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League sends a letter of its own

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Before the players could send their letter inviting the league to submit to mediation under the ultimate supervision of Judge Susan Nelson, the league has sent a letter to the players urging resumed collective bargaining before George Cohen (pictured).

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the league’s letter leaves open the possibility of resuming mediation with the decertification of the NFLPA remaining in place.  It’s a minor concession that the league could have made weeks ago.  Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy acknowledged on PFT Live only days after the talks broke down on March 11 that it would be a simple process to protect the legal rights of the decertified union.

The offer from the league indicates that owners would be involved in the talks, and that the goal would be to resolve “all outstanding issues.”  However, Maske says that its doesn’t “initially appear” that the players will agree to resumed mediation before George Cohen.

So, basically, one side continues to speak French while the other side is speaking German at a time when both sides need to find a way to get back to English.

It’s enough to make me mutter Italian curse words.

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45 Responses to “League sends a letter of its own”
  1. rovibe says: Apr 7, 2011 2:19 PM

    Like children passing notes in class.

  2. wannabeqb says: Apr 7, 2011 2:22 PM

    George Cohen looks a lot like a typewriter!

  3. evh12345 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:22 PM

    George Cohen looks a lot like a typewriter… Wonder if he was made fun of in school?

  4. geo1113 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:24 PM

    George Cohen is a typewriter?

  5. bigd9484 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    omg George Cohen is a typewriter!

  6. hobartbaker says: Apr 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    What’s a “letter” and how do I send one from my Blackberry?

  7. hobartbaker says: Apr 7, 2011 2:26 PM

    If they’re sending a “letter”, it’s probably written in Latin. On parchment.

  8. endzonezombie says: Apr 7, 2011 2:27 PM

    “Leaves open the possibility” is not the same as a guarantee that the league and justice system are prohibited from compromising the decertification status of the NFLPA* ( current trade association.) The league needs to stipulate to that effect.

  9. b7p19 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:28 PM

    George Cohen looks like a typewriter.

  10. ghostrider25 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    lol, George Cohen looks strangely similar to a typewriter.

  11. snowpea84 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    Can you put a thumbs up or down button for your stories. Then maybe you could get some easy feedback.

  12. mrjackson206 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    Annnnnnnnnd the games continue. Someone wake me up when its over please.

  13. mrfrostyj says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    George Cohen apparently is now a really old typewriter so I wouldn’t agree to having him oversee anything either!

  14. nfl25 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    duanethomas says:
    Apr 7, 2011 1:44 PM
    All you guys on here that carry the owners slop bucket, what will your response be when they turn this offer down?

    ————————————————–
    Ok so what will ur response be when the players turn this down?

    players probably heard the league was sending out the letter so they said, oh by the way we are planning on sending out a letter of request. why didnt u just send it out before telling everyone u were planning on it?

  15. thelockoutbeard says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    This is a great step in getting the talks back on track and hopefully getting the game we love back on as well! The only concern is that are the owners just posturing and trying to save face or are they being serious? Is this letter getting out first because they knew the players would be sending a letter?

    I just hope that the 2 sides can come together and work something out. These next couple of weeks are very important for both sides.

    The Lockout Continues. As the lockout grows on so does my beard! I am growing a lockout beard! You can follow me on twitter @TheLockoutBeard.

    -The Lockout Beard-

  16. chapnastier says: Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM

    “It’s a minor concession that the league could have made weeks ago.”

    I don’t care what side you are on, but there can’t be an article written on here without some sort of shot at the league.

  17. commoncents says: Apr 7, 2011 2:32 PM

    Judge Nelson will not make any difference in this case. The owners are clearly letting her know they will wait her out, no matter what her ruling.

  18. medtxpack says: Apr 7, 2011 2:32 PM

    Alles Klar!
    yea right….

  19. brazy44 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:34 PM

    BOYCOTT THE DRAFT!!
    Don’t watch it and don’t go to it.

  20. mmskin says: Apr 7, 2011 2:37 PM

    as the great jimi hendrix would say, blah,blah,woof,woof

  21. thingamajig says: Apr 7, 2011 2:38 PM

    Kinda like todays politics, all each side is worried about is who gets the credit so they can pat themselves on the back.

  22. unknowneric says: Apr 7, 2011 2:39 PM

    And the referees are speaking Klingon.

  23. bukes111 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:43 PM

    George Cohen a typewriter?… inside joke?

  24. realitypolice says: Apr 7, 2011 2:46 PM

    chapnastier says:
    Apr 7, 2011 2:31 PM
    “It’s a minor concession that the league could have made weeks ago.”

