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Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:34 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Tuesday, a new sense of optimism invaded the NFL world, especially after CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman reported that labor negotiations were 80-85 percent complete and that it would be difficult for either side to screw up the progress (naturally, I followed up with a post about how the talks COULD be screwed up).

Today, though, there have been tweets here and there dispelling some of the enthusiasm that a new CBA could be forthcoming soon (an example from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello: “As late, legendary George Young said: ‘There is no such thing as close. It’s either done or it isn’t.’”)

And now ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter is reporting that talks almost blew up Tuesday, and not surprisingly, the incident occurred after the lawyers were let back into the negotiations – ahem, that was No. 1 on my list of reasons that could derail the negotiations.

From Schefter:

How close it did (come to blowing up) is a matter of opinion. But what is factual is that the moment came shortly after lawyers from both sides were brought back into the process. As tensions rose and anger grew, two sources said NFL Players Association leader DeMaurice Smith instructed his lawyers to "stand down."

With the lawyers removed from the direct negotiations, the process was said to get back on track and to a good spot. The incident is an example of just how tenuous these talks can be and how quickly they can be derailed.

But it also is the ultimate proof that (DeMaurice) Smith and his players, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners have taken the process out of the hands of the attorneys and demanded that they control it as the two sides try to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement.


If Tuesday was an overly-optimistic day, then today’s news is a bit of a slap in the face. But the two sides are talking – and really, since nobody is talking on the record, it’s hard to know exactly what is going on – and that’s always a good sign.

Now, if they could just keep the lawyers out of the room.

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Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

No because it isn't the players who make money.  Greed is good unless you're a player.

im guessing your a republican from that comment, screw the little guy as long as the business makes all the profit, yet doesnt even break a sweat, right? oh, and colleges can offer a player an education, what can the nfl offer a player other than money??  football is a brutal sport, and the players deserve to be fairly compensated just as much as the owners deserve a fair profit margin, which from what ive seen, both have had, up until the owners opted out of the original CBA that was suppose to last for 2 more years




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

Even this is good news. If the principles are committed enough to demand that their lawyers "stand down" in a case like this, it means they're genuinely committed to working things out right now. Yeah, it could fall through. But it sounds like both sides want it to work.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

Lawyers don't get paid unless they can create more conflict.  Whether it be a divorce, lawsuit, or this CBA, lawyers need problems to drag out their time and make more money.  Plus lawyers have a boxing ring mentality where they have to "move up the ranks" by beating other lawyers, in and out of court, so the case isn't always their prime interest.  There's a reason these cases go bad with lawyers, and that's just the way the lawyers want to go--quick resolutions don't earn them cash or notoriety.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

So you don't mind the greed in college football??

No because it isn't the players who make money.  Greed is good unless you're a player.



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

We can all sit here and beat each other up on this issue, but what it comes down to is if theres not a season or even that proposal of a 8 game season were all screwed... the packers have alot at stake were in our prime for another superbowl. another important thing is our pools. these guys dont care about us. they just want to pad their pockets.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:29 pm
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Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

Finally Smith has done something productive. If the lawyers are the problem then do what any business would do...get rid of them.

Simple problem but an even better solution.



Since: Aug 9, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

They need to get those scumb bag blood sucking lawyers out of the way. The longer this takes the more they line their pockets. 



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

. Bring on college games-SEC,Big Ten.Pac10,etc on Sunday. GREED on both sides has made me sick of the NFL.
So you don't mind the greed in college football??



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Report: CBA talks almost blew up Tuesday

Of course players can be replaced.... it happens every single season without exception.  Players come and go,,, superstars and franchise players retire or take lesser roles... but the fans keep watching and keep paying because in the end the fans are huge supporters of their favourite team and not the players.  The union has made it very clear to us the average NFL career is only around 4 years yet for some odd reason they want to make us believe the NFL can't survive without THESE PARTICULAR NFL PLAYERS....  odd, isn't it?

Not this crap again!


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