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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: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:05 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

The unemployment lines are going to get bigger.
Theres always movies and other diversions. We dont need their money, they need ours.
Hey wait, they dont give us money now they giving us nothing. Lets return the favor.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:04 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

What other time were the owners supposed to present an agreement to the players? We knew 3 months ago that July 15th was a key date in reaching a CBA, and leading up to that, that Thursday July 21 it would be voted on at the owner's meeting. These are key dates because it is the last time something can get done before games are lost. So how could the players not know that this was coming?

It is very difficult for me to find sympathy for these players. A rookie free agent makes $300,000 per year while most of us fans have to be careful how we buy our groceries. The players should be kissing the owners' feet for making them all millionaires for playing a GAME.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:59 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

@CANADA:  Again, Idiotic question.  Please, let the owners hire second-rate hacks play their little football game and let's see how well fantasy football leagues, Vegas, and DirecTV all fare.  When ownership or management renig on their stated deals, you strike or take your case to court.

Please, tell me that you're not that foolish that you'd shake hands with management on a deal you never brokered. 


Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:56 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

DYNAMOS many of these charactyers wouldnt pass the criminal background check to be successful in their endeavors to become employed at McDonalds .. by the way .. I see where someone didn't like the term thugs when used to refer to Smith and many of the players he represents .. sorry .. the term NBA player has already been taken ... lol ... lol, again ..

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:55 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

f all these players,I am fed up with these babies,now saying nothing to vote on.D smith needs to be taken out of this,he is a fn retard who only cares about himself.Now they won't ratify this deal and the season is again in jeopardy.If any games are missed because of this,I hope we all just don't watch anymore.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:55 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

What the heck, let them join the 10% unemployed and then see what it's like to have to find a real job. Greed, greed, greed. Both sides deserve each other. Except for thr true junkies, I'll bet this entire thing has turned off a lot of would be fans. Think I'll play golf on Sundays this Fall.

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:53 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

PATRICKJ .... the players [or Smith] decided in their infinite wisdom to dissolve the union .. there is no union ...  and by the way .. unions where wages benefits and conditions are not up to expectations are still very valuable ... the NFL offers far from deplorable working conditions et all ... the question I posed is legitimate ... would you be fired if you decided you were not going to report for work??? ...

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:51 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

In my town, wendys and mcdonalds hiring as we speak, but no cost of living adjustment!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:51 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

This is solely a PR/Media gimmick from the owners because, as the majority of comments indicate here, they knew there would be plenty of fools who would buy their BS un-questioned.  This is still a lockout and the greedy/greasy owners are scared they'll lose pre-season revenue.  Strikes happen when owners say take it or leave it...and the fans continue to "potentially suffer".  Nothing but a Hall of Fame Game has been lost yet.  Suffer?  Stop whining.  It's not your Ox being gored.
What class of moron whines about what players make while ignoring what owners make as they try to sell a PR gimmick?
...and what other class of moron (or is it the same morons) whines about the potential lower quality of play due to the loss of OTAs and shortened training camps then talk out of the other side of their mouths when they say fire their asses and bring in the Scabs.  Brilliant...simply brilliant.
By the way, I'm a lifelong Cowboys fan who has had to endure the Greediest/Greasiest owner of them all.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:49 pm

Smith to players: 'There is no agreement'

Yeah, cuz you know, the Richest guy has been has been right all along...

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