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Owners can't agree on opening books

Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:40 am
There is just one day left before a possible NFL Armageddon and a crucial event has happened within the past 24 hours.

There are some NFL owners who want to completely open the league's financial books to the union, has learned.

The problem is other NFL owners are refusing.

So the stalling in the talks has happened because one set of owners desires to open their books and others do not, a source explains. Thus ownership is stuck trying to find a way to mend these differences.

If ownership can, and the books are opened, a deal could likely be reached quite quickly.

That's where we are now. Ownership is arguing amongst itself.

Incredible, isn't it?

It's virtually impossible for ownership to reach a consensus on this issue by the Friday evening deadline so unless another extension is agreed upon, the lockout/decertification will happen then.

This is getting interesting. Right down to the wire.

Category: NFL
Tags: Labor

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:17 pm

Owners can't agree on opening books

Please tell us WHAT concessions the NFLPA has made

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Owners can't agree on opening books

If the owners want the players to pay them $800 million each year for 5 years it only makes sense for the players to be able to see the books.  I would never make a business deal like this without having the facts.  What are the owners hiding?  Why keep the players in the dark when by opening the books can lead to a resolution of the conflict?  Obviously, the owners were counting on the $4 billion payoff by the networks regardless of whether games were played.  Big Shout out to Doty.  Finally, IMO, it's the owners who are not giving an inch as the payers have made numeous concessions.  To say this a one-side negotiation is blatantly absurd.  Yet, as always, the fans and businesses that rely on the NFL for their living are the losers. 

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:09 pm

Owners can't agree on opening books

to me owners not wanting to open their books to the union shows the players are in the right.  I'm guessing teams like my own Buffalo Bills and teams in smaller markets are those willing to comply, to show the Union, hey we aren't making that much.  It's guys like Jerry Jones that is making far too much, that he can build a waste of a stadium like he did that doesn't want to share.  Sorry, but there's a nice stadium, and then there is overkill and what I saw at the Super Bowl this year was just gaudy and tacky.  Big screen here, big screen there....and you wonder why players want a bigger cut, they look around at the circus he created and think this guy is hiding money on us

Since: Jul 20, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:03 pm

Owners can't agree on opening books

I am asking this on a couple of sites. What if the owner's request that the players put all endorsement money into a pool to be divided like the 9 billion dollars in revenue? Do you think they would balk like the owners are now? Does anyone know how much is made in endorsements by the members of the NFLPA?

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:57 am

Owners can't agree on opening books

Doesn't matter if they open the books or not the players won't give an inch and that is what will kill the game.  For some reason the players think they have entitlement.  Everytime Smith opens his mouth his claim is that is not wat we want. I know these talks are supposed to be under wraps but they have not totally but what has been said sofar indcates this is a one-sided negotiation.

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