Tag:NFL owners meetings
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 4:28 pm

Recertification of NFLPA becomes major issue

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

ATLANTA -- NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith briefly stepped out of the trade association meetings in Washington this afternoon and told the media gathered outside why recertification of the union is so important.

Thus, he confirmed to all that there is still at least one big issue to settle before the players decide to agree to a labor settlement.

"Every individual person has to make a decision about whether they want to be part of the union" Smith said. "Recommendations made by the executive committee are just that. The individual decisions are something that our players take extremely seriously."

Smith also took a shot at owners who questioned the union's original intentions when they decertified. (You may recall the "sham" argument?)

"I know there are certain things swirling out there," Smith said before looking directly at the NFL Network camera. "And I certainly remember comments from some of the owners about how we might not even be a real union.

"Well, guess what -- the decision to decertify was important because at the time we were a real union. And the decision for our players as men to come back as a union is going to be an equally serious and sober one that they have to make."

Taking a decision like recertificaiton seriously is better than saying that the union will just kind of screw around and that it’ll be discussed over multiple cocktails. But it also means that everyone involved -- including fans -- may have to wait for football a little longer, with recertification becoming another possible impediment to a new deal.

Previously, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reported that Patriots G Logan Mankins and Chargers WR Vincent Jackson -- and their demand for $10 million -- have been the cause for the delay in the NFLPA agreeing to a settlement. And some say it’s NFLPA Jeffrey Kessler who is gumming up the works.

But if the trade association decides NOT to recertify, there's no guarantee that the owners would agree to strike a deal at all, especially since the league then would be subjected to anti-trust legislation.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:27 am

Owners will likely vote on CBA today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

ATLANTA -- As owners have nearly finished entering the Gateway Marriott hotel for today’s 10 a.m. meeting, the vibe of the owners and their team executives is that a vote to ratify the CBA will likely occur today.

Even if the players don’t vote themselves.

“I think so,” Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president, told CBSSports.com and Cincinnati's WKRC-TV. “We’ll go in there and hear what they have to say. But there could be (a vote).”

It makes sense if the owners are to vote on the labor deal, if only to put the onus on the NFLPA to finish the deal and send the agreement to the Brady v NFL plaintiffs. And though the Bengals could very well vote no on the new CBA -- as owner Mike Brown did in 2006 -- it seems pretty clear that most of the owners will give their approval to the new deal.

“I’m neutral going in,” Blackburn said. “I’m going in there to see what happens.”

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 3:01 pm

Bill Belichick doesn't like new kickoff idea

Posted by Andy Benoit

You can always count on Bill Belichick to run his mouth for the media, right? The outspoken, always honest Patriots head coach actually said something at the NFL owners meetings on Monday that flies in the face of this sarcastic intro.

Belichick voiced his displeasure about the idea of moving kickoffs to the 35-yardline and touchbacks to the 25.

“Pretty complicated proposal," Belichick said according to ESPN.com. "I don't like the idea of eliminating the kickoff from the game. I think it's one of the most exciting plays in football. It looks like the competition committee is trying to eliminate that play. I don't know that's really good for the game."

Belichick isn’t alone in this assessment (it’s become well known that the Bears, not surprisingly, dislike the idea. But before rushing to judgment, the league may try to convince teams that this rule change would actually enhance kickoffs.

Then again, sounds like maybe they’ve already tried that.

"From the presentation last night, I don't know that it's because of head injuries," Belichick said. "And the ones they showed, there weren't very many of them. So I don't know. I think you should really talk to the competition committee. They're the ones, really, that proposed the rule.

"There's a lot of components to it, four different elements to it. It's kind of a complicated rule. ... It's pretty confusing. I mean, we're moving the kickoff up and the touchbacks out."

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 8:47 am

Owners meetings have a different mood this year

Posted by Andy Benoit

Normally during the annual NFL owners’ meetings, there’s a hint of spring break in the air. Coaches and front office executives have been known to focus as much on golf as on football.

That might not be the case this year. The NFL is convening in New Orleans for the annual check-in. All 32 head coaches will be in town.
Meetings begin on Monday though most of the league’s power-brokers arrived Sunday night. The topic at hand? You can probably guess.

“The whole focus is going to be on labor,” Mark Murphy told Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette. “Obviously there’s a number of issues related to the health and safety of the players, but the whole focus is going to be how are we going to resolve our labor situation?”

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