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Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

Posted on: October 9, 2010 5:57 pm
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K. Mawae said the NFLPA has been researching to see if a collusion case can be made (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL Players Association is possibly readying a collusion case against the NFL owners, according to the Washington Post, and sources tell the paper the case could be filed in the next month.

“The players continue to gather evidence on possible collusion," George Atallah, the union’s assistant executive director of external affairs, told the paper Friday.

On Saturday, USA Today spoke to NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, who said he didn’t know about a possible collusion case. But he also said the union has discovered some interesting nuggets about the owners’ spending habits on free agents.

"It (collusion) is something we have talked about," Mawae told USA Today. "We have been looking at spending habits this year to see if there is an overall (blueprint). What we're finding is that teams are spending a lot less now than what they have in the past — even with the cap.

That includes smaller contract offers to restricted free agents – and a decreased level of activity overall in the free agent market.

From the Post:

The union's prospective collusion case also could cite trades between the Washington  Redskins and St. Louis Rams and public comments made by Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, according to one individual.

The case would question, this person said, whether the Redskins and Rams made two trades before the season to avoid releasing rookies that they'd drafted and circumvent a rule requiring a team to allocate 85 percent of the $320,000 rookie minimum salary to other rookies on its roster if it releases a drafted rookie.


On a conference call with the Tampa Bay media this week, Lewis talked about his dismay that the Buccaneers signed Bengals draftee Dezmon Briscoe – a WR the Bengals definitely wanted to sign to the practice squad – to the Tampa Bay practice squad and gave him a $325,000 rookie minimum contract (rather than the approximately $90,000 most practice squaders make).

"When you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem for teams,” Lewis was quoted as saying. “I don't know that teams want to set that precedent and they did with Dez.

"That's not a great precedent for teams to set as we try to keep the NFL and doing the things we're trying to do as a league. It's still a league of 32 teams and things are put together a certain way."

We’ll continue to monitor this story. A collusion case would certainly make for some interesting copy.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

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Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2010 8:32 am
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

topofdline..sounds like your a member of the njea. look the unions stink, they used to be about fair wages, now they are nothing more than making sure the employee is kept in line with the owners pay. 90 grand to be a practice player where do i sign. they're both greedy, marvin lewis ..how about you zip it and coach your overrated team. i have no symapthy for any of them, i mean i love to watch football but letem strike, be locked out i dont care. let college fb be on all wknd long. at least they play hard everydown, all be it for the right to at least get 90,000 on the practice squad....



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

Well played Mauer it is a word... And also he was talking to somebody whose name is irregardless  so yea about that... But Stephen A. can be a douche at times



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:45 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

irregardless is a word.  it's redundant, but it's in the dictionary.



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

:irregardlessNot a word tough guy... Good try though.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2010 8:55 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

irregardless:

If that is the case then why don't the owners open their books and demonstrate a financial hardship, or simple show their profits?  The NFL has a $17.6 billion dollar TV contract but with a SALARY CAP of no more than 65% of revenue you seem to believe that they are held hostage by the NFLPA?  C'mon MAN!  Taxpayers in most cities are forced to finance new stadiums for the billionaire owners, and when they don't sellout a home game a blackout is enforced on local TV networks.   The NFL is one of the few Monopolies permitted in the U.S., its current Salary CAP along with the poor performance of the NFLPA (Union) allows the owners, not the marketplace, to set their salaries.   

On a conference call with the Tampa Bay media this week, Lewis talked about his dismay that the signed Bengals draftee – a WR the Bengals definitely wanted to sign to the practice squad – to the Tampa Bay practice squad and gave him a $325,000 rookie minimum contract (rather than the approximately $90,000 most practice squaders make).

"When you overpay a guy on the practice squad, you create a problem for teams,” Lewis was quoted as saying. “I don't know that teams want to set that precedent and they did with Dez.

"That's not a great precedent for teams to set as we try to keep the NFL and doing the things we're trying to do as a league. It's still a league of 32 teams and things are put together a certain way."

In other words the Buccaneers went outside the unwritten rule as to offer a player more money than what has been agreed upon.  I wish more NFL teams were like the Green Bay Packers: a non-profit, community owned sports franchise.  If so there would be no nonsense talk about a lockout or local blackouts.

stang7222:

 love how a player can choose where they want to play in relation to money, location, roster, chance to win a superbowl...... 

I guess you never heard of the terms Franchise Tag or Restricted Free-Agent.  You're probably another bitter person who is envious or jealous that professional athletes earn more money.  I suggest you make career change. 

Also, I love Stephen A. Smith. 



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

The NFL is the biggest sports league in the country.  To think it wouldn't be viable now or in the future is utter nonsense.

The players will make a compromise on the amount of money they're gonna get; the owners will require an 18-game schedule as a result.  Everything will work out, no matter how much people want to make this "potential labor stoppage" into a Chicken Little situation.



Since: Jun 7, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:01 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

Unions suck! Owners and players are all making pretty good paychecks from where I sit.  Why so muh greed?  geez!



Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Could a collusion case be forthcoming?

Nice name.  I bet listening to Stephen A. Smith drives you up a wall as much as it does me.




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