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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.
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:01 am

Players like CBA far

The guy has a right to speak his mind, and to be honest I completely agree with the Patriot guy.  You also have a right to speak your opinion, but instead of cracking on someone else, come up with some of your own ideas and thoughts and try and be productive on the site.  All I know is it sounds like the football strike should end soon, and we can get back to planning our fantasy teams, and watching some football really soon.  Being a Packer fan, I can see why you are still somewhat distraught as a Bear fan :)    KIDDING!!!!   Here's to getting this all behind us, and kicking our homies in fantasy...  

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:44 am

Players like CBA far

Way to go sfpatriots or should I call you Captain Obvious.

Players want to play football....Duh, that's why they're called players!

Owners are trying to re-coop money.....Owners are in it for a profit?

Owners and players don't want a boycot.....Wow, gutsy call throwing that one out there.

Without us the NFL stands for not for long....How clever, bout 17 years ago.

Stick to "talk smack to me homies" and leave the educated sports talk to those who know how to do it.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:33 am

Players like CBA far

Players want to play football.  Owners are trying to recoop money they lost during the last CBA.  Fans don't care about anything other than football from September til SuperBowl Sunday.  We as fans are what makes the NFL.  Without us the NFL stands for not for long.  They know if they don't get a deal done soon fans will boycott the league.  Owners don't want that and players don't want that.  Get the deal done so I can play my fantasy leagues and talk smack to me homies when my Patriots kick butt and take names.  Make a deal and get back to playing football.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:24 am

Players like CBA far

The true test of compromise is that no one likes everything about it.  We see that all the time with politicians.  My father worked in construction for more than thirty years and was one of his unions constant choices to represent them in contract negotiations.  He told me more than once that it could be a pretty tough assignment, becuase it was all about compromise.  Some of his union membership was always grumbling that the contracts that were negotiated and agreed upon with management did not contain everything that the rank and file membership wanted.  That's just the nature of successful compromise. 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2011 4:19 am

Players like CBA far

Just play and I'm all for it.
Both sides already had it great anyway so just play.

I love this comment, just play. No matter who's side you're on as a fan that is the end result we want. Let's go play some football! Go Seattle Seahawks! Can we start talking free agency now?

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 2:48 am

Players like CBA far

Cool news!

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 1:40 am

Players like CBA far

The thing about players is that no matter what they get, if they waste it all, it will never be enough. Even a marginal player makes enough in a couple of seasons to establish his future financial independence. A player who signs, but doesn't make the team still gets around $400,000. I assume players receive some mandatory financial counseling under the CBA, but obviously it not enough with all of the players who end up broke.

Okay, I can sympathize with a guy who has grown up without a father in a tiny apartment wanting to buy his mother a house. Been there myself. But a lot of times the mom is only around 40, maybe less, when the son signs a pro contract. Can't mom get a little job training and go to work while the son is building his financial independence?

People wonder why families can come here from poor countries and end up rich in not too long. Maybe it has to do with being prudent and enterprising. Somehow, athletes have to be made to feel the pressure to limit their lifestyles, invest  most of their income, and help their friends and relatives by helping them become more self sufficient. The pressure has to come from peers, former players, fans and the community. It won't come from the agents or team owners. Or from the nightclub owners, hustlers and bimbos.

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:51 pm

Players like CBA far

Just play and I'm all for it.
Both sides already had it great anyway so just play.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:35 pm

Players like CBA far

Whatever happens I hope they stick with 16 regular season games and they don't soften up the way the game is played. Change the field dimensions first before you give me "nanny football". Laughing LOL  IMO last year kind of sucked. Too much thinking!!  In addition I think the bigger, faster and stronger theory equaling a much more dangerous game is being blown out of proportion by a bunch of tea-sippers either new to the game or wanting to make their mark on the game. Probably some of the same cheese, cracker and wine types that Nascar is trying to appeal to. Smile  Anyone notice that Nascar is encouraging mixing it up more this year.

Bottom line is not to mess with a good thing. Watching Dick Butkis, Bill Bergy, Mean Joe Greene, Deacon Jones, Jake Scott, Matt Millen, and Ronnie Lott blow up guys is why I became a football fan. Back in the 1970's Jack Lambert famously said the league might as well put dresses on the QB's with the way the rules were protecting them. LOL!!!!  Anyone heard what Lambert thinks about todays game? 

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:17 pm

Players like CBA far

"If not, just don't play a few games and the owners will come begging, paying whatever the union demands!"

32Zone, you don't seem like a very bright person, why would the owners come begging? Tell me who is in a more stable financial position the owners or the players? I'll allow you to check up on past articles regarding the player cash woes before answering. The players refused to play in 1987, well the owners didn't "beg" then and yet after 2 weeks the players were back, wonder why?
Finally, what union are you talking about, because none exists for NFL players?
Ever heard of the phase "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt"? I suggest you consider it before your next post.

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