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Kraft says labor deal could come before end of season

robert-kraft.jpgIn Monday’s 10-pack, we addressed the NFLPA’s strategy for dealing with the owners.  First, the union tried to persuade the league that the current labor deal isn’t as bad as the league thinks it is.  Next, the union has tried to place as much pressure as possible on the owners to come to the table before March 1, 2011, when the current deal expires.

We also reported that the union believes the strategy, which includes a plan to file a collusion case within a month, is working.

And the union apparently is right.

At Tuesday’s ownership meeting in Chicago, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that a new deal could come before the end of the 2010 season.

According to Barry Wilner of the Associated Press, Kraft said “we’re moving ahead,” and that he’d “like to see this get done before the
season ends.”  He also acknowledged that, in his view, the objective is realistic.

It’s a significant statement, given that Kraft remains one of the league’s most influential owners.  And it fairly can be interpreted as a subtle indication that the league prefers not to face the potential fallout of a collusion case.

So maybe we’ll all be finding under our Christmas trees, if not sooner, a guarantee that we’ll have another five or six years of unfettered football.

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27 Responses to “Kraft says labor deal could come before end of season”
  1. vbe says: Oct 12, 2010 8:01 PM

    Kraft says labor deal will could come before end of season
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Which is it, will or could?

  2. cusoman says: Oct 12, 2010 8:07 PM

    Forget this, who needs stories like this that actually matter to the sport of football, I want another 8 paragraph story about Favre sexting! Hop to it.

  3. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 12, 2010 8:22 PM

    good luck kraft…you are just now relizing that there wont be a nfl draft this year, and davis duped you.

  4. Boston Patriot says: Oct 12, 2010 8:32 PM

    This is PR from the owners. It paints the owners as the reasonable ones who want to keep football operating and, if there is a work stoppage, then it must be caused by that unreasonable union.

  5. shaggeez says: Oct 12, 2010 8:35 PM

    what would you expect him to say: “there is no chance that we are going to complete a deal, and we are moving forward to a lockout of our players”?
    anything that comes out of these people’s mouths in a public setting can hardly be taken at face value. these deals get wrung out between lawyers behind closed doors. lets be real.

  6. iampats says: Oct 12, 2010 8:50 PM

    1raidernation,
    With or without a lockout, CBA agreement the NFL Draft will go on.
    And yes Davis duped NE by giving up the Raiders 1st round draft pick this year, sure to be a top ten for Richard Seymour who is playing under the franchise tag.
    Also got duped by that rule that the Halloween Raiders Fanbase continued nightmare that is still in the NFL rules today called the TUCK RULE.

  7. mrl7265 says: Oct 12, 2010 8:53 PM

    Wrong 1nationraidernation. There will be a draft without a new labor agreement. Know your facts. Al Davis isn’t duping anyone but himself. See your team over the last 5 years. Ha Ha

  8. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Oct 12, 2010 8:55 PM

    Albert Haynesworth.

  9. Brick Tamland says: Oct 12, 2010 8:59 PM

    “good luck kraft…you are just now relizing that there wont be a nfl draft this year, and davis duped you.”
    You can’t spell and you don’t know how the draft works, but otherwise very insightful comment.

  10. JakeDSnake says: Oct 12, 2010 9:02 PM

    Al Davis is great at duping – that’s another way of saying “soiling your Depends”, right?
    For the un-NFL educated, and/or Raiders fans, the CBA doesn’t expire until after the 2011 draft.

  11. CollegeToPros says: Oct 12, 2010 9:18 PM

    raiders fans make me laugh

  12. smilergrogan says: Oct 12, 2010 9:19 PM

    re: “So maybe we’ll all be finding under our Christmas trees, if not sooner, a guarantee that we’ll have another five or six years of unfettered football.”
    thats what they said three years ago. they are all liars. i predict they end up conspiring themselves into killing their golden goose.

  13. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 12, 2010 9:33 PM

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda! Just get the deal done, genius!
    GO STEELERS!

  14. john181818 says: Oct 12, 2010 10:10 PM

    For proof of collusion and the common-cause doctrine just show a judge or jury video of all the teams wearing all the pink that they have been this month. That shows league control over its individual franchises and therefore indicates some degree of collusion right there.

  15. Deb says: Oct 12, 2010 10:27 PM

    What about the Nike deal? (Or am I going all American Needle on you?) Are teams free to sign their own deals with Reebok? Or must they go with Nike? Sounds like one corporate entity to me.
    How about an article on the length of the average player’s NFL career, the average player’s NFL salary … and the average player’s lifelong football-related healthcare costs. That might help put some of the disputed issues into perspective. Most people focus on the salaries of the top rookies taking in the first round and the top-paid players. But are those numbers really indicative of the rank and file?

  16. FireFlorio says: Oct 12, 2010 10:43 PM

    Re: “And it fairly can be interpreted as a subtle indication that the league prefers not to face the potential fallout of a collusion case.”
    ————————————————–
    You are a fool Florio. How bout maybe its just an owner that would also rather not see a lock out?
    Your constant drama spinning is getting OLD dude. Give it a rest.

  17. HarrisonHits says: Oct 12, 2010 10:54 PM

    @john181818
    Wow my IQ just dropped 10 points from reading your comment.
    So cooperation in fighting breast cancer = collusion ? How long did it take you to create the fantasy world you live in ?

  18. JetBlackNinja says: Oct 12, 2010 11:01 PM

    People do get the fact that most NFL owners are guys with billion dollar hobbies, right?
    Most NFL owners could live like royalty for the rest of their days without making 1 more cent off the NFL…. how many players can say that?
    Now get to the table boys, and work this thing out.

  19. john181818 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:45 PM

    @HarrisonHits
    When it surely seems that everyone in the league has the same pink gloves, shoes and ballcaps with pink in the same spot on each cap it shows control.
    What if an owner were to choose not to cooperate? What if a player were to say that he would not wear pink? Do they get fined? If so that is control.

  20. glen907 says: Oct 13, 2010 12:06 AM

    For the un-NFL educated, and/or Raiders fans, the CBA doesn’t expire until after the 2011 draft.
    =============
    the union has tried to place as much pressure as possible on the owners to come to the table before March 1, 2011, when the current deal expires.
    =============
    since when has the NFL draft happened in any month other than april and definitely not 3 weeks after the superbowl, un-NFL educated fan is a title that fits you pretty well.

  21. john181818 says: Oct 13, 2010 12:38 AM

    @HarrisonHits
    When it surely seems that everyone in the league has the same pink gloves, shoes and ballcaps with pink in the same spot on each cap it shows control.
    What if an owner were to choose not to cooperate? What if a player were to say that he would not wear pink? Do they get fined? If so that is control.

  22. pork star says: Oct 13, 2010 1:39 AM

    “How about an article on the length of the average player’s NFL career, the average player’s NFL salary … and the average player’s lifelong football-related healthcare costs. That might help put some of the disputed issues into perspective.”
    The current average annual NFL salary currently equals roughly 47 years income for your average US college grad. (2009 salary floor was $112mil [87.6% of $128mil cap] puts the average NFL salary north of $2,038,000/yr. Average annual individual US income, 25yo+, bachelor’s degree: $43,143 [2006 figures]
    In other words, just one year at the AVERAGE annual NFL salary today equals what the average college grad can expect to earn in a lifetime. If the average NFL career lasts 3.5 years, then the average NFL player can expect to earn almost four lifetimes worth of income relative to the average American college grad. And well before they’ve reached the ripe old age of 30.
    Perspective, indeed.

  23. HereThere says: Oct 13, 2010 1:54 AM

    # 1nationraidernation says: October 12, 2010 8:22 PM
    good luck kraft…you are just now relizing that there wont be a nfl draft this year, and davis duped you.
    __________________________________
    I know a couple of you guys have corrected this moron, but I just wanted to repost his ignorant statement so we could all point and laugh.
    Again.

  24. 1975vette says: Oct 13, 2010 10:11 AM

    Unions have screwed over everyone in every occupation.Shut down football..Players get way to much as it is..

  25. HarrisonHits says: Oct 13, 2010 10:56 AM

    “What if an owner were to choose not to cooperate? What if a player were to say that he would not wear pink? Do they get fined?”
    @john181818,
    Since none of the players or teams are a-holes that would refuse to support a good cause like that it will never come up. And trying to compare charity work to collusion is idiocy.

  26. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 13, 2010 11:51 AM

    we will see who laugh last fools….the cba agreement ends in March 2011, in 2006 they added a clause that there would be a 2011 solely for the purpose to protect an anti-trust lawsuit.
    So in reality ther is 8.6 billions reasons why the owners are in control, and 5 billion of those reasons are guaranteed. All the owners have known this for about the last 6 years, but isn’t funny how now the media and players are just figuring this one out. Now they are going to to try a lawsuit….hmmmm that will only take a mininum of 6 months to even get the ball rolling……..so let’s see work stoppage in March, Draft in April, and no football in 2012.
    for a fact some teams..(cowgirls for example) are said to make 20 million + a season, why the avg NFL team nets around 12 million. With no NFL in 2012 the avg team will net 115 million…you do the math, and then i will bend over and we can have an ass to ass talk.

  27. Ken1313 says: Oct 13, 2010 12:14 PM

    # 1nationraidernation says: October 12, 2010 8:22 PM
    good luck kraft…you are just now relizing that there wont be a nfl draft this year, and davis duped you.
    —————————————————
    LOL…..yeah right …..
    Al Davis = Junior Soprano

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