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Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:03 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 11:51 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Have we all taken for granted that a labor deal has to be in place by July 21 (Thursday)? Perhaps, yes. So it's a bit sobering to hear NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, speaking to reporters before the NFLPA's executive committee gets set to review a proposed labor deal, downplay the significance of that date.

"We're not tied to a timeline of July 21," Mawae said outside the NFLPA offices before heading in to review the proposal. "Our timeline is to get the best deal for our players. We're not going to agree to any deal unless it's the right deal for all the players."

See, again, everyone's assumed -- because of the good vibe going down in labor negotiations -- that the executive committee would walk into the NFLPA offices today, take a look at the deal, tell all the players they were good to go and then everyone would collectively high-five and football would be back.

It's pretty obvious from Mawae's comments that such a scenario isn't guaranteed. And that he's not necessarily "in-tune" with another potential sticking point -- the settlement of the Brady v. NFL class-action lawsuit.
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"Obviously this litigation with the named plaintiffs -- there's a process and I'm not familiar with the legal part of it," Mawae said.  "Whatever argument there is going on between them, I think there's a lot of sensationalism going on."

Look, his lack of clear-cut understanding of how the named plaintiffs will end up being compensated doesn't mean Mawae's not in touch with those guys. It's necessary for Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins and the rest of the guys on the lawsuit to settle their legal issues with the NFL before we see a settlement.

And maybe at the end of the day, there's an approved proposal that's heading to the owners' meeting in Atlanta for ratification tomorrow.

But Mawae's comments are a tangible reminder that there are lots of moving parts in this deal, and even though everyone seems full of sunshine and rainbows when it comes to a labor deal getting done, it's still not done yet.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:59 pm

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Mawae is retired. I don't think there's any paycheck he's giving up.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:37 pm

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Ok if I elected a guy President of my non-existent union, and he's been sitting in meetings for the last 3 months or so supposedly hashing out a contract that will affect my future, and he's now presenting this work to me...I'd expect him to know by now if it's any good, right? Seriously, it's already waaaaaaay past due and he's still talking like it ain't finished yet?! What a Meathead. Quit talking like your willing to give up your paycheck Mawae, cause you ain't. Neither is anyone else, player OR owner, in this little charade. Tell your people to shut up and sign. You're going to do it anyway, so don't be goofy. The jig is up and everyone knows it, except maybe Kevin Mawae, he must have been sleeping through all the stupid meeting we had to hear about every friggin day!!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:12 pm

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Bunch of greedy SOB's. Too bad the owners didn;t stick it to them a little more. not all players are greedy but the ones who have the most seem to be the greediest.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:11 pm

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Take it for what it's worth, but SI is reporting that the lone holdout in the Brady suit is Vincent Jackson. Of course he is. Haven't we seen what he's all about time and time again? Every other plaintiff, according to the article, has signed off. Of course they also have another article claiming that the players won't even have anything to vote on today, and that's what pisses me off. The lockout reporting has been terrible across the board from day one. It's close, then it's not, then it's done, then it's not, then it's really close, then obstacles remain, then it's close again until it isn't, and on and on we go. It's like none of these professional journalists care to or are capable of distinguishing between actual reporting and baseless speculating. When it's done, report it. Stop throwing sh*t at a wall to see what sticks.

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Posted on: July 20, 2011 12:06 pm
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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:52 am

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Who exactly were the NFL owners negotiating with during all this time. 
LSUSMC, I've been asking that same question on here for months, and no one's been able to give me a straight answer yet--or any answer at all, really.  Just some general talk about "lawyers" (for a handful of named plaintiffs, presumably) and "DeMaurice Smith" (not clear whom he's working for, since the NFLPA decertified itself as you mention and supposedly can't engage in collective bargaining, unless that was a sham). 
But I guess one of the consequences of the unwise decertification--i.e., in addition to getting slapped down in court about it and hurting the players' bargaining position--may be that it puts the few named plaintiffs in a position to be speed bumps in the way of a settlement.  But I guess I'm not worried about that too much.  I'm sure that the other players (and the NFLPA, whatever that is at the moment) will have their ways and means of making their displeasure with these guys known to them if need be, and I can't see the named plaintiffs being willing to be pariahs by holding up the settlement and keeping their colleagues out of work.  Or, it could all be just a negotiating ploy--you know, the  old one about moving the goal posts back just before the kick.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:14 am

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Everyone listed in that Brady class action suit, is not starving by any means. Its just the players being greedy as usual. When is this B.s. gonna end. These guy want to be granted unrestriected FA, srew them. Sit out tough guys, so your true stand in this matter, but no, let's ask for more $$$$. it is and always be about the money.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:48 am

Mawae: NFLPA 'not tied to a timeline of July 21'

Fire Kevin Meallaboutme, it is this kind of garbage attitudes that have help up everything.  I will still watch football whenever it resumes but there are certain players I couldn't give to good craps about anymore.  They are trash and don't deserve to be allowed to play in the NFL.  I would rather watch the NFL start over and get rid of any player who doesn't agree to play for what the nfl team offers as compensation, if a player doens't like it, go get a real job.

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