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Report: Smith tells players plan is to decertify

Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 3:23 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

An update was expected from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith at 2:00 PM EST Friday, but as it turns out, that update was only for the players.

And, on a conference call Friday afternoon, Smith has reportedly informed players that "the plan is to decertify," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

As we mentioned earlier, the NFL reportedly presented a "revised" deal to the union on Friday.

And, most likely, that deal would either cause the players to decertify today (if it didn't provide enough concessions) or hammer out an extension (if it did).

Ergo, it seems likely that the NFL's proposal didn't meet what the union was looking for in terms of concessions on the "core issues."

Well, either that or the players do truly believe that decertification, and the resulting antitrust case that will result -- gives them the greatest opportunity to land the best deal out of the labor negotiations.
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They may be right. Or they may be crazy. And there might even still be time left before it actually matters -- as more and more reports of the decertification plan leak out, there's also a very guarded sense of optimism that things could still change between now (3:00-ish EST) and the deadline for decertification.

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Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Report: Smith tells players plan is to decertify

The NFL need players that want to play, and understand that they are employees and not partners, and until they actually assume some risk will never be partners in a business.
Yeah man, let's make sure we put those players in their place.  God forbid they ask for something reasonable like 50% of the revenue that they literally generate with their blood and sweat.

I will never respect the players that are behind this again
What a shame.  I'm sure your loss of respect will be felt deeply throughout the league.


Dree Brees can say whatever make believe he wants on twitter, because he certainly proved himself to be a twit.
He's not the only one.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Report: Smith tells players plan is to decertify




Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Report: Smith tells players plan is to decertify

First off, the players do assume risk.  They assume risk with their bodies.  Perhaps you've seen some of the retired players who can't walk anymore or have brain damage?  Secondly, remember, it's the owners who are backing out of the deal, not the players.  If the players were demanding more money then yeah, I'd jump all over them.  It's not.  They were fine with status quo.  Mind you, it's both of their faults were are at this point, but I can't just jump all over the players on this one.  When the last collective bargaining agreement was made, I remember how the players were upset with it and said that Gene Upshaw "sold them out" and I remember the owners being very happy.  They thought they "won" back then.  Looks like they want to win again.  This time, both sides lose if they can't come to terms as the golden goose may lose some of its luster.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Report: Smith tells players plan is to decertify

And this guy is the biggest twit of all:<br /> <br /> <img src="http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/NFLPA_NFL_Labor_Talks_Books_Opened_Mediation.jpg" /> <br />



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