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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: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:26 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Nope, not dumb at all that is why they are coming around.  They like being billionaires.  Anyone who knows anything about that line of insurance knows the premium on a 200k policy would be roughly 1500 to 2250 dollars.  Sounds like it may have paid off.   Isn't insurance almost always something you pay for hoping you never have to use it? 




Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:20 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Let the player's get their insurance.  I'm sure it will cost and arm and a leg in premiums.  The owners are playing possum.  They are not billionaires by being dumb. 



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:18 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

The players did nothing wrong.  In fact, the NFLPA covered their bases just like the owners have been doing for the past few years waiting for this lockout. 



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:18 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

How is it checkmate? Last year the players got 60% of 8B, the owners got 1B and then 40% of 8B. This means the players got about 53% of revenue. Under the new deal the players get 48% of revenue. So losing 5% of revenue is checkmate? Were you a math major Freeman?




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:17 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

This story makes about as much sense as Pat Boone singing "What's eating you" in a leprosy hospital. HONESTLY!!



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:15 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Through this all, one thing has remained a given.........Freeman is an idiot and just writes what ever idiocy pop is to his feeble mind.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:40 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

Freeman,

Sure, I guess the 8th Circuit had nothing to do with getting the NFLPA (As that court said, they saw through the shenanigans) back to the table. As if $100,000 after tax would be enough to get those morons through 3 months never mind a season.

You are a joke. Just make sure Smith takes his toothbrush after he finishes boning you. Oh, my girlfriend says that mouthwash after the deed will help wash the taste out of your mouth.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Typical Freeman

Article is a day behind the times and poorly written. Testament to how shoddy Sportsline has become.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:16 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

This move was a blatently illegal abuse of the system. The players negotiating lockout insurance without informing the owners and with refusing to share the proceeds was negotiating in bad faith, and therefore, is illegal and a violation of anti-trust laws. The owners need to take it to court, and get that insurance banned.



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:01 pm
 

The threat that changed everything

It's only human nature to a certain segment of humanity to live at a non lifetime substainable income.Why don't we still hear of baseball players with off season jobs?They're of a different breed.


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