    I don’t care what side you are on, but there can’t be an article written on here without some sort of shot at the league.
    ================

    Even if it’s a fact?

  25. dcowboy77 says: Apr 7, 2011 2:48 PM

    What is a typewriter ?

  26. tednancy says: Apr 7, 2011 2:52 PM

    Hey, it’s really simple. The NFL wants to continue working towards a new CBA. The union wants to gain leverage against the league by pretending it’s not a union and thereby threatening the assumed antitrust exemptions that allow revenue sharing, collective bargaining and the like.

    The NFL appears willing to grant immunity (for what it’s worth) to the “NFLPA” and that is a major concession that I am not sure the union deserves.

    Oh, and George Cohen looks like a typewriter.

  27. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Apr 7, 2011 2:54 PM

    Is it too late to do the George Cohen looks like a typewriter bit? Is that still fresh?

  28. bronco1st says: Apr 7, 2011 2:54 PM

    Yeah, and the letter will be sent by pony express.

  29. hobartbaker says: Apr 7, 2011 3:20 PM

    All the snide remarks about George Cohen looking like a typewriter are wasted. He can’t hear you because he has his gramaphone cranked up.

  30. duanethomas says: Apr 7, 2011 3:24 PM

    @NFL25. The owners are putting out more PR, and posturing. They knew the had to respond to keep up their battle to win the hearts and minds of the Fans. Winning the former & the latter is not hard. When the lockout is over get a team jersey with your owners name on the back. When your team scores turn towards the owners box and cheer. When they raise ticket prices blame the players (not going to get into a discussion of supply and demand) blame the players salaries. If you live in one of those lucky cities that may relocate to L.A., blame the players. Its wasn’t Modell or Irsay that pulled the rug from under Cleveland and Baltimores fans, it was the players. The reason why Dan Snyder is selling old peanuts from his failed airlines at the stadium is all player related. Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder, The Bidwells, Mike Brown, how can you relate to these guys? If you were in a room with them what would you talk about?…Keep lugging their slop jars.

  31. stevecmh says: Apr 7, 2011 3:25 PM

    French, German, English, Italian, Latin, Klingon…whatever the language, it’s still a mess!

    I doubt the players will agree to mediation by a typewriter, or a person, UNLESS it’s under the auspices of Judge Nelson. At this point, there’s no compelling reason for them to give up the protection afforded by the court.

    By the same token, the owners will NEVER agree to mediation under Judge Nelson’s auspices because they fear having a judge in the players’ corner such as Judge Doty has been since the early 90’s.

    We will probably not see much movement by either side until the legal cases before Judge Doty and Judge Nelson move forward. When one side, or the other, fears they’re losing their perceived leverage, they will make a serious proposal. Until then, I’m afraid it’s mostly posturing.

    P.S. A tip of the hat to the voices of sanity on here provided by Deb, realitypolice and scytherius!

  32. purpleman527 says: Apr 7, 2011 3:35 PM

    What an insult to the typewriter.

    If you were a typewriter, how would you like to be mistakenly called George Cohen?

    The typewriter should sue PFT.com for compensatory damages!

  33. FinFan68 says: Apr 7, 2011 3:39 PM

    “It’s a minor concession that the league could have made weeks ago.”
    ——————
    Actually, this is a potential game-changing tactic. For the last couple of weeks, this site and others have been asking for this concession so that the players would be free to resume CBA talks without jeopardizing their litigation. Now that this stipulation has been made available, the players have another decision to make as the balls keep landing in their court without an attempt at a return.

    If the players do not agree, it shows an unwillingness to negotiate and is a violation of the previous CBA that they agreed to (with the supervision of the court). If they do agree to CBA talks then an agreement can be made (and the season salvaged).

    The “we just want to play” argument has now shifted. The players are now forced to show that you want to play and restart the negotiation process or, change the perception of that mantra to “we just want to play…as long as it is on our own terms”

    This tactic by the owners will gain them some leverage in the potential appeal (and possibly with Nelson). It shows that the league wants to negotiate a new CBA as they have said all along. The league sees the CBA as a different issue than the litigation process. The players see them as essentially the same since the last CBA was a result of a litigation settlement. Failure by the players to accept this offer will strengthen the owners’ assertions in the litigation and in the issue before the NLRB. It would show that the decertification was a simple tactic attempting to gain leverage. If/when the NLRB issues a finding, it must be considered by Nelson or the appellate court depending on when that finding is announced. That could prove quite disastrous for the players.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Apr 7, 2011 3:46 PM

    Now watch the dumb players (union*) balk again. Only thing is leave all the lawyers out of any CBA negotiations if the players have enough guts to show up.

