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The threat that changed everything

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:14 pm

Earlier I wrote on how the players made a threat that proved somewhat jarring to ownership and forced them to make concessions. Well, Sports Illustrated just reported what that threat was and it was a game changer.

The details I've heard are slightly different but the core facts are the same. The NFLPA had secured lockout insurance (there is such a thing?) for each player in the amount of $200,000 (one player told me the amount was $300,000) in the event the season was missed.

The union told the owners this late Wednesday night and, I'm told, it shook the owners. The next day, on Thursday, is when progress was made so quickly.

This is a huge deal and explains why the owners made concessions. While $200,000 or even $300,000 isn't a lot of cash to Peyton Manning, it is for most of the rank and file.

By playing this card, the players, at the last minute, outmaneuvered the owners. I'm told it completely stunned ownership.

Wow. Just wow,

This is the second biggest piece of news to only the fact a deal is all but done.

This was the players saying "checkmate."

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:04 pm

The threat that changed everything

I don't get how evryone blames Goodell for any of this. He is an officer voted in and paid by the owners. He works for them. if more owners than not disagreed with his tactics, rules, fines, etc., he would be out. He is still in because he is doing what most of the owners wanted him too. And that includes the Rooneys who fully supported the fines their players received for the illegal hits. If you want to debate what should and should not be legal that is fo a different thread. There are a lot of guys on that panel as well, including current and former players. No Roger. The fines should be in black an white and not a guessing game eaach time it happens, but other than that, he is only doing what the owners collectively decide.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:57 am

The threat that changed everything

That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard. The talks were going fine, and everyone already knew the players had lockout insurance. It was never about that and that would not have made anyone want to miss the season. Big money players only have so many years to make big money and none of them would trade in a prime earnings year for 200k, especially since whatever agreement is made it is not going to raise the cap so there is no chance to ever make that money up later for most guys. it would just be lost. 2nd the owners don't care if the players have money for a strike or not. THey claim they need certain concessions to run their businesses. 3rd the owners never intended to miss any games. This was always going to get done. 4th the union decertified so there are no members. i am not sure how that would affect insurance, but if I am paying that money out you better believe I am getting out of it on a technicality if I can - more lawsuits. 5th what about the 250 or so rookies who are not yet members of the non-NFLPA? They certainly can't be covered as they aren't even employees yet.

What load of garbage

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 10:37 am

The threat that changed everything

why is everyone so upset about lockout insurance?  as the penultimate poster noted, they play a dangerous game: they take out insurance.  you risk, you insure; it's a basic, if rather loathsome, principle of capitalism.  lock-out insurance, strike insurance, health insurance ... you pay someone who thinks it won't happen to you (whatever it is) to pay you if it does.  you die early, you win! 

on another note: the players' union (when it existed) was no more or less "socialist" than the collective bargaining the owners get to do legally.  collective bargaining, after all, is all a union is.  and no other employers in the US get to bargain collectively, save sports owners; for everyone else who tries it, we have words (collusion), laws (Stearns Act, Smoot-Hawley Act), and jails.  The owners have it good, and they know it.  The players have it good, and most of them probably know it.  But they want it better, and they'll get it, because WE have no collective bargaining power, and no "dumb-ass-player/owner-got-gre
dy-and-ruined-the-season" insurance.

Anyone know an AFLAC rep we can get our cable/ticket/jersey costs insured by?

Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 10:06 am

The threat that changed everything

This is just simply ridiculous! These players know the risks of the game they play and they accept it when they decide to play professional football. The players get paid tremendous amounts of money to do something they love and something they know comes with a risk. Roger Goodell is everything and more that James Harrison stated he was this week; unfortunately Mr. Harrison went about saying what he said in a manner he should have not. I’m a Steelers fan through and through but more so I am a football fan and Roger Goodell is ruining the NFL. Play the game and play the game the way it has always been played and the way it should always be played this isn’t MLB its football for Christ sakes. It a tough and dangerous job to become a miner, it effects their lungs and they take a chance of dying every day but I don’t see them getting paid millions of dollars and constant complaints to tone it down in the mining industry?? This is just one example of millions of Americans that risk their lives daily but the focus is on NFL players? Roger Goodell you are a dictator and all you care about are the dollar signs so lets stop beating around the bush and call a spade a spade. The best thing that will ever happen to the NFL is for you to leave office! Its amazing all the problems in the United States and there is this much focus on getting hit to hard.......its the damn NFL not water polo!! Harrison is a mental giant with the way he speaks and I do not agree with the how this "Pro athlete" speaks but he is correct in what he is saying, play the game you get paid millions of dollars to do or go and get a real job, a real dangerous job like a Police Officer or a miner and you can have there salaries yearly. Roger Goodell your nothing but a money hungry baby, get into hospitalization industry that needs help and you seem to be so worried about people, then donate your time.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:43 am

The threat that changed everything

You could tell from the rookie symposium earlier this year that there is a continued leaguewide emphasis on teaching the younger guys to manage their money. It's more important in the NFL than perhaps any other sport because the average length of career is only a few seasons and there isn't much guaranteed money. Until the agreement is finalized, hanging in the air has been the status of that plan, which currently alots less money than can pay the medical expenses of many of its prominent retirees. John Mackey's "88 plan" was instrumental, but Teddy Bruschi and other recent league veterans and current players have been pushing hard to improve this and ensure adequate coverage for future players. It sounds like this insurance actually takes an important step, not just as a bargaining chip in negotiations, but also in helping compensate players and strengthen the future development of this program.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 3:12 am

The threat that changed everything

 Just got a mental image ,or is it a mental video of the aflac duck walking in on the negotiations... funny stuff.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:32 am

The threat that changed everything

For the first time in reading about the contract talks I have a give DeMaurice Smith his due.  Up to this point I thought he was out of his league.  I certainly would have liked to have seen the faces of Jerry Jones and other hard-liners when told of the players' insurance.  I also hope insurer was AFLAC, the duck walking in on the contract talks would make for a great commercial.   

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:32 am

The threat that changed everything

Round and round and round, grateful to see the players hold that card as well. Sort of speeds up the process, money talks.....I tend to agree with you all, this lockout affects all of us hardcore NFL folks. Grateful to see it coming to a lets play football!

Lions RockCool

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:29 am

The threat that changed everything

 I agree with NYsports... The players are the main attraction here, so they deserve to get paid as such. Enough with the morons who keeps comparing it to their 9-5 jobs... like someone mentioned people don't pay big dough to see you type up your TPS report, great movie BTW. They are the 1% of the population capable of doing what they do on the field, that`s why millions and millions tune in every week. They deserve what they get because thats the way the market works, don`t be jealous because you weren`t born with freakish size, speed and athletic ability. The owners tried replacements years ago and it didn`t go over well. If people wanted to see 2nd tier talent they would tune into the CFL, and trust me Im Canadian, they don`t. Stop whining and just be glad the lockout is apparently over. It`s not your chance to whine and moan about how crappy your job is, or how the money should go to the soldiers, teachers, firefighters, cops blah blah blah... Give it a rest, stop hating. The owners basically caved. Yes the players will get less, but thats only because the last deal was tilted in their favor by a large margin. The players got wayyyy more than the owners originally said they`d be willing to part with. The lockout insurance, while only $200,000 or $300,000 was enough to keep most players afloat, while the owners stood to lose an enormous income stream and would be dealing with finding a major tennant for their stadiums. Make no mistake the players won, and it really brought out the moronic haters along the way.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:10 am

The threat that changed everything

Yeah, 200 grand, wow. Half these guys spent that long ago in advance on a couple cars, some gold chains and stuff to go up their noses. Even if they hadn't, and the owners were willing to let the season go down the drain, how long are most NFL players going to be happy and willing to go through a full year on 200 grand. They might as well be playing in the UFL. This is a game changer? What game is that? Pin the tail on the Freeman?

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