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Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:46 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Mediation in the Brady v. NFL matter resumes Tuesday, and there will be some changes in the people present for the two parties.

For starters, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith won't be present at the mediation, due to "a family medical emergency," per Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the NFL's negotiating team will feature Commissioner Roger Goodell, lead counsel Jeff Pash, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and Packers CEO Mark Murphy.

Out of the owners present, only Richardson -- considered perhaps the lead negotiator for the owners -- is a holdover from last week. And it's interesting that the group heading into the second week of court-ordered mediation is in stark contrast to the group (Bob Kraft of the Pats, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs and Art Rooney of the Steelers) that was in Minnesota last week.

Jones, as you'll recall, allegedly had a bit of a confrontation with the players when the two sides mediated before George Cohen in Washington, D.C. That's not to say this will end poorly, because however the two sides act over the course of the mediation ends up reflecting on their position to Judge Susan Nelson.

And maybe it's a good thing that a new group of owners gets to see the proceedings and gauge the NFLPA's position at this point in time through an in-person experience.

Smith's absence is regrettable, certainly, but a family illness is one of the things that get you excused from almost any mediation. It probably also means that we're unlikely to see any settlement on Tuesday.

But that was likely to be the case anyway -- as our own Mike Freeman wrote recently, this second round of mediation might theoretically hold more water because it's court-ordered, but it's just about as likely to produce a happy ending to this labor dispute as the UFL is to produce football that will satisfy America come the fall.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

scbull ... great post .... just to back you up on it here is a little tid bit. I played football in high school and college until injuries took thier toll. Guess what my sports medicine doctor has told me all the years since then. The drugs I took to help me heal faster, make me stronger and give me more staminia caused the majority of the injuries and subsiquent problems I have had over the years. Those same drugs cost me the school insurance that was paying for my medical care, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE SCHOOLS DOCTORS HANDING ME THOSE DRUGS, I had to go to court just to get 25 years of medical coverage, which expired in 2003 with me needing my knees and ankles reconstructed. The doc tells me had I allowed myself to heal naturally and built everything naturally I would probably never had the injury problems I did while playing. Knee and ankle surguries following 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in high school and every year I was in college. Your given steroids and various other drugs to speed up the healing process (at least back then) and you end up playing earlier than you should have been, thus the reason for all the other surguries. Players can not expect to be covered medically for using drugs they know are not legal to be used, so they must have comprehensive drug testing done to insure these players are not using these illegal drugs, for one the insurance on the players would drop dramatically just by having blood testing for the drugs, or so I hear from my sports medicine doctor. If these players can not allow that to happen then the league just needs new players that will comply. 



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

  Jerry Jones should start the meeting by saying, "Anyone that has spent a billion dollars or so on a state of the art facility for your employees to showcase their talents please raise your hand".  The players need to realize they have a fun job.  The owners job is not fun by any stretch of the imagination.  As much as it sounds fun;  I am sure there is a high stress level because most of these guys are perfectionists; hence them making enough money to buy an NFL team.  The public does not want to hear about the wear and tear on their bodies.  We all have jobs that slowly kill us and most of us don't have direct access to a bevy of doctors and specialists.  The last time I hurt my knee I limped and hoped it was going to go away.  Not to mention don't play the "wear and tear" card then turn around and have a problem getting tested for HGH.  Maybe if you build the muscles naturally rather than use PED's for the desired effect the injuries won't be so frequent.  I would be willing to bet that if you build the muscle without strengthening the joint at the same time there will be joint problems and probably tendon problems..............go figure......Better work it out soon or some of us will tune out forever.  Some of the new guys should look up Herschel Walker and see how much wear playing puts on the body if you take care of yourself properly and of course.......naturally!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

. The league is generating more revenue than it was during the last CBA agreement a few years back, and yet the Owners want the players to now take less of a cut of total revenues. The players say fine, but show us the financials because it doesnt add up that revenues are up, but you not only don't want to give us a raise, you want to take away some of our current salary. Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Why don't 99.9 percent of people on these boards understand what's going on???? Maybe if i put it in caps you'll understand.... here I go...... THE OWNERS AGREED TO OPEN THEIR BOOKS FOR A THIRD PART AGREED UPON BY BOTH THE UNION AND THE LEAGUE.. THE UNION ADMITTED THE OWNERS MADE THIS PROPOSAL BUT THE UNION TURNED IT DOWN.  GET IT NOW???????????????????????
The owners don't mind a 3rd party hearing both sides and seeing everything...... what they don't want is for YOU OR I to know what Jerry Jones does with his money.  What Jerry Jones doesn't want is for the Ford's in Detroit to know how he spends his money.....  the ONLY THING the union needs to know is how the league is doing OVERALL........  but that's not good enough for them...... 
So screw'em....



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

I own a business and I open my books to my employees. No problem. I've got nothing to hide. Moreover, many of the largest and most profitable businesses in the world open their books.. Why? Because by law they have to to trade on the stock market.



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

Good post, exactly how I feel, and picking a side in this fight as a fan is misguided and in most cases downright ignorant. But try explaining that football isn't actually a game without any players, and that NFL owners aren't lily white angels that have only the interest of the game in mind like they claim, and with people that want to compare their monopoly to the average business instead of a $9B entertainment industry..? Well good luck.



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces


I dont get you guys...


 if you have a buisness would you open teh books to your employees. HELL NO.. The owners own the team the players are employees of that team quit making excuses for them. thet are all over paid as it is. the players yes make the NFL, a small portion of them are worth more. lookat Farve last year and i thought the guy was great he wasnt worth what he was paid. you guys need to get with reality this dicussion has been going on and on the players dont care about you. its akll about themselfs. 




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

Airforce,

Don't disagree with much that you said, but let's be careful to remember that the league owners locked out the players (the players didn't strike), and, the Owners are the ones who want to change things, not the players. The league is generating more revenue than it was during the last CBA agreement a few years back, and yet the Owners want the players to now take less of a cut of total revenues. The players say fine, but show us the financials because it doesnt add up that revenues are up, but you not only don't want to give us a raise, you want to take away some of our current salary. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. The big loss in all this, of course, is the fans, because you are right to assume the billionaires and millionaires will have it all figured out soon, yet I don't know whether I should, or even now want to, send in my season ticket check.



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

Good thing demonkey smith won't be there. maybe something will get done without the white hating racist. all he wants to do is drive the owners out of business, and with him out of the way, it may work to get things moving. demonkey smith needs fired and replaced with someone who believes in compromise, and in the intergrity of business.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

C'mon Brinson, you were doing so well until you mentioned Freeman...Good articles do not reference losers. Niether do good posts...Yuck! I feel all dirty now!



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

With Jerry Jones in there its gonna get ugly. He is a buisness man first! He doesnt like to lose money or have anyone try and tell him what to do. I am 100 percent behind the owners just because u cant let employees start dictating how the company is run. It started with free agents and guys forcing there way off of teams they dont want to play for and now this. Its sounds good in theory that they should have a voice, And they should have a voice to a certain extent. But just because they feel like there being treated unfairly doesnt mean they actually are. These guys are making millions and complaining its not enough. I dont care how much the owners make because thats the advantage of being THE OWNER. Could u imagine going to your boss and complaining that because the company grossed a certain amount that u want your cut of it! U would be thrown out on your ass in a second! These guys need to remember its a privilage to get paid to play a professional sport and not a right. There are a million other guys that would switch places with these guys in a minute for a quarter of what there complaining about. In the end i hope that the two sides can come to an agreement that works for everyone because i love football and want to see it this season. But i dont want to watch a league of ungrateful premadonnas that think there owed something because there better than most at football...


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