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DeMaurice Smith gets players ready for conference call

DeMaurice Smith AP

The NFLPA* will have a conference call with player reps Thursday afternoon.  The big question is whether the players will just get updated on the state of labor negotiations or whether they will be taking a vote.

Albert Breer and Michael Lombardi of NFL Network report that reps have been notified about a call this afternoon.

(Perhaps they are getting addresses in order to send out those decertification papers by carrier pigeon.)

All indications remain that the owners will vote in some way or another Thursday.

UPDATE: Breer reports the call should take place at 8 p.m. ET.

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52 Responses to “DeMaurice Smith gets players ready for conference call”
  1. ebenezergrymm says: Jul 21, 2011 12:53 PM

    Others are reporting the conference call is set for 8PM EST

  2. goldeelox says: Jul 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    … to discuss their thoughts on the new Harry Potter movie.

  3. honolulubluekoolaid says: Jul 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    man up and get it done…..Now!

  4. hobartbaker says: Jul 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    Just make a posting on PFT for the vote. Players either give the proposal a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”. No macro botting allowed.

  5. jnbnet says: Jul 21, 2011 12:55 PM

    Dare I hope?

  6. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 21, 2011 12:56 PM

    Not sure if anything changed to make them not vote.

  7. trbowman says: Jul 21, 2011 12:56 PM

    Headline three hours from now – “NFLPA source don’t believe the hype.”

  8. thebigrig82 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:56 PM

    Ya, theyre probably collecting addresses! Im sure that none of that is on any kind of file…DUH!! You guys are aces!!

  9. birdcrazy911 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:56 PM

    does the D in DeMaurice stand for what I think it does??? Kluwe tell him how you feel!!!!

  10. gregski79 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    I would love for one of Rupert Murdoch’s henchmen to hack into this conference call.

  11. tjp2033 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    Vote Yes to end the lockout!!

    Finally pull your head out De and get the players to vote Yes.

  12. jm11890 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    unless kessler is fired asap, this deal wont get done

  13. skoobyfl says: Jul 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    This is hard for me to write but go De Smith go.

  14. rayvens says: Jul 21, 2011 12:57 PM

    Im sorry but One of the main reasons i cant wait for this lockout to end is so i dont ever have to read/hear another DeMaurice report!

  15. pappysarcasm says: Jul 21, 2011 12:58 PM

    I hope he is going to deliver this message from the owners: This is a take it or leave it offer! Vote to approve it today, or the 2011 season is CANCELLED!

  16. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 12:59 PM

    Hasn’t he heard of fax machines?

  17. echoplex89 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:59 PM

    This is the chance for the players to screw it up.

    Will they or won’t they?

  18. vargafamily1 says: Jul 21, 2011 12:59 PM

    Who cares anymore? Really?

  19. keeponhating says: Jul 21, 2011 1:00 PM

    Lol carrier pigeon. Its true though I guess they don’t want any of the players hurting themselves trying to “operate” a computer

  20. wasafan says: Jul 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    For months, the players have said they just want to play. Every single player that spoke said they just want to play. Now they have a CBA that has been negotiated with the owners, giving them a chance to play, and what does the NFLPA do? Drag their feet. What do named plantiffs do? Ask for special treatment.

    I have always been in the owners camp on this because of the economics. I want the NFL to be stable for years to come. I am still in the owners camp on this one, but I am really starting to feel bad for the rank and file players that really DO want to play and are not superstars and not part of the anti-trust class. I’ll bet, if given the chance, they would vote to recertify and ratify the agreement today.

  21. vmannj says: Jul 21, 2011 1:01 PM

    Waiting for the message board d-bag that keeps telling us this thing is going to drag out another 2 months. All signs point towards a deal (as they have for the last week). Dallas Morning News reporting that Cowboys camp is scheduled to open one week from today.

  22. punchymcgee says: Jul 21, 2011 1:02 PM

    I hope they are sending REcertification papers, seeing that they have already DEcertified.

  23. silverhornet says: Jul 21, 2011 1:03 PM

    is it just me or are the players waiting until after the owners vote?

  24. silverhornet says: Jul 21, 2011 1:04 PM

    and why in the world are they waiting until 8pm? That’s after the sun goes down. The carrier pigeons won’t be able to see where they need to land.

  25. seabreezes51 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:05 PM

    Players are looking to be voting after, or at the same time as the owners. The final game of one up.

  26. bufny says: Jul 21, 2011 1:06 PM

    If NO DEAL is done today….
    then All Concerned Fans should e-mail Mr. Kessler @ : jkessler@dl.com & