At a time when the players are expressing concern regarding their ability to step out of their element and handle P.R. efforts and legal issues and business realities and other things unrelated to playing football, the NFL is applying the proverbial pedal to the metal.
The league’s labor propaganda website, NFLLabor.com, contains a post listing all the great things the owners did for the players.
Before the owners, you know, locked the players out.
In our view, the league has detected — as have we — the beginnings of cracks in the foundation of the players’ resolve. The fact that lockout fund payments will begin roughly five months before game checks are missed suggests that plenty of players won’t be able to survive a lockout that lasts into the regular season, if they even can make it that far.
Still, it doesn’t mean that the league should be exploiting any actual or perceived weakness. In the end, the two sides need to be happy with the deal that they do. If the players end up taking the best package they can get simply because they’re sick of fighting, the underlying problem will remain, setting the stage for future labor strife.