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Roger Goodell's letter to the players

Posted on: March 17, 2011 8:13 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 8:29 pm
 
Posted by Eye of Football Staff

The NFL apparently has decided its tired of dealing with the leadership of the NFLPA. Now, commissioner Roger Goodell is going directly to the players.

The NFL office sent out e-mails to the players and the player-agents today, suggesting the players get back to the negotiating table so the two sides can hammer out a deal. Also included was the owners’ last offer before the union decertified.

Here’s the text of the letter, obtained by CBSSports.com's own Mike Freeman:

Dear NFL player,

As you know, negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the clubs have not led to an agreement. Last Friday, the NFLPA Walked out of the federal mediator’s offices in Washington, told us that it had abandoned its right to represent you as a union, and filed a lawsuit. Some hours later, the clubs instituted a lockout.

The clubs believe that there is only one Way to resolve our differences, and that is through good faith collective bargaining in an atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication. We have said publicly, told the federal mediator, and say to you that We are prepared to resume those negotiations at any time.

We want you to understand the offer that we made to the NF LPA. The proposal was made to avoid a work stoppage. Each passing day puts our game and our shared economics further at risk. We believe the offer presented a strong and fair basis for continuing negotiations, allowing the new league year and free agency to begin, and growing our game in the years to come. Here are the key elements of the proposal:
  • A salary cap for 2011 that would avoid a negative financial impact on veteran players. We offered to meet the Union at the mid-point between our previous offer and the Union’s demand. Under our offer, 2011 salary and benefits would have been set at $141 million per club, and projected cash spending would have been as high or higher than in either 2009 or 2010. By 2014, salary and benefits would have been set at $161 million per club. In other Words, player compensation would increase by as much as $20 million per club by 2014.
  • Free agency for players with four or more accrued seasons and reduced draft choice compensation for restricted free agents.
  • Extensive changes in off-season work requirements that would promote player health and safety, encourage players to continue their education, and promote second career opportunities. The off-season program would be reduced by five weeks, OTAs would be reduced from 14, to helmets would be prohibited for the first five weeks of workouts, and rules prohibiting “live” on-field contact would be strictly enforced.
  • Changes in preseason and regular season practices and schedules that would reduce the number of padded practices, reduce the amount of contact, and increase the number of days off for you and other players.
  • Commit to retain the current 16-game regular season format for at least the next two seasons, and further commit not to change to an 18-game regular season without the Union’s agreement.
  • Expand injury guarantees for players. The clubs offered to guarantee up to $1 million of a second year of your contract if you are injured and cannot retum to play.
  • For the first time, players and families would be able to purchase continuing coverage in the player medical plan after retirement for life, and could use their health savings account benefit to do so.
  • Enhanced retirement benefits for pre-1993 players. More than 2,000 fonner players would have received an immediate increase in their pensions averaging nearly 60 percent, funded entirely by the owners.
  • A new entry-level compensation system that would make more than $300 million per draft class available for veterans’ pay and player benefits. The new system would preserve individual negotiations not a wage scale - and would allow players drafted in rounds 2 through 7 to earn as much or more than they earn today.
  • Significant changes in disciplinary procedures, including a jointly-appointed neutral arbitrator to hear all drug and steroid appeals.
Working together, players and clubs have made the game great. Our fans want us to find common ground, settle our differences, and come to a fair agreement. I have met with many of you since becoming Commissioner. You know of my respect and admiration for you as men and as players. We need to come together, and soon.

In that spirit, we are prepared to negotiate a full agreement that would incorporate these features and other progressive changes that would benefit players, clubs, and fans. Only through collective bargaining will We reach that kind of agreement. Our goal is to make our league even better than it is today, with the benelits shared by all of us.

I hope you will encourage your Union to return to the bargaining table and conclude a new collective bargaining agreement.

Sincerely,
Roger
Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2000
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

This is essentially a strike.  The player minimum is like $250K.  Get your a$$ back to work suckas.

You don't go into a company and ask to see their bank accounts to determine your pay.  Be grateful for what you have. 

Whack, DeMaurice Smith using the players legacy, future legacy to fuel the players.  Owners should just fire them.  Let newbies come in...you telling me the college players today won't come in and play? 

They'll be at the draft and the league can do whatever it wants, and it will.




Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

(Guy on drums: du du chh)



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

I think it is a good idea for fans to send a message to NFL owners AND players, but some suggestions are just a tad over the top.  To that end, here's what I would like to see happen...

1) Everybody boycott Week-1.  Don't go to the staduims, even if you have season tickets.  Let's face it, you can't send a message without some cost to yourself.  This will also instigate the NFL's blackout rule, which will make the networks none too happy.

2) If you just HAVE to buy a team jersey this year, buy "00" and put you name on the back, or the name of your dog, or whatever, just not the name of any players.  That would send a message to the players that we root for the team, more so than the players themselves (who bail out first chance they get for more money anway).  We root for the players because they play for our team.

Of course this will never happen, but just imagine seeing (on TV) two teams go at it in an empty stadium, and then the next week they look up in the stands and see a sea of "00" jerseys.

I think that would pretty much get everyone involved in this debacle back on the same page, which would be: "Yeah, you're a $9 billion revenue league, but if you keep threatening to deprive us of our passion, we can and will turn you into a $9 million league.  How do you like THOSE apples?"

Sorry, I couldn't resist that last part.


