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Lockout still coming

Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:53 am
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- We knew the chances of a new agreement being reached prior to the March deadline were almost zero. Well, that's turning out to be true.

Despite heavy negotiations with a mediator, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told CBSSports.com that while the talks were helpful in toning down the ugly rhetoric, it's all but official: the discussions won't produce an agreement.

When asked the chances of the talks helping to generate a new deal, one source said: "We're in the negatives now."

They're not officially dead. Miracles do happen. Some sort of bizarre thing could salvage the talks. There could also be peace in the Middle East tomorrow.

No, not officially dead. But basically, both sides have reached the conclusion that nothing will come of them, so they're preparing for the next fronts in the battle.

Again, the progress made is more about tone. The hate has been reduced from volcanic to blistering. That's progress.

But barring a last minute miracle the two sides will end the meeting without a deal. Or even close to one.

And the countdown to a lockout will continue.


Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:44 pm
 

Lockout still coming

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Lockout still coming

Both sides of this are ridiculously overpaid, but if I had to choose a side, I'm with the players.  The owners seem to be making outrageous demands while the players WANT to play but don't want to be forced into drastic changes like an 18-game season.  This leads me to conclude that the owners as a whole are MORONS. 
Of course you side with the players because you don't understand business at all.   Of course the players WANT to play..... they take zero risk and guaranteed every single penny of the guaranteed money in their contracts regardless of how well they play or how well or how badly an owner makes out.  The owners take all the risk..... why wouldn't the players want to play?

As for you calling the owners morons, well... that's funny.  13 of the owners are in Forbes top 300 richest Americans.... and guess what? None became that rich because of football... they are all worth hundreds of millions and even billions running their own businesses outside of football..

When you get succeed like the owners have... then you can call them morons.



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Lockout still coming

I agree!



Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Lockout still coming

Because the bottom tiers are convinced the top tiers love them and have their best interests in mind and thus will never vote for more socialist policies that would force the top tier to share more of the wealth. 
I mean we live in a democracy and could vote for sweeping changes that would radically change the make up of our country but we refuse to vote for it. 
As for the potential strike. Remember few players in this league become millionaires. The average player will get 3 years of earning a bit more than a doctor before being forced out of the league. Most guys if they are lucky and smart will make enough to make some investments or buy a house that will set them up well for their future. 
the issues is that the owners who make a good profit from the NFL want more of the pie just like you'd expect from rich billionaires. 
Now the difference betweent the NFL and normal America is the players love their Union (though they may decertify as a bargaining strategy to get new leadership) and are willing to fight tooth and nail against the greedy owners unnecessary money grab.



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Lockout still coming

i cant believe that that all of those rich SOBs ( owners and players )  are going to lockout the season cuz they are not making enuff money. shame on them. families losing there homes. all the fans working double time to make ends meet. die hard football freaks spending there hard earned money to take there families and friends to one of those overpriced games. outragious parking prices. the prices you pay for food and drinks once inside is crazy. with all the money in the NFL, and there is not enuff money to go around. maybe those rich SOBs need to eat a few slices of some humble pie. learn how to live week to week instead of year to year. if they lock me out of a year of my favorite sport, it will  anger me. anger me enuff to where i dont know how i will feel about it when they decide to play. so lets agree on a rookie cap and not a 18 game season and get on with some serious fricken football.  &
nbsp; IMO.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Lockout still coming

Hopefully, you will stop watching football also and stop writng here(you are paying those guys with all this interest you are showing). I'm sure the Goverment shutdown will also destroy those Republicans and won't hurt the little people at all....I hope they will shut the Goverment down....Im sure in the long run that will be great also!



Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Lockout still coming

Sounds like our government, the rich make the rules and the rest of us have to deal with the consequences.  Why is it the top tier of society makes the rules but don't live by them and excempt themselves from having to live with them.  Greed is exactly what this is all about.  Just like the Republicans need to do with the government and shut it down is what the players need to do with the owners, shut them out.  The pain of no season has a bigger impact on the owners then it does on the players.  What was once a sport that bosted the ultimate game to watch and be a part of is now a joke just like baseball and basketball.  I do not watch basketball anyone once they canceled a season and I agree not worth my time, especially not my money.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Lockout still coming

Both sides of this are ridiculously overpaid, but if I had to choose a side, I'm with the players.  The owners seem to be making outrageous demands while the players WANT to play but don't want to be forced into drastic changes like an 18-game season.  This leads me to conclude that the owners as a whole are MORONS. 

To some of our NFL "fans": stop claiming that if this does not reach a conclusion soon, you won't watch football anymore.  First of all, that is a blatent lie because there is no way you can go through an entire lifetime avoiding football if you actually enjoy watching it.  Second, watching football or not watching it affects only yourself.  Turning on the TV puts $0 in the NFL's pockets, therefore NOT turning it on does not hurt the NFL in any way.  I want a new CBA as much as anyone only because losing a season of NFL football would greatly annoy me, so here's hoping the two sides can find some way to conlcude this issue in time to allow some form of OTAs.




Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Lockout still coming

As I did with basketball, if a lock out comes I will no longer watch football.  I cannot see how these two sides cannot come to a reasonable conclusion to their differences.  it all boils down to moneu, and I can no longer waste my valuable time on such ignorant greed.
I hope millions more will follow, resulting in all these over-paid athletes having to find other means of employment, wondering all the while why they were so greedy, and the owners losing millions of dollars wondering the same thing.


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