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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
 
Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:14 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

I thought it was the elf in the wood shop?



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:14 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Freeman is happy again  he loves to stick a knife in the owner back when he get a chance.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:56 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

when people pay $200 a pop to go watch someone type up TPS reports
 Cool "Office Space" reference.

Lumberg: Um, I'm going to need thsoe TPS reports.

Priceless. 

it's like anything in this world with supply and demand,
Yeah, but in the real world, the employer makes the rules. You can leave if you don't like, but they'll always be someone else(or something) to replace you. In the NFL, collective bargaining dictates the rules. Unions are far more socialistic than any system the owners have.  



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:29 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

How was $200,000 a "game changer"? Player minimum is way above that and many have shown they aren't so good with money.



Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:25 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Freeman shows once again he is a token writer for cbs...lockout insurance???, sure and it was insured by santa claus and endorsed by the tooth fairy



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:11 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Truly. I changed electric companies and will save $50 a month. Just let me know how much of that I'll have to pay in addition to what I paid last year for the Red Zone. Those are real dollars fan care about -- not this nutty spin contol.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:54 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Great... Freeman thinks the players are out manuvering someone... go figure.  I can't wait till CBS says "checkmate" to your career.


LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome.....Laughing



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:43 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Bologna. Stunned owners? Absolute nonsense from a writer that has been nothing but absolutely 200% pro-union/players from the start. What's next -- "The noise shook the room as the dramatic negotiation revelation hit the table"  said head of the union that isn't a union Demaurice Smith. Hurry Freeman, maybe you can sell the made for tv drama rights. lol





Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:35 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

what about the multi million dollar warchest the owners secured from tv rights as a contingency for the lockout? it goes both ways.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:25 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Great... Freeman thinks the players are out manuvering someone... go figure.  I can't wait till CBS says "checkmate" to your career.  


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