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Other important points from NFLPA conference call

Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:02 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We've already discussed the main points from the 50-minute teleconference held this afternoon by the NFL players, but there were a few interesting sidebars that need to be addressed.

Let’s go point-by-point:

-Former union president Kevin Mawae on the possibilities of an 18-game schedule.

“Eighteen games is not going to happen through the NFL Players Association. We can’t justify it for the players’ health and safety. The 18-game schedule was taken off the table as soon as they proposed it. It never will be.”

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-Saints QB Drew Brees on why he’s one of the lead plaintiffs in the Brady v NFL case.

“Because it’s important to me. By doing that, I represent not only the 1,900 players in the league now, but the guys who played before us, whose shoulders we stand on. They’re the ones who created what we have. And we’re representing the guys who will come after us. I feel very strongly about our case and very strongly about the law.”

-Brees on Judge David Doty – seen widely by the owners as pro-NFL players – not presiding over the April 6 preliminary injunction hearing.

“To us, that’s not an issue. That was something the owners seemed very focused on. For us, it’s about the facts and the law. We believe those are on our side. We’re not concerned about that.”

-Colts C Jeff Saturday on the reports that he had dinner with commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday and what that was about.

“I did not meet Roger after Friday’s negotiations. I met him Thursday after our negotiations. It wasn’t for dinner. It was just a meeting later in the evening after we finished our work. The entire meeting was about trying to get an agreement in place. Everybody from DeMaurice (Smith) and everybody I ate dinner with, including some of the heads of the entire NFL Players Association, knew what I was doing. There was nothing secretive about what I did.”'s own Mike Freeman has confirmed today that the NFLPA is putting a plan into place that would force the players to boycott the upcoming NFL draft. The NFL still will invite the top 15 or 20 college players who are expected to be drafted early, and for now, it’s unclear whether those players will attend (though Freeman points out that the momentum of the boycott is building).

Ex-NFLPA spokesman George Atallah would not comment on the report.

“We’re here focusing on the players being locked out,” Atallah said.

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Other important points from NFLPA conference call

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 3:37 pm

Other important points from NFLPA conference call

If the players want to be taken seriously, then they would at least look at the books of the two teams that have said they will gladly open them for the players, but the players declined.  My guess would be that they would not know what they are looking at anyway, so what is the difference.  They would rather have a bargaining chip than see the books.  As far as Brees goes, what a goofy statement to make as to why he is doing this.  He said nothing because he has decided to be a puppet.  And before anyone says anything, Brees is the QB for my favorite NFL team.  I did not have much respect for the "union" prior to this starting, but what was there is now gone. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:58 pm

Other important points from NFLPA conference call

Okay, the players are not a union but they want the undrafted players to organize like a union and boycott the draft?  Are the players for real?  They want it their way and at every turn show little concern for the fans.  And Brees and company sound very hollow when they say they are doing this for the past and future players.  That smells worse than Bourbon street after Mardi Gras.  Attalah is quoted as saying he wants the owners to open their books to prove they were stashing money preparing for locking out the players.  Hey George, it's called saving.  And if the players saved rather than bought all that jewelry, all those cars, and wasted tons of money, they wouldn't need to operate under the idea that "all we are is pro football players and will soon be on the street unless we gouge the owners and fans for all we can."  The players have plenty of money and they can all get real jobs and find a career that their college educations prepared them for.  In a day when lots of Americans are out of work I see a lot of guys who believe they are entitled to something for which I believe they are not.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:47 pm

Other important points from NFLPA conference call

Let's open the books.  Not the owners' but the players' books.  Come on Peyton and Drew and all you fat cats.  Let the public see your books.  Because if we the fans decide you are spending too much money, you are gambling it away, buying a lot of jewelry and tatoos, if you have more cars than the number of people in your household, if you pay cash for everything, then you don't need all that much money.  If you can put all your kids through college without taking loans, we want to know.  If you are paying child support for several different kids by several different women whom you never married, that would be helpful for us who are paying for the tickets that allow you to do this.  So SHOW US YOUR TAX REPORTS AND CHECK BOOKS.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:07 pm

Other important points from NFLPA conference call

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