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De Smith turns tables on Goodell, Pash

DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae

Earlier today, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said that, if executive director De Smith will be dropping his pay in response to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s post-lockout move to $1 annually, the union won’t be announcing the move via a press release.

“We’re not gonna issue any press releases about our contingency plans to make ourselves look more sympathetic,” Atallah said.

He was right.  They did it instead via Twitter.

Specifically, Smith said that, if a deal is done before the Super Bowl, he’ll cut his pay to 68 cents.  It’s an unrealistic commitment, given that the chances of a deal getting done before the Super Bowl fall somewhere in the gulf between slim and none.  And it says nothing about the question of whether Smith will cut his pay if there’s a lockout.

But the end result is the same.  Goodell and Jeff Pash ultimately will make what they would have made, even if the lockout wipes out the entire 2011 season.  So Goodell and Pash will get their money, Smith will get their money, the owners will get their money, and the players will get their money.

How we get to the point where everyone gets their money remains to be seen.

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27 Responses to “De Smith turns tables on Goodell, Pash”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 26, 2011 3:27 PM

    Smith offered to cut his pay to $0.68, but that will first require approval of the players. An unofficial sampling seems to indicate that most think it’s too much to pay the guy.

  2. southbeachtalent says: Jan 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    Full blown pissing match!!

    rediculous.

  3. bigbensrapevictim says: Jan 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    Kevin Mawae is in the background looking at DeMaurice Smith’s butt

  4. picksix401 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM

    surprised this uneducated DeBag didn’t choose 69 cents for a few laughs

  5. discosucs2005 says: Jan 26, 2011 3:37 PM

    Sooooooooooo bored. Maybe the union should focus on eliminating the large amount of days in between the NFC/AFC CGs and the Super Bowl.

  6. villagoo says: Jan 26, 2011 3:38 PM

    When will these clowns realize that the fans don’t care about their money? Really, is there a better way to turn ppl off than incessantly posturing about how much more they all make than the avg. american?

  7. beg4greg says: Jan 26, 2011 3:53 PM

    “Specifically, Smith said that, if a deal is done before the Super Bowl, he’ll cut his pay to 68 cents.”

    Huh?!? That makes no sense at all. All this tells me is that he has NO INCENTIVE to get a deal done before the SB! Why would he? So, he busts his ass the next two weeks, just to get his salary cut from millions to pennies??? Now, if he said that if a deal ISN’T done before the SB he would cut his pay, that would be a story. That’s incentive!!!

  8. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 26, 2011 3:57 PM

    I’m with the owners, unions are slowly rotting out our country. Let’s start with the highest profile union in the USA and thus begin to take this country back.

    I’m going to enjoy watching the wolves eat themselves……..

  9. wryly1 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:01 PM

    So it’s now confirmed. If a deal doesn’t get done by mid-March, it’ll be because the ego of Twit De Smith wants to make it all about himself. Don’t hear the Commish or owners doing that.

  10. danimalk82 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:16 PM

    This CBA crap is giving me a headache, after the superbowl is over let me know when the next season begins… This is getting older than watching Ronnie and Sammy fight.

  11. makimaguro says: Jan 26, 2011 4:21 PM

    What a high school reaction by DeSmith and his posse…Great choice NFLPA – good luck!

  12. mvp43 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:27 PM

    When does the WNBA start?

  13. FinFan68 says: Jan 26, 2011 4:54 PM

    aldavisisthenfl says:
    Jan 26, 2011 3:57 PM
    I’m with the owners, unions are slowly rotting out our country. Let’s start with the highest profile union in the USA and thus begin to take this country back.

    I’m going to enjoy watching the wolves eat themselves……..
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    Nothing slow about it anymore

  14. melikefootball says: Jan 26, 2011 5:20 PM

    These two guys are why the situation is where it as of now. Once this is resolved these two should be at the unemployment line.

  15. theviperstrikes says: Jan 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    This has just turned into nothing more than a ridiculous dick-measuring contest. There has to be football in 2011. There just has to be.

  16. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    smith is a wanna be player that has’nt a clue at what he’s doing.the players may not regret picking him over troy vincent,but eventually they will see that as the players union’s darkest day!

  17. ontboltfan says: Jan 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Pretty astounding if you stand back and look at it. Can’t think of many situations outside of pro sports where you have 2600 employees making 56% of $9B dollars.

    I wouldn’t care if I was a millionaire and had to roll my wages back 1-2% because I was overpaid to begin with. Assume profit after taxes is 5% of revenue. For the owners it is much more significant as 1 or 2 % of revenue is 20-40% of their profit.

    It isn’t like profit is cash the owners can just line their pockets with either. Companies need to put cash back into the business to finance new equipment purchases, new marketing tech etc just to keep it running. It wouldn’t be unusual to have to put 1/2 of profit back into the co for these reasons and having enough working capital (cash for paying the monthly expenses).

  18. bobfromcda says: Jan 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    Hey ‘makimaguro’..couldn’t agree more!

  19. phelbin says: Jan 26, 2011 6:51 PM

    ontboltfan says:
    Jan 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    Pretty astounding if you stand back and look at it. Can’t think of many situations outside of pro sports where you have 2600 employees making 56% of $9B dollars.

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    Exactly! Pro athletes do not need a union. They’re not working in a coal mine in the 1890’s. They’re well-paid athletes for crying out loud!

  20. grogansheroes says: Jan 26, 2011 6:51 PM

    When you have two liars, I mean lawyers, that have nothing to do with the game of football, this is what you get. GODell made 9.76M last year, don’t know what Smith made, but I think Smith is trying to further his political career, after all he is a product of D.C. politics.

  21. mikenjess143 says: Jan 26, 2011 6:53 PM

    Smith will get their money…….

  22. aldavisisthenfl says: Jan 26, 2011 7:16 PM

    @finsfan

    You are correct, I sometimes wonder if the average retarded football fan fully understands how these player’s salaries affect us? $25 to park your car at the stadium $9 for a beer $100 a ticket or more, Direct TV is almost unaffordable now compared to where it started out @ $115 a season, soon that will be a month….

    I love the average jarhead that goes to a game with his beer buddies, dumps way too much money, then his kid complains he has a toothache to which he replies “we can’t afford to go to the dentist”……….

  23. cynicalvision says: Jan 26, 2011 8:10 PM

    Why $.68? Is that how much a Kit Kat sells for in his neighborhood?

  24. vahawker says: Jan 26, 2011 8:12 PM

    Just when I thought DeIdiot couldn’t possibly get any dumber, he slips on his 4 year old mentality and proves me wrong.

    Talk about swimming in the shallow end of the gene pool.

  25. CKL says: Jan 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    De Bag…LOL
    As much as I hate Goodell, I hate that guy more. He’s trash talking, preening and posturing like he’s a player. I have news for you De, no one in a position of authority gets any credibility or respect acting like a kid with his buddies on the playground.

  26. pakrguru says: Jan 28, 2011 11:39 AM

    Is anyone else thinking he came up with the .68 this way….

    You do me…and I owe you .01……

  27. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Jan 29, 2011 12:13 AM

    picksix401 says:
    Jan 26, 2011 3:35 PM
    surprised this uneducated DeBag didn’t choose 69 cents for a few laughs

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    I agree completely that he is a DeBag but when you get your law degree from UVA send me a copy….

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