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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 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:48 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

>>>There will be a lockout in March, but there will be games in September. The players will hardly care if they miss some of training camp and the preseason.

I hope all the 10% of Americans who are out of jobs line up in front of player's homes with signs that say, "Hey, you make more money in a year than I will make in a lifetime. Stop whining."

Better still, everyone should boycott every football game this season over the ridiculous prices.

(Yeah, I know that's not going to happen. This year. Next year, when we're at 20% unemployment, who knows?)

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:35 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Haha... Green Bay is one of the more profitable teams in the league. Jerry Jones sharing with Green Bay is hardly a huge concern of his. Sharing with the Buffalo's and Jacksonville's of the league are a far bigger concern.
Football is the most action-packed sport, which is exactly why it is #1 in popularity. It is also the most complex and intelligent sport, with only baseball being close in complexity and if you want to talk about boring sports- baseball, OMG, only simple-minded soccer beats baseball for overwhelming boredom.
The players can bluster all they want, but the owners have them over a barrel here and they know it. The owners still get their TV money, even if no games are played, the players get nothing. 
There will be a lockout in March, but there will be games in September. The players will hardly care if they miss some of training camp and the preseason.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:12 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

When I was young, I enjoyed getting to know the CFL teams when the NFL was on strike.  I am a Steelers and Vikings fan, and I say, "Bring the CFL to my TV." My life will still be complete without NFL players in it, and I may even save some money in the process.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:54 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'is a joke'

A lockout is coming, GOOD!!! Hopefully DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA get squashed like a bug! 
Show us evidence, show us the books?? The owners paid hunderds of millions for a PRIVATE business and should not have to prove squat. The players already make way too much. Hopefully the salaries get rolled way back and a rookie salary cap is put in place. The mega $$ contracts should go to proven veteran  players, not rookies!      
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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:31 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

An awful lot of money is at play for both sides of this stalemate, but a little known sidebar is the wish of some owners to use the lockout as a first step towards a solution to allow the richer teams to change the mechanics of the revenue sharing program. Guys like Jerry Jones are gettting tired of sharing what they perceive as far too large of a share of the pie with the Green Bay's of the world.
Frankly, I find football to be the most boring sport of all, but with the continued dumbing down of America, you are going to get sports like football, NASCAR and MMA becoming more popular.
People are really going to miss their 15 minutes of action stretched over 3 hours if this really happens!!!

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:22 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Great posts from every one of you.  I cannot express how strongly I agree with the audacity for people making comfortable livings to openly whine about making more.  Seriously; do you really need that much money, or is it for your ego?  I thought unions and strikes were to protect people from slave labor-like conditions, where you work to the bone for little to nothing, yet I see players unions trying to justify their existence.  Excuse me?  Anyone else try walking into your employer's office and demand a raise for your services or you're not coming to work anymore?  See where that gets you, and I hope it gets you fired.

I appreciate the grueling demand professional athletes undergo and the entertainment their talents provide, but since when is it mandatory for these people to play sports?  I wasn't aware getting a full scholarship to college entitled you to not utilize the free education at a higher level to learn something besides sports.  Hmmm....Not sure it's my fault someone decides to leave school early and not finish their degree.  I also get angry when people making large sums of money complain about health insurance, when as I type this rant, I cannot afford any.  And how does that help me when I retire?  Wait, I won't be able to, which means I can't piss my money away on women, cars, houses and a full-entourage that provides the player nothing but jail time and someone getting shot.

Sorry for getting worked up, but anytime I witness the careless narcissistic outspokenness of well-paid professionals crying for more, it makes me appreciate college football a heck of a lot more, despite its own shortcomings.  I'd rather people complain about the BCS than about not wanting to play because you're not happy with the 10 million you make and want more.

Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:20 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

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

I won't be suffering, I'll be doing other stuff - probably more personally enriching - and maybe playing some touch football with friends instead of watching it on TV.

Goose, egg, golden. $$$$$$$


Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:13 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

The NFL is VERY lucky to have Green Bay. Every American feels the NFL is a legitimate Pro Sports League because it allows a team which is owned by THE PEOPLE to play in the League.
Dallas - America's Team, hardly; Corporate America's Team, maybe.
Green Bay Packers are the real America's Team.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 6:06 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

that sounds good to me. its a no brainer tht the rookie contracts should be capped at a certain point i mean how many bust have there been that have come and gone and cashed in big for no reason. and in my opionion why do we really need 2 more games i like the 16 game scedhule its the preseason that i could care less about.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:38 pm

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I think you solved the problem, now if only those dip-shits could be so logical.  

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