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NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

Posted on: July 25, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 12:08 am
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Posted by Will Brinson



The 32 NFLPA reps voted unanimously to approve the CBA on Monday afternoon, according to NFLPA spokesman George Atallah.

NFL Labor

That's right. The NFL is back.

"It's been a long time coming, and football is back -- that's the great news for everybody," Roger Goodell said at a press conference in front of the NFLPA offices. "I want to thank [DeMaurice Smith] and all of the players for their leadership and securing the long-term future of the game. Having a 10-year agreement is extraordinarily great for our game and most importantly our fans."

There are still a few steps before the deal is "officially" official, of course. This includes recertification as well as the approvement of the settlement. But for all intents and purposes were are ready to roll with the 2011 NFL season.

"This is a long time coming," Jerry Richardson said. "I would like to say what a pleasure it's been to work with the players in this negotiation."

Patriots owner Bob Kraft offered perhaps the best perspective on the entire situation, however.

"On behalf of both sides, I'd like to apologize to the fans," Kraft said, before complimenting the deal and the two sides for their work.

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hgtrerte
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:30 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:58 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

Mr. Kraft said what he said to the fans because he is a fan.  Mr. Kraft was a season ticket holder with the Patriots before he bought the team to keep them in Foxburough.  He is by far one of the best owners in the business and he just showed why. 

Mr Kraft reminds me so much of Mike Ilitch, the Detroit Red Wings owner in the sense that both grew up loving the sport they bought into and are very passionate about what they do. The result?  Both teams very good every year in their respective leagues.  That can't come as a surprise. 



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:27 pm
 

NFLPA and NFL owe the Fans

Dear Mr. Goodell and NFL Owners,


We the fans have put up with all this crap for the last several months. The NFL likes to tell us how much they appreciate the fans, well it's time to put up or shut up. We have proposals of our own.

1. Broadcast ALL home games sold out or not. 

2. Give away footballs during the games without fines to the players, such as: A player scores and tosses the ball up to a fan. A player gets knocked out of bounds and can toss the ball into the stands. 

3. Remove the net behind the goal-post so all extra points and FG attempts will result in a fan getting a football. MLB gives away an average of 60 baseballs per game. I think the NFL can afford a few hundred dollars worth of footballs per game.

4. The NHL has three stars after each game and they sign sticks and give them to the fans. The NFL could have several players sign footballs after the game and toss them up to the fans. They could even have a raffel during the game using seat number so fans in the nose bleeds could get a football as well.

5. Broadcast 2 games at 1pm on Sunday and 2 games at 4pm on Sundays, EVERY Sunday.

6. NFL.com broadcast live radio feeds of games and charges for them, allow those radio feeds to be broadcast for FREE as they are in the local markets anyway.

7. Stagger the broadcast times so there are not 12 games starting at 1pm on Sunday. Fans would have a better chance to catch more action live.


Thank you for your time,

The Fann

DoubleN



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:25 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

That's right. The NFL is back.
 
Amen!

All the bashing should stop. Roger Goodell should be highly commended for doing his job. He not only stopped the courts from deciding the NFL's future now, but they won't have a say for the next 10 years! That's in the agreement that both sides have to go to an arbitrator they mutually agree on. Goodell showed restraint and leadership in helping to get such a long and historic agreement.

DeMaurice Smith should also be commended for realizing his failed strategy of using the courts was going to explode in his face. He changed course, started to truly negotiate and made sure his minions didn't get overly emotional. In the end, he got a fair deal and labor peace as well. His players also dodged an 18-game season for at least 2 years. They can negotiate with the owners getting possibly more % of the profits or an extension of rosters in return for the 18 games. Holding that chip was smart and could be valuable.

This is also a victory for collective bargaining. It shows why it can work if both sides want it to. The key is always compromise and good faith. Having been involved in interest-based negotiations, I know the importance of both. After all the rancor, Goodell and Smith seem to form a bond or at least an understanding of how they needed to work together. They both deserve praise here.

The talking heads and empty-headed writers will write about the winners and losers. Once again, they'll show their lack of understanding and perspective. The fact is owners, players and most of all the fans were all winners. The owners get a higher % of profits, the players get the 1 billion skimmed off the top eliminated.The fans get the most. We are talking 10 years of labor peace.

Now we have a free-agent frenzy to look forward to, then pre-season, then the real deal. That's all football fans want. We win!



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:34 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

Mr. Kraft said what he said to the fans because he is a fan.  Mr. Kraft was a season ticket holder with the Patriots before he bought the team to keep them in Foxburough.  He is by far one of the best owners in the business and he just showed why.  He helped get the deal done because he understands both points of view.  Now we have football and that's what really counts. Play on players.Cool



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:16 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

The delay was to read the contract and make sure the owners did not add anything strange at the last moment. 

Yeah sure. Because after the owners negotiated for months with the union and their lawyers they were gpoing to slip something in the players weren't expecting.  Right.  Because the owners were counting on the players and the lawyers just trusting them and not looking the new CBA over before they signed it...

Give me a break man...... 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:13 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

And the image of him and Jeff Saturday together is the only image I want to take from the whole, sordid mess. Talk about putting everything into its proper universal perspective.

Amen to that sir.  People forget very quickly we're only on this earth for a very short amount of time. Whether we live 30 or 50 or 90 years it's not a long time... our time goes by very quickly.  And when we leave we don't get to take money or houses or cars with us.  That's what pisses me off about these things.... drives me nuts to think people in this world are never happy with what they have.  They are always looking for more and never are completely happy in their lives..... pretty sad if you ask me. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:06 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

Yep, Robert Kraft is about as good as it gets. And the image of him and Jeff Saturday together is the only image I want to take from the whole, sordid mess. Talk about putting everything into its proper universal perspective.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:55 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

The delay was to read the contract and make sure the owners did not add anything strange at the last moment. Then did not want to vote last weekend out of respect for Mrs Kraft the Patroits owners wife who passed away late last week.
I am very glad to see football back. Now lets get the free agency started so we ban start looking at Fantasy Football and figure out who will be playing where.
Glad they were able to make it a ten year deal. We won't have to worry about a work stopage for a decade.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:54 pm
 

NFLPA votes to unanimously approve CBA

Robert Craft is a CLASS ACT!!!!!!!!!!

He sure is.  Before he commented on anything else he thanked the fans, something not all owners would do and something he certainly didn't have to do. Idiots that don't like him will call it a P.R move but the reality of the situation is his team was always going to sell out every game this coming season regardless of anything he says.  I believe him.  I believe he is one owner that feels for the fans unlike a few others and even a lot of players that could care less.




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