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DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:15 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Recently, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made a lot of comments about changes in the NFL and the ongoing labor dispute. Most notably may have been his assertion that increasing the NFL's schedule to 18 games won't increase player injuries.

In not-so-shocking news, the NFLPA, and it's executive director DeMaurice Smith, completely disagree.

"Comments like that tell me that they just don’t get it," said Smith of league management and ownership, via "Their teammates lost two franchise quarterbacks in the same game … and the message is we shouldn’t worry about adding two more games? Men are not expendable and neither are their families."

While Smith's statement is pretty broad sweeping, and probably not an accurate portrayal in terms of the the opinion of all owners, Ross' comments did provide a pretty substantial opportunity for some NFLPA PR.

After all, you don't have to be a physics/math/statistics major to understand that if more starters are playing more plays in more games at full speed, there's a greater chance for injury on the field.

Unfortunately for everyone hoping there'll be football without interruption in 2011, the public war isn't going to increase progress on negotiations -- it'll take both sides actually sitting down with each other and working through the issues to really make a difference.

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DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

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DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:58 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

jltexas, good argument other than the fact that the owners should not be making more than the playes COMBINED on an individual team.  As a business owner I could never pay myself more than all of the employees combined.  Consider a company of 100 employees.  Counting executiveS, management and the workers if you can get away with a combined payroll of $60,000 average you are paying out $60,000,000 in salary.  Should the sole owner get $60,000,000?  Owner takes the risks but cannot perform or profit without the workers.  Owners still get paid well but have a responsibility as a business owner to pay the workers.  When business is great they  profit the most and don't get their hands dirty, when business is down the owner takes the losses it's part of the gamble, nothing is guaranteed except an employee contract.  When all is said and done the owner has all the assets which is valued at a substantial amount, the players once they get hurt or are released having nothing from the organization that they helped build and bottom dollar on a sale of any of these NFL franchises will net an owner at the very worst $400,000,000 from a prospective buyer. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:47 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

If the league wants to have more games than the players union should come back with expanding the rosters by 10-15 more players to add depth for those extra two games plus it could mean more meaningless games at the end of the season once a team has their division or home field wrapped up.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:45 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

Roger Goodell is out of control.  It's Goodell that has called for more regular season games and less pre-season claiming the ratings aren't good for pre-season.  It's pre-season it's practice games to get the players in shape and to weed out the not ready for NFL players.  Some teams play 5 pre-season games and it should be limited to 4.  The quality of the games is not great that is because they are not real games, they are practice and Goodell the commissioner doesn't seem to understand this. 

Funny how the commissioner talks about protecting players but certainly not at the expense of more ticket sales. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:11 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

The people who are bitching about the salaries the players make are people that are still pissed off that they had to sit the bench in high school and are now in a sucky job that doesn't pay crap and are jeolous of the players. Remember, the players aren't looking to strike, they are looking to keep things status-quo. It was the owners who opted out of the collective bargaining agreement, not the players.

I hear people saying the NFL doesn't need the stars, let them walk and put in replacement players. If that is so, how come HDNet has to carry the UFL games and there isn't any sports coverage reporting anything about the league. People watch the NFL because they have world class athletes that can do things that the average guy can't. Why does Tome Brady make 16 million a year and a plumber makes $40 an hour. Because the NFL has a multibillion dollar TV contract and the local plumbers union can't get any TV stations to give them money to show "Joe the Plumber" snake a big clog out of a toilet. No one pays $150 for an authentic "Bill Nobody" Pacific Electric shirt but will pay that much for an Adrian Petersen jersey. If you hate the salaries the players make, quit watching the NFL and go support your local high school team, and if you truly think the players shouldn't make the money they do, don't watch any NFL game in person of on TV and don't buy any NFL merchandise, otherwise you are contibuting to the problem.

The owners will be the ones that kill the NFL, not the players.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:10 pm

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

I consider myself to be a smart guy but there are certainly some things I don't understand, such as why is paying money to see Romo and the Cowboys.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:52 am

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

You are crazy if you think the Owners don't make big money, the league gets billions of dollars from TV deals and advertising. There is no NFL without the players, it has become such a popular sport because of the talented men who play it. If you just throw them all out and put in a bunch of people who weren't good enough to being with, what would that do? Who wants to see mediocrity every Sunday. 
I think the players and owners both make enough money as it is, they should just make a deal. I do think they need to do a better job taking care of players from previous decades and their medical bills because they can't afford to. If they want to move to an 18 game schedule then they need to add in a 2nd bye week, add a couple roster spots, and the players should be paid accordingly. 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 11:37 am

DeMaurice Smith: Owners 'just don't get it'

DMAC, just because someone says something is worth X amount does not mean thats what they would get for it. For instance, the taxable value of my home is 560,000, right now I would be lucky to get half that for it. My divorce in 1996 is a great example, I had a small ranch, the total value is what her lawyers went for half of, well when it was all said and done she ended up getting 90% of what the property and other assets sold for because the judgement was based on assessed value. Jones stole the Cowboys at the price he paid back in 1989 because Bright was on the verge of bankruptsy not the Cowboys, the Cowboys have never been bankrupt.  Also the NFL can exist without this set of players, the NFLPA is a non essential union, meaning the NFL can exist without there being an NFLPA. Actors and Actresses are performers, why do they not get 60% of the gross? Right now there are 2 franchises that are virtually on the edge of collapse and another 10 pretty close to it. Those teams can not pay out 60% of the gross and still be viable business enitities. The Big 3 Dallas, Washington and New England can handle the 60%, after that your really treading on a thin line. This multi-billion dollar industry is only paying the owners in the millions, and with alot of teams there is one and or 2 players on that team making more money than the owner. The owners should be making more than the players COMBINED, and even the big 3 don't do that.

As for the poster on the health insurance the players get, yes i was incorrect to say they had it paid completely for life, in essence it is paid for  5 years after they leave the game then they have to pay the premium themselves, they are set up with it for life though.

The worst part is the player want even more heath insurance benifits and actually rejected a fairly decent proposal.

The players make enough money to take care of themselves, just like all the rest of us do. We have to spend our hard earned cash on our insurance. The players, well they spend most of thier easy money on havin a good time and expect the owners to put up more.

Personally the owners need to toss them all out and start over with a new set of players and guidelines that can make every franchise stable. The players have an option, they can take what they get or go find a new job, hey thats what the rest of the people in the world have to do, accept it or go elsewhere.

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