Union chief tells players they’ll have an update by 2 ET Friday

Moments ago, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith took to his infrequently-used Twitter page and typed the following message:  “Players stay strong!  Stay informed, update by 2pm tomorrow.”

It’s unclear what it means, but the fact that Smith has provided few updates by Twitter makes it noteworthy.

The labor deal currently expires at 5:00 p.m. ET Friday, three hours after the promised update.

The options are:  (1) new deal, which is extremely unlikely by tomorrow; (2) new extension, which is possible but fading; or (3) decertification and litigation.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that negotiation is better than litigation, but as a practical matter both can happen.  Nothing prevents the two sides from talking after the union ceases and desists operations in the hopes of applying maximum pressure to the league, especially since the first battle would entail an expedited attempt to block the lockout of a non-union workforce, so that free agency can finally begin.

Bottom line?  The union apparently believes a better deal comes through litigation.  If that’s the case, the sooner the litigation starts, the sooner we’ll all get this mess behind us.

Of course, the owners have some say in this.  They can do the deal now that the league would do after losing an antitrust trial, which is exactly what happened in the 1990s, paving the way for the current labor deal.

Or they can deal primarily with attorney Jeffrey Kessler once the union goes away.

The smart move would be to take an objective look at the situation and do the best deal now and realize that any new deal is a much better deal than the one that still generated huge money in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

18 responses to “Union chief tells players they’ll have an update by 2 ET Friday

  1. I dont think this Smith dude is qualified. Not sayin i am, just dont like the guy. Upshaw had class.

  2. Mike, you say:

    “It’s unclear what it means, but the fact that Smith has provided few updates by Twitter makes it noteworthy.”

    yet, you then turn around and say:

    “Bottom line? The union apparently believes a better deal comes through litigation. If that’s the case, the sooner the litigation starts, the sooner we’ll all get this mess behind us.”

    Man, you have a great talent for BS.

  3. Given the pro union stance of this site, as well as all the players who likely read this site, is it safe to assume PFT is helping the players dig in?

    PFT continues to push the owners into giving out financials that few, if any, private businesses release. That’s despite the fact that the NFL has given the union far, far more in that respect than the union has ever gotten before.

    The union may see themselves as a partner, which may be true to an extent, but they’re still employees.

  4. “The labor deal currently expires at 5:00 p.m. ET Friday, three hours after the promised update.”

    According to other soutrces, the CBA extension expires at 11:59 PM, but decertification must be filed by 5PM.

  5. that is old clinton bs. the early 90s economy was reviving.

    we are now in the worst economy in decades. unemployment and inflation are both at least double what osamabama says.

    unemployment payouts almost equal soccial security payouts.

    wrap yer minds around that one.

  6. There are several owners who want to break the union, and who would consider an agreement now as a serious lose of face. My guess is that the only way that this ends is for the league to get severely slapped by the courts. That’s what overbearing arrogance will do for you.

  7. Wake up Smith and players union! Put your big guns out in front Manning,Brady,Rogers,Brees, Rivers, Big Ben etc . This is a quarterback driven league and they have the money to endure a a long strike. Just the quarterbacks coming out taking a stand on not crossing during a strike sends a message to the league and fans .

  8. This whole thing makes me want to vomit. Plus, I wonder what the legal fees for all this “litigation” is, for both sides. Those are the financial records I want to see. Add up all the legal costs of litigation and split it down the middle and that should cover all of the money they are fighting of. If the owners paid the players about a tenth of what they are probably paying their lawyers, they probably wouldnt need that extra billion.

  9. As usual, the only ones making any money over this kind of rhetoric is……… guess who……. Attorneys!

    That makes me sick…..

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