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Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 11:49 am
Posted by Will Brinson

It's the final day of mediation on the current CBA deadline and things don't look good for the immediate future of the NFL.

There was reasonable cause for optimism up to Thursday afternoon that a deal could get done, but then yesterday evening, things took a turn for the worst and various peers from the two sides began sniping at each other in the media.

Now it appears as if there could be a resolution by lunchtime, provided the words from Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, can be taken at face value.

"Hopefully we'll have something for you in an hour or two," Jones said Friday morning while entering the Federal Mediation and Counseling Services building.

Resolution, there, doesn't necessarily mean anything good. Just that mediation might be over without an extension and without a new collective bargaining agreement, which means we're headed for the nuclear option.

That is to say, the players are going to demand some additional financial transparency from the owners in order to agree to an additional mediation, the owners will refuse, and the players will go about decertifying and filing an antitrust lawsuit.

Proof of this likelihood came via some strong tweet-language from Drew Brees, Saints quarterback and one of the big players in the negotiations.

"To our fans - I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal," Brees tweeted. "The NFL brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request.

"They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players - past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back."

Whether or not Brees' words are a precursor to a legal nightmare we won't know for a few hours. But regardless, it's the worst possible solution for everyone involved. However, if the owners are indeed unwilling to share their financial documents, there's nothing to do but brace and see how this legal nightmare pans out.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:45 pm

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

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Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:53 pm

This Aggression Will NOT Stand!

Let's be honest with ourselves as fans.  Let's leave our egos at the door.  Let's just be man enough to admit that we do not know what the heck is going on here.  I am a 10-year lawyer and I have no clue what is really going on beneath the surface.  To break it down simplistically, these are a bunch of people/entities with more money than you or I will ever see in 5 lifetimes.  Everyone is making money and has been for quite some time.  Imagine if this was going in hockey?  LOL.  They are just lucky to have a sport.  The thought of no NFL is really depressing.  Nobody wins in that scenario. That all being said, and remembering that I have no idea what is going on, here are my recommendations as to how to resolve this thing quickly and amicably:
1. Move the mediation to Sober Valley Ranch.2. Appoint Charlie Sheen as mediator.3. All those involved get free tiger blood.4. Mandatory partaking.5. Each decision maker receives two goddesses of his/her own.6. Place a nice rug in the middle of the room to tie everything together.7. Everyone involved wears a bathrobe.8. Outside there will be marmots.  9. There is already a bowling lane at the Ranch, so that works.10. White Russians for everyone involved (free refills).11. Makeshift temple if you are shomar shabbos.
I do think that if we can accomplish the above, then a settlement/agreement can be reached.  Winning...duh. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:44 pm

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

Honestly I don't care anymore.  Have a lockout, I can deal with only being able to watch college football.  Besides what do the Bengals give me to look forward to?  Another losing season?  Oh well, everyone will forget about the NFL labor talks when the NCAA tournament starts next week.  

I don't get it, they had all this time to get a deal done and nothing got accomplished.  They knew this was going to happen months ago.  I'm not on either side because both sides are still greedy.  The players probably make more than 95% of the people in this country and they aren't satisfied.  The owners make billions and they aren't happy.  I don't get it, how much does it take for you to provide for your family?  Us common folks can live on under 100,000 a year, so why can't they live with all the money they make?  It's unbelievable.  Have a lockout, I don't even care.  I'm sick of this bs and greed in the NFL.  I don't feel bad at all for the players and owners, but the ones that I feel bad for are those that work in the stadiums.  Those are the people I feel sympathetic for.  They don't have a job because idiots are fighting over millions.  

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:32 pm

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

Some of these messages on this board are stupid. Stop crying about your job, & how much they make. They make what the market dictates, get over it. As for the "I'll find something else to do fan" your not a fan. A true fan of the NFL lives for the competition at its highest level. I dont care about the owners or the players but they have to protect thier interest its that simple. They had a CBA the owners opted out, asking for more of a cut based on "loses" ..all the have to do his show the proof of the losses & the players would agree assuming the owners kick back an incentive for healthcare. The owners are lying, the players are going to call thier bluff. They will bring this to court & the Judge will say ok lets see the evidence, except their isn't any evidence. Its likely the owners never thought the players would see this through to court. The owners may very well strike a deal because they're going to lose in court.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 1:24 pm

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

I normally don't think courts & lawyers should get involved in this sort of stuff...  But what the hell was the point of mediation if it wasn't gonna lead to a solution.  Was it just a PR move?

I think any institution exempt from anti-trust laws should be forced into arbitration anytime they have a dispute like this.  Once you're legally given protection from competition, and given the legal right to price fix, collude, etc., you should lose the right to shut down the whole system without a court order (bankruptcy, etc.).  I mean, if the finances are as bad as they say I'd LOVE to see them file bankruptcy protection to "reorganize"...  But there's no way in hell they're gonna do that either, 'cause they'd have to open their books as part of PUBLIC RECORD in that case.  I saw a column mention it, and it seems most likely the hold up in all of this-- the NFL doesn't want to open their books because the owner's themselves don't want to share their business practices with their fellow owners.   

So yeah, send them to arbitration, let the arbitrator be the only one who sees the books of both sides, keep them sealed-- and let the arbitrator decide.  Like baseball contracts.  Give your best proposal, both sides do this, and only one side will get what their asking.  You'd see much more reasonable requests from both sides if they knew a 3rd party was gonna decide.

Either that, or let the courts place an injunction on them that says, "the NFL goes one, and until the NFL and NFLPA work this out, all tickets for all fans are $10.00" and every player's salary is capped at $1 million.

You'd see a resolution by the end of the day.  Today.

This is ridiculous.

Using yet ANOTHER kids who can't behave scenario:

"I want Billy (ie, the $Billion being fought over) on my team!"

"But Billy's already on our team, and we don't want to give him to you..."

"Well it's NOT fair, and it's MY BALL, so if you don't give me Billy I'm taking the ball and going home..."

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

First of all I can't believe a word that Jerry Jones say's. He would let his Mother sit in his suite at his new castle as long as she bought a ticket. The wantabe GM has such an ego he don't want to hire a GM that will put the Boy's back on top. I fully respect him as a business man and maybe that is what it takes, but he is not looking out for the best interest of the NFL, he is looking out for his pocket book,

I have the highest respect for Drew Brees. He has shown America what a Class guy he is on and off the Field. I hope the players stick by their guns. All they are asking is for the owners prove that they are in a financial bind.

But I guess why should the owners be any different than the 545 people we have reprsenting us in Wash. DC

GREED is the word of the day. Both sides.

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