no real vacation for them.  make rookie contracts like the NBA so lockouts and unproven players dont get millions (jamarcus).  cut the preseason to 3 games, leave the regular season at 16.  18 changes the whole game, if it aint broke dont fix it.  quit being so damn greedy on both sides and think about who pays all your outrageous salaries and what it does to them. but you dont care, as seen by players every year.  they dont even care about their team goals or super bowl possibilities enough to take a 120 million dollar contract to get back to camp (revis).  they certainly dont care about the fans, who made them millionaires in the first place.  im just pissed and sickened by the whole thing.  some may say its kind of a problem with me, but I eat, sleep and breathe for the nfl (as most steeler fans do).  I watch nfl network all year long just waiting for the new season to start.  Its almost a touch on the obsessed side.  but they dont care that the game we all love gets us through our grind of working every day and makes life more enjoyable. no, they just want to make sure they all have a few million more or they will just not play.  both sides are acting like 5 year olds, its sad. 

Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:48 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Amen to that!

Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:14 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

If they lockout, I'm done with the NFL...  This game is no longer about the fans who make all of this overcompensation possible.  If greed overwhelmes sensibility with these egotisitic owners and players, the fans should retaliate.  There is great football played every Friday and Saturday at high school and college levels, and this could easily replace our infatuation with the NFL.  Loyalty, Pride, and a Sense of Community are all virtues that can be found at the amateur levels but somehow disappear once a professional level is reached.  How many players actually live where they receive their paychecks? How many donate money and time back to the community that pays them their salary?  How many DUI's, Rapes, Domestic Violence, Gun charges, and other offenses does it take to realize that these are a classless population with very few diamonds in the rough. The lockout will reveal players and owners for who they really are which is selfish, greedy, and clueless to really holds the power to their futures, THE FANS! Wake up now NFL before it is too late...

Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:38 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

All the issues about season length, injury risk, money, etc. What a mess. If they can find a way to do a new CBA, that would be near-miraculous.

I for one would like to see an NFL minor league created with the new CBA. Here are some good arguments in favor of it.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:05 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I’m sure blackouts will be great for the sales of NFL merchandise, e.g., jerseys, jackets…etc.  Blackout the advertising from your customer base…Brilliant!



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:02 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

    This is why I love football, but am starting to despise the NFL.  As the greed from all angles intensifies, the fans always seem to lose.  I refuse to buy their network for one game a week.  I am sure that fans in cities that lose home games to play in Mexico, England, or Canada are thrilled the league is hunting for more cash.  Just gotta sell more jerseys in London.  Maybe the league should start remembering where those boatloads of cash came from.  Go ahead, shut down the league for a year.  Let's see how many folks come back to get overcharged in a horrible economy.  It's open season on the Golden Goose.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:00 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I’m sure blackouts will be great for the sales of NFL merchandise, e.g., jerseys, jackets…etc.  Blackout the advertising from your customer base…Brilliant!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:53 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I hope, no... I PRAY, the owners have the fortitude to enforce a lockout. Since when do the employees get to tell the owners how much they "demand" to be paid?  The owners are... well... the OWNERS! You are an absolute MEATHEAD!

If all these football players don't want to play for what the owners are offering, then get rid of them and get one of the THOUSANDS of college players who never made the team to take his place. This might hurt the level of play in the short term, but the reality is that there isnt that much of a drop off from the guys playing and all those guys who didnt quite make the team. What sport have you been watching?  There's a HUGE drop off from the best NFL players to your average Joe that makes the bench and those guys usually consist of the best college players.  MEATHEAD!

I'd set up a salary cap that gave you enough to pay your top players $1M or so and carry a 60-65 man roster for $20-25 million, with most players getting in the mid-six figure range. And this is obviously proves that you must be a terrible business MEATHEAD!  There is no way the players will go for a cap of $1 million when the league makes BILLIONS.  People go to watch these top players...not the owners.  People buy the top players' jerseys...not Joe Schucks jersey.

Ok...I'm done tearing up your post...that has to be the most meatheaded thing I've read so far.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:49 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Owners would never go for it.  You are cutting two home games from the schedule that way (pre-season or not) which equals lost revenue.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:20 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I'm with you the WHITE Collar executives and pro athlete's keeping getting richer and the middle class income which are the majority of your season ticket holders hasn't changed in over 20 years.  I am a season ticket holder and used to be a NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber,
When I bought Sunday Ticket the first year it cost $ 129.00 now it cost like $ 379.00 it's crazy. I hope there is a lock out, because every year I say I'm not going to re-new but I come up with the money for me and my wife because we LOVE
it which I guess our LOVE FOR THE GAME IS DIFFERENT THAN THEIR LOVE. please lock out so I can tell you to kiss my ass.    

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or