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NFL players would be wise not to clam up for TV

Last week, NFLPA President Kevin Mawae suggested that players might boycott network interviews and production meetings in retaliation for the presence of language in broadcasting contracts guaranteeing ongoing payments to the league in the event of a lockout.

The players might want to think carefully about such an approach, given that for most of them their faces and personalities are concealed by a helmet and a uniform.

“The only people who are harmed by this are the players,” NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol told Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal last week.  “In many cases, this is the way the public gets to know them, whether it is in a pregame show or the shoulder programming.”  (For those of you who didn’t notice the NBC Sports logo at the top of the page, we have a partnership with the peacock.  We mention that because if we don’t someone with a journalism degree and zero common sense will argue that we should have.  Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.)

Meanwhile, CBS, FOX, and NBC won’t be the only potential targets of the PA’s venom.  According to SportsBusiness Journal, ESPN recently included identical language in its Monday Night Football contract.  Per the report, the ESPN deal already included terms requiring payment in the event of a work stoppage; the ESPN contract was revised to ensure that the same language in recent extensions with CBS, FOX, and NBC, which pushed their deals from 2011 to 2013, appeared in the ESPN contract, which already had a 2013 term.

As to the union’s contention that the NFL specifically beefed up these contracts with lockout insurance, Ebersol confirms that the language has been utilized for years.  “I have been around longer than anybody else, and I don’t remember a
deal, certainly all the way back to the early 1980s, that this wasn’t
in,” Ebersol said.  “This is not a new development.”

Then again, concepts like reality should never get in the way of an effort by the union to sell the notion that the NFL deliberately has lined up a $5 billion incentive to not play football in 2011.

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19 Responses to “NFL players would be wise not to clam up for TV”
  1. shoe says: Mar 29, 2010 11:02 AM

    Where is Tebow being drafted?

  2. birdmancometh says: Mar 29, 2010 11:03 AM

    “We mention that because if we don’t someone with a journalism degree and zero common sense will argue that we should have. Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.”
    Zing! I love it when you attack people. I just hope you are using the green reusable bags.

  3. FootballGod says: Mar 29, 2010 11:11 AM

    they are all GREEDY and should just be shot!……the NFL has the BIGGEST whiners in all of pro sports……..and its NEVER enough!

  4. PirateFreedom says: Mar 29, 2010 11:11 AM

    “Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.”
    so it’s come to this

  5. the sen says: Mar 29, 2010 11:15 AM

    “(For those of you who didn’t notice the NBC Sports logo at the top of the page, we have a partnership with the peacock. We mention that because if we don’t someone with a journalism degree and zero common sense will argue that we should have. Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.)”
    you my friend, have some growing up to do.

  6. klungemonger says: Mar 29, 2010 11:30 AM

    These guys just need to shut up and play. This is a business, and they are employees. Just like any other company, the employees agree up front to perform a specific job for a negotiated wage.
    Alot of nerve these meatheads have to get furious when the owner of the business actually makes profit from his investment and the efforts of the employees he paid to perform their jobs. If they want owner’s money, they should buy their own team. Until then, someone needs to remind them of their place in this whole arrangement. The ingratitude they show for being allowed to play sports for obscene amounts of money is simply shocking.

  7. Bob S. says: Mar 29, 2010 11:49 AM

    Battle is between BIG BUSINESSMEN and the players and EBERSOLE is a BIG BUSINESSMAN!

  8. jj jones says: Mar 29, 2010 11:53 AM

    “We mention that because if we don’t someone with a journalism degree and zero common sense will argue that we should have. Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.”
    This doesn’t make sense.

  9. RobertinSeattle says: Mar 29, 2010 12:11 PM

    And THIS guy got re-elected as President of the NFLPA for two more years?

  10. djdro34 says: Mar 29, 2010 12:19 PM

    quick question: if the players do boycott, aren’t there fines for not being available? I recall an instance last season where PFT wrote about Randy Moss not speaking to the media and there were talks about fining him if it persisted.
    In that event, if the union is asking the players to boycott these media events, is the union going to pay the fines?
    Seems to me that most players, in the lower pay grades, wont be boycotting anything.

  11. Tree13 says: Mar 29, 2010 12:21 PM

    “Right after he finishes bagging my groceries”
    Quit your bitching. That’s funny!

  12. John says: Mar 29, 2010 12:35 PM

    “Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.”
    Comments like this are why I read stories about obscure players on PFT.
    Florio, keep the facts to a minimum and the humerous commentary in abundance.

  13. The Real Shuxion says: Mar 29, 2010 12:40 PM

    PirateFreedom says:
    March 29, 2010 11:11 AM
    “Right after he finishes bagging my groceries.”
    ————————————————-
    Kurt Warner?

  14. 6goingon7 says: Mar 29, 2010 1:26 PM

    “Kurt Warner?”
    HAHAHA
    nicely done…

  15. onetruth says: Mar 29, 2010 1:38 PM

    Media would be wise to report on more ESPN cover up stories.

  16. scoop.and.slam says: Mar 29, 2010 2:23 PM

    “NFL players would be wise not to clam up for TV.” Seriously Florio? I get that the “fivehead” signs your checks now, but that doesn’t mean you have to blindly agree with his biased B.S.
    NBC bought the rights to your blog for YOUR great personal viewpoints, not theirs.

  17. Nomar says: Mar 29, 2010 2:31 PM

    Seems very odd to, one hand hand, trash journalists and make snide comments and on the other, rely on them for almost all of your reporting.
    I’d go so far as to say that without them, you’d have no job. Or at the very least, no website.

  18. joetoronto says: Mar 30, 2010 5:32 AM

    klungemonger: Right on the money.

  19. adamb103 says: Jan 25, 2011 12:36 AM

    Looks like PFT has 2 constituencies in the battle between the NFL and the Union: the fans and the media. LOL.

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