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Progress in labor talks?

Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:26 am
 

Is it possible there is some progress in the NFL labor talks?

Progress might be a strong word -- it might even be the wrong word -- but there are indications the talks have gone beyond the finger pointing stage and are now at least into the discussion stage.

"We're finally seriously discussing the issues," said a source with knowledge of the talks.

The way the source put it: over the past few months negotiations were pointless because both sides refused to see the other's position. Mediation may have softened -- slightly, very slightly-- the razor sharp edge off the previously heated discussions and now there is actual communication.

But the source expressed great caution saying mediation can rarely solve labor issues as complex as these. The source would not provide any details of what's happening in mediation. My guess: the talks will still drag well into the spring.

But there's hope. A little. A smidge. A tiny, little smidge.


Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

 The league has an anti-trust agreement that prohibits other competitors (teams) from entering the marketplace and competing with them. 
AFL ring a bell? 






Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

He didn't say a whole hell of a lot in that "tiny little smidge" of a column, did he?



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:21 am
 

Progress in labor talks?

Giants fan, you might want to go back and look at your economics lessons.

The business of NFL football is NOT CAPITALISM.  The league has an anti-trust agreement that prohibits other competitors (teams) from entering the marketplace and competing with them.  Guess what...the contracts with the unions are COLLECTIVELY bargained...ie like socialism, not capitalsm.  If it was true capitalism, someone could start a competing team in a market so consumers would have a choice of which team to go see and the one that put the best product on the field for the best consumer price would win.

Capitalsm????  When is the last time you heardt of competitors telling a company who they can be sold to or where a business (team) can be located? 

Please read a little more before you start throwing around big words like capitalism. 

PS...the US economy is not purely capatilist and has been moving rapidly away from that since the great depression.



Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

God, I am so sick of comments like this.
No, no you wouldn't.   You know why?   For the same reason you ask for a raise at whatever job you work at.   Matter of fact, I'm sure you EXPECT a raise the longer you work there.  Football is a JOB for these guys.  Yeah, for some of them it's fun, but guess what?  There are a LOT of people who enjoy their jobs and there are even some who think it's fun.  Guess what?  They still want to be paid what they are worth!
Let's flip the script.  The owners?  They want to make money!  Just like you would if you owned something that made money.   And when times get tough, they have to cover costs and sometimes they have to give employees pay cuts if the buisness ain't doing so well.   Do the employees like it?  HELL NO!   But sometimes that's what it takes to run a successful buisness
And guess what that's called... CAPITALISM!   You're in America, get used to it.  Or else move to China!



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

The owners hold all the cards. The current TV deal pays them this year even if there are no games, so if theres a lockout they get paid by the networks and they dont have pay players salaries... I'm not saying that's a cool way to do business. I'm just saying the owners hold all the cards and once the players start missing paychecks they will be the fisrt to cave.
For some reason people seem to think all the money brought in from various sources is net income that goes in their pockets. People need to realize there are many expenses that go along with running an NFL team as well as income. Make no mistake about it, if there are no games played in 2011 then the owners will be operating their teams in the red for the season regardless if TV stations continue to pay or not. 



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

Honestly, who cares what Freeman says?



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

"Is it possible there is some progress in the" ... effort to get Mike Freeman fired???



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

Man... you play FOOTBALL for a living. I'd take a paycut to do that...



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

I agree 100 %



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Progress in labor talks?

I think it was about 3 weeks ago that I posted"The owners hold all the cards"

Good One.

If you look back you'll find my post had the exact same material;You just changed them around a bit, but not much.
 
Just a few days ago I posted how the owners knew what they wanted & were prepared to cancel  the entire season to get it.

I ended with:Do the players have the same rsolve?

Now the same thing has been written 3 times.


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