  35. threegriffons says: Apr 7, 2011 3:52 PM

    @ realitypolice

    The trolls don’t like it when you speak of facts.

  36. 44kyle says: Apr 7, 2011 4:01 PM

    A little off topic, but the feds threaten to get involved in the CBA dispute while the feds themselves can’t even keep the government funded. Anybody else think that’s pathetic?

  37. southmo says: Apr 7, 2011 4:04 PM

    Of course the league could have made this concession weeks ago. And the union could have made a counter-offer instead of walking away, weeks ago. And the union could accept this offer to get back to the bargaining table and they probably won’t.

    In fact, it’s very likely that once again, the owners budged and the players will not.

  38. southmo says: Apr 7, 2011 4:05 PM

    Honestly, I thought George Cohen looked more like an old electric typewriter carrying a coconut across the Mediterranean.

    It’s just a question of weight-ratio.

  39. realfann says: Apr 7, 2011 4:22 PM

    @tednancy

    “assumed antitrust exemptions”??

    “assumed”????

    Nobody assumed anything. They were explicitly granted to the NFL.

    You need to stick to the script. No freelancing allowed or Jurry will come yell at you.

  40. nfl25 says: Apr 7, 2011 4:26 PM

    duanethomas says:
    Apr 7, 2011 3:24 PM
    @NFL25. The owners are putting out more PR, and posturing. They knew the had to respond to keep up their battle to win the hearts and minds of the Fans. Winning the former & the latter is not hard. When the lockout is over get a team jersey with your owners name on the back. When your team scores turn towards the owners box and cheer. When they raise ticket prices blame the players (not going to get into a discussion of supply and demand) blame the players salaries. If you live in one of those lucky cities that may relocate to L.A., blame the players. Its wasn’t Modell or Irsay that pulled the rug from under Cleveland and Baltimores fans, it was the players. The reason why Dan Snyder is selling old peanuts from his failed airlines at the stadium is all player related. Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder, The Bidwells, Mike Brown, how can you relate to these guys? If you were in a room with them what would you talk about?…Keep lugging their slop
    ————————————————–

    i dont side with someone becaseu i got more in common wit them. i side with who i think is right. what do i got in common with the players? they aint my boys. u think they care about fans? the owners care about fans cuz they have to, but neither of them give a damn about fans other than for $$. another reason i side with them is cuz i love football. i love the game and the owners r the ones who will keep the game working the way it is. the players just want to get paid. i got no problem with the players getting filthy rich but not at the expense of the game. i like the players and got no beef with them. but i side with the owners on this one, as long as they are being fair. and negotiating for 9bill will never seem like either party is being fair but thats just the way it is

  41. tednancy says: Apr 7, 2011 6:03 PM

    realfann says: Apr 7, 2011 4:22 PM

    @tednancy

    “assumed antitrust exemptions”??

    “assumed”????

    Nobody assumed anything. They were explicitly granted to the NFL.

    You need to stick to the script. No freelancing allowed or Jurry will come yell at you.
    =========================

    You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.

    Major League Baseball is the only professional sports league with broad antitrust protection. In the American Needle case the The National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the NCAA, NASCAR, professional tennis and Major League Soccer filed amicus briefs in support of the NFL, hoping the Supreme Court would expand broad antitrust exemption to other sports.

    Don’t attack unless you know the facts.

  42. Canyonero says: Apr 7, 2011 8:39 PM

    All that aside, I’d like to hear some of those Italian curse words :)

  43. jayniner says: Apr 7, 2011 9:07 PM

    So when the Federal Government shuts down tomorrow, does this mean Federal mediation and courts shut down too?

  44. peanutbutter&jelly says: Apr 7, 2011 9:38 PM

    i just want to throw this out there,and its something that i haven’t heard mentioned at all in this dispute over players wanting big money and the players are the ones that make the game what it is and so on and so on. nobody has made one mention about previous owners like joe robbie or lamar hunt to name a couple who took HUGE risks with thier money and also convinced bankers to over extend them by hundreds of thousands (and in the 60’s that was alot of money)so they could attempt to create football teams and hope for the best thats the type of things owners have done to build this league. and i’ll agree that in the past the owners reaped more of the rewards and i also agreed with the players back in 87′ because they deserved more but now these players are asking for way to much and are not smart enough to see that they are ruining the game.maybe they should take chances with thier money & security like mr.robbie or mr.hunt did and then maybe they’ll understand what it means to build somthing instead of just take,take,take which is all they seem to understand anymore

  45. nfl25 says: Apr 8, 2011 11:23 AM

    peanutbutter&jelly

    you are 100% correct

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