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Freeman: owners back to playing mind-games

Posted on: June 30, 2011 7:23 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 7:57 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

That crash you just heard behind you? That was the sound of the optimism surrounding the labor negotiations plummeting to the ground.* And if it startled you, that’s OK. It sounds like it was kind of a scary day.

While most everybody lately has been so positive about the lockout ending soon (talks between the players and owners were going well, the lawyers were being kept out of the room and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had become buddy-buddy),’s Mike Freeman has some bad news for you.

Today was not a good day on the labor front.

Freeman writes that the owners are back to playing mind-games. Writes Freeman: “I believe it is the owners who are destroying this round of talks, even as the two sides are extremely close. I believe the sources that tell me owners are playing mind games with the players: getting their optimism up and then down hoping the players cave out of frustration.”

I don’t see the players getting frustrated and caving. I see the players getting frustrated and then getting pissed. And the news makes you wonder if the owners still are content to take a risk and hope that the NFLPA cracks once the players start missing game checks. That would be one hell of a risk to take, because tactics like this seemingly only would make the players’ resolve grow stronger.


Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.

*Or it might be an intruder of some kind. Maybe you should stop reading for a second and go check it out.**

**Everything is cool, right? OK. Good. Glad to hear it.

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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:31 am

Freeman: owners back to playing mind-games

Freeman has never once had anything positive to say about owners. He sees clearly that he has everything to lose by writing a balanced article. You see his sources are mostly players. If he becomes marked as an enemy of the union he might as well take a job as a school janitor. So time after time we are deluged with one-sided reports which are nearly always utterly speculative and, of course, anti-owner. It is ok Mike. You keep fooling your fans. Harry Belefonte used to say "Wait for the masses, man. If you don't wait for them, when they catch up to you they will trample you to death!" After this many one-sided articles perhaps other writers here will be more widely read.

The owners are not going to go soft at the 11th hour. There are still serious issues to be resolved. However, none are supposed to be deal breakers. So a few more days of back and forth and the rest of the agreement will likely be settled. I am sure that the players have come to understand that their paychecks are still widly plentiful. Moving forward is the right thing to do.

Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:30 pm

Freeman: owners back to playing mind-games

Sir with all do respect you are dumdass the players have always folded when they miss a few paychecks go back and look at the last 2 stikes or lockouts.So if you are the owners why give up anything?The league needs the system fixed,players should get paid but there has to be some control and i know these owners should be able to control themselve but its immposible because the fans want winners, a big name free agent, and collusion among owners would be aginst the law based on barganing rights the players have got

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:16 pm

Freeman: owners back to playing mind-games

well, it wasn't settled by june 30.  fans should promise to boycott one week of games (tv and live) for each additional week it takes.  after all, the money these pigs are fighting for at the trough comes ultimately from the fan.

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