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Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 4:33 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 4:32 p.m. ET: From the Twitter account of NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:

"Re: reports that if forced by courts to operate w/o consent of players, rules for 2011 could be different than 2010 rules: here is our reax: Our goal has at all times been the same – to operate under a negotiated set of procedures that are agreed to by the clubs and NFLPA. The current litigation has created a significant amount of uncertainty and we are therefore considering a wide range of alternatives depending on developments."

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Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports that the NFL is working on free agency rules for the 2011 season that “would be very different from 2010.”

As Kaplan writes on Twitter, though, no decision has been made to go forward with those potential new rules. And if the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals does not overturn Judge Susan Nelson’s lockout injunction, the NFL still could choose to revert to the 2010 rules if and when it has to begin the 2011 calendar season.

The biggest difference in the 2010 free agency rules was that a player had to wait until after his sixth year before he became an unrestricted free agent (as opposed to after four years in the previous salary-capped seasons). For players who had four accrued seasons after 2009 and would normally have become unrestricted free agents, a reversion to the 2010 rules for 2011 would be the second-straight season they would be restricted in their free agency.

As the NY Times reports, the ending of the lockout also could allow the NFL to create more stringent drug testing rules, because there would be no union to stop it.

Roger Goodell already is on record as saying he wanted blood testing for human growth hormone, and this might be a good opportunity for him to do it (even though many players would vehemently disagree with that decision - unfortunately for them, they have no union to negotiate on their behalf).

“Our thought has been we have always been looking to make our program as effective as it can be,” an unnamed N.F.L. executive told the Times. “There have been some things, H.G.H. is one of them, that the union has resisted. When we get to the point where there is not a party involved, maybe we should consider what we consider important to keep pace with science and trends.”

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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:22 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

thatlsk it is your response that is stupid.

One can work as hard or harder than others and still they are owed nothing.
It is not a player's right to have a job in the NFL.
This has nothing to do with whether someone smart enough to know this likes their job or not, and if someone makes money for their work they indeed make a fraction of what NFL players make. Only if they made nothing would they not make a fraction. Math...check it out.

Your response was childish because you are wrong and have no way of proving your feelings on the matter because you are the angry one. People that are siding with the players are more often than not doing so because they are the angry ones and want to see someone get over on their bosses. You appear to be one of them.

The players are at once employee, stakeholder & THE PRODUCT. Nobody is paying dollars to see Jerry Jones..

This is almost as stupid. Players are the labor, and it ends there. The game is the product, and the owners are the stakeholders.

Their other wines are due to being bad owners/buisnessmen. If you can't make money in the NFL, sell to someone who knows what their doing.

Dumb. The owners can make money in the NFL, and to do so they must correct the mistake of paying players too much, more than they deserve for what they do. They are doing that. You don't seem to understand business.

Every 5-10 years players no longer play kiddies. They are not the reason you tune in. Football fans didn't stop watching when Joe Montana and Barry Sanders retired. In fact more people started watching in hopes to see the next ones.

And after all the current players are gone, you'll still be watching while the owners, team and game remains.




Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:21 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

NFL players should be reminded that it is a privilege, and not a right to play in the National Football League.





That is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. There is no privilege involved in working hard to get a job that pays you a lot. Is it a privilege for a doctor to bust his butt in medical school, work hard through an internship and residence to become a highly paid doctor, of course not.

A privilege is something you're giving for nothing just becuase you happen to be born into, for example the Prince of England or whatever is given many privileges because he was born into a royal family.

A guy who is very good at a sport and works hard to make that his career is given no privilege over any other person, anybody can try to make the NFL and if you make it you're good not because somebody handed it to you a silver patter.

Stop with all the hating because you work at a crappy job that you hate for not even a fraction of what an NFL player makes. It isn't their fault you suck and hate your life.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:09 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

NFL players should be reminded that it is a privilege, and not a right to play in the National Football League.
Nice try...The players are at once employee, stakeholder & THE PRODUCT. Nobody is paying dollars to see Jerry Jones..The ONLY point the owners have is regarding rookie signning bonus to players who've proved nothing..

Their other wines are due to being bad owners/buisnessmen. If you can't make money in the NFL, sell to someone who knows what their doing.





Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:31 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

The powers that be need to get their act together soon...
They might miss out on a few pennies that they could've made.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 5:54 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

This blog is about what someone wrote on twitter? 



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:01 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

The NFL should now...STICK IT IN THE PLAYERS A$$ES.  Lift the lockout???  FINE...Start Lining up at the needle station.  Everyone will be giving blood.  OOOOO The players want to cry about it...WAAAAAAAAA you refuse to take the test...4 game suspension for failure to comply with NFL drug policy.  Players don't like it??? STRIKE.  Bring in the replacements.    



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:13 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

NFL players should be reminded that it is a privilege, and not a right to play in the National Football League.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:03 am
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

The NFL is bluffing.  They claim they may let WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, do tests.  BS.  If WADA was involved they would actually do it honestly, and therefore, NFL players would shrink miraculously over-night, and the NFL's popularity with it.

Hopefully the players see this bluff for what it is.



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Very simple...the reason players are so vehemently against it, is because there are probably a great number of players that take it, knowing that they can't get in trouble for it.  I think it's as simple as that.



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Report: NFL working on new free agency rules

Previously the owners and players couldn’t agree on what time or date to resume negotiation talks….what makes anyone think they could ever come to agreement on an issue like drug testing? Personally I would let a lab draw blood two or three time a week for the league minimum, but then again I don’t have anything to hide!! Please don’t tell me it’s a violation of players’ civil or constitutional rights. I was lucky enough to serve our country in the Military for 16 years and was subject to random testing 24/7/365. I never felt my rights were being violated, but rather accepted it as part of the job. It’s this prima donna thinking and sense of entitlement that serves to disconnect the players from the common fan!!   



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