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Advantage: Players

Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 6:55 pm
 

After scanning the details of the NFL owners' proposal for a new labor deal, I have some advice for DeMaurice Smith.

Race to get that thing approved.

Both sides will claim victory when the CBA is finally completed -- and it will get done since there are only some small issues left, according to a handful of players -- but that's not the way I see it.

The players scored a TKO.

With the exception of opening up the books, which was never going to happen, this deal would include almost everything the players wanted to get.

Smith, for all the criticism he has taken for being as defiant as he's come off, deserves plenty of praise for getting his players this deal.

The owners will spin it their way, but the issues all went the way of the players. 

Just look at them:

----The players wanted half the revenue without anything coming off the top while the owners wanted $2 billion off the top, and then would give up half. The owners will take nothing off the top and the players would get 48-percent of all revenues.

Advantage: Players

---The players wanted more time off. They would get  a lot more. There will be off-season workout limits.  They will limit OTAs. They will get more days off. 

---Advantage: Players.

---The players wanted teams to spend close to the cap, and they now would have to do so, spending cash to the cap floor.  They wanted free agency after four years, while the owners didn't. Free agency would be after four years.

---Advantage: Players.

---The players would get an enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the contract year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.

---Advantage: Players.

The owners wanted the rookie wage scale, and that would be in play. But they also wanted rookie deals for drafted players to be six years, not four.  They would be four with an option for a fifth for some rookies.

----Advantage: Even.

So what exactly did the owners get? A new CBA. They didn't like the last one, so getting a new one is a win of sorts. They also get labor peace in a league that is the unquestioned sports leader for 10 years.

The NFL is an estimated $9-billion-a-year business. But projections are that it can become a $20-billion-a-year business. If that isn't reason to get labor peace, I don't know what could be the reason.

"Yeah, when you look at all the stuff, this is a good deal for us," one player told me. "There are just a few things that have to be tweaked."

Here's a guess that tweaking gets done over the weekend. And this deal will get done.

When it does, Smith should put on the championship belt. He knocked the snot out of the owners with a nasty right hook to the head.

This judge has a decision if this is the deal: Victory, players.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Labor
 
Comments

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 1:11 am
 

Advantage: Players

It's supply and demand.  If the prices get too high for the market to bear, yes they will come down.  But if tickets on the secondary market are still going for 4-5x face value... no.




Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Advantage: Players

  The retraction of some practices will not make players softer at all.  I don't know if you ever played contact sports, but the hitting and lifting wears you down, then the resting builds you up.  It's basic physiology.  I have trained for many moons in MMA fighting.  I am not strong after four days of work; however, after four days of work then two days of rest I'm a beast!  They will not be foregoing practice all together.  these guys have been playing foot ball for the vast majority of their lives.  Im pretty sure an extra few days for recovery will not throw the game's complexity and excitement down the toilet.  Moreover, the players will likely be harder due to the added repair time.
  Secondly, How did the owners win?  Owners wanted $2 Billion off the top then leave the players with 50% of the leftover.  At the current 9 billion, that would mean the players would be left with 3.5 billion while the owners received 5.5 billion.  This deal (at 9 billion) leaves the players with $4.32 billion and owners with $4.68 billion.  In fact, the only way the original proposal would benefit the players more than the new one is if the NFL generated over 50 billion in one season.  48% of 50 is 24 and  (50 - 2)/ .50 = 24.  At 50 billion, the two deal would be even.  I give that one to the players.
  Also, a rookie wage scale benefits both parties.  If teams aren't shelling out umteen million to an unproven stiff, they have more to spend on the proven vet (to ensure that owners do, in fact, spend that money rather than just keep it is addressed by requiring owners to spend close to cap each year).  Without the second part of this, I would give this point to the owners, but since the owners still have to shell out the dough, but now to the proven players, I give this one to the players.
  Added injury protection...easy...players.
  
 



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Advantage: Players

What a bunch of crap. Best athletes in the world can't handle two-a-days...  They make millions and millions - and want more.  THEY ARE EMPLOYEES NOT PARTNERS!!!!  No one is forcing you to play NFL football.  If you're so scared, go play in Canada.  You know who wins here?  NOBODY!!!  All I know is I guaran-DAMN-tee that ticket prices will continue to soar - merchandise will keep getting more expensive - and the primadonna players will get further and further away from the fans...

