Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Posted on: March 19, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

So this is what our Saturday has turned into. The NFLA wrote a four-page letter in response to Roger Goodell's letter from Thursday. Now, the NFL has written a response to the players' response letter.

Lead negotiator Jeff Pash wrote on NFLLabor.com:

“We are pleased now to have received a reply to the comprehensive proposal that we made eight days ago. The points made in the players’ letter are precisely the kind of points that collective bargaining is intended to address.  Debating the merits of the offer in this fashion is what collective bargaining is all about. But we would note that three facts we have consistently identified over the past week are ignored and we therefore assume acknowledged. First, the proposal called for player costs of between $19 and $20 billion over the next four seasons; second, the player cost figure in 2011 was above the actual cash spending for 2009 and 2010; and third, the economic offer, combined with other elements of the proposal, was a substantial move by the clubs to keep negotiations going and avoid a work stoppage and related litigation.

“This letter again proves that the most sensible step for everyone is to get back to bargaining. So we again accept Mike Vrabel’s suggestion that the union’s executive committee meet with our negotiating team, including Jerry Richardson, Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones, to resume bargaining. If Mike will let us know when and where he and his colleagues would like to meet, we will be there. We are ready.”

If the players write back, we'll pass it along. As annoying as this all is, at least both sides are (sort of) negotiating. Granted, this form of negotiating is almost as childish as it is transparent.

One more note: it's funny Pash would refer to Mike Vrabel's offer to resume bargaining. One of the contingencies in Vrabel's offer was that the players would resume bargaining as long as Pash wasn't involved.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:37 am
 

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Cheers within your possibilities. Which were definitively well worth the while. Grant my routine have a go at ways who's executes over .


fghdfre
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:43 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



fghdfre
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:40 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



hgtrerte
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:55 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:32 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:59 pm
 

NFL writes back

I just read all of the comments and it seems that most folks are on the side of the owners as am I since I am a business owner myself. I have also read that the players just want a good deal since half of the money ain't enough. I read it as the players hardly want the owners to make any money because apparently the players think they are the reason the NFL is alive or something like that. The players are just plain very fortunate that baseball ain't what it was 30-50 years ago and the owners did a UAW and caved hard to the players (union workers) and now the owners realize that the players are getting too much money that could be spent on new stadiums because cities and such can't pay the big bucks to finance the new stadiums like Dallas'. I said it in another posting that I'd play for free for a couple of years if I got to play for my favorite team as I grew up (Dolphins). I rooted for the Dolphins not just Marino or Shula. I yelled Defense not Jason Taylor. Someone said bring on the SCABS and they'd still root for Dallas and hate the Skins. Hey half the players lose everyweek and the players are the guys hurting their fellow players.

If the players get a big pay cut I could go to a better stadium and spend less money now that is fan friendly. I'll still play fantasy football even when more guys retire; my world didn't end when Rice, Montana, Emmitt and other guys left.

Players go start your own league and maybe, just maybe I'll give it a sniff; also ask the owners of WFL, USFL, XFL and any other hopeful owners if it was easy and about their huge profits.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:18 pm
 

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Well said. I too have pondered why Brees, Brady and Manning would sign the class action suit. Surely Archie had business ventures for the boys to learn from. I would bet the farm not one player will open the books of their car dealerships, restuarants or development companies for the entire employee's pool. I am surprised by the aptitude level of some of the "smartest" players (should we say puppets) who have signed thelaw suit for the NFLPA. To the players - The majority of fans understand that the owners make an investment and must make a return. You should be grateful that you have become millionaires playing a game not running a business. You do not have to worry about putting butts in the seats when you stink the field up. (Incase you have not figured it out 50% of you are losers each week.) You do not worry about building marketing systems to return enough to pay over blown egos. The owners must make money in the good years so they can pay you in the bad years. Owners who understand business and how it works create revenue to pay you. They create jobs for many who work at the stadiums and vendors who make and sell merchandise around the country. Oh but you do not see thousands of people dependent on those jobs to provide for their family. The whole system does not benefit just you. Oh but you think it should. Demarcus Smith wants a bigger CBA because that way he makes more money on your back. Oh but you do not see that. He makes no investment. He makes no plays. He makes a big fat pay check when he convinces you that you are being slighted and gets you to fight for another CBA. Wake up you are blessed beyond measure. Remember there are many today with out a job. You get paid more in a year than most Americans get paid in 20 years. Stop crying and start understanding your part in a great organization.




Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:11 pm
 

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Hey I didn't want to go there. LMAO. BYE Football



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:35 pm
 

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Let's see. They are owners for a reason. They made the investment. They get the return. Unions are they reason USA has lost jobs to other countries. They had their place. They just destroy productivity now. The players agree to play for an agreed to amount. After the contract go play for one of the other 31 businesses out there. If you do not like playing for 6 to 7 digit salaries quit and find another profession. I say bring back the SCABS. I will still pull for the Redskins and hate the Cowboys.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:14 pm
 

NFL writes back to players (3 letters total now)

Wow, I am driven to respond. Comments are exact about the fans and the ticket costs. What is unfortunate about all this is.... For both sides. If I can't have my way I'm taking my football attitude is childish and very disturbing. Open the books owners. Players understand they are the owners. Bye Bye good ole football. You all are ruining the game. Sad fact.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com