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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 9, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 3:00 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Those who say put alot of money in bonuses are wrong. If I player gets injured early on It's not fair to them as they will not reach the bonus. That would be like giving someone less pay if they get hurt on the job.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:55 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I think the Government will step in, and I think they have no place doing so, but look how they got all up in the MLB, Obama will find a way to stick his nose heard it here first

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:52 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I would love to see that, a salary set for each position. You could then earn bonuses on top for performance. The money some of these players are getting is beyond ridiculous!

Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:03 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I agree with the idea of leaving the season alone and ditching some preseason games. I do not believe this will give the owners more revenue which is their primary concern. I do not think it is fair for season ticket holders to have to pay full price for preseason games, especially when at least one is played by players who are on the chopping block. My idea for an aggreement would consist of some of the following changes: a 17 game season, increase active and inactive roster size by 2-6 players, 3 preseason games, less Thursday games, players give back 2-4% of total revenue in salary allotment, owners open their books or quit crying, stop testing for pot, move the Pro Bowl back to Hawaii after the Super Bowl, remove restrictions on the type of plays that can be reviewed, force Al Davis out of the league, create a rookie wage scale based on the NBA model, give the rookies 3 year guaranteed deals with franchise type options for All-Pros and RFA tags for mid-level players, pay the first round picks well, don't pay them more than 99% of the league, give veteran players more of the money, protect the contracts of players by structuring them without baloon payments that force them out, allow NFL approved doctors to treat players with steroids to help them recover from injuries. These are just a few ideas that might help. I realize that this comment is lengthy, but it only scratches the surface of the issues that must be addressed to avoid a lockout. My advice to D. Smith would tell him to negotiate a deal instead of bullying, threatening a lockout, and posturing. Same for Goodell. The reps for both sides need to get in a conference room and work this deal out. Do not leave the room until the deal is done. Stop making demands in the media and scheduling meeting 2-3 weeks apart. Get it done.  

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:29 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I agree to an extent with your sentiments on a retirement package for CURRENT players, but you're forgetting that the players that need this retirement package and medical plan the most are those that played many years ago when salaries were nowhere near what they are today.  Many old-time football players are in terrible health from their football injuries, still have little to no money from their playing days (not from p*****g it away, but because they didn't make much back then and because they were essentially crippled after their playing careers), and unable to work now.  THEY need the retirement and health plan.  Not to mention the average NFL career is something like 3 years.  You're just thinking of the overpaid stars, but forgetting the players from years past and those that made the league minimum for a few years.  Those are the players we need to think about.  I find it sickening too that these overpaid stars waste all their money and also expect a retirment plan, but it's kind of hard to provide something for some and not others......who decides?

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:47 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'


Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:43 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

If they are not making money, they are pretty awful businessmen. let's see $75 a tix (actually our season tix are 125 each) times 60k is 4.5M. (75 is NFL avg tic price).

so they make 36M in gate alone.small potatoes compared to the 3Billion witha "b" they get from TV deals. is my math bad, or is that about 100M per team?

the league gets another billion from directv for the sunday ticket.

the salary cap was 128M. i know there are more costs involved, but i haven't mentioned merch. oh and don't forget $7 or more beers at the game. a nice $6 profit, times prob 50k? maybe even more. (you have to get drunk to watch the browns ) per game.

it's not like baseball, where they go on road trips and have to pay out hotels rooms and per diem.

if they are not making money, you have to wonder how they got the money to buy the team?

players are not without blame. rookie contracts need to scale WAY back.

i am for 18 games, the fact we have to pay full price for preseason games with season tic is a crime.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:17 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

 So let the owners make all the money? Money has to go somewhere, may as well go to the players. But what do I care, have a lockout ... Ill just get my fix on Saturday's.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:04 am

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

The problem with America is Unions period.  If you don't want to play football for what they pay then get a job doing something else. Unions suck and only people in Unions don't think they suck .  The players are getting too muck money as is. Millions for playing football come on get a real job and see if you think the owners are not paying enough.   Get rid of Unions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:50 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!!!!!!! It is pretty sad when athletes that do "nothing" from a real world job stand point sit and whine about the millions of dollars they get paid for playing a sport. Sports are great. I love watching them and I love competing in them, but it is sad when a guy is getting paid 5 million dollars a year and still is complaining about the money they are making. There are people on the streets in this country trying to just stay alive, but no one cares. Politics don't care, President sure doesn't care, Movie stars and athletes don't care. America is in free fall mode. Dang I wish I could sit in front of a TV camera and talk about football all day. Sign me up. On top of it all we are even thinking about put a Mosque next to Ground Zero. Muslims. The same group that associates with terrorist groups. I bet if it ever happens Bin Laden is sitting in a hole somewhere laughing his butt off at America. It is a sure slap in the face. If they can put a Mosque, then I should have the right to place a Cross and the Ten Commandments right next to. But on the other hand, all jobs on some level has suffered some pay, athletes should be no different. And I also think that pay cuts on athletes, movie stars, etc. should be the first play money should be cut. I know that these are private companies that pay these people, but at the same time that money can be used elsewhere.

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