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"
*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 NFLLockout.com.
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