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Owners give up right of first refusal idea

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All along, PFT said the players should refuse the owners’ concept to have the right of first refusal for three free agents this year.

It looks like that is exactly what they have done.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the owners have abandoned the concept.  Teams will have a 72-hour window before free agency starts, which we’re calling “Tampering Season.”   (Although that’s likely already happening.)

With this issue out of the way, Judy Battista of the New York Times reports the only real remaining issues left are how the antitrust case and TV contract lawsuits will be resolve.  She says we’re on the brink of a deal.

There’s only so many ways we can keep saying that the deal is nearly done.  But it’s pretty fun to say.

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57 Responses to “Owners give up right of first refusal idea”
  1. welzy says: Jul 15, 2011 7:43 PM

    The fans have the right of first refusal. Get this deal done!

  2. eastsideballa says: Jul 15, 2011 7:43 PM

    Allahu Akbar! That is all.

  3. bennyblanco99 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:46 PM

    Know the Lock-Out is coming – Check
    Half A$$ Negotiate – Check
    De-Certify – Check
    Lockout the Players – Check
    Go to Court – Check
    Wait for weeks for decision – Check
    Waste more time in court – Check
    Fight like kids in Public – DOUBLE CHECK
    See no light in Court – Check

    Finally decide to REALLY Negotiate – Check
    Deal Done in a matter of days – CHECK!!!

    What a joke :P

  4. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:46 PM

    Niccccccce…more money for these guys; they deserve it! Nah, seriously I could care less about them deserving it or not. NFL is the best thing in the world. period. I need it, and it’s time to get this ish going!

    BIRDS!

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 15, 2011 7:46 PM

    Technically agents speaking to coaches and GM’s isn’t tampering during the lockout if the player isn’t involved right?

    Right?

    Ok, so maybe it is and the league is just going to look the other way.

  6. sdboltaction says: Jul 15, 2011 7:47 PM

    I knew it would happen all along. Play ball, baby!

  7. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:50 PM

    Um, that pic doesn’t really apply lol. The owners are abandoning a crapshoot idea; they are not frightened or disgusted or repulsed by wads of cash, believe you me…

  8. 0mattfrye0 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:53 PM

    Nipples is pretty fun too say too !

  9. tjp2033 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:54 PM

    So what you are telling me is that Free Agency starts next week?

    Awesome!!!

  10. typhilly21 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:54 PM

    Called it. Just sayin.

  11. bpjensen says: Jul 15, 2011 7:56 PM

    Darn, I was hoping for the revival of the “If the player plays more than 40% of his games in [insert the name of the city of the FA's former team]…then the whole contract is guaranteed,” clauses.

  12. jacksaysfu says: Jul 15, 2011 7:57 PM

    Man, FINALLYYYY !!

  13. cincinnasti says: Jul 15, 2011 8:00 PM

    How long will it take the courts to drop those cases and for that process to go down? That’s going to determine whether the lockout is lifted and we get training camp on time..

  14. seabreezes51 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:03 PM

    So, the deal is nearly done? Is that what you are trying to say?

  15. vtsquirm says: Jul 15, 2011 8:04 PM

    Good News, Good News. (Roscoe P. Coltrane voice)

  16. tjacks7 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:05 PM

    these guys folded faster than my lawn chair. but, at least there will be football soon.

  17. keramidas21 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:06 PM

    Hopefully the Packers sign a free agent this year, maybe a guard or a defensive end, but MM and TT know what they are doing, so I’m sure they will do what is best for the organization.

  18. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 15, 2011 8:08 PM

    If the lockout were to go on for 5 years are you all aware men like James Harrison wouldnt be qualified to work in a car wash? He would be homeless, an alcoholic, walking the streets, sleeping in shelters…that said, once his career is over in about 3 years, and the money runs out 3 years after that, thats where he will be…ya heard me?

  19. brownsfn says: Jul 15, 2011 8:09 PM

    I keep hearing how the owners keep giving in…i think its time for the players to bend a little…this is ridiculous…

  20. Burritto says: Jul 15, 2011 8:10 PM

    “All along, PFT has advanced the idea that the owners’ idea about obtaining the right of first refusal with for three free agents this year made little sense and was something the players should refuse.”

    What do you know of making little sense?!? Oh, wait…

  21. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:11 PM

    Too bad Big Ben doesn’t respect womans “right to refuse”

  22. joesphkerr says: Jul 15, 2011 8:17 PM

    The Fat Lady has not sung yet.

