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Tuesday meeting to update owners on negotiations

Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 10:24 am
 


Posted by Ryan Wilson

As planned, the NFL owners are meeting Tuesday in Chicago. Hopefully that means actual football won't be far behind. The league and the players have spent much of June working through the details of a new collective bargaining agreement, although there hasn't been a resolution.  

As for what's on the agenda in the Windy City, NFL Network's Albert Breer has the details.

"Tuesday's meeting was originally scheduled as a one-day session, but clubs were advised last week to be prepared for the proceedings to spill into Wednesday," Breer writes. "No formal votes are scheduled for the meetings, with the labor committee and [Roger] Goodell having completed three sets of clandestine negotiations with the players."

"We're giving the clubs a briefing on the status of the labor discussions," NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told NFL Network. "And we'll allow them to ask any questions, give them a legal update on the status of the various court actions, and just make sure they fully understand everything that's happened over the last month and make sure they're fully informed as we proceed through the end of this month and into July."

Mid-July had been identified as the likely timeframe for both sides to reach an agreement on a new CBA, but there have been setbacks. Last week, an ESPN report suggested some owners were resistant to a new deal because they feared it didn't address the concerns that led to the lockout in the first place -- namely, the owner's unhappiness with the 2006 CBA.

Also not helping: CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is reporting that some owners have contacted their star players, telling them that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is leading them in the wrong direction. The NFL, of course, prohibits communication between teams and players during the lockout.

Sounds like a job for the commissioner, as well as Robert Kraft and John Mara, two of the most well-respected owners in the league.

The Chicago attendees include Goodell, Pash, outside counsel Bob Batterman, labor committee co-chairmen Jerry Richardson and Pat Bowlen, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Giants owner John Mara, Bengals owner Mike Brown, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Steelers president Art Rooney, Chargers president Dean Spanos and Packers CEO Mark Murphy.

As PFT.com's Mike Florio notes, Kraft's not on the list but he should be.

For now, all we can do is wait.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Tuesday negotiations

As Commissioner Goodell has said this meeting will go a long way to determining whether there will be a CBA in time to play the schedule. The articles are consistently coming from CBSSports.com slanted to the players. One reason this might be true is that most sources for writers are the players. Seriously, do you think owners are ever 'anonymous sources'? So pandering to the players makes sense to enable locker room interviews and sources for stories.

In reality this CBA seeks to return to a more reasonable balance between owners and players. Start with a significant reduction in rookie salaries and bonuses. The idea that the highest paid player in the league should be a rookie before he has taken even one snap in the NFL is totally out of whack. Next the CBA must provide for and maintain a compeditive balance between the teams. Then the CBA must provide for a fair return on equity to the risk takers (owners). Next the players' safety concerns must be fully addressed. Next the players' retirement system must be fully funded. And not the remainder can be divided fairly among the players, hopefully to the scale of the talent and position played by the player.

Certainly we can reason that this CBA is not all one-sided as both sides are talking and encouraged. We shall hope that the attorneys are kept in the back rows and the partiipants are willing and able to speak for their constituants and determined to meet in the middle. Our games depend on those factors. It is enough.


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