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Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:12 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Football's been back for more than a week now. Well, kind of -- there's still the whole pesky notion of an actual CBA getting ratified in time for the beginning of the league year on Thursday, August 4.

Per the language in the NFL's official 2011 NFL Calendar on August 4, "All 2011 contracts signed on or after July 26 become effective at 4:01 p.m. ET, assuming NFLPA has ratified the CBA." (Emphasis mine.)

Reached for comment on Wednesday, the NFL also added emphasis to the language above.

"The League Year would start after the CBA is ratified by the players," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told CBSSports.com.

It's been assumed by most folks that such a ratification is as good as done (though if you were smart and subscribed to the CBS Football Podcast, you'd already know it wasn't guaranteed after our convo with NFLPA spokesman George Atallah).

But Steelers player rep Ryan Clark, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, spun a different story at Steelers' training camp on Wednesday.

Bouchette notes on Twitter that Clark "doubts" the CBA will be "ratified in time for those vets not practicing to join teams" by the start of the league year on Thursday.

Clark, according to Bouchette, says the "major holdup" with the ratification of the CBA "is Roger Goodell's disciplinary power." Bouchette doesn't note whether Clark's concerned with Goodell disciplining players who broke the personal conduct policy or whether the players are concerned with the actual disciplinary process going forward, but both could be considered obstacles in negotiation.

Adding fuel to the fire? Steelers' cornerback William Gay, who signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh this offseason after hitting free agency, tweeted on Wednesday that he "probably wont be able to practice to tomorrow as accepted."

He likely means expected, but spelling's not the issue here -- the problem is that right now the public thinks football's moving full steam towards starting the league year at 4:01 p.m. ET on Thursday and there is apparently still a speed bump or two to clear first.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:07 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?



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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

If you don't think players are going to fight over every last period and comma in the CBA, you're nuts. It's not like they want to practice. The Never-ending story continues.

I have a solution I'm willing to bet money would kick the players in the ass and force them to sign quickly.  The risk would be the owners could lose some money but who cares, the owners should show the players who's boss.   If the CBA isn't ratified by 4pm Thursday, the league should let the union know they have 48 hours to get it done or week 1 of the regular season is cancelled.  Not exhibition games, but regular seasons games.  48 hours later week 2 disappears.  The league should just tell the players they are looking out for them. Not enough practice and less exhibition games isn't good for them or the quality of the product.  This means yes, the owners lose money but they'll be fine, they are billionaires. It's the players who were already seeking high interest loans through private lenders in case they are forced to miss any paychecks. 

I can't believe for a second how the league potentially disciplines players is going to be the obstacle though.  A much larger percentage of players stay clean then players that don't.   If the union reps are even trying to delay for that reason the NFL should hold a press conference and let everybody know, including the 95 percent of NFL players that never get into any trouble what the holdup is and why they'll be missing checks. 



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

I guess that means you've had a d!ck in your mouth



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

"wow you white boys are mighty brave behind a screen lol ......but i rather be a black crack dealer then a white crack head lol and if you think white folks do not smoke crack go to the white parts of any inner city or street corner they are sucking dics for 20 dollars to get high lol"

What kind of nonsense are you spewing?  You want to pay some guy $20 for that, that is your business.  Why you feel the need to broadcast that is beyond me. 


tiredofcrap2
Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:37 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

The players are morons.  Like they can read and comprehend the language in the CBA.  At least they know they are morons and likely to do stupid stuff, so they are rightfully worried that the commissioner will punish their childish behavior. 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Players 'doubt' CBA will be ratified by Thursday?

William Gay's grammar is further proof that these guys would be crack dealers if there was no NFL



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