Gunny




Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

Seeing these words in Goodell's text
In that spirit, we are prepared to negotiate a full agreement
 it would clearly seem the players are at a disadvantage as Mr Goodell has already choosen a side. Could he not have stated the "owners" and not used "we".Goodell is living the high life at the hands of the owners and he know whom hand is feeding him. 



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

Hey Vince Vega, the NFL isn't a publicly traded company.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

Ok Players, there is no way you can reject this offer. All the small topics at hand are given to you by the owners. the salary cap is set at $141 million per team this next season and that eqaute to a total of $4,512,000,000. ($141,000,000 * 32 teams = $4,512,000,000). In Addititionto that, the salary cap will increase to $161 million per team in 2014. Player comp would then equal ($161,000,000 * 32 teams = $5,152,000,000). Oh yeah, by the way, the salarycap in 2009 was $127 million dollars ($127,000,000 * 32 teams = $4,064,000,000). Players can't complain that they are getting paid enough and that the owners are not willing to give them more money. They just gave the players union a pay raise of $1,088,000,000 over the next 3 years. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

If this will not bring the players to the table then I think the season needs to be cancelled. The millionaire players and the millionaire owners will never come to an agreement because this letter makes sense. Too bad some of the players and owners dont.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:46 am
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

Looks like everything they asked for, ... expect more money.   Anyone still on the palyers side hasn't looked at the facts, nor do they have a very good grip on the real world and how it works.

Who do these clowns think they are?  No way, no how, should the Owners be required to open their books.  No precident has been set, no company would do that.

The players need to realize the owners are going above and beyond in their offers, and that their well being is as important to the league as the players well being.  If the owners are struggling, salaries will decline in smaller markets, which may lead to a decline in revenues.  This seems to be a major disconnect in this country accross all professions.  When you take money from the rich, everyione suffers. 




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:31 am
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

I think it is obvious that the players are unhappy working for the NFL and the owners.  They should all quit.  The owners appear to be unhappy with having to pay these players so much money too, so they should pay the next batch of players less. Then we as fans should all stop watching this game we love until the cost for a ticket to a game comes down below a femur and a ulna.  I've raged on many other postings about how stupid this whole situation is, from the absurdity of labor demanding to see books and act as management themselves, to the insanity of both sides being unable to agree on how to split $9BILLION, to how retarded these idiots are who say the NFL is "like modern day slavery."  The underlying truth here is that it is OUR faults fellow fans.  We have created all this by unconditionally supporting this freak show for too many years.  Ticket prices go up, and we still fill the stadiums.  Players are excused for violating laws, NCAA rules, moral imperatives, and common damn decency because they are gifted with freakish physical attributes (that are really fairly worthless anywhere other than the gridiron). Every year we have to find ways to reconcile the players' behavior with how our children idolize these jackasses.  Every year owners like Snyder, Davis and Jones find all new ways to increasingly separate the game America loves from its TRUE fan base and hand it over to the privileged few.
How about we all just sack up and start making some demands of our own?!  Send the NFL and all the owners, players, and the enormous industry behind this destructive behemoth the only kind of message it will understand or even hear.  STOP BUYING NFL STUFF.  Stop going to games, call your cable/satelite provider and ask them if it will save you money to take the NFL network off your list of channels, quit buying jerseys (especially of players who are rapist, dog butchers, murderers, thugs, felons and abusers of women).  Start telling your kids the truth: it is far more important in life to be educated, kind and responsible than talented, malicious and self serving.  Let's all take some personal accountability here.  The stink from all this heaping refuse has gotten too rank for me, and I hope others will get fed up as well.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:30 am
 

Roger Goodell's letter to the players

I think it is obvious that the players are unhappy working for the NFL and the owners.  They should all quit.  The owners appear to be unhappy with having to pay these players so much money too, so they should pay the next batch of players less. Then we as fans should all stop watching this game we love until the cost for a ticket to a game comes down below a femur and a ulna.  I've raged on many other postings about how stupid this whole situation is, from the absurdity of labor demanding to see books and act as management themselves, to the insanity of both sides being unable to agree on how to split $9BILLION, to how retarded these idiots are who say the NFL is "like modern day slavery."  The underlying truth here is that it is OUR faults fellow fans.  We have created all this by unconditionally supporting this freak show for too many years.  Ticket prices go up, and we still fill the stadiums.  Players are excused for violating laws, NCAA rules, moral imperatives, and common damn decency because they are gifted with freakish physical attributes (that are really fairly worthless anywhere other than the gridiron). Every year we have to find ways to reconcile the players' behavior with how our children idolize these jackasses.  Every year owners like Snyder, Davis and Jones find all new ways to increasingly separate the game America loves from its TRUE fan base and hand it over to the privileged few.
How about we all just sack up and start making some demands of our own?!  Send the NFL and all the owners, players, and the enormous industry behind this destructive behemoth the only kind of message it will understand or even hear.  STOP BUYING NFL STUFF.  Stop going to games, call your cable/satelite provider and ask them if it will save you money to take the NFL network off your list of channels, quit buying jerseys (especially of players who are rapist, dog butchers, murderers, thugs, felons and abusers of women).  Start telling your kids the truth: it is far more important in life to be educated, kind and responsible than talented, malicious and self serving.  Let's all take some personal accountability here.  The stink from all this heaping refuse has gotten too rank for me, and I hope others will get fed up as well.


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