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The battle for hearts and minds

Posted on: March 12, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 11:55 pm
 

There is the battle in the court between the players and owners and then there is another battle.

The other battle is the battle for you, the fan.

As both sides prepare for court fights they are simultaneously fighting to win a PR war.

Since the lockout, the NFL has sent numerous releases to many in the media. Some are statements from owners like Art Rooney II expressing their disappointment in the union. Others are announcements about high-powered additions to their legal team.

Cincinnati owner Mike Brown told the Cincinnati Enquirer that all the players cared about was the money. Then, president of the San Diego Chargers, Dean Spanos, released a statement accusing DeMaurice Smith of not negotiating in good faith. The Kansas City Chiefs added their own statement as well. The Broncos said they're willing to open their books.
 
The league also announced that Roger Goodell was slashing his salary to $1. It's doubtful the NFL commissioner, however, will need to borrow a few duckets to put food on the table.

All of the statements basically have the same purpose which is to blame the players for the current labor crisis.

The player's association re-released its own statements immediately following their decertification. My guess: the players saw what the owners said and wanted to, again, make the position known that the owners are lying.

Both sides are clearly fighting for control of you. Your mind. Your opinion.

But the players won't stay silent for long. It's only a matter of time before they begin to counter what the league is saying.

And the battle continues...

 







Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
Comments

Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:55 am
 

The battle for hearts and minds

red wings you said it perfectly. The players don't like the system get your butt out and find a real job. Nobody made them play football. You don't get to set your salary. Manning, Brees, Brady the NFL was here before they'll survive without you. Bring in the replacement players and i'll watch them. Play the 2011 with them and dont look back. Tom Brady wants to play football he can try out with Hamilton Tiger Cats.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:09 pm
 

The battle for hearts and minds

In 99% of cases with other jobs, you or I can be replaced very easily by someone else who will do a comprable job if not better. A high profile football player in most cases can not be replaced as easily. They are the face or faces of their respective franchise. THEY, ultimately bring in the money while an owner has to do little to nothing other than watch the money come in. Someone is getting payed, and in my eyes it should be the players who are out there risking injury  and are the whole reason we turn on the TV to watch our teamin teh first place, not some stuffy billionaire owner in a business suit who gets to impress his rich friends that he owns an NFL team. And on top of it, has to do little to nothing to actually make money with his team.  So IMO , If money is going to go somewhere it should go into the current players pockets as well as retired players for medical and retirement benefits. The money is there, share the wealth.

Man... where do I start.  First of all even NFL players CAN be replaced.... and it can be done very easily.  Remember where most of these players come from, U.S colleges primarily through the NFL draft.  And even if undrafted,  most come from U.S college football.  There are THOUSANDS of players that don't make the NFL that are damn good at what they do.... would they be AS good as today's players at first? No..... but over time things would be ok.    They would play for less money, and just like it used to be back in the day everything would cost less...... for the owners and the fans.... 
So you say the players ultimately bring in all the money and deserve most of it?  That's crazy... why should any employer be forced to do that? They are in business to make as much money as possible and take insane risks doing so.  Buying an NFL franchise isn't cheap and it's not easy to do.... if it fails, the owner is in big trouble financially... I know you'll say they can't fail but that's just stupidity on your part if you even think that...
As for pensions, that's the biggest joke of all.  NFL players grossed over 3 billion dollars last year.  Why can't they agree to let their union take FIVE PERCENT of their overall pay, put it into a pension fund and take care of themselves? That would amount to 150 million dollars per year... let me break it down for you further.  A guy making 500 grand contributes 25 thousand dollars and lives on 475 grand... a guy making 10 million contributes 500 grand and lives on 9.5 million dollars......  why should an owner of any business be forced to cover a retired player's healthcare for life? What if their business goes under? What if the league starts losing money 20 years down the road?  Are you a psychic?? Do you really know what's going to happen in 20 years???????




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 6:12 pm
 

The battle for hearts and minds

And in the end, the fans will moan and whine about how the owners are greedy and the players are spoiled and games will be missed.....

and when they do return, those same fans will rush to buy more season tickets, renew their NFL Sunday Ticket and then base their own self-esteem on the success and the failure of their teams.

Until the next work stoppage and we do it all over again.

So, while we blame the owners and the players, don't forget the fans who are so desperate to watch a bunch of grown men play football for millions of dollars that they will be singing Glory Halleluyah when the NFL does return....

when they should be singing "Don't go away mad, just go away."



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:41 pm
 

The battle for hearts and minds

 The problem is that playing a sport at this level is no ordinary job. In 99% of cases with other jobs, you or I can be replaced very easily by someone else who will do a comprable job if not better. A high profile football player in most cases can not be replaced as easily. They are the face or faces of their respective franchise. THEY, ultimately bring in the money while an owner has to do little to nothing other than watch the money come in. Someone is getting payed, and in my eyes it should be the players who are out there risking injury  and are the whole reason we turn on the TV to watch our teamin teh first place, not some stuffy billionaire owner in a business suit who gets to impress his rich friends that he owns an NFL team. And on top of it, has to do little to nothing to actually make money with his team.  So IMO , If money is going to go somewhere it should go into the current players pockets as well as retired players for medical and retirement benefits. The money is there, share the wealth.



Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: March 13, 2011 1:09 pm
 

The battle for hearts and minds

Players get paid, just like anyone else. As long as laws are not being broken then do your job.  If you dont like playing for mILLIONS, go play in the UFL or Canadian league, or start your own.  Unions are terrible.  Want everything and give nothing, make people lazy.  If you dont like the company you work for find a new jOb period!!!!



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 12:07 pm
 

The battle for hearts and minds

Captain Obvious, if you had a skill that only a small percentage of the planet could perform then you would be able to ask yor boss to open his books without out fear of being fired.  If you had said skill and the buisiness you were involved with was at it's highest popularity, yet your boss asked you to work more (two more games) and make 10 percent less, would you settle?  The fact is, you can't compare yourself to the players.  All they've asked is to continue the recently expired contract, not more money.  The owners are the ones asking for more money.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:50 am
 

The battle for hearts and minds


If I walked into his office and said I need to know how much money he makes, I would be fired.  Get over yourselves players.

No kidding. Seems to me the owners have made a ton of concessions & compromises already. Heres a letter Commissioner Goddell sent out, outlining those concessions. The Union is a plague & if we dont have football this yr, blame them & their collective greed.

Dear NFL Fan,

When I wrote to you last on behalf of the NFL, we promised you that we would work tirelessly to find a collectively bargained solution to our differences with the players' union. Subsequent to that letter to you, we agreed that the fastest way to a fair agreement was for everyone to work together through a mediation process. For the last three weeks I have personally attended every session of mediation, which is a process our clubs sincerely believe in.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that earlier today the players' union walked away from mediation and collective bargaining and has initiated litigation against the clubs. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, our clubs offered a deal today that was, among other things, designed to have no adverse financial impact on veteran players in the early years, and would have met the players’ financial demands in the latter years of the agreement.

The proposal we made included an offer to narrow the player compensation gap that existed in the negotiations by splitting the difference; guarantee a reallocation of savings from first-round rookies to veterans and retirees without negatively affecting compensation for rounds 2-7; no compensation reduction for veterans; implement new year-round health and safety rules; retain the current 16-4 season format for at least two years with any subsequent changes subject to the approval of the league and union; and establish a new legacy fund for retired players ($82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years).

It was a deal that offered compromise, and would have ensured the well-being of our players and guaranteed the long-term future for the fans of the great game we all love so much. It was a deal where everyone would prosper.

We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately. NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.

While we are disappointed with the union's actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our League. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.

  

Yours,
Roger Goodell





Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: March 13, 2011 10:56 am
 

The battle for hearts and minds

Very true comment about being fired, there are things that don't need to be known by the employee. He doesn' want to hear how far  you stick your neck out to get that contract, that is going to keep there butt employed. You take every NFL players while in college, there number 1 goal is to make it into the nfl, period. Once they get there and if there a outstanding player, they seem to get Balls. Once they suceed they become more Greedy!! The Owners are the one's that have gave them a opportunity to suceed, now they come back and bite the hand that feeds them. I supports the Owners on this, they have suceeded in life and put thereselves in the postion to own a Team, more power to them. They have created a hell of a lot of jobs in the cities that they have Team. 



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:59 am
 

The battle for hearts and minds

This sentence at the end makes no sense as does the entire blog...This guy must have written some random thoughts while sitting in the mensroom..of cbs sports..


But the players won't stay silent for long. It's only a matter of time before they begin to counter what the league is saying.




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:24 am
 

The battle for hearts and minds

I am a huge NFL fan and a season ticket holder.  The thing that cracks me up about this is the players demanding the owners "open thier books" to see how mucn money they make and where it goes.  As a working man, I make a lot of money for my boss and my company.  If I walked into his office and said I need to know how much money he makes, I would be fired.  Get over yourselves players.


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