Friday, March 11, 2011

NFL Players Association decertifies, lockout looming

After weeks of mediation, a new collective bargaining deal just could not get done. A lot of disagreements still occur, and it's hard to really say whos really at fault here. DeMaurice Smith (right) and the NFLPA demanded that if Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and the NFL wanted an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, they'd have to provide 10 years of financial records from the owners. The owners, who don't even share records with each other, were not going to budge on that demand.

The owners did release a new proposal for discussion today, but it clearly was not enough. The two sides are reportedly billions of dollars apart and are disagreeing on key issues such as a rookie wage scale, retirement benefits, and the length of the regular season. As a result of the NFLPA decertifying, the NFL will most likely try and impose a lockout on the players, disallowing any roster moves or games being played. The only NFL event that will be allowed is the NFL Draft in April, as stipulated by the previous CBA.

Since the NFLPA is dissolved, the battle will be fought in the courtroom as individual players will sue the NFL for violating anti-trust laws. Can't we all just get along?

15 comments:

  1. Here's to hoping they have a season so the Pack can repeat.

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  2. Not to familiar with US sports but I know what the NFL is. You think they might lose significant profits because of this?

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  3. I can't believe whats happened to people in this world. They'll sue anyone for anything if they can get money out of it.

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  4. They will lose lots of money when games arent played. I doubt we'll see many missed games. Only have to wait 5 months to find out!

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  5. I don't follow the NFL but it seems like there are these kind of legal issues in every league! The Australian NRL is constantly in the news and its rarely for the sport.

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  6. This pisses me off, why cant we all just be happy, play the damn sport and leave politics out of it??? I want the old america back!!

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  7. agree with raini :D +followed

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  8. i play american football ;)

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  9. no nfl = less profits then a negotiated contract

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  10. Really does suck how much politics are tied into everything now!

    it should be about the game!!! and working hard to be the best you can! everybodys hungry for more more more

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