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Owners vote would put public pressure on players

Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 1:43 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Right now, there's ample pressure on both the owners and the players to get a Global Settlement Agreement locked in, so that the NFL year can begin relatively on time.

That duel pressure might not last though -- CBSSports.com's own Clark Judge reported from the owners meetings that "a majority of owners" in Atlanta on Thursday are planning to attend Myra Kraft's funeral on Friday morning.

And as a result, the owners are expected to vote on a new deal Thursday. They are also likely to ratify the deal -- every owner who's found his way in front of a camera believes there will be enough votes on the table to do so.

That means that by Thursday evening, if the NFLPA hasn't cleared the necessary obstacles to approve a settlement agreement, there could be a tremendous shift in public pressure to the players' side.

See, the owners are still locking the players out. No one's denying that. But as soon as they vote "yes" in their meeting, lift the lockout and start planning for a season there's only one group to blame if there's no football: the players.

Would it be the fault of all the players that a deal isn't taken care of by now? Of course not. In fact, there are probably two players specifically that you can point to when it comes to holding things up.

You can absolutely make the argument that Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins deserve some compensation for not only getting hosed by the CBA but for putting their names on the Brady v. NFL lawsuit, but it's going to be difficult for their attorneys to continue justifying a hold-up of the NFL season.

Because no matter what level of compensation -- the $20 million Jackson/Mankins want, or even the $320 million the players want in back benefits, for example -- and no matter how many players we're talking about, in the eyes of the fans, it will simply not justify delaying the start of the NFL season any longer.

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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Owners vote would put public pressure on players

I am not going to make an argument that Jackson or Mankins deserve anything, and actually don't think anyone can make a legitimate argument that they deserve anything.  They signed contracts and had to understand how the system worked.
When they signed those contracts, the system worked very differently.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Owners vote would put public pressure on players

"You can absolutely make the argument that and deserve some compensation for not only getting hosed by the CBA but for putting their names on the Brady v. NFL lawsuit, but it's going to be difficult for their attorneys to continue justifying a hold-up of the NFL season."

I am not going to make an argument that Jackson or Mankins deserve anything, and actually don't think anyone can make a legitimate argument that they deserve anything.  They signed contracts and had to understand how the system worked.  Maybe the union will give them something, but I highly doubt it.  I cannot imagine the owners will do anything because they have the system and most fans on their side when it comes to this issue.  I am sure both of those clowns thought they would get rich off of this, but I do not see it happening.  It is time to drop the suit and move on, or these guys will have to face the wrath of the fans, the players, and even the owners. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Owners vote would put public pressure on players

Justifies it for me. These two players got screwed, they should try to make it right.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Owners vote would put public pressure on players

The fans seem to want the players to play for minimum wage, so I don't think the players should put much stock into what the fans say they want.  By kickoff for Week 1 the fans will all forget what they were talking about right now anyway.  And then they'll pony up a 25% increase in costs without complaint.



Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Owners vote would put public pressure on players

THANK GOD THERE'S GOING TO BE A SEASON!



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