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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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Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:26 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Stop watching the games for a year or buying products that are endorsed both on and off the field.  Then you will see the prices fall.  Wait we can't we're materialistic beyond belief...



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:01 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

BILLIONAIRES FIGHTING MILLIONAIRES....PLAY FOOTBALL OR LOSE THE ABILITY TO BE AMERICAS #1 SPORT....



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:47 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

a seperate and renegotiable rookie/sophomore salary cap makes good sense to me.  Why does a rookie with no production make more than a veteran with a long track record of great play? Why are veterans with long careers let go in favor of the untried? All because the salary cap as it is now does not allow for older players to be productive but thier salary counts too much aganst the cap. 



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:19 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

We fans need to organize a jersy burning party when the lock out occurs to voice our displeasure... May be do it in Canton or better yet New York City (they will burn anything if ya get them stired up enough).....




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:01 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Please. Basketball in 2011 will finally disappear. This will be bad for the NFL all parties involved. I wish they would see it that way. Crap what will the normal US male/female do for 3 months with no fantasy football?



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:43 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I think the biggest problem with the NFLPA.. DeMaurice Smith union "Boss". That has become the problem with unions. They hire someone to represent their ideas to their employers, not have the union "boss" shove what they want down the players throats. The only person that wanted free agency, during the last contract talks was upshaw, and he shoved that down players throats, players couldn`t have cared less about that, but upshaw told them it was important to them. Seems Smith is doing the same now, telling players what they want. When the league went from 14 to 16 games, you didn`t hear players crying about that, they just went about the business of playing football. Now, they all sound like little wussie boys. Smith is probably behind all that.



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:31 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

WHAT EVERY ONE IS SAYING SOUNDS GOOD, BUT IF THE TEAMS ARE LOSING MONEY OPEN THE BOOKS. IF THAT IS TO MUCH TO ASK AND YOUR TEAM IS LOSING MONEY THAN SELL THE DAME TEAM,SOMEONE WOULD BUY IT IN A HEART BEAT AND YOU ALL KNOW THIS.EVERY YEAR TEAM VALUE GOES UP. HERE IS A THOUGHT LOWER YOUR DAME TICKET PRICES, OH YEA I FORGOT THERE IS A WAITING LIST FOR PEOPLE TO BUY THEM,EVERY YR PRICES GO UP EVERY TEAM EXCEPT MAYBE 1 OR 2 TEAMS. IF THERE IS A LOCKOUT JUST LIKE BASEBALL I WONT BE BACK FOR AWHILE. HAVE NOT SEEN A GAME OR GONE TO ONE SINCE 94. JUST NOW STARTING TO COME AROUND ONLY BECAUSE OF THE PHILLIES.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:09 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

lockout you greeding f&*(s , i wont be backits bad enough the dam "NFL ticket" increases drastically every year, concession prices are running through the roof.you have owners that overpay for BS wannebe players , oh im sorry playa's, youve got the best product running and you are so arrogant to thinkwe will be sitting there with our wallets open awaiting your return.
lockout.....unions are bringing down america in the sports world too.





Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:23 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

NFL resembling our government more by the day. Take our money, screw things up financially, raise prices and take more, go into a fiscal crises and make those who support you suffer even though they did their part and paid.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:03 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Article:   DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

Was that intentional?   My underline but their quote.


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