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Players write a letter back to Goodell

Posted on: March 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2011 2:11 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 2:10 p.m. EST: The NFL has written a response to the players' response. You can read it here.


The NFLPA wrote a letter to Roger Goodell, responding to his letter from Thursday. We were planning on posting the entire thing. That was before we found out the NFLPA’s letter was actually a novella. (It’s over four pages long.)
So, instead, here are highlights

*The letter starts by saying “We start by reminding you that we were at the negotiations and know the truth about what happened, which ultimately led the players to renounce the NFLPA’s status as the collective bargaining representative of NFL Players.” (And yes, they included the bold.)

*“Owners never justified their demands for a massive give-back which would have resulted in the worst economic deal for player sin major league pro sports.”

*“Your statements are false.”

*“The changes in offseason workouts and other benefits to players were conditioned upon the players accepting an economic framework that was unjustified and unfair.”

*The proposal made on the final Friday of negotiations was “was worse than the proposal the NFL had made the prior week"

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*Goodell’s financial projections greatly underestimated the league’s likely growth over the next 10 years.

*Goodell was only taking the 18-game season off the table for 2011. (The players’ logic on this one is a little hard to follow given that the league, in its latest proposal, offered to only extend the regular season with the union’s permission).

*The rookie wage scale would hurt future teammates (i.e. young players who are just coming into the league).

**The letter was signed by the NFLPA executive committee (Charlie Batch, Kevin Mawae, Drew Brees, Scott Fujita, Mike Vrabel, Brian Dawkins, Tony Richardson, Sean Morey, Jeff Saturday, Brian Waters and Domonique Foxworth.)

You can read the entire letter (novella) at

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:54 pm

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Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:42 pm

Players write a letter back to Goodell

What a condescending letter from the players to the owners.  Who drafted it…Calvin and Hobbes?


Maybe it’s just me, but all I gathered from this letter is that the NFLPA is very displeased with the offers made by the owners, but I still don’t know what the players feel would be “fare” in counter proposal.


Oh wait, I found one such reference after all.  The NFLPA thinks the salary cap per team should be $201 million in 2014.  Yeah right, like that’s gonna happen.


It’s official.  The players have lost me.  For reasons I cannot possibly imagine, they actually think they should be equal or in close proximity of equal partners with the owners.  And after reading a letter as condescending as theirs, filled with “liar liar pants on fire” statements top to bottom, I really don’t find fault with the owners for locking them out anymore.


And if in the end the owners feel they’ve no recourse but to cancel all existing contracts and draft a 53-man roster full of rookies and undrafted also-rans, I’ll be watching them play on Sunday, come Week-1.  Bank on it.




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:04 am

Players write a letter back to Goodell

So I've the players letter -- full version, not edited.  The 4 pages didn't seem that long.  I surmise you said in the letter what was on your minds.  I also assume you'd spin things to make the public/fans sympathetic to the players side.  Interesting.  Reading your letter is even more convincing that the players are the problem here.

Your underlying message is that since the owners are going get richer (revenues will grow) you want more.  No sympathy from nearly all your fans or the vast percentage of which will never earn in a lifetime what you earn a year to play a game.  The economy in this country is in the toilet.  People are hurting.  Your fans are hurting.

You would have garnered MUCH more sympathy and perhaps been successful if your argument against owners making more money was based not in further lining your own pockets, but rather in better revenue towards people working in stadiums, lower prices for NFL swag and ticket prices, a greater share towards charities, cash towards retired players, or even requiring the NFL renegoiate a lower contract with networks or change access.

Concerned about about players injuries?  18 games?  How about countering for larger rosters and maximum minutes played per season?

Really care about players and their futures post football?  Then agree to require a four year college degree to play in the NFL.  Try getting a well paying career anywhere without a four year degree.

And if players only play less than four years, why free agency?  After 4 years you can live anywhere you want.  That's not long.  And if you're good enough to last past 4 years -- how much longer?  And doesn't that mean you're doing well where you are?
Rookie wage scale -- a scale for the first four years -- means NO young player gets paid more at their position than the lowest paid veteran who has proved himself by staying in the league.  EVERYONE knows something entirely different happens every year.  Unproven players hold out and negoiate for higher and higher contracts every year based on draft order.  The scale stops all that nonsense.  Everybody gets paid the same for (their first) four years in the league.  Your comment about this in your letter was dumbest thing you wrote.

So here's hoping you are all out of jobs, that (if necessary) all the seniors from college get NFL jobs, that the CFL and Arena leagues get raided.  I'll watch that.  We don't need Manning(s) or Brees or Brady or any of you to be entertained.  Bring on the scabs.  And I'll bet a lot of your "fellow" players show up.  You are screwing yourselves.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2011 1:58 pm

Players write a letter back to Goodell

Once again, the players are being greedy little money grubbers.. an "economic scale that is unfair"?  getting paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living is NEVER unfair.  "Likely hurt future team mates?"  are you F***** kidding me???  These rookies were getting paid more than valuable productive veterans!  let them prove their worth before making 5-10 million a year for crying out loud.  The NFLPA are the ones to blame for this entire process.  The OWNERS are the OWNERS therefore they OWN these businesses!  If you tried to pull this crap with the company you worked for right now, they would fire you all.   Bunch of crybaby athletes that dont know what they have until its taken from them.   They will learn, unfortunately it will be at the expense of the fans.

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