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NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 8:10 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 7:20 p.m. EST: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the union is poised to decertify on Friday. He quotes one person saying "Get ready for this to blowup (Friday)."


We’ll paint the scene for Thursday night in the ongoing labor negotiations.  it’s around dinnertime in Washington DC and the NFLPA has just left the building.
D. Smith (US Presswire)
There have been no face-to-face talks between NFL players and owners over the past 24 hours. The owners have been on a conference call throughout the early part of the evening. (All 10 members of the NFL labor committee sans Robert Kraft, who is in Israel, are said to be in on the call.)

At around 6:30, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah tells reporters, "We're not going to sit and wait in the building for them to figure out what they want to do."

Bob Glauber of the New York Post reports shortly after that, that NFLPA officials expected to hear back from the NFL by 5 p.m., but so far there has been no word. So, union leader DeMaurice Smith sent his reps home. But those reps will return for negotiations if asked.

However, minutes later, Atallah tweets that the NFLPA has learned that the owners broke for dinner, and that there will be no negotiating tonight.

Finally, to cap it all off, NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash suggests to reporters that the NFLPA is not fully committed to working out a new CBA. He does, however, indicate that another extension could be possible.

NFL Labor

What does it all mean? Impossible to say without being in the room. But on the surface, it appears little progress was made Thursday. (But that's only on the surface.) 

P.S. after the building cleared out, multiple news outlets reported that Smiths’ 2 p.m. update to players on Friday will not contain any earth-shattering news, but rather, just a standard update. Given that the CBA extension expires at 5 p.m. EST Friday, no earth-shattering news by 2 p.m. might in and of itself be earth-shattering news.

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NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:57 pm

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:34 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

Come on guys get this done.... America needs football... Don't take this away from us...

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:30 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

Well said, but I think the Union is loving life with pro-union Doty ruling over this mess. Cutting off the $4 billion TV nut might not have broken the league, but it didn't help them too much, especially in cities like New York and Dallas. What do you think their mortgage looks like? If the union does decertify, everything will be played out in litigation (the anti-trust lawsuit headlined by Brees, Brady and Manning). If Doty presides over that, and I assume he will, the union has a great chance of winning the suit. The owners can't be too thrilled about that.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:14 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

Typical owners.  Cook some books, hide the real info, hand the players the cooked books and then cry that the "union" is so greedy that it still wants more!  Absurd.  Any one with a brain, or familiar with football, knows that the NFL is set up as a partnership.  The league owns the likeness of its players for marketing purposes, ect., and in return is supposed to make deals in the best interest of both the owners and the players.  This is why they MUST share the financial data with the players.  The owners have a long history of out and out lying, so in no way should the players, the actual guys in the trenches risking their lives and health for their families, be denied ANY financial information.  To do so is illegal, unethical, dishonest, and a breach of contract. 

Furthermore, take into consideration the fact that the owners have PLANNED the lock out for two plus years shows a lack of faith as well as another criminal breech of contract.  As soon as the TV contract that worked ONLY for the benefit of the owners was discovered, the players should have taken the liars to court immedietely.

Those who love football, and understand the issues, should definietly be in the players side.  It is absurd and sickening for so-called "businessman" to want rules put in place protecting themslves from their own idiot decisions.  Why are rthey so scared to negotiate from equal footing?

To a logical man, the union has no choice but to decertify, though it must feel to them like they are taking on big oil

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:11 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

And this is not about how much players make versus how much you and I make. They make a lot of money, yes. If you don't like it then go watch high school sports. This is about them making what they feel they are entitled to, which was collectively bargained for already. Now the owners want to change the rules of the game and refuse to provide financial proof that such a move is warranted. And as far as players making a lot of money, get over it. They make what the free market says they make. If you don't like it, move to China or Korea because there is a term for the world you want to live in where everyone makes the same as everyone else. That term is communism. Enjoy your trip, but I think I'll stay here in a free market.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:59 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

There is no threat of a strike or a picket line. People need to understand the difference between a strike and a lockout. A strike is players saying that they refuse to come to work. A lockout is owners saying you can't come to work. Gigantic difference. The players struck in the late 80s and scab players were used in their place. This is not a strike. In fact, the players don't want a single thing about the CBA changed. This is all about the owners, who don't like the last CBA they stupidly agreed to and have been planning for a lockout for two years now.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:51 am

NFL, NFLPA no face-to-face meetings Thursday

The players can`t afford to strike or get locked out.  They will cross the picket line in droves and the union will be toast.

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