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NFL, players close to starting mediation again

Posted on: April 10, 2011 6:39 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 7:19 pm
 
The players and owners might begin mediation as soon as late next week, two sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Where the mediation will be held is still in question. It could be back under the control of mediator George Cohen or under federal jurisdiction in Minnesota. The former is what the owners want and the latter is the desire of the players. Cohen has yet to return a call to CBSSports.com.

One source texted: "We're reaching a pivotal moment."

That's because another round of mediation could finally end the lockout and start the season. Sources on both sides felt a second round of mediation might lead to a deal.

Another source explained Judge Susan Nelson has said in no uncertain terms she wants both sides to try and work out an agreement. Nelson doesn't seem to be fooling around. The reason mediation has a chance is because she will be monitoring it closely and won't put up with any silliness.

"We got the message," said one source.



Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:13 am
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

First of all, who cares what the Union is tired of, THERE IS NO UNION. The players filed paperwork and dissolved it (hahahaha). I believe it was obvious this was a way to try and sneak around the law to begin with. As far as the owners opening their books and paying what the players deserve, what planet are you from? What businesses out there open their books to employees so the employees can refuse to work until they take all the profit? Last time I checked there was not an underpaid pro football player out there. The only people getting screwed here is the fans. I think the players need to take pay cuts, the owners need to reduce all pricing, and maybe fans can start going back to the games. 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:50 am
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

SCREW THE NFL...WHOSE READY FOR SOME COLLEGE/HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL??



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:49 am
 

Time to Pay Up!

the greedy nfl billionaires need to open their books and pay the players all the money the union is demanding!  the players deserve a lot more money and the owners have plenty of cash.  The players are being locked out and don't have enough money to pay their bills due to the owners.  If they don't pay, the court will give the players triple damages so the owners better get with it soon.  The union is getting tired of this.



Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:46 am
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

players like manning and brady cry about money now to there a part oof the problem f em all the owners took the risk and put out cash to make it happen im on there side cuz the greedy azz players wouldnt do it playing is a privalage not a inheritance



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 1:15 am
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

If the owners want to bust  the Union and get a deal done, they should offer the players a minimum salary of $1.5 million per year and a hard salary cap of $75 million.  The current minimum salaried players would rush the table and send the Union on its merry way.  Of course the lotttery winning players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would not like this deal.
The only problem with this plan is; it is both anti-capitalist and illegal. The owners of businesses in a related industry cannot collectively get together and decide that they'll cap salaries or product prices so as to limit competition amongst one another, that is the antithesis of "free-market." Like it or not, the owners operate under extremely favorable conditions as a result of there being a union. 


As many pro-owner posters point out...the owners are millionaire/billionare successes outside of football, and do not rely on that revenue. If this is true, why all the guff over a few million more? Why not let the labor of this "hobbyist enterprise" you call an NFL franchise reap more benefits? It is, after all, because of them that $9 billion+ (and growing) is generated to begin with. Why not let them reap the lion's share of those fruits? 

At the end of the day, the argument that the owners don't need the money so screw the labor over by forfeiting a season is both economically and morally bankrupt. If the owners don't need the money, then do the right thing, and pay your players.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:42 am
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

If the owners want to bust  the Union and get a deal done, they should offer the players a minimum salary of $1.5 million per year and a hard salary cap of $75 million.  The current minimum salaried players would rush the table and send the Union on its merry way.  Of course the lotttery winning players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would not like this deal.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:17 pm
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

Yawn.........let the owners have a year with no revenue and let the players go out and earn a living in construction, auto sales, retail, or any career that doesn't make them instant millionaires. Enough is enough....

The owners may go without NFL revenue but they have very successful businesses, don't worry about them.  Not even one NFL owner would starve if the NFL was to disappear forever.  Thirteen of these NFL owners are in the billionaire category....  Their profits after taxes and expenses etc from the NFL doesn't even represent 10 percent of their net worth.  
The players?  Well that one you got right.....  there are some that never have to work again, but for the most part the rest need to work badly.  And some will literally suffer financially without the NFL......  much different situation then that of the owners. 



Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:54 pm
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

About time!



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:58 pm
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again




Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:57 pm
 

NFL, players close to starting mediation again

Have Judge Judy or Dr Phil mediate.  If they can't work it out there, its on to Jerry Springer!!!!!




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