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Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:53 am
 
ANGER: I'm told by various players the anger and distrust continues to build at an almost exponential rate. It's not at an all-time high and won't be unless (until?) game checks are missed. But it's bad. Lots of cursing on phone calls and "(expletive deleted) the owners" in texts to me. I haven't heard such raw talk yet in this fight. For me, at least, this was a threshold crossed. I've heard anger from players but not raw disgust.

Players have expressed privately what Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu recently said publicly: their fight is about battling big corporations. "A lot of people think it’s millionaires versus billionaires and that’s the huge argument," Polamalu said according to one report. "The fact is its people fighting against big business. The big business argument is ‘I got the money and I got the power therefore I can tell you what to do.’ That’s life everywhere. I think this is a time when the football players are standing up and saying, ‘No, no, no, the people have the power.’”

Now, that is a stretch of an argument and fans will also find it difficult to co-habitate with the mindset players are like cops and firemen fighting to save their jobs. But that is the belief more than a few players possess.

I saw that Jeff Pash, legue attorney, and the owners, at the meetings in Indianapolis, continued to say it is time to meet at the negotiating table. Um, Mr. Pash, that isn't happening. Not any time soon, at least. Charlie Sheen will become NFL commissioner before that happens. The players don't trust the owners and they won't sit down and talk until they have to. In the meantime, they stew. And wait.

LATER, ROOKIES: I've confirmed the NFL plans to cancel its rookie symposium for this year. This isn't a shock. It was always going to if no deal was reached. It's unfortunate since the symposium is a valuable tool to help young players transition into the NFL life. I've covered two of them and actually spoke at one. I'd say the symposium is one of the most valuable assets the league possesses. The good news: once a new deal is reached (if?) the symposium will be back.

DISGRACEFUL: I have not been able to confirm a report from ProFootballTalk.com that the Baltimore Ravens slashed non-player pay by one-quarter. I believe the report, though, and I think we're going to see a number of teams do this as the lockout drags on.

See you Wednesday.



 

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Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:22 am
 

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So now it's "disgraceful" for the Ravens to ask their non-player employees to take a 25% paycut?!? Disgraceful is how this idiot couches the fact that the teams are keeping these people around with nothing to do instead of just canning them like would and is happening everywhere in the Obama economy? No one out there is as big a shill for these colossal idiots, these millionaire players, than Mike Freeman. Freeman, your columns are a pathetic joke. Seriously dude. You're a fool, just like Polamalu. This is "people fighting against big business"?!? You mean the "big business" that's made you more wealthy than 98% of the people who currently occupy this planet?? The same "big business" that requires you only work 5 months out of the year for said wealth??

It simply cannot be said enough: NO ONE in this country is more out of touch with reality than professional athletes and democrat politicians. NO ONE. They're cut from the same "I'm entitled to your money" cloth. The only difference is, the players think they're entitled to the owners' money, the liberal politicians think they're entitled to EVERYONE's money. They're all scum.  



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:49 pm
 

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Gotta disagree with you. The owners opted out of the agreement two years ago, so there is no status quo to maintain. If the players want the same system and the same pay they need to re-negotiate for it. They failed to do that, and now everyone is out of luck.

This really is a legal issue regarding whether the owners could opt out or not. The players say they can't, the owners say they could and did. Somebody is wrong and I have a feeling it's the players.

Unless the details of the proposed deal are significantly different than publicized, the players rejected a pretty good offer from the NFL. Sure, it was less money than before, but didn't most of us take a pay cut due to the recession? I know I got hit for 15%. They could have taken the offer and been practicing right now, instead of wasting time being pissed off at the people who want to make them rich.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:42 pm
 

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Just want Mike freeman to know how much he sucks.  I will not ever read another article written by him but only stop in and let him know that he sucks.  Mike, YOU SUCK!!!   GO FIND ANOTHER JOB SO I DONT HAVE TO SEE YOUR FACE ABOVE ANOTHER ARTICLE!!  Im going to espn now......
You're not Jerry Richardson by any chance, are you?  Wink



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:13 pm
 

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College football is smiling the Big Smile all the way to tbe bank.

TV Networks better start moving fast to plug up the NFL game holes, before their competition sews them up better.

Players not trusting owners?  Labor v. Management 101, been going on for centuries, players just waking up to it?  Very few courts have ever solved such problems, and NEVER in a couple of months.  This court fight will take years to resolve, will the players really wait that long?

Best Player Answer:

Form your own league!

There will be lots of cities wanting to rent out those empty stadiums they financed this winter...

History shows that player leagues nearly always cause the owners to deal.




Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:12 pm
 

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Just want Mike freeman to know how much he sucks.  I will not ever read another article written by him but only stop in and let him know that he sucks.  Mike, YOU SUCK!!!   GO FIND ANOTHER JOB SO I DONT HAVE TO SEE YOUR FACE ABOVE ANOTHER ARTICLE!!  Im going to espn now......



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:34 pm
 

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And just like in the labor dispute, the players are to blame. Their money grab takes dollars out of the pockets or more than just them. Correct sentiment, but Freeman, ignorant as usual blames the wrong people.
The players did not initiate a "money grab". The players wanted to maintain the status quo. It is the owners that wanted to change and grab back money that had been agreed to in the CBA. The owners are winning the PR battle because they are convincing fans that they are entrepreneurs and their right to run a business as they see fit is being impinged by the players. The reality is that the NFL owners have mitigated their risk as businesses by using tax payer subsidies.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:58 pm
 

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DISGRACEFUL: I have not been able to confirm a report from ProFootballTalk.com that the Baltimore slashed non-player pay by one-quarter. I believe the report, though, and I think we're going to see a number of teams do this as the lockout drags on.

And just like in the labor dispute, the players are to blame. Their money grab takes dollars out of the pockets or more than just them. Correct sentiment, but Freeman, ignorant as usual blames the wrong people.

As far as anger boiling over, if they are too cowardly to gives their names they aren't angry enough, or if you simply can't quote anyone, then it will always be a case of why should a reader trust you, when you have a demonstrated history of being caught in lies?

And the players are standing up to a corporation? That is the biggest lie to the fans yet.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:19 pm
 

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If the fight is about battling big corporations why are the players fighting? No big corporation pays its employees what the NFL does. They should be happy making the money they do. Look what our service members in Iraq or Afaganistan are making. Let the NFL players play for that salary for 1 year thenthey can come back and cry a little bit.




Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:18 pm
 

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I like Troy but its an EGO thing...owners are employers,players are employees...no one is being cheated here...lets play ball...



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:15 pm
 

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"The players don't trust the owners and they won't sit down and talk until they have to. In the meantime, they stew. And wait."

Wait for what?  How stupid are the players that they really believe the court system is going to save them?  If they want to play, then they have to talk to the owners.  There has to be a settlement/agreement.  It is strange that I would even have to type that, but maybe the players really do not know how this works. 


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