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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: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Advantage: Players


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bsp;owners were getting 4.2 billion and players 4.8 under the old deal. Now it will be  4.68 for the owners and 4.32. That is a loss for the players but considering everything else they got and what the owners were asking initially for revenue (two billion off the top and then fifty/fifty which would make it 5.5 billion owners and 3.5 players) The owners got pretty smoked here.

   



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Advantage: Players

You know I just wish I could afford to pay for a good seat to go to a game , like before the 2006 season, in 2005 I went to the Bucs-Redskin(in Tampa) game in the 1st round of the playoffs the tickets was $135 it was the play offs so I thought that was a good price 30 yard line sitting half way up so you could see the hold field. The next year after the last CBA those same tickets cost $230 each for a regular season game - Same teams Same place- It's great that they will have a season just wish I could enjoy it like I use too.   



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:49 am
 

Advantage: Players

Big losers: Former "legacy" players.
These are the guys that helped build the NFL into what it is today. The league still cites their names when describing the past glory and tradition when selling their product.
In return, these players who made peanuts in their playing days and are now hobbled by getting the snot knocked out of them every Sunday will get a pittance. It will come to around $1,200.00 per month per player. You've got to be kidding me. The millionaires and billionaires that are the NFL can't come up with a decent package fot the guys that brought them here?




Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:31 am
 

Advantage: Players

It should be no surprise to anyone that there is a bit of smoke and mirrors here.  In the old CBA the first Billion of a 9 billion dollar per year was the owners to keep as "cost of overhead" before paying the players on the remaining 8 Billion.  This has been the standard for a lot of commission based  industries often called "Pack"  which on the old CBA saved the owners 600 milllion.  The owners will now loose the players % on the "pack" but will gain 12% on the whole enchilada.  Outside of the other player "perks" involved...

advantage- owners




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:29 am
 

Advantage: Players

Guess the deal wasn't as bad as Lead Thug Smith had lead us all to believe .. guess the deal wasn't illegal either was it Smith ... with this hopefully over .. and who really knows ... we can only hope that Thug Smith rweturns to under whatever rock it is he had crawled out from under in the first place .... hey .. if he is in fact a lawyer ... there are lots of gangsters that he has represented during this travesty that will need a lawyer's services with regards to the plethora of domestic and criminal charges they are either currently facing or will no doubt face in the near future .. Smith might still have employment should he actually be alawyer and his hooligan base of players reach out to him .. good riddance DeMarcus ...


You moron, DSmith was doing his job. I applaud his and the players efforts for doing their due diligence to make sure they know exactly what they are agreeing to FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS! If you question DSmith's credibility and his accolades that tells us exactly how ignorant you really are. GO AWAY! DIPSHIT!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:23 am
 

Advantage: Players

The players got 60% of $8B (the owners had $1B off the top last time), or $4,800,000,000 in the last contract.
No they didn't.  Yahoo Sports' article says that the old CBA was closer to a 50-50 split.  Whether that's before or after the first billion came off the top they don't say.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:18 am
 

Advantage: Players

Guess the deal wasn't as bad as Lead Thug Smith had lead us all to believe .. guess the deal wasn't illegal either was it Smith ... with this hopefully over .. and who really knows ... we can only hope that Thug Smith rweturns to under whatever rock it is he had crawled out from under in the first place .... hey .. if he is in fact a lawyer ... there are lots of gangsters that he has represented during this travesty that will need a lawyer's services with regards to the plethora of domestic and criminal charges they are either currently facing or will no doubt face in the near future .. Smith might still have employment should he actually be alawyer and his hooligan base of players reach out to him .. good riddance DeMarcus ...
Yeah, good riddance to the guy who fought for his union members and got them a lot of what they wanted.  You're right, he's a thug.  Jackass.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:17 am
 

Advantage: Players

"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."

Pete.  You claim a big win for the players, but this is why I think college journalism majors should have a math class like statistics among the core requirements.

The players got 60% of $8B (the owners had $1B off the top last time), or $4,800,000,000 in the last contract.

The players will get 48% of $9B, or $4,320,000,000 in the new contract.

I'm sure the owners aren't crying by getting that extra HALF A BILLION DOLLARS!



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:03 am
 

Disadvantage: Fans

And what did the fans get out of this?

Will ticket prices be lower?

Will the cost of eating a hot dog and having a couple beers be less?

Will the price of preseason games be lowered?

Will local taxes that even non-NFL fans have to pay to subsidize stadia be paid back by the NFL?

Other than saving the regular season for 2011, I do not really see how this helps the fan.


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:56 am
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