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DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 4:22 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Of all the frustrating offseason storylines , there's one that's perhaps most annoying: the impending NFL lockout in 2011. DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith told Bloomberg Sports .

Smith's biggest point of contention is the NFL refusing to actually provide financial information relating to their claim that they're not pulling in enough cash. (Enough here, of course, is relative.)

“If this model is not working, i.e. teams are losing money, then we’re willing to see the evidence of that and make the changes,” Smith said. “But prove it. If not, what’s the justification for getting a billion back from us?”

Smith, along with most players, doesn't care for the also-impending possibility of an 18-game season.

“We don’t look at two extra games as being divorced from the health, medical and safety standpoint,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to divorce one part of this from the whole.”

That may be true -- however, it seems pretty likely that the league will get its 18-games one way or another. Also likely, as expressed by Smith's quotes, is the NFL locking its players out.

Owners and players are just too far apart right now, and because the 2010 season is beginning and because 2011 seems so far away (regardless of whether it's true or not), the urgency to really sit down, negotiate and hammer out a deal just isn't out there for either side.

Which is why there's a pretty good chance that the most important people, the fans, will end up suffering the most.

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Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:40 am
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I read this earlier, and I'm still laughing.  I love the comment about having to get drunk to watch the Browns.....

Seriously though, I hope the Browns end up having a good year.

Cheers!



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:16 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

I say just let them have the lockout, the NFL will be surprised how the fans will NOT miss this overpaid, overhyped sport for a year. All professional sports are getting ridiculous, especially with all the guaranteed $$ being handed out to rookies and veterans alike, with absolutely no thought given to fans other than how to get more $$ out of them.

Look at how long it took for MLB to get over their strike, and that's a sport most of us are bored with anyway.

NFL and players would be cutting their own throat, I say go for it and let the chips fall.



Since: Sep 9, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:28 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Well if NFL players do get locked out turn on CFL it is pretty exciting football with a longer,wider field and only 3 downs. Try it you might like it and the players get a pittance to play the game they love. Don't get me wrong though a lot of them their goal is to make it to the NFL but have turned into stars here



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:07 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Who cares,just start playing college football games on Sundays now.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:03 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Can't agree more.  If they can not compromise simply on this solution and subsequently, any regular 2011-2012 games are missed, the NFL has lost me as a fan.  I'll take my 20k/year I spend on flights, game tickets, 50 beers and food/game, jerseys and spend it elsewhere. 

Greed on both sides...idiots. 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:45 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

This "deMaurice" (stupid name) is the biggest jackass in the news today. Not very intelligent and he wears this "tough" expression all the time that seems so forced and phony. How did this joke of a human being get to this position? Because he has a permanent butt hurt scowl on his face? Opening the books is not an option. The owners are not obligated whatsoever to show their employees anything proving their financial health. Who do the players think they are? Sorry, this is a high risk, high reward venture, players. You can make millions and be the envy of millions playing a kid's game. Most people would trade their position to play for the NFL in a second. In return, you become an employee of your team, will likely suffer long term injuries, and possibly an earlier grave had you not played football. This is the price you pay. Do your job, play football.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:41 pm
 

DeMaurice Smith: 'lockout is coming in March'

Before this cat fight between billionaires and millionaires goes much farther someone outside the NFL needs to make an honest appraisal of how many non-football jobs would be lost by a lockout during this lingering recession. A resturant/sports bar that I am familiar with uses the profits made during the football season to carry it through the other parts of the year. Without the NFL they would likely close up shop and 30 jobs would go bye-bye.


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