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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: May 6, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2011 11:04 pm

Advantage: Players

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.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:47 pm

Advantage: Players

Ultimately the bottom line is this.  The owners and players need to take the next 5 to 7 days to finish hashing out the details of the new CBA then once the new deal is ratified every last one of them needs to shut up and live with it then get back to the game.  In the end, fans to not want to hear any belly aching from owners and players about this new contract. 

For months, it has been atrocious hearing billionaires and millionaires fight over money.  It’s high time that both groups climb down off their high horses and show a great deal of gratitude for the fans because without fans the owners and players would not be anywhere near where they find themselves today.

Now let’s play some damn football. 

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: July 23, 2011 3:03 pm

Advantage: Players.

Hey Pete sometimes I like your comments, sometimes I dont.  This time I really like your argument, oversimplified, but generally correct.  My question to you is how can the fans make a statement of our own that lets both sides know that we are totally disgusted, mostly w/the players, yet collectively unhappy for using us as leverage and threatening to ruin our season.  This "OUR GAME", it doesnt just belong to the owners and the players.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:03 pm

Advantage: Players

This is why the players should and will accept what the owners proposed. The league min salary will go from $ 375,000 to $450,000 per year. There are currently about 900 players who were at the min last year that means 900 players are going to get a 20% raise over last year. I want to see how the nflpa can tell these guys this proposal is bad for them.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:03 pm

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owners got more money and a rookie wage scale.  that is all they really wanted besides some extra games.  owners win, no doubt.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:43 am

Advantage: Players

What you are forgetting is the owners could have tried to hold out and probably could have gotten the 60 40 split they wanted instead the split is 48 52.  That is why Prisco is saying a win.  The owners were never going to cave completely, but 48 is much better than 40.  In negotiations it is necessary to give some.  The players in this deal will give 2 percent and the owners give 8.  If the players were looking to keep the CBA at the old rates then 50/50 never should have been mentioned.  The second 50/50 was mentioned that was the players admitting they were willing to be there.  There was no reason for the owners to begin working them down from another point.  I think that overall the players are getting a pretty good deal with most of the things they were looking for.  It certainly could have been worse.  I hope the players sign over the weekend or on Monday as I am looking forward to my Brownies getting on the field and the free agency madness that will insue. 

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:20 am

Advantage: Players

Talk about spinning. Let's try a more objective look at this.

Revenue- The ABSOLUTELY biggest issue on the table, and the owners are big winners here, though of course, not as big as they wanted to be. Under the old rules, the players were supposed to get $4.8 billion of the $9 billion, or over 53%, while the owners got $4.2 billion, less than 47%. With the new rules, the owners have flipped the tables and will now get about 53% while the players get 47%. The players figured they would have to give some revenue, but were hoping to get 50/50, as Prisco said. Prisco suggests getting 47% is a win for the players, but that is a $300 million difference. Sorry. The owners undoubtably win here.

Advantage - Owners

Time off- The players get more time off. Why should the owners care? The owners get no revenue from OTAs, while eliminating some of them reduces expenses. This is truly a win win.  

Advantage- Both

Free Agency - Players will still be eligible for free agency after 4 years. That is the status quo. No big win there for either. Teams being forced to spend close to the cap is a win for the players, but it is also a win for the owners of the most lucrative franchises who are tired of subsidizing the rest of the league.

Advantage - Players and Jerry Jones

Injury protection - Players get some insurance. No skin off the owners' backs as long as they are still getting the majority of the rev.

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Rookie Wage Scale - Wanted by both sides. Owners largely got what they wanted. Prisco suggests owners wanted 6 years. Come on. That was a negotiating ploy, just like the players asking for the books to be opened. You always start negotiations by demanding what you know you aren't going to get. A 4 year rookie wage scale is plenty long enough. Again, its the status quo.

Advantage - Both- small advantage to the owners

 10 Year CBA - I will be surprised if the players don't try to get an option in there. A straight 10 year contract for the owners is a great deal for them. Labor disputes are more expensive for the owners than the players. Best to be avoided.

Advantage - Both - small advantage to the owners

Basically, the owners gave the players what they wanted on a number of minor issues so that they could get near what they wanted on the biggest issue of all.

The owners weren't exactly thrilled with the deal either. So, I'm not going to pronounce this some great victory for them. I believe they wanted well more than 53%, but more money, is more money, which is why they unanimously approved this. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 10:32 pm

Advantage: Players

Truley, is  Congress negotiating with the NFl????  please listen to Obama about the debt ceiling, it's almost the exact same speech!!!!
Hello!  I hate to post links, but please listen the 1st minute only.  

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 7:12 pm

Advantage: Owners

As much as you spin it, the owners are getting a bigger piece of the revenue pie than they had before. More of the money = win.

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