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Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

Posted on: April 20, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:12 pm
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Posted by Andy Benoit

We could soon see the first significant chink in the armor of one of the two sides in the ongoing NFL labor battle. Danieal Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that a group of about 70 “mid-tier” NFL players have broken away from the NFLPA's legal efforts and committed to a law firm in an effort to gain a seat at the mediation table.

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These players are not contesting Brady v NFL, they’re just demanding a seat at the negotiating table. The players are said to be upset that the labor talks in March broke off. They are expected to file a motion by week’s end seeking intervention from Judge Susan Nelson.

This is the first sign of serious internal rift on the NFLPA’s side. There are over 1,500 individuals on the NFLPA and just 32 individuals on the owners’ side. Thus, the likelihood of internal strife is much greater for the NFLPA. Chances are, the owners have been waiting for this kind of drama to arise.

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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

While I agree with you I can never understand why so many do not blame the owners as well.

The salaries and costs are what they are for one reason:  The owners brought it upon themselves.  No one forces them to keep paying rookies what they do.  There is nothing that states they have to increase the number 1 pick 10% every year.

The NFL is better than most because the contracts are not guarenteed.  Take MLB for instance, the owners scream and whine about money but they constantly pay huge long term deals.

Bottom line is they are both at fault for many of these things and it should be easy to fix.... but they will wait until the last week of July




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

Fifteen seconds on google later...

In 2009-2010, only four teams had median salaries above 1 million dollars (and median, not mean, is what we want to look at; the mean salary is artificially weighted upwards by the Mannings, Brees's, etc.): the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos.  Source: USA Today (  ).

So yes, I think it's not only reasonable to suppose that the average player in the NFL makes less than one million dollars annually; it is also demonstrably true.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

For most players this is just a 3-5 year period on their resume, they can't afford a work stoppage, they should also realize
that they are probably going to have to have a career after football to support themselves for the rest of their lives. It totally
makes sense for their to be a riff, as mentioned by others, most players are mid tier players and they just want to get paid
for as long as they can then move on. The last thing they want is a work stoppage.



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

How about professional sports being treated like every other work environment.  The owner would place an add in the local newspaper detailing the job description and when applications would be be accepted.  The HR department would whittle it down to 5-10 applicants based on their resumes.  Then the owner would interview the applicants.  When all applicants have been interviewed the owner would make an offer to the potential employee and then the applicant would either accept or reject the offer.  Of course, the employment would be on an at will basis so the owner could dismiss the employee at any time without any future compensation.  Does any of this sound familiar?  This is how working life is for 99.9999999% of Americans. 

"Then the big market teams will get better players because they can offer higher salaries", you say.  So what if the Cowboys get better applicants than the Browns.  In the real world, fortune 500 companies get better applicants and can pay higher salaries than the mom and pop corner store.  Let the Cowboys waste $50M on the JaMarcus Russells and Ryan Leafs of the world.  Just like any other corporation, making poor financial decisions like that will be the downfall of that corporation.  You throw away $50M enough times and you are going to be in serious financial trouble no matter how big your market is. 

Get rid of all unions all together!  They are ruining sports just like they are ruining other industries (hello Detroit/Beirut).  We had a situation here in AZ last year where a grocery chain's union workers were demanding FREE health insurance (among other demands) or they were going to go on strike.  They didn't even want to pay their $25 per month employee portion for health insurance.  So the grocery chain cut off negotiations and advertised all the positions in the newspaper.  SHOCKINGLY (sarcasm), they received thousands and thousands of applications from people that were currently out of work and were more than willing to pay $25 per month for health insurance for their families.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

Don't blame them.  The whole notion of "millionaires" vs "billionaires" is wrong.  MOST the NFL players do not make a million.  These are the guys most affected by a work stoppage.  Plus, add to it that most these guys careers tend to last 3-5 years at best.
The guys representing them, like Drew Brees, are very high priced by comparison.
I would demand to be there too because I would want some sort of agreement done and soon so I could train and play and get paid and have more of a chance to prove myself for a bigger contract.


Huh?  Seriously?  There are 22 starters on each team, out of a roster of 45.  You really think that much less than 1/2 of the players even have an annual salary of less than 1 million, let alone a career?  Go back to sleep. 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

THANK YOU FOR SAYING IT THE WAY IT IS.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

All fans should want to see a rift happening between the players.  The sooner this work stoppage ends, the better for all of us.  I don't care what percentage of the pie the players get, I just want football. 



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

I'm glad and expecting the rift in the players union.  The fact that the players can demand half the income of the NFL is outrageous. they are EMPLOYEES.  The owners made this league before there was a league they footed the bill explored new avenues  i.e. TV They negotiated to have the  stadiums built.  Theypaid all the employees which are 100 times bigger than the players.  If the players last 3 yrs how important are they?  The ones that  get paid handsomely. Those that are merely bowling pins dont and shouldnt--go talk to a miner a ditch digger--they get paid crap for 30 yrs till they are expendanble.  the fact that the mannings and bress's want to show solidarity is to protect their own money.  For if there are no, 3 and out players they do not make 20 million.  The irony is that they say "Hey if it werent for me there wouldnt be any league OWNERS!"  yes there would be just like the 3 and out guy, its a sham.  meanwhile its $200 for an upper decker and $12 for a beer.  The players convienently blamed the "greedy" owners, but someone must pay for the salaries.  Lastly I love how the dogs (the players) look at their (master) the owners and say "HEY he made 20 million! last year, meanwhile their are 5 or 6 players who made that themselves!!!!!  If the owners made 10 TIMES that it wouldnt be sufficient.   What company has owners making in low or negative ratio to its employees? NOT EVEN HOLLYWOOD! 



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

OWNERS ARE IN THE BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY PEOPLE! THE PLAYERS ARE MAKING MORE MONEY EVERY YEAR, I HAVENT HAD A RAISE
IN 5 YEARS BUT YET I AM HAPPY JUST TO HAVE A JOB. THE UNION SHOULDN'T GET TO LOOK AT THE BOOKS, THERE IS NO WAY THEY SHOULD GET A BIGGER CUT OF THE PIE.  I HOPE THE OWNERS STICK TO THEM.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Report: major internal rift in NFLPA

I KNEW desmith WAS GOING TO BE A PAIN IN THE ___. ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF. HE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT
THE LITTLE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE GAME POSSIBLE ALONG WITH THE FANS. HE WANTED THIS LOCKOUT FOR HIS OWN SELF, WANTED TO BE IMPORTENT.



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