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Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: February 13, 2011 12:27 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Last week, negotiations between the NFL owners and the NFLPA fell apart. The primary reason for that was -- we believe -- a tremendous gap in the wants and needs of the two sides.

There's also, apparently, a little vitriol between the groups. That's not shocking. But Jay Feely's mention -- on the Michael Kay Show via Pro Football Talk -- of the way Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly spoke to NFL icons Peyton Manning and Drew Brees during a Dallas negotiating session is terrifying for anyone who thinks a peaceful ending to labor talks is coming soon.

"Jerry Richardson, the lead negotiator for the owners, he's going to criticize Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and their intelligence in our meeting Saturday?" Feely said. "And sit there and say dismissively of Manning 'Do I need to help you read a revenue chart, son? Do I need to help break that down for you because I don't know if you understand how to read that?'"

If that sort of thing was said, verbatim, to Manning at a meeting, it's an absolutely terrifying prospect, because it means that there's far less forced pleasantry occurring between the two sides than anyone could have possibly thought.

And Manning may be a Southern-looking fella with a bit of a drawl, but goodness gracious do you have to be the most crotchety old man on the planet to think he's not intelligent. And Drew Brees, well, what on Earth would make anyone think he can't fathom a revenue chart?

Then again, when Richardson addressed the media following Carolina's disastrous 2010 season, he behaved much in the same way. He embarrassed several reporters with smart-alecky comments and at one point he drew a revenue "chart" on a piece of paper and holding it up to the assembled media. (Note that it was really just a terribly-drawn, one-dimensional pie chart.)

Feely also pointed out that there was no "kinda" walking out by the owners during the bargaining session last week.

"It's not true that they 'kinda' walked out," Feely said. "They did walk out."

"Logical minds can sit there and come up with a deal, but once you bring up emotion, then you get in the way of logic," Feely said.

The silver lining to come out of all of this is that there's no football being played right now -- it's a sad first Sunday without it in quite some time -- and that means these issues are at the forefront of public discussion, instead of being buried behind box scores.

That's still less fun than watching football, but it at least means there's a focus on trying to move the labor discussion, however unpleasant it may be, forward.

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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

Of course the real issue here is the absudity of the owners wanting to make laws to save them from themselves.  Why can't they simply negotiate, one player at a time, salaries like evryone else does?  Why do the owners fear free-markets and capitalism so much?  Jerry Jones can sell non-existsnet seats, hold the city of Arlington up for a $350 million dollar ransom, but claims he needs salary caps because he is gong broke?  Puh-lease.  Revenue is skyrocketing, owners are getting more tax breaks than ever before, and top prevent any of these windfalls from going to "greedy players" they seek to block the most basic of all employment rituals - salary negotiations.

It is amazing how protected the owners are.  In almost every state, in almost every industry, work-at-will exists.  That means an employee can quit or be fired for any reason.  Not in football.  They seek to prohibit working for who you want and for what you can negotiate.  Sincde when is the NFL a microcosm of communism and why is it a good thing?

I think many are confusing their traditional, party-line perceptions of unions with what is exactly happening here.  The protectionsim and regulations all favor the owners.  How would you like it if you couldn't pick your employer coming out of college?  What is more in contrast with capitalism than a draft?  Cry me a river getting-richer owners...



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

You know what! Im tired of hearing about these greedy ass player's today. Who cares about retirement funds for NFL player's when they make an ungodly amount of money anyway. If the players in todays sports can not retire on what they have made in their career then there is something wrong with them. Owners and Players alike want, want, want and want some more! What about the fans of the NFL... We little people who pay into this system to watch our teams struggle or not win the big game at all have to sit back and watch this girl fight. Its disrepectful to fans around the United States that all these mony hungry whore's are worried about "My money" and not about how they can make the fans happy. Its starting to make me sick and to listen to all the comments from fans not standing up and saying SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY is just as appalling. Its not about player's or owners... Its about the fans!



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

One thing that is rarely mentioned and when it is it isn't fully explained. The players today want to take every penny in the retirement fund and give it only to the players that played from 1993 and beyond. The owners aren't perfect and they are greedy BUT... atleast they are trying to get the retired players that are in there 50's 60's and 70's some money and benefits. These are the guys that built the game. If it were left up to the Players association then the majority of the people that are in the Hall of Fame that made 20K to 80K a year prior to 1974 when Joe Namath got the un heard of 400K contract would be left with nothing because of these thugs playing today.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

Does anyone else see the irony in the owner of football's worst franchise commenting upon the intelligence of others?  This is the guy that said Rae Carruth was innocent.  At least he won't escape repurcussions - the Panthers can say goodbye to any chance of signing a free agent for the next 5 years or so.  Jerry Richardson is one of those guys everybody hates, and now everyone else knows why.  He is bitter, mean, and doesn't no squat about football.  But being a Saint's fan I love the way he just killed his franchise, a division foe, for the foreseeable future.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

As much as I love football, the owners and the players don't really live in the real world. Jerry Richardson has always been a fool, and everybody knows it. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are class guys who don't deserve comments from someone who paid Jake Delhomme outrageous money. Does anyone in the group of players and owners recognizeonly rich people can afford to go to a football game any more.  Do they understand there are millions out of work, who are so far below the poverty level it hurts? Of course not...they should count their blessings and get a deal done, so the common folks(me included) can watch games on TV.


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