The NFL players are a bunch of overpaid sissy-boys, the NCAA/BCS is the most corrupt organization outside of Washington D.C. - thank goodness the FCS exists.....  All the old-time players still think they deserve to get part of the multi-billion dollar pie.  Sorry, your playing days are over.  No one said the NFL is the only job you'd ever need.  You are retired, time to start that life after football. Sorry you got hurt, but people in every profession get hurt.  Again, no one forced you to play. I'd rather watch the UFL than sit through another interview where Drew Brees whines about how much more he deserves.  Oh yeah, they doesn't have the money to start on time this year.  

This fall kicks of my 30th year watching football - and I've never been so disappointed. But I'll keep watching, because somewhere out there, there are guys like Danny Woodhead, Kroy Biermann, Rusty Smith, and more who have busted their ass to get to the big leagues, didn't have anything handed to them, and for a least a little while, can remind me why I love this game. 
Well, what they wanted was obviously in the realm of fairness because they got pretty much everything they requested. No one wins? Well, the owners sure didn't. Me and you probably didn't .... but the player's did. No one is forcing them to play, no one is forcing you to watch either. But why all the negativety? Just sit back and enjoy the games and not all the stupid sh it you can't control that goes on around the games.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Advantage: Players

Two more points I forgot:

1 - less practices before and during the season is going to make the players softer, and the game itself weaker, sloppier, and less exciting (because they won't have time for more trick plays, complicated blitz development, player development, etc.)

2 - Prisco's a moron.  The Owners won - and no matter what they always will.  Their multi-billion dollar machine is gonna keep rolling, who cares if their slice is a fraction smaller?  They have and always will, find a way to make themselves even more money.  It's their business, I'm pretty sure they know how to run it.  Players come and go, but owners last longest. 



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Advantage: Players

What a bunch of crap. Best athletes in the world can't handle two-a-days...  They make millions and millions - and want more.  THEY ARE EMPLOYEES NOT PARTNERS!!!!  No one is forcing you to play NFL football.  If you're so scared, go play in Canada.  You know who wins here?  NOBODY!!!  All I know is I guaran-DAMN-tee that ticket prices will continue to soar - merchandise will keep getting more expensive - and the primadonna players will get further and further away from the fans...

The NFL players are a bunch of overpaid sissy-boys, the NCAA/BCS is the most corrupt organization outside of Washington D.C. - thank goodness the FCS exists.....  All the old-time players still think they deserve to get part of the multi-billion dollar pie.  Sorry, your playing days are over.  No one said the NFL is the only job you'd ever need.  You are retired, time to start that life after football. Sorry you got hurt, but people in every profession get hurt.  Again, no one forced you to play. I'd rather watch the UFL than sit through another interview where Drew Brees whines about how much more he deserves.  Oh yeah, they doesn't have the money to start on time this year.  

This fall kicks of my 30th year watching football - and I've never been so disappointed. But I'll keep watching, because somewhere out there, there are guys like Danny Woodhead, Kroy Biermann, Rusty Smith, and more who have busted their ass to get to the big leagues, didn't have anything handed to them, and for a least a little while, can remind me why I love this game.  



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Advantage: Players

A lot of players' wins were simply them stopping the owners from controlling every little thing the players had. and the spend 95% of the salary cap is a bad move for players and owners, but that will come later.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Being a pathetic writer : Advantage Prisco


Having more stupidity than most web writers - Advantage : Prisco

Turning a positive into a negitive - Advantage : Prisco

The ability to put a coherant thought together with the skill of an 8 year old - Advantage Prisco

TKO Prisco; he just knocked any shred of evidence that CBS has quality writers!



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Advantage: Players

Yeah, the players and the owners got their way, but the biggest winners were the fans.  Period.  We got what we wanted and deserve; a season of football.  Now we can look forward to a great football season WITH football!



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Advantage: Players

This was a win/win but really the players won the final battle but the owners win the war (think about the issues that didn't even get consideration like contract guarantees a la NBA and MLB). 


Players get to think and feel like they won based on where the owners started. De Smith gets to justify his position with the players who put their faith in an outsider. It appears as if the days since the owners voted to approve their deal something has changed. Has it? Doesn't matter. Players are happy.


Owners get to think they won by giving up stuff that they really didn't want in the first place and getting what was most important to them (bigger piece of the revenue pie and rookie wage scale) and the public perception of having made the first move by approving the deal. Goodell gets to justify his his position with the owners. 





Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Advantage: Players

I agree the players got what they wanted for the most part and the owners did more compromising than the players but the fans will be charged more money over the 10 years and the players are not loyal to the hometown fans. For every Joe Haden that is working hard to fit into cleveland and being a cleveland fan in all the sports and not just the Browns, there are some players who say, no hometown discount, you show me the money and i will play for whoever. that is their right. I just rather not spend 100 dollars on a jersy of a overpaid unloyal player who will jump ship when it comes to free agency.


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