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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 27, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Players like CBA far

On principle I agree with you.  However if this means we have football in September I am willing to say "Make a deal"

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:19 pm

Players like CBA far

How can the players be onboard and have NO UNION?  The PLAYERS DISBANDED THEIR UNION.  The NFL gets ZERO, ZIP, NADA, of my money.  No game tickets, no clothing, owners and players both screw the retired guys.   I know one person does not make a difference BUT I am done with the NFL.

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:55 pm

Players like CBA far

are you kidding me the players know they don't have leverage. just settle it so we can have some football jojo

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:43 pm

Players like CBA far

The players may be on board with it, but it would all be decided if that idiot smith, and all the other scumbag lawyers are on board, or want to drag this out longer

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:46 pm

Players like CBA far

Why would the owners be the ones who come running? The average player and below average players are the ones that will come running, as they know their window to earn money is the smallest and they are probably the ones who have done the least planning financially.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:16 pm

Players like CBA far

That is so odd.  The 5 anyomous players I talked to were also a cross section of players from various NFL standing, but they all told me they hate the new deal, and will never back it. 

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:55 pm

Players like CBA far

I couldn't have said it better. Freeman has no credibility with the players and I am sure they just tell him any bs that will get him away from them.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:39 pm

no deal

The players are giving up way too much money in this deal---they should hold out for a 52-55% cut of all revenues.  If not, just don't play a few games and the owners will come begging, paying whatever the union demands!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 7:23 pm

Players like CBA far

I get the opportunity to interact with a few players and agents through work. The main issue is that a lot of the players simply cannot afford to miss too many paychecks. As a result, an offer that looked terrible 3 months ago is starting to look acceptable, and six weeks from now will look pretty good. The lockout was perfect for the owners.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:31 pm

Players like CBA far

Precisely where have the owners backed down ? I must have missed that. Did they lower ticket prices, hot dogs, parking, Psl's ? where was it ?

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