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NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

Posted on: April 26, 2011 8:42 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 11:59 am
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Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The last 36 hours have been pretty crazy in the NFL world, and we still have a ton of confusion whether teams can negotiate with free agents and whether teams can allow players to work out in their facilities.

The only team that actually allowed players to work out was the Giants – most clubs allowed players in the building but that was about it. But it’s still unclear (and the opinions vary wildly depending mostly on whether you’re a plaintiff or a defendant in the Brady v NFL case) if the NFL is truly open for business.

The NFLPA is trying end the speculation, and according to NFL.com has told agents to begin negotiating with teams for their free agents, even though the NFL hasn’t started the clock on the 2011 season.

From the article:
The letter states that "unless or until" U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issues a stay of her ruling to end the NFL-imposed lockout, as the league has asked, the NFLPA believes business should begin now. If a player's contract has expired, the letter states "class counsel believes that you and your agent can start negotiating."

The letter, which provides a primer and a question-and-answer segment about the latest developments in the courts, goes on to state that if a team "refuses" to cooperate in negotiations with a free agent, "you should contact class counsel immediately." The letter also provides appropriate contact information.
During a conference call Tuesday, NFL attorney Jeff Pash was asked what kind of rules would be in place if the court decides not to issue a stay.

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Said Pash: “I think again that depends on what the scope of the injunction is and whether there is a stay. If the players got the injunction they requested last night, that would suggest a different set of rules. If that request is denied or the underlying injunction is stayed pending appeal, then that would dictate a different response. There’s a considerable degree of uncertainty about what exactly the scope of the relief is in light of the filing by the players last night. I think we don’t agree on all that many things, but I think Jim Quinn said it well last night when he said, ‘What we need to do is let the dust settle for a day or two,’ I think those were his words, and see if a stay is put in place.  Then we’ll all know more and be able to go from there.”

That didn’t stop agent agent David Canter from making phone calls. He told CBSSports.com that he contacted seven organizations, and the general consensus was they couldn’t negotiate because "we don't know what rules we are functioning under.”

The league right now is in absolute chaos, and if Nelson doesn’t grant a stay to the owners, things will get very interesting very quickly.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:33 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:51 pm
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

 << If they all choose not to sign free agents, any court would see that as patently illegal and award damages to the players. >>

Let me see, it is patently illegal for those 32 businesses to choose not to hire any new employees until the rules that they are going to be operating under is made clear?  I suspect the Circuit Court won't see it as the business of the courts to force individual businesses to hire new wmployees.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:39 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

Everyone has a right to their opinion, but the law is pretty clear here.  Once the lockout is lifted, the owners MUST negotiate with free agents.  If they act as a group and collectively refuse to negotiate with individual players, they commit a clear act of collusion, which is a major antitrust violation.  The same thing happened in MLB and it cost the owners $280 million dollars (in 1990 dollars, closer to half a billion now), and MLB has a broad exemption from the Sherman Antitrust Act.  Individual teams can choose not to negotiate, which would be a major benefit to the teams that elect to sign free agents as it would reduce competition.  If they all choose not to sign free agents, any court would see that as patently illegal and award damages to the players.  One of the damages awarded in the MLB case was that players who signed depressed contracts were awarded conditional free agency, i.e. they were allowed to shop around for better contracts while also holding on to the ones they had.  This is a bad scene for the owners if their stay isn't granted (which I am fairly sure it won't be).



Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:21 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

The NFLPA no longer represents anyone. The union decertified. And the media wants to portray the owners as the sole villains. Neither side has been bargaining in good faith. The players are merely fortunate that they landed in Judge "Soviet" Susan Richard Nelson's courtroom.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:33 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

I'm absolutely blown away by the arrogance and disregard for the law by the NFLPA. You won a battle in a long ongoing war. It doesnt mean that the war is over. Do you think that because the judge said the lock-out was over that the appeal was also? Duh! And I love the agents greed and stupidity. What GM was going to all of a sudden, before their appeal, start making football related moves. I would've loved to see what the NFLPA and players would be saying if the ruling went the way of the owners.



Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:34 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

I don't know how they can force teams to negotiate, but if I was an owner in the NFL, I would say fine.  We will give you a $100,000 contract.  If you don't like it, go somewhere else.  I could care less if the greedy idiots ever play again.



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:11 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

After all this BS the fans should strike about how much it cost to go to a game parking , gate ,concessions, and memrobilia . That what the owners should do decrease there revenue so the players have to take less money on there gate fees its ridiculous how long this has gone on . What are you sopposed to do after a short time in football? It aint my fault you aint take advantage of that free college or invested your money oh wait you went stupid with it. You could retire you make as much as a regular person dont even earn in there entire life.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:00 am
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

Owners need to fold up tents and kill the league. Disband the NFL as we know it, walk away, and contemplate the possibility of forming a new league down the road. The owners still hold the hammer. It's is their league. They do not have to be shoved around by employees. They alone have the power to make the NFL disappear. It's no different than any other industry, plant or factory that simply shut it's dorrs rather than capitulate to union demands.



Since: Mar 23, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 11:51 pm
 

NFLPA tells agents to negotiate with teams

"How can a decertified union give advice?  They either exist or don't. "
The NFLPA trade association gave advice. There is no union. That's how. 


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