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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: May 14, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:01 pm

The threat that changed everything

NYSports...what did the players "win"? They immediately lose 5% of revenue next year (from the approx. 53% last year to the 48% in the new deal), and under the old deal they got 60% of everything after the 1B off the top - meaning as revenues increase they came closer and closer to 60% of all revenue. Under the new deal they're stuck at 48%. I'm no genius. But can someone tell me how this is a win for the players? The only win I see is that they didn't completely bend over and take a 60/40 split. That's a win like only losing 21-0 instead of 53-0 is a win.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:56 pm

The threat that changed everything

blueyedcharlie, do you realize that you're a lunatic?  anyone who considers themself a capitalist or has taken a basic economics course knows that the players are the entire supply.  nobody pays to see jerry jones catching passes from dan snyder.  you're supporting multi-billionaires whose only real talent was inheriting or marrying into money in many cases.  they take no business risk because of collective bargaining (read socialism).  face it, the owners cried poor while making huge profits, wouldn't proove it while at the same time torpedoing the only people who generate the profit (the players) to save money during a lockout they planned two years ago.  the owners thought they could steamroll the players and the players outwitted them, good for them.  in the battle of players vs. stuck up rich jerks who drive up my ticket prices, i'll take the players who i at least want to see

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:50 pm

The threat that changed everything

when people pay $200 a pop to go watch someone type up TPS reports in a cubicle, then you can complain about the money that NFL players make.  they're not overpaid, they have a specialized commodity (NFL level talent) that a select few have and that commodity is in high demand.  it's actually pure capitalism.  the owners are the ones with socialist tendencies (collective bargaining, small town owners crying poor, etc.).  it's like anything in this world with supply and demand, anything with low supply and high demand is going to have a huge cost, don't complain about players making too much just because nobody would watch you perform your 9-5

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:47 pm

The threat that changed everything

Hopefully the NFL and NBA owners will not only break but destroy the unions for both sets of players. Oops my bad i forgot the NFL "decertified" ergo it's no longer politically correct to call them a union! Basically a b.s. move. These players all need to be brought to their knees. Who needs a season of football or basketball if the end result will be the end of their gravy train?

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:44 pm

The threat that changed everything

dear commenters,  Freeman's point was that the owners thought the players would cave because the average player couldn't ride out the lockout.  the NFL owners had no intention of losing the money for a season, especially with payments due on tons of new stadiums.  once it turned out the average joe in the NFL would be able to make it through the lockout.  the owners were playing chicken with the players because they felt that the players would eventually have to blink.  with this, they could afford to ride it out, so it was no longer in the owners' best interests to continue on this path.  congrats to the players, they played their cards right and deserved to win over the dbag owners

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:41 pm

The threat that changed everything

Hopefully the owners wont budge and starve the overpaid spoiled brats out. If the insurance had been for what most working men and women make, say $30-$40,000 they might have won over some sympathy votes but $2-$300,000?!?! Give me a break! Thats more then a lot of hard workers will make in 5-10 years! I'm more then ready to sacrifice the season to bring those jerks to their knees. Please owners! Don't give an inch!

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:51 pm

The threat that changed everything

freeman you got the wrong league you must bein your fantasy league.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:18 pm

The threat that changed everything

I guess im lost as to how this would shake the owners or even more, how this was anything close to a checkmate. As we've learned already, players have been taking out 400K loans since the lockout started and many of them (dez bryant) already owe people much more than 200-300K...for those guys this would by them another 2 or 3 months. I admit that the bottom-mid level guys would get helped a lot, but they weren't the ones taking out 400K loans in the first place most likely. Last time I checked, most of the owners are billionaires and make that money in a day...I think it was smart on the NFLPA's part (first smart thing theyve done) but for most of the big name guys, this is chump change. 

The owners wouldnt be hurting if the NFL season didn't go on, and they still wouldn't be...this would only buy an extra month or two for the players till many of them are back to zero again and in trouble...from from a checkmate, more of an annoyance to the owners that they lost a bit, A BIT of leverage. 

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:12 pm

The threat that changed everything

Does anybody see the road we're on? Next labor strife, it will be the owners who "decertify", take their teams and form a new league. The names will stay the same. I mean, after all, it doesn't cost a lot of money to design a new league logo.  This thing needs to be blown up and started from scratch to wipe the sense of entitlement off the Mendenhall's and Peterson's of the football world.

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:10 pm

The threat that changed everything

and now it makes sense that we rarely hear from Freeman when there is actual sports to discuss, a couple wows and a chess reference - this is rambling, I wish I could block certain writers from my CBS feed, maybe someone is listening...

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