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Amid pessimism, some progress is made

Though the NFL and the NFLPA still have a long way to go in order to strike a deal (or, best case, an extension to keep working on a possible deal), we’re told that the financial gap between the parties continues to shrink.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the gap currently is under $700 million per year.  And there’s still plenty of room to move.

The talks began with the NFL wanting an extra $1 billion off the top before application of the formula that pays the players 59.6 cents of every dollar generated.  While there’s still a long way to go, and obviously a short time to get there, more than 30 percent of the mountain has been chipped away.

It ain’t much.  But it’s progress.  At a time when it feels like this thing is about to blow sky high, we’ll take it.

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29 Responses to “Amid pessimism, some progress is made”
  1. djteknision1200 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:12 AM

    MMMMMM yeah right…

  2. kernelreefer says: Mar 10, 2011 11:16 AM

    Kessler… good?


  3. mvp43 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:17 AM

    What’s 700 mil among friends…….

  4. knucklebucket says: Mar 10, 2011 11:17 AM

    So tired of hearing about owners and players arguing over who gets more millions. Just get it done already.

  5. waitingguilty says: Mar 10, 2011 11:22 AM

    “Best case” is an extension? Correct me if I’m wrong but wouldn’t the best case be a deal?

  6. Marv says: Mar 10, 2011 11:23 AM

    In my opinion there is a big difference if the gap between what the owners want off the top and the players offer is 700M or if the owners want 700M off the top.

    This article doesn’t really make a difference. Because it basically says the players offer nothing off the top of the money to the owners. And that ist undoubtably not gonna happen. Even the players know that.

    If the gap startet at 1 Billion and is now 700M that could mean other things than the 1 Billion of the top have changed.

  7. bravin4evr says: Mar 10, 2011 11:24 AM

    The owners have lost their treasure chest and it’s making a difference……
    Litigation ties up everything and I don’t think either side really wants to go there.

  8. coffinberry says: Mar 10, 2011 11:26 AM

    My dog barks some.. Mentally, you picture my dog though I have not told the type dog I own…

  9. eatingcereal says: Mar 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    Until the next report is posted titled “Despite some progress, sides still very far apart”

  10. descendency says: Mar 10, 2011 11:27 AM

    This was progress a few weeks ago. Those concessions have been made a week ago or so.

    The reason for pessimism is that neither side things they will get another dollar closer and thus will end up in court.

  11. aasukisuki says: Mar 10, 2011 11:29 AM

    Though the NFL and the NFLPA still have a long way to go in order to strike a deal (or, best case, an extension to keep working on a possible deal)

    I think best case would be for a new CBA to be worked out, no?

  12. captainobvious1 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:30 AM

    Progress! No – they’re going nuclear! Progress! All bets are off! Progress! Decertification and Litigation! Progress! . . . . . . .

  13. laeaglefan says: Mar 10, 2011 11:32 AM

    Logic dictates that it will take getting the number down to $500 million to have a deal. If the two sides would have just agreed to “split the difference” in the beginning, all of this prolonged posturing could have been avoided.

  14. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Mar 10, 2011 11:37 AM

    Again, I think the additional “cost credit” will bottom out at roughly $550MM, with something less than full financial disclosure by the owners. At this late juncture, the question sensible NFL fans should be asking is what concessions, if any, has the NFLPA made?

  15. 8man says: Mar 10, 2011 11:38 AM

    After the steamy turd the Patriots laid in this year’s playoffs against a hated division rival, they can take their time getting this thing worked out.

    Not bitterly disappointed or anything….

    Let’s go Red Sox! Let’s go Red Sox!

  16. h8dansnyder says: Mar 10, 2011 11:39 AM

    “While there’s still a long way to go, and obviously a short time to get there…”
    Did you stay up last night watching Smokey and the Bandit? East bound and down. Watch Ol’ Roger run.

  17. m4carrol says: Mar 10, 2011 11:39 AM

    “long way to go, and obviously a short time to get there” So watch old Bandit run.

  18. rpiotr01 says: Mar 10, 2011 11:42 AM

    “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?”

    – Joshua, War Games

  19. 3octaveFart says: Mar 10, 2011 11:54 AM


    / chuckle…

  20. calmdownsir says: Mar 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    And people in Haiti think they got it rough…

  21. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 10, 2011 12:03 PM

    i still dont really get this? where is that money going? i would think the only thing the players really were after was better health care after their careers. this profit sharing throws me off,

    please explain.

  22. awdlmd says: Mar 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    If it’s down to just figures and not overall structure, I think there’s a better chance of a deal.

  23. ubummer says: Mar 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    Progress is nice, and maybe they’ve chipped away 30% of the difference, but they still have to overcome the 80-20 rule.

    The first 80% of anything takes 20% of the time and the last 20% takes 80% of the time. The first concessions from either side are easy, the last concessions are going to be tough. Sooner or later, they’ll make a deal or a judge will make it for them, but right now they’re still playing high stakes chicken.

    When all is said and done, individual players might lose out, but the owners will be the ones who will have to make the most concessions in the next CBA compared to what they’re asking for right now.

  24. SteveBeans says: Mar 10, 2011 12:07 PM

    Maybe if they took it this serious months ago, we wouldn’t be at this crucial stage.

    What a joke.

  25. arm57romg says: Mar 10, 2011 12:18 PM

    follow @weretalkin2uNFL

    let your voice be heard. I wanna show the NFL/PA that we have power too.

  26. tresmang says: Mar 10, 2011 12:45 PM


    I think you need a lesson in negotiating….currently the players are making a % off the TOTAL revenues…the NFL wants, due to rising profits which they apparently dont want to show, that the players are getting more of the pie that has increased by ~20-30% over the last decade… the original 1 billion they were getting off the top before any split is, in their opinion not enough to take care of operating, costs and stadium G3 funding….in a way I agree with them…..the profits are increasing faster on a yearly basis so the amount of the money the players get is far more than the owners due to basic multiplication…..exponentially speaking the players pie was increasing greater in % than the owners……so my gut is telling me they will end up getting about 1.52 billion off the top before the 59.6 cents on the dollar is taken out…

  27. thefiesty1 says: Mar 10, 2011 12:57 PM

    Progress? Bull! One of these days they’ll be talking about REAL money.

  28. hobartbaker says: Mar 10, 2011 1:30 PM

    Jeff Kessler chases his colleagues down the street, just wanting to be their friend. They do their best to ignore him.

  29. rcali says: Mar 10, 2011 2:26 PM

    And how will owners make up that $300 grand or whatever they settle at? That’s right, the fans.

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