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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

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:49 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 ...

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:45 am

Advantage: Players

You would think 4 year contract before free agency is in favor of the player, but guys like Suh have free agency
after 3 years in their contract.  The 12% advantage for the owners goes away big time when you consider free agency.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:42 am

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The Owners got exactly what THEY wanted you freaking idiot!!!!  They wanted a bigger slice of the pie and got an extra 12 percent!!!!!

You need to check your math, because it's very wrong. 

Under the old CBA, players got nearly 60 percent of "designated revenues."  This was revenue after owners took their $1 billion off the top.  You do the math correctly, and players in effect got about 52.5% of total revenues.
Now, the owners wanted to take $2 billion off the top, and give players roughly 50% of the remainder.  That would provide players with only 38-39% of the pie (roughly).    The owners ended up dropping the "off the top" demand altogether.  So instead of only getting 38-39%, players get about 48%.  So how did owners get their "extra 12%?"  They went from getting 47.5% to getting 52%.  Owners got a little bit more than the previous CBA, but got far less than they wanted.    

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:32 am

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You can't be serious.  The owners wanted the fans to have football?  That's why they all bought the teams, right?  For love of the game?  I think you are delusional.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:30 am

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Please Jax, neither side cared a hoot about the fans.  All they cared about was the money.  Only reason the owners gave in was the deck was stacked against them near the end.  Remember, if Doty hadn't tied up their TV contracts, owners were prepared to can the whole 2011 season.  Once their money got taken away, and the players revealed they had their own "lockout insurance policy", owners' hands were tied.  They suddenly became the ones needing the money the 2011 season would bring, and they passed this CBA as a result.

So please, don't try to say owners did this "for the fans."  It's an empty argument since it was obvious from the beginning the fans were pushed aside. 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:28 am
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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:01 am

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Hey Prisco, who wrote that column for you? Had to be your Buddy Freeman, DeMaurice's lap dog. My personal opinopn is that the owners gave what they did because they want to the Fans to have their season. The players led by the Idiot Smith, could have card less.

Advantage!!!!!!! FANS

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:00 am

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Who cares who "officially" won or lost? Football is coming back! w00t!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2011 2:41 am

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Dissapointed in the owners immensly.  The caved on way to many things.  They have the players over the barrel and are giving in.  It makes no sense.  For all those wanting football and not caring how it's worked out congrats you have your football back.   For now....  Owners opted out last time after realizing they weren't getting what they wanted.  They basically just did a deal that they are taking the short end on and if there is a way for them to opt out you don't think they are going to in a few years again?  They should have taken the players by the short hairs and gotten what they wanted now rather then do this and force us to go through this again in another few years.  Football is at it's peak now.  Yes they say revenue will go up that but is if it becomes for global.  Are you trying to tell me the US isn't already nfl saturated?  Give me a break.  Players are going to do less now for the same amount and in many cases more amount of money.  Good job owners.  You were well out in front and it appears tripped and broke your face.....or backbone as it may be.  Here's to another lockout shortly down the road.  Maybe the owners will grow a set before then.

You should write the owners a letter voicing your disappointment!  If they read it they'll just laugh at you though.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 24, 2011 12:37 am

Advantage: Players

The recent lockout of the NFL Players, and the subsequent decertification by the NFLPA has led to many months of meetings and negotiations with very little accomplished. 

 During all of these metings, one major group has been left out, the fans, millions of us.  That being the case, the formation of the Fan Association came about. 

Unofficial as of now, but in time, we hope to become the only voice that those that are the bread and butter of the NFL, the fans, will have in future labor discussions. 

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