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Union bristles at league’s P.R. campaign on "enhanced season"

The NFL and the players’ union met Wednesday for the first time since February 25 to negotiate the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Not long after the session ended, Packer president Mark Murphy made a beeline to the media regarding the so-called “enhanced season,” a term that we previously thought was a reference to Brian Cushing’s award-winning rookie year.

The union isn’t pleased, we’re told, by the league’s efforts to so quickly take the details public.  Though the two sides in this slow-motion square dance long ago abandoned their agreement to keep the content of the talks confidential, the league’s brazen rush to the microphones will cause more problems than it solves.

Meanwhile, a union source expressed concern regarding the possibility of additional injuries via an 18-game regular season, pointing out that the folks charged with determining the risks of adding extra games “are the same people who for decades denied that concussions are linked to brain damage.”

We’re told that no further talks currently are scheduled.  And that may be the best news of the day.  If the first talks in nearly four months served only to piss one side off, they’re better off not talking at all.

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13 Responses to “Union bristles at league’s P.R. campaign on "enhanced season"”
  1. DcNinerFan says: Jun 16, 2010 4:58 PM

    Is it just me, or does every union on the face of the planet scream to the Media about all the injustices since God told Adam not to eat the apple… Unions really are useless these days. They once served a purpose, now all they do is soak up money from its members only to use it on the wrong candidates that favor Union bailouts…

  2. j-man is a broncos fan says: Jun 16, 2010 4:59 PM

    goodell and smith 2 guys who might kill the golden goose

  3. winkel33 says: Jun 16, 2010 5:03 PM

    I hate the idea of an 18 game schedule. Why does it seem that every single decision in sports these days is based 100% on money? I know money matters, but does it always have to be the only concern?
    Other than getting the owners more money, what is the benefit to adding two more games? I am a big football fan, have been for a long time. I never once heard someone complain about length of the season.
    And the NFL will say it has to do with complaints about the preseason – no one complains about the length of the preseason. What they complain about is having to pay full price for meaningless games. That of course, isn’t a problem the NFL cares to address.

  4. djstat says: Jun 16, 2010 5:10 PM

    The worst thing that ever happened to the NFL is DeMaurice Smith. He will ultimately ruin football.

  5. bad asset says: Jun 16, 2010 5:11 PM

    The “enhanced season” might be exactly what the Chiefs need to bring some distinguishability to their organization — the first team ever to go 0-18 in a season?

  6. Greg16303 says: Jun 16, 2010 5:39 PM

    “This is all Ted Thompson’s fault” – Brett Favre

  7. CaptainMarvel says: Jun 16, 2010 5:50 PM

    No one I know has ever complained that the NFL season wasn’t long enough. Terrible idea.

  8. steely devil hab says: Jun 16, 2010 6:06 PM

    DcNinerFan says:
    June 16, 2010 4:58 PM
    Is it just me, or does every union on the face of the planet scream to the Media about all the injustices since God told Adam not to eat the apple… Unions really are useless these days. They once served a purpose, now all they do is soak up money from its members only to use it on the wrong candidates that favor Union bailouts…
    ————————
    You were right the first time; it is just you…

  9. radioboy20010 says: Jun 16, 2010 6:45 PM

    The proposal outlines two exhibition games and 18 regular season games. Right now there’s four worthless exhibition games and 16 regular season games. Sounds like 20 to me either way.
    Lost in the arguments are how the owners screw the season ticket holders by forcing them to buy the 4 exhibition game tickets at the same outrageous cost. The new proposal would at least put meaningful games on two more times in a year. As far as injuries, yes, it’s a long season. One way around it would be to expand the roster some. The union would like that, the owners would hate it, but it would provide greater depth.
    This would never fly with the TV types, but the whole process could be move back one month. The exhibition games could be in mid-July and the season starting in August. The playoffs would roll up into late December with the Stupid Bowl in mid-January.
    I fully endorse a spring development league. “NFL Spring”. It would take up some of the excessively long off-season.

  10. Corey says: Jun 16, 2010 6:47 PM

    a term that we previously thought was a reference to Brian Cushing’s award-winning rookie year
    -fantastic burn, florio. props

  11. Devils Advocate says: Jun 16, 2010 7:05 PM

    i am in the players court on this one…….it should not always be about the money.

  12. NitshkesGhost@1265 says: Jun 16, 2010 7:35 PM

    The NFLPA is not a union! Hello? I repeat. The NFLPA is not a union!
    Individual players negotgiate their salaries and benefits throught thier agents. The NFLPA claims to represent the safety, interests, and concerns of the players they represent. They do no such thing. About the only thing they have accomplish is filing grievances when someone uses a needle, bottle, or penis in the wrong manor. Oh yeah, and they created Players Inc.
    If this was a union they would take care of the old dogs that paved the way for them. They don’t.
    If this was a union they would have a code of conduct for their players aside of the nfl’s policy.
    They don’t.
    I could go on but why bother. This association is a corrupt joke, just like every other union. I know because I got soaked for 53.00 a month for absolutely nothing by the IAM for 17 years.
    Love the sport. Love your team not its players. Players hate fans.
    If you don’t believe me read The dark side of the game by Tim Green (former NFl linebacker and FOX anylist) it will open your eyes.
    The owners care about the fans they know where their revenue stream comes from.
    The players and their association don’t care about anything but themselves.

  13. edgy1957 says: Jun 16, 2010 10:40 PM

    radioboy20010 says:
    The new proposal would at least put meaningful games on two more times in a year.
    ******************************
    Yeah, right…
    I’ll guarantee you this: the teams will make up for the “lost” revenue by spreading out over the 9 regular season games OR by making sure that you pay for one D-League game.
    I continue to oppose Goodell’s World Domination Tour, which is what the 18-game schedule is all about.
    How ’bout this one Commish: instead of an 18-game schedule, the NFL plays a 20-game split schedule. The first “half” runs for 10 games, they take a couple of months off, the league plays the second half and then the playoffs start. Makes about as much sense as the WDT….

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