DeMaurice Smith: “This is a great day for this country”

AP

For a few hours on a rainy draft day afternoon in Manhattan, the epicenter of the football world was in the W Hotel.

Once we got past the glass waterfalls in the lobby and the house music in the elevator, we witnessed a sense of triumph among the NFLPA* leaders and NFL veterans in attendance.

“Football is back,” DeMaurice Smith said, before commending his players for fighting for their rights.  “It’s not only a great day for the players.  It’s a great day for the fans.  It’s a great day for this country.”

Smith knows that the legal battle isn’t quite done yet.  There are a number of complexities for him to tackle no matter what happens in the NFL’s appeal to the Eight Circuit Court.

For Thursday, Smith focused mostly on the positive.  He was happy to live in a world “where players are able to stand up and fight for a game they dig with their all their heart.”

While Smith believes the NFL is violating a court order by not allowing players to work out this week, he didn’t want to get into particulars about when free agency should start.  He says he’s just waiting to hear from the league like the rest of us.

That mood was echoed by the players in attendance.   Jets fullback Tony Richardson and tight end Dustin Keller said they understood a minor delay before free agency starts.

“To their credit, I think this process needs [a delay],” Richardson said.  “There’s a lot things with free agency, it’s chaotic. . . . I don’t necessarily agree with it, but I understand.  I do understand why things have been slowed down.”

39 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: “This is a great day for this country”

  1. As a fan it is a great day but I fear that this is only the beginning. Yes the players won but I fear it will only drive the owners to work harder to get what they want and at the same time us FANS will suffer. I really believe that we are going to miss games at some point. I am just saying that this is far from over.

  2. Wrong as usual DeMaurice. It will be a great day for this country when the players and the owners can both stop acting like 5 year olds and get a long term CBA signed.

    Until that happens, you’re putting a bandaid on a gunshot wound.

  3. And a special thanks to you DeMaurice for doing your part to destroy the NFL in your ego-driven attempt to extract even more millions from the fans. Well done.

  4. No Mr Smith.. The day you lose your job will be a great day for this country. Take Goodell with you.

  5. Hear Hear, Mr. Smith.

    The 8th Circuit has a rep for being pro business, which is not a synonym for pro-employer.

    What the NFL has learned the hard way, is that when you oppose free markets, and support restraint of trade, pro-business judges do not support you.

    The NFL is trying to get a conservative Circuit to say workers should be forced to join a union, and do not have a right to quit the union. Good luck with that.

    Let a man apply his skill and work ethic in the free market to determine his pay; don’t restrain it with some anti-competitive, un-American cap.

    Great day for our country indeed.

  6. So this is what football nuclear fallout looks like, no one knows Sh*t what is gonna happen next. The best solution would be for D Smith and Roger G to hire a couple of hookers, meet in an out of the way location and get this thing settled once and for all with a long term CBA, like 25 years worth.

    I just threw in the hookers there to keep your attention lol……

  7. I could see it being a great day for players and fans, but it’s a little overboard (and somewhat disrespectful) for him to say it’s a great day for this country–considering the devastation and death toll from the storms.

    Once, just once, I’d like the players and owners (and Goodell and Smith) to put things in perspective.

  8. And like most unions, it won’t matter to DeMaurice that the sport suffers as long as the union wins.

    What makes the NFL the best sport in America is that it has true competitive balance. What the players want will destroy that balance. But hey, as long as they get theirs, who cares?

    This is the same problem with the teachers unions who swear that they have the kids best interest in mind but refuse to have a system where merit as opposed to seniority decides raises and promotions.

    In the days of my parents and grandparents, unions protected the workers from predatory businesses and unbridled capitalism. But in today’s world they have lost their raison d’etre. All one has to do is look at the productivity of auto plants which are unionized vs those that are not.

    So now it comes to the NFL. But the NFL is different. It is one large business with many smaller companies. And if the smaller companies (read – Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers etc.) can’t stay competitive, then the large business of the NFL will fail. It is only a matter of time. One only needs to look at what has happened to baseball and realize that if you are KC, Pittsburgh, Washington etc, you have absolutely no chance of ever competing unless you get really luck and catch lightning in a bottle. They are the junior varsity for the Yankees, Phils, Red and White Sox etc.

    The NFL’s is great because of the way they have structured the business. DeMaurice Smith doesn’t really care and if you listen to the comments and actions of the players it seems as if they don’t care either. Short sighted and stupid, but that is no surprise.

    Just another example of how unions in the 21st century have become parasitic to the businesses they work for until that point that the business dies. Just ask GM. If it wasn’t for Uncle Sam and the Democrats in congress bailing them out and basically giving the company to the AWU while screwing all of the investors, GM would have gone the way of Packard, AMC, DeLorean and Studebaker. It will be a damned shame if it happens to the NFL because of the actions of a uber-liberal judge in Minnesota. Again, no surprise, it’s the state that allowed Al Franken to steal an election and become a Senator.

  9. It’s a great day if you are Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, etc.
    It’s a horrible day if you are L.P. Ladouceur, Ramon Humber, or Lydon Murtha, etc.

    The rank and file players will get screwed over, and the owners will be able to point their fingers at the union and say, “You guys are the ones who asked for this, not us!”

  10. The players win if the players come out of this in better shape than they went in.

    I’ll bet that even without a lockout, the players don’t come close to the $151M/team they could have gotten in the owners’ last offer.

    The bigger picture is this: Of the profits available to distribute to owners and players (total revenue minus costs and legitimate investments), the players were getting more than 90% during the salary cap era. Without a negotiated settlement, the players will never again sniff that kind of money.

    If I were an owner, I’d feel pretty comfortable with the season proceeding under rules I get to set.

  11. The players union fought for thirty years to get minimum salaries, health benefits, benefits for retired players, practice limitations, limits on drug testing and player fines, etc.

    Why are they celebrating the fact that they p*ssed it all away?

  12. quote
    “flr29 says:
    Hear Hear, Mr. Smith.

    The 8th Circuit has a rep for being pro business, which is not a synonym for pro-employer.

    What the NFL has learned the hard way, is that when you oppose free markets, and support restraint of trade, pro-business judges do not support you.

    The NFL is trying to get a conservative Circuit to say workers should be forced to join a union, and do not have a right to quit the union. Good luck with that.

    Let a man apply his skill and work ethic in the free market to determine his pay; don’t restrain it with some anti-competitive, un-American cap.

    Great day for our country indeed.” end quote

    What are you talking about? Nobody forced any body into anything. It was always a COLLECTIVE BARGAIN AGREEMENT between both parties.
    If you think the trade union won’t be a union again for another collective bargain agreement you are in the very few minority. Even baseball has a CBA.

  13. It’s a great day for this country?????
    This guy loves to hype everything up into some HUGE GIGANTIC THING… Ican’t stand his exaggerated and often times unprofessional and pseudo “hip”language like “DIG IT”when he’s in his professional capacity. De, the 60’s called and said even bellbottoms, tie dye and magic mushrooms are more “in” than that phrase.
    I love football, it’s my favorite thing in the world but ye gods De. When you take a massive crap in the morning do you prance around the toilet crowing about it’s awesomeness like a just potty trained 3 year old would????
    Then you have Goodell who is also painful to listen to because he’s like watching a marionette and listening to a doll who gets a string on its back pulled to hear its voice.
    Both sides did an EXTREMELY POOR JOB selecting their spokespeople, that’s for sure. Would it have killed them to either hire guys with a microgram of charisma since a big part of their job is talking to the media, or hire someone with any charisma and persuasiveness just to do the talking for either side??????

    /retch

  14. It will be a great day in this country when there is a cure for cancer, not when the court system that taxpayers pay for is used to help mullionaires and billionaries decide how to spend billions of dollars among themselves. What an idiot.

  15. Great day for the country, is that right you POS? Hundreds of Amiericans are killed down south in tornados and this narcissistic little bit of human scum says its a great day!

  16. ” “where players are able to stand up and fight for a game they dig with their all their heart.””

    Dig it with all their hears? Where is this guy been for 40 years?

    Dig it?

    But the phoniness is worse than the 4 decade old cliche’s. This has nothing to do with the game and everything to do with the greed of the players.

    The CBA was putting many franchises, including Green Bay, on the road to a slow financial death. So now, if the players get their way, teams like the Packers will just be shut down that much faster.

    But hey, that’s what organized labor is all about. Screwing the many for the benefit of the few.

    Short term benefit though. Sooner or later, the chickens come home to roost. Ask Detroit or the US Steel Industsry.

  17. Duh Smith is one serious mother effer.

    How could the players be so dumb to pick him to represent them?

  18. Now, unlike most if not all the commenters here, I have actually talked to Demaurice Smith. In person. For five minutes.

    He came to my school and discussed the labor situation. He was incredibly articulate, smart, and clearly knew what he was talking about. I talked with him and he agreed with all my points and made great points of his own. He listened to what I had to say, and did not just talk at me. He gave logical reasons for why there may or may not be a strike.

    I know it might be popular to bash the guy, but I think he’s the right guy for the job. And he will get the job done.

  19. Only a pimp would say that after all this mess. Get rid of the pimp hat and disappear. Your 15 minutes are up.

  20. VJ day was a great day for our country. The first moon landing was a great day. 9-12-01, when most citizens were patriotic for a little while was a great day. Today is not.

  21. fflnick says: Apr 28, 2011 6:27 PM

    quote

    What are you talking about? Nobody forced any body into anything.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The players have exercised their legal right to decertify their union. The owners are trying to force them to be in a union.

    The owners now have the unenviable job of trying to convince judges in a pro-business Circuit that workers should not have the legal right to leave a union, and should be forced to be in a union. Good luck with that one.

    The American Medical Association has historically been one of the strongest “unions” in our country. And it is not a union.

    No honest jurist is supporting the owners. Whether the pro-owners bloggers know that or not is irrelevant.

  22. Congratulations you won round 1 keep schooling them billionaires until they extend the CBA another yr and negotiate in good faith this time

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