Tag:Labor Talk
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: March 8, 2011 7:41 pm

'Not $1 more' from NFLPA without books opened?

Posted by Will Brinson

One of the biggest complaints throughout the labor disagreement between the NFL and NFLPA is that the owners won't "open their books" for the players. In case that term isn't clear, the players want to scrutinize the financial records of the owners to see if the owners are making as much (or as "little," if you will) money as they claim they are.

This opening of the books may turn into a dealbreaker. In fact, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports that it might become a dealbreaker beginning almost immediately.

According to one of Mullen's sources, the union has decided that they will give "not 1 dollar more [without] financial transparency."

This is in reference to the fact that there's been movement on the issue of revenue sharing between the two sides -- once $1 billion apart, they were reportedly just $750-800 million apart by the time mediation ended on Monday night.

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"The players really think that the NFL opening their financials has become the key to getting a deal done," Mullen's source told her early Tuesday.

The players are probably correct. As of right now, the owners keep claiming "We're making only $XX,XXX,XXX.XX." This is a problematic claim, however, because they refuse to provide any evidence to prove that this claim is true.

Given what the NFLPA was able to uncover in the most recent momentum victory -- Judge Doty's ruling on the NFL's television "war chest" contracts -- it's difficult to blame them for completely and inherently trusting that whatever the owners tell them is 100 percent true.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:08 am
Edited on: March 8, 2011 10:10 am

Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt at Tuesday mediation

Posted by Will Brinson

Monday's mediation between the NFL and NFLPA took an optimistic turn -- despite the two sides only actually working for about five hours -- because of John Mara joining the ownership group at the bargaining table.

Tuesday's mediation, the 13th day of such talks, saw a similar spike of hope, as Chiefs owner Clark Hunt pulled up a chair to the league's side, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

This is good news for a number of reasons. First of all, Hunt's family isn't exactly known for being stubborn in NFL-related negotiations (his late father, Lamar Hunt, did a few important things with the NFL, like merging it and whatnot) and every reasonable observer considers Hunt's presence a good thing in terms of seeking a compromise.

Additionally, Hunt is the owner of two Major League Soccer teams. That seems irrelevant until you remember, via Peter King's Monday column, that the mediator in these negotiations recently handled the MLS labor talks.

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Ergo, it seems safe to assume that at some point, George Cohen has dealt with Hunt on the league/ownership side of a professional sports labor negotiation (Hunt was actually an MLS founding investor as well as an owner, as was his his father).

That's not to pain Hunt as Superman or anything. Because he's not.

But Hunt joining the mediation talks on Tuesday means that the NFL ownership group is exploring all its options, and, hopefully, trying to make progress before the CBA set to expire on Friday night/Saturday morning.

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