  23. rcunningham says: Jul 15, 2011 8:18 PM

    Anyone see CM Punk’s promo on Monday? Awesome!!

  24. chizzle20 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:22 PM

    Hallelujah! Now I can smoke, drink, and go take a piss like Mike!!!

  25. alanschech says: Jul 15, 2011 8:33 PM

    enough…FOOTBALL NOW!!!!!!!

  26. kane337 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:36 PM

    SWEET!

  27. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:36 PM

    brownsfn says:
    I keep hearing how the owners keep giving in…i think its time for the players to bend a little…this is ridiculous…

    As far as I can see the players haven’t gotten anything.

    But maybe I’m wrong- what are the players getting that they didn’t have in 2010?

  28. ICDogg says: Jul 15, 2011 8:36 PM

    Damn! Now all of us fans of lockouts are going to have to follow the NBA!

  29. melonnhead says: Jul 15, 2011 8:36 PM

    Anyone see CM Punk’s promo on Monday? Awesome!!

    ———————————————————–

    Isn’t he a wrestler? Wrestlers definitely aren’t athletes.

  30. tomstew43 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:44 PM

    Ducktape

  31. fifthorkid says: Jul 15, 2011 8:48 PM

    In the epic words of Rex Ryan – “Now lets go get a snack!”

    Best.Line.Ever from last year’s Hard Knocks.

  32. rcunningham says: Jul 15, 2011 8:50 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Jul 15, 2011 8:36 PM
    Anyone see CM Punk’s promo on Monday? Awesome!!

    ———————————————————–

    Isn’t he a wrestler? Wrestlers definitely aren’t athletes.

    Aren’t you a melonhead? Melonheads definitely aren’t athletes.

  33. duanethomas says: Jul 15, 2011 8:51 PM

    lovesportsandsurfing says:
    Jul 15, 2011 8:08 PM
    If the lockout were to go on for 5 years are you all aware men like Dan Snyder wouldnt be qualified to work in a car wash? He would be homeless, an alcoholic, walking the streets, sleeping in shelters…that said, once his career is over in about 3 years, and the money runs out 3 years after that, thats where he will be…ya heard me?

  34. trbowman says: Jul 15, 2011 8:56 PM

    Are they going to be able to play the hall of fame game?

  35. Soulman45 says: Jul 15, 2011 8:58 PM

    Way to reach a deal owners give in.

  36. bobwhitequail says: Jul 15, 2011 9:02 PM

    bennyblanco99 that’s pretty accurate. The thing that changed everything is when the player’s lawsuit track got shut downby the 8th circuit. Only then did real negotiations start happening. And after that the idiot lawyers kept trying to drag it back into litigation and kill the deal. Thanks goodness there are some smart players and player leadership out there who recognized Kessler’s lawsuits were a lost cause and would go on forever. They would only make the attorneys richer and everyone else poorer.

    Kudos to the players and player’s leadership who abandoned the litigation course. We all wish you would have done it much sooner but at least you did it. Good job.

  37. goawayeverybody says: Jul 15, 2011 9:06 PM

    A 72-hour window before free agency starts? So does that mean the free agency begins in 72 hours? Or that it will last for 72 hours? Or what?

    Please explain.

  38. ffootballontwitter says: Jul 15, 2011 9:07 PM

    The notion that the circumstances that gave rise to the antitrust notion — and all of the TV dollars that come out of it — are somehow harmful to players is pure comedy. I don’t know how the lawyers can claim harm with a straight face.

    I have an idea — get the last issues settled for a dollar, and announce the resumption of the National Football League, TOMORROW.

  39. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:29 PM

    bobwhitequail says:
    The thing that changed everything is when the player’s lawsuit track got shut downby the 8th circuit. Only then did real negotiations start happening. And after that the idiot lawyers kept trying to drag it back into litigation and kill the deal. Thanks goodness there are some smart players and player leadership out there who recognized Kessler’s lawsuits were a lost cause and would go on forever.

    Wow, you sure have a lot of inside information there that no one else has access to. Thanks for sharing!

    Either that or you’re making shizzit up. The more I think about it…yeah, you’re either making them up or imagining them.

    From all accounts, including everything reported at this site, things were falling quickly into place before the court handed down the decision.

  40. stealthjunk says: Jul 15, 2011 9:29 PM

    On the bright side of this mess, at least it means Brett Favre will start on time this year.

  41. bucforever says: Jul 15, 2011 9:35 PM

    I do not see anybody in pads yet. I’m just saying!
    Let me see those pads on the field soon! Then I will know it is really over.

  42. reillyb1 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:50 PM

    “A 72-hour window before free agency starts? So does that mean the free agency begins in 72 hours? Or that it will last for 72 hours? Or what?

    Please explain.”

    Really?

  43. ncoolong says: Jul 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    Oh my god, you are the only site on earth who gives a frog’s fat ass about “tampering!” Let it go! You aren’t special for point out rules violations!

  44. golonger says: Jul 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    i’m still rooting for this deal to fall through!,……isnt this fun????

  45. golonger says: Jul 15, 2011 9:55 PM

    ill bet this lockout is more fun than any Redskins, Browns or Bengals games this year!!!!!!!

  46. golonger says: Jul 15, 2011 9:56 PM

    goawayeverybody – please tell me you really aren’t this stupid??????

  47. mjkelly77 says: Jul 15, 2011 9:57 PM

    Praised be Jesus. That is all.

  48. section731 says: Jul 15, 2011 10:16 PM

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THE FREE AGENT SIGNING PERIOD TO START!!!!!!!

  49. melonnhead says: Jul 15, 2011 10:18 PM

    Aren’t you a melonhead? Melonheads definitely aren’t athletes.

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    So me and CM Punk have something in common!

  50. backuppunter says: Jul 15, 2011 10:21 PM

    the litigation from the players is part of what made the owners finally start compromising. that’s just part of how these things work… leverage

  51. barronhastoholdorakpo says: Jul 15, 2011 10:23 PM

    What about the 18 game season? Any word on that one? I think they owe fans everywhere another 2 weeks of football.

  52. realitypolice says: Jul 15, 2011 10:24 PM

    bobwhitequail says:
    Jul 15, 2011 9:02 PM
    bennyblanco99 that’s pretty accurate. The thing that changed everything is when the player’s lawsuit track got shut downby the 8th circuit. Only then did real negotiations start happening.
    =======================

    Alot of us on here were calling the 8th circuit ruling as the linchpin. As frustrating as it was to us all, it didn’t make sense for the two sides to rush to finalize an agreement until they knew what, if any, leverage, the 8th Circuit would provide to one side or the other.

    So they meandered along, dragging their feet on purpose, all the while making public pronouncements about how much they wanted to get the deal done.

    Then the 8th rules, and presto! We have a deal.

    I’m not trying to take credit for a “prediction”, I’m just saying that I, and many others on here as well, looked at the situation objectively and realized this was only outcome that made sense.

  53. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 15, 2011 10:25 PM

    bennyblanco99 says: Jul 15, 2011 7:46 PM

    Know the Lock-Out is coming – Check
    Half A$$ Negotiate – Check
    De-Certify – Check
    Lockout the Players – Check
    Go to Court – Check
    Wait for weeks for decision – Check
    Waste more time in court – Check
    Fight like kids in Public – DOUBLE CHECK
    See no light in Court – Check

    Finally decide to REALLY Negotiate – Check
    Deal Done in a matter of days – CHECK!!!

    What a joke :P

    ______________________________

    Owners take parachute out of crappy deal – Check

    Owners tell players what new deal will be. – Check

    Players get bent out of shape and act like they have cards in this game. – Check

    Owners play the lockout card. – Check.

    Players walk out and pray a court will save their ass. – Check.

    Court says we aren’t going to save your greedy ass, we’re going to save the owners greedy ass. – Check.

    Players come back and pretend to be tough as they take what was offered in the first place (more or less). – Check.

    Owners smile. – Checkmate.

  54. tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:36 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    gimmeabruschi makes a post that proves he has Down’s Syndrome- check!

    I agree with this.

  55. tashkalucy says: Jul 16, 2011 8:24 AM

    You mean we don’t have to talk about the Lebron James circus and the rest of the WWF-inspired NBA?

    We can follow a real professional sports league!

    Oh, goody goody!

  56. forthelove says: Jul 16, 2011 9:37 AM

    Let’s see here…

    18 game season – ok nevermind about that

    $1 billion off the top – out the window

    Ridiculous demands for the rookie wage scale – dropped

    Right of first refusal – refused

    … Yeah it’s pretty clear the owners had some ridiculous demands. Now if the players open up to hGH testing we can call it a day.

  57. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 16, 2011 9:51 AM

    tommyf15 says: Jul 15, 2011 11:36 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:
    gimmeabruschi makes a post that proves he has Down’s Syndrome- check!

    I agree with this.

    _________________________________

    Atta boy tommy, make fun of poor little kids with a disability so you can hope to score points on a sports talk board.

    Pathetic and classless.

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