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Players like CBA far

Posted on: June 22, 2011 5:01 pm
If the responses of the five players I contacted is any indication, the new collective bargianing agreement should pass a vote by the player membership somewhat easily.

Though the players explained to me they don't like everything they know about it thus far -- the true sign of a good deal is when both sides are unhappy about some aspect of it and that seems to be the case -- overall they think it's a solid one for the players.

"Most guys won't love this new CBA," said one player, "but they'll live with it."

That seemed to be the sentiment of the players I spoke with. Good deal they can live with.

The players I talked with are a cross-section of the league that represents many different echelons of NFL life.

What they hate: the potential length of the CBA which might be 10 years. They worry the revenue stream might grow so rapidly it could outpace the usefulness of that decade-long length.

What they like: that teams will have to use almost 100 percent of the alloted cap space and the increased benefits for retired players.

My guess is most players will feel the exact same way about the new deal. They won't love but will find it tolerable and then they'll vote to pass it.
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Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:08 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:51 am

Players like CBA far

I concur, Duece. Im sick of these owners (mostly trust fund babies, Daniel Snyder anyone....)

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:42 am

Players like CBA far

I have no sympathy for either the billionaire owners or the multi millionaire players.  But especially the lawyers who get paid to exacerbate everything.  They are all almost out of touch with reality as Congress.

I am a manager and just gave out a whopping 1.5%-2.5% annual raise to my staff (inflation is running at 3%+) with the message that basically they are lucky we didn't have to lay anything off.  I know people who have been recently laid off and/or have been unemployed for many months with no jobs coming, or forced to freelance by cutting lawns or working for minimum wage on the night shift at the gas station so they can eat and keep the utilities on.  Maybe I'd be more sympathetic if the economy was better.

If football is on, I'll watch it.  Its entertainment.  All the developments this summer have made me less enthusiastic about it though.  I can always spend my Sundays golfing or hiking. 

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:37 am
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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:28 am

Players like CBA far

Well said stuz. But if you ask many in this country you would think unions walk in negotiating rooms with automatic weapons, smack the owners kids, have their way with their wives and make them sign their lives away. Its the "Awwwww poor rich management" nutjobs. Owners should make profits and players should be well compensated for their work. Period.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:22 am

Players like CBA far

I couldnt agree more. I have been saying this for a longggggggggggggg time. This is the one spot where owners have a good point. Hell, even alot of players agree with this

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:19 am

Players like CBA far

Clearly the comments from someone who lives in North Carolina (if you catch my drift). Owners dont go out there on the field, put themselves in harms way, put in hours in weight rooms, retire crippled (often times) etc etc etc. Owners dont even BUILD the stadiums and fields where this happens. Workers/players do.

Also dont give me that crap about "they get paid to play a game". You know thats very disingenuous. These guys take an absolute pounding every week. Plus they work hard in the offseason and all their lives to get to the NFL. You think they were just born athletic and muscular? They worked hard all their lives to get here and deserve to be paid well for it. And the owners get paid big money to "own a game"

Another thing, do you know why alot of players have to retire in their mid to late 30s? Because they CANT play anymore because they game is so brutal. Meanwhile, what do the owners REALLY do?

Bottom line, owners OF COURSE should make money for THEIR time, effort and investment in the team. But to say that 1 person (in a company of thousands)  should get most of the profits is beyond ridiculous. Lets just say for arguements sake that a player makes $1,000,000 a year and his owner makes 10,000,000 in that same year. Do you honestly think that owner worked 10 times as hard as the player did? Give me a break with this "Awwwww, poor rich owners" crap. I'm gonna throw up     

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:04 am

Players like CBA far

The owners deserve the right to most of the profits just as any business owner should. Most owners will still own their teams in ten years, but how many players will still be playing in ten years.  the players do not make the league, sorry for that bombshell.  They make it entertaining. If Ben Roethlisberger would have been cut from the team last year for his rapecusade, I would have still watched my Steelers play. I like Troy Polamalu,but he will not be playing in ten years and I will be pulling for the Steelers, and the Rooney's will probably still own the Steelers. 

You can boycott the games.  If you do not watch, buy merchandise, go to games, it would hurt them.  Now, it would have to be a massive amount of people to do it.  If no one is watching, buying or going to the games, How do they make money?  NBC, Fox, ESPN, CBS make the money to buy the right to show the game because of advertising.  If no one is watching, who are they advertising to?  It's called ratings and they have ways of tracking it.  That's why my show Detroit 1-8-7 is cancelled.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:55 am

Players like CBA far

I just hope they get a rookie wage scale in place, seeing the ridiculous contracts these unproven kids get is nuts.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:33 am

Players like CBA far

I am sick and tired of hearing people say "fans will boycot the games." first, what is there to boycot if the don't play? Second, if you boycot a real game how would you do it? Not go to the game you already shelled out money for when you renewed your season tickets, not watch the games on TV? Cancel your season tox? Come on! people are so moronic. They refuse to pay for their season tix the team will gladly refund any money and someone from the waiting list will gladly take your seats. I believe 7-8 out of 10 teams have enough people on wait list to refill stadiums and then some, and yeah I know there are some teams that can't sell out when everything is perfect. If you don't go to the game they still have your money. You don't watch on TV owners don't care they already have they TV deal. The ones you are hurting by boycotting the game are the local advertisers, your local TV Affilliate. and most importantly the vendors working the stadium and the salesmen selling spots for TV and radio.

I also loved all the talk the last few weeks of players starting their own league. What a joke. Where would they play? Most of the NFL Owners own the stadiums. Who would air it on TV? It couldn't be any of mainstream channels because they are already affiliated to NFL. Most Players would end up making 10% of present salaries if they are lucky. I guess Oprah can afford it so we will watch them on the OWN channel.

People are inherent to forgive and forget. A Boycot. Good luck with that.

People are killing the owners for being greedy. That they should use their net worth, or outside capital to recoup losses. Why should they? NFL is a buisness and any buisess is in for profit not loss. Anyone who owned a buisness would abhor from using outside capital to sink into another venture when they do not need to. Just because someone is super rich doesn't mean they have bottomless pockets. There are buisness plans and budgets they stick to. If they stray from those they lose money. That is definately not how they got rich. Yheir buisness model changed when last CBA ran out and they were playing year to year with uncapped salaries. They had an opt-out clause and they took it. It happens in sports all the time, but usually it is the player with the clause in his contract. Do we boycot these players(everyone in Boston I am sure would love to boycott JD Drew)? No. So now it is on a grander scale but what is the differnce? The opt-out was in contract, players knew it was there as well as most educated fans.

This is no petty fight. This is the owners trying to maximize profits just as any owner of any buisness would and protecting those profits. And this is about the players seeing the "potential" money the owners are making and wanting their slice of those profits. Just as any employee would want to maximize their earning potential and benefits.

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