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Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Posted on: July 21, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 9:49 am
Posted by Will Brinson

There was much rejoicing in the land of NFL fans on Thursday night when the NFL owners voted 31-0 to ratify a settlement agreement. There's just one problem: it's not exactly in-line with what the players were expecting. has obtained an email from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to the players a few moments ago that indicates precisely how they feel.

"As you know the Owners have ratified their proposal to settle our differences. It is my understanding that they are forwarding it to us," the email reads. "As you may have heard, they apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions.

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"As you know from yesterday, issues that need to be collectively bargained remain open, other issues such as workers compensation, economic issues and end of deal terms remain unresolved.

Smith's email concludes in a fashion that should sufficiently point out how differently the players view the owners' proposal.

"There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time," Smith concludes. "I look forward to our call tonight."

The biggest fear for everyone involved is that the players might see the owners' decision to approve their own deal as a way of pushing public perception against the players. And that's entirely possible, but we won't know for sure until the end of the NFLPA call.

One thing's for sure, though: this isn't over yet.

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:47 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Players to owners:  "I'm a grown ass man!"

Owners:  "Oh jeezus..."

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:47 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

So now we know if there's no football going forward, it's the player's fault..

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:45 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

I was a happy camper about 2 hours ago!  I thought it was just a formality, but I was wrong.  Please get it done guys!

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:41 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

in response to BIGBIRD .. the players would need to be able to read the document ... probably 50% of them would be unable to do so ...  lets see .. the owners making the rules for their business ..hmm  sounds logical ... I would sing a different song if the players were paid 30G ayear .. expected to pay their own way to road games .. pay for their own meals ... pay for their own accomodations while on the road .. but wait .. they get from 10 to 100 times that pay ... with perks ... doesn't seem like a situation most hard working folks would be displeased with ... hopefully the owners forsaw this balk from the players and have every intention of getting rid of those that do not wish to show up for work ... I'd bet that at least 80% of the players if not more would gladly accept what has been proposed .. and show up .. leaving the remaining 20% to look for work at a burger joint ...

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:38 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

The main sticking point here is recertification of the Union, if the players recertify too quickly, they can never take another bite out of the Anti-Trust apple again. The other minute economic problems that the players are bitching about can't get resolved unless they "ARE" a union. The players balls are between a rock and a hard place. This could get ugly fast!!!!!!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:35 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

I am sitting here watching sports center special about the agreement. The players are all posting comments about this being the " Owners"  version of the CBA not theirs. Yet every time Trey Wingo ask a player what is in the agreement that they have issue with none of them can answer because they have not read it yet. How about this for an idea for the players get a copy of the document read it and decide if it is what you want to work under for your NFL career, then vote on it friday or sat. the owners have given the players untill tuesday to look over this and ratify it in their timetable. Stop the pissing contest it doesn't matter if the owners voted first.

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:32 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

REDSKIN ... well said .. again .. one thing .. allow the current players that wish to report for work to in fact report .... anyone that doesn't report ... get another job where you are not so hard done by ... it seems the best road to go down ..

Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:30 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Pickleman - agreed.

It is a sad commentary that I have enjoyed reading the comments of various articles, but have never responded myself.  This is such a ridiculous fight that I was compelled to respond. 

It reminds me of Patrick Ewings comments - yeah, we might make a lot of money, but we spend a lot too.  Does this really help the public believe that all of these players will be on food stamps!  Grow up and go to work!

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:30 pm
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Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Fans of the is time we put forward our document of demands.

#1) Drop the price of tickets by 50%

#2) Remove all seat licensing.

#3) Refund money to season ticket holders of poor performing teams who are in cities which fund their stadiums.

#4) Take your greed and shove it up your "collecttive" asses.

I'm sick of turning on my beloved Sportscenter and hearing about your inability to share the wealth. We as fans are paying for ALL of this in the end. I no longer care if ANY of you get paid. Actually, I hope more fans tell you to stick it, and boycott your greedy asses for 2011/2012.


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