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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: Mar 31, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:17 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

If the NFL wants to move to 18 games, here's a possible solution.  Add another bye week, increase the active roster from 53 to 55, thereby adding 64 NFL union jobs.  Get the union to consent to a rookie salary cap, something similar to the NBA.  This would free up more money for the veterans and the stars.  Somehow the NFL has to also gurantee more money for the vets since most contracts have little to no guranteed money.  There is enough money to go around for everyone, don't resort to a lockout!!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:07 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Maybe I will start a UFL or CFL fantasy league. The people associated with the NFL are so out of touch it sickens me. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:52 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

The only reason the owners want to go to a 18 game season, is because they're too greedy to lower the cost of the practice games, ie the preseason. Like the preseason or not, it's essential for the coaches to find out what they have.
An 18 game season will cheapen the quality of the game. Ever heard the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well it applies to the NFL.
The real NFL fans do not want a change to 18 games, neither do the's only the owners. everything
Yeah both sides are greedy no doubt, but the players aren't lying about what we fans actually think to further their aggendas. THe owners lie about we fans all the time to further their plans. It's a sickening joke.
The biggest bitch from fans about the preseason has always been the cost of attending a practice game.

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:35 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

So then maybe matt leinart can get a starting job as a replacement player!

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:35 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

While I love football and am not looking forward to a lockout, I do think the owners have the hammer and should use it.  The fans would embrace an 18 game season with two fewer preseason games, and I'm glad to see the commissioner going to bat on that one.  Also, who cares what the owner's books say, whether or not they're losing money.  Rookie salaries are out of control and the whole structure needs to be overhauled.  The owners have the opportunity to do that, and I hope they are successful.  I'm a Rams fan and I think Sam Bradford will be the real deal.  But in no way do I endorse the idea that the guy should get $~75M with 2/3 of that guaranteed.  As much as I hate the Patriots, I read that Tom Brady (without a new contract) will make $6M this year.  Relative to other QBs, I'm sure he's not crying poor, but there's no way that one of the two or three best QBs of the past decade should be looking up to a rookie as far as salary goes.  It's insane.  I hope the owners grab the players union by the gonads and squeeze with everything they have.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:30 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Let me just say this, I don't give a damn about either set of these arrogant bitches (the owners or the players)...Baseball made this mistake and alienated a very large group of fans. I don't know anybody who cared one way or another which set of millionaires got a bigger slice of the pie. I watched my two children grow up not playing baseball because of the greed of the players and the owners. I went from watching the games every week because they were available to not paying for a premium package and did not miss it for one day. When they stole the World Series from us, Baseball lost not one fan, but me, my children and their children. We will find something else to do with our time. College football will not go on strike anytime soon. And I was as big of a baseball fan as there was. Football took that place but there are other ways to spend money or save it. The NFL would be best served to understand this.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:16 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

got to get that baby up to ** mph...  And make sure the flux capacitor is working...

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:15 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Sure...have a lockout. Kill the golden goose FOR ALL PARTIES. I guess these people
never look at the NHL lockout which almost destroyed the sport and/or a few teams.

Remember the baseball strikes? Hell... MLB still hasn't recovered.

People forget the biggest item of all.....the fans.....and they have shown
they don't like crap like this.

Go ahead lock out

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:09 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Lets just start all over!  Any player or owner bitching they are not making enough money can walk away and try to make that kind of money in the real world.  We then can have a Replacements style league with open tryouts and a draft with new salary criteria.  Ticket prices can come down to a decent price where the real fans can afford them.  It may take  10 years to get back to a high level of Football, but I am sick and tired of people bitching about not making enough to play a GAME!  I understand they want their piece of the pie with the owners making money, but I am not bitching that my CEO is making head and shoulders more than me, why because he worked hard to get there or at least I think he did!  I say all sports need to evaluate player salaries and veteran players should not make more than a million/year, because lets face it you can live pretty comfortable on that! 

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 7:30 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

The way to fix all of this is the salary cap rookies.  Sam Bradford got a 6 year deal worth 78 million and 50 millon guaranteed.  That is insane for a guy who has not palyed a snap.  I think he will be great, but there are so many players who fail to live up to thier draft position and a number of players who far excede it ie. Chris Johnson.  If they had a rookie cap with 3 year contracts they would not have to deal with this crap, players would be able to get contracts they diserve and owners would not be on the hook for 50 million if a player gets hurt and never plays more then a season.

I know players a putting their bodies on the line for these owners, but they should not have to pay players for what they did not produce.  Employees put their bodies on the line for owners all over the country and dont get they type of gauranteed money these players make.  If you want to gaurantee the money you get insurance.  People insure their butts and noses, why should this be any different?  Jamarcuss Russell made 31.5 million to look like I was out their playing.  Ryan Leaf got a total of about 40 million to win 4 games.  This is why owners may or may not be loosing money.

The NFL would be stupid to lock out while they are the stongest professional sports league.  Look what happened to MLB in 1994.  It took two guys roiding balls out of the park 5 years later to get fans to truely start watching MLB again.

The NFL would be stupid to lock out.  If they think they are loosing money now wait until fans start leaving because of a stupid lock out.

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