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Rookie wage scale agreement

Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:19 pm
Two officials briefed on the state of the NFL's negotiations confirmed to me the owners and players have agreed on the basic parameters of a rookie wage scale proposal.

This is a huge step. As the sources explained the rookie wage scale was one of the few obstacles remaining. There are still some minor details to work out but it's all but a done deal, I'm told.

There was the usual expression of caution but the feeling was that this cleared the way for a deal to come soon, maybe as early as Monday or Tuesday. It's unclear exactly what system the two sides have agreed to.

The sources familiar with the discussions added there are still some issues regarding the overall collective bargaining agreement to resolve including how to fund benefits for retired players.

"We're closing in on a deal," one source familiar with the talks said.

Now, we've heard this before--close, close, close--but this is a huge moment.

The talks, I'm told, are scheduled to go late into Thursday night and continue through the weekend if needed.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:21 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

I rarely post....even when I disagre with the stupidity of most posts that I see.  The fact is that many of you that have posted here are right.  The NFL owners and players are greedy but let me ask what would you do in this situation if you were in a union.  In fact by definition, collective bargaining is where unions are able to operate openly and are recognized by employees, they may negotiate with employers over wages and working conditions.  This is exactly what the NFL players are doing right now with the owners.  Unions have been around since the mid 1800's and the fact is that most of us could care less about the outcome unless it interfers with our personal life. 

Spending an addiitonal $350 for the right to watch the team of your choice is a small amount however lets not forget that Direct TV has increased this by 50% over the last 3 years.  Yes, I'm not exactly happy with it but I have a choice, just like you, to spend the money or forego watching the games of my choice. Greed has gotten the best of all professional sports but we the fans have caused this mess because we are fanatics about waching our teams. In the end, we will all still spend the money some way or another on professional sports.  It can be spending an extra couple of hours at your local bar watching the game of your choice and spending the money there or in your home.  I choose the later so I don't have to listen to people like NFLEASTFAN talk about his problems of not getting a raise in the last 3 years. You shold be thankful that the Federal Government continues to employ you and that you receive a paycheck every two weeks.  If you don't like where you are do something.  Remember, you have a choice, just like your choice to stay with the NFL package on Direct TV or not to. 

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:18 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

Finally, common sense & pragmatism prevail.
A rookie wage scale was LONG overdue in the NFL.
You've got guys that have never played a down, some of whom will never even be a decent NFL player,
making extraordinary chunks of a team's payroll.  Why this wasn't adressed in previous bargaining agreeements,
I have no idea.  It was bad for ownership, bad for the team as a whole, bad for veteran players;  WHY would they
not have hashed this out YEARS, DECADES ago?  The mind boggles. For every Payton Manning, some JaMarcus Russell
or Ryan Leaf was screwing  up the league.   

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:59 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

Directv charges 350 dollars for just Sunday Ticket?  Wow !!   The part of Canada I live in I'm with a cable company and I get a great deal compared to a lot of you guys.  My cable company has an entire sports package available for 30 dollars per month with only a 6 month minimum required.  For 200 dollars including taxes I get the entire 17 week NFL schedule as well as 3 full months of NHL hockey.  And the punchline to that joke is I don't have to worry about blackouts.  Even if the Lions don't sell out I get every home Lions game.  Don't ask me how.  Maybe it's because I'm in Canada?  It's funny though.  I sit there and listen to people on Detroit sports talk radio complain about blackouts and I don't miss one play all year long.   Personally there's not a chance in hell I'd pay 350 for just the NFL.... there are enough games on regular television with live tickers on the top of the screen on almost any channel a game is on. Throw in live scores and play by play on the internet and 350 becomes a number I would never pay....

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:57 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

Thank god this is almost over. Was starting to think there wouldnt be football next year but it looks like all is well. And as far as noone going to see football games anymore is a joke. Football isnt going to fade away becasue of a small lockout. Now if they were to miss the whole season there would probably be less fans at the games at first but everyone will still be watching from home.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:42 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

Man, I do not recall spending $10 on beer. what kinda beer do you drink? Even Corona is not as cheap unless you spend the whole game sucking on one bottle!

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:23 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

who cares if your in fantasy redzone channel is all you need,screw direct tv it sucks

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:22 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement


Maybe you shouldn't speak from orifices not designed for it, as you are so clearly doing right now. To claim that all gov't employees basically suck is to ignore, for instance, the entirety of the Armed Forces, people that have accomplished more than you will likely ever even come close to doing, some of whom have given their lives so that you can talk crap about them.

It also ignores those who put their lives on the line very day in order to ensure the safety of our borders, or in fighting against crime and criminals, or any number of other occupations that fall under 'goverment worker'. Too bad you are so ignorant of the wide range of jobs performed by those workers; certainly, some are slugs, just as there are slugs in whatever line of work you are in, but I would bet that you would argue that someone claiming that EVERYONE in your line of work being a lazy, suckazz loser would be wrong.

Of course, 'that's different'...

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:19 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

Directv will never give up the rights to the sunday ticket, its there bread and butter, they will pay anything for the exclusive rights. If any of the cable companies got a hold of it, it would double. Yes $350 is cheap, very cheap, 17 weeks $20 a week compared to going to the games. Its a steal!

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:08 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

sooner or later this big scam will all end natoal fixed leage and the fans wont show up anymore because you dont care about the fans only a bout all your money players and owners all the same.enjoy it while it lasts. the fans will eventually figure everything out. j and they will discontinue to be sheep and brainwashed. and then you might end up wiith acouple hundred fans in the stands

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:48 pm

Rookie wage scale agreement

, really? So does this mean you just slack ? No wonder everything that has do with our government employees sucks.  Why not just care about your job. Let me guess youre protected and probabaly cant lose your job unless you actually shoot someone.

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