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Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:43 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 9:53 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

A new collective bargaining agreement could be in place and ratified during the July 21 league meetings, ESPN reported Monday morning. This comes on the heels of another report Sunday that the two sides are "in really good shape" and that they're down to "one main issue … the rookie wage scale."

One NFL owner told ESPN over the weekend that there's "no reason to believe [the deal] won't get done." The thinking is that a handshake agreement will be put in place in the next seven to 10 days allowing each side to ratify it and start the 2011 season.

UPDATE (9:45 a.m. ET): ESPN has added the following paragraph to its original report: "However, one member of the players' negotiating team who has been a constant presence at the table said that players feel they have made significant concessions and overtures "that have not been reciprocated."

One issue with the July 21 ratification date: for weeks we've heard that if an agreement wasn't in place by July 15, free agency and training camps could be delayed, and preseason games could be lost, which would cost the owners and players anywhere from $200-$800 million.

The workaround to that, via the ESPN report:
While a rookie wage system has been identified as the most complex issue still to be resolved between the owners and players as they return to the negotiating table this week in New York, the level of overall confidence in reaching an agreement also is evident in a document known as "The Transition Rules" that NFL teams would follow if and when both players and owners ratify a new labor agreement.

The Transition Rules spell out an actual timeline for roster transactions under the July 21 deal scenario, including the start of the new league year during which free agents would become eligible for the open market on July 28.

With the tight timeline, teams will be scrambling to fill rosters that must be set at 90 players on roughly Aug. 3 -- but all training camps would be able to open on time.

If the deal were to be ratified July 21, it would assure that almost all preseason games would be played, according to sources
The only game that might be affected is the August 7 Hall of Fame game, which as of last week was still slated to be played.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

The rookie wage scale is being talked about like something that can just be slapped together on a cocktail napkin. I agree that a rookie wage scale is sorely needed, but it's complicated. That wage scale could definitely delay a deal, no matter what the countless blindly optimistic reports suggest. And what about the "right of first refusal" proposal that the Union would be absolutely insane to agree to? And what about the league's suggested deadline of August 12th for rookies to sign deals? 254 rookies will have roughly two weeks to sign deals? Unless you slot the first round like the NBA does, that will never, ever happen. Not enough time. And what if Doty rules tomorrow? The 8th ruled at the worst possible time, so Doty has no reason not to follow suit. I might sound like a nut ranting away in my tinfoil helmet, but I still say the regular season will be cut in half at the very least.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:26 am
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

greedy owners will jack up prices right away after their new "deal" --- chump fans better get out their wallets.

There is an easy solution for what you just said,,,,, if you don't want to, don't open up your wallet !  They aren't "greedy" owners at all.  You need to look up "supply and demand", do some homework and get back to me.  Prices in any industry will always rise if the market supports it.  They will continue to rise until attendance drops, it's that simple.  Only a stupid owner wouldn't raise ticket, concession and parking prices when they know people will continue to open their wallets and do whatever they're told to do.  Why wouldn't they?  If fans really want costs to go down they'll stop buying things and just as important stop watching the games on TV where the league makes a fortune as well.  And by the way, the players get a huge cut of these revenues as well... where do you think their salaries come from? 

BUT... the reality of the situation is a massive percentage of fans aren't going to stop going to games or buying things or watching games on tv every single Sunday.  And as long as that's the case, nothing will change.  Don't blame the owners though... believe me the players LOVE IT when the fans cost goes up to attend games.  That means more money for their pockets as well...




Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:01 am
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

Nice.....A day after the deadline to get free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings.  Thanks for nothing NFL :)



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:58 am
 

pay up

greedy owners will jack up prices right away after their new "deal" --- chump fans better get out their wallets.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:41 am
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

A new collective bargaining agreement could be in place and ratified during the July 21 league meetings
You mean by the owners?  What about by the players?  A few more of them to consult, I suppose.  Especially since the union decertified and can't engage in collective bargaining, right?

a rookie wage system has been identified as the most complex issue still to be resolved between the owners and players . . .
You mean the current veteran players even care what the rookies will make?  Well, maybe it'll affect what's available to the veterans under whatever salary cap there may be under the new deal.   And of course the Players Association may care, since I guess it may affect the amount of dues the rookies have to pay it.  But one way or another, I can't see the rookies' pay being the major holdup from the players' side.



Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:33 am
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

amen



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 10:23 am
 

Report: New CBA could be ratified by July 21

I highly doubt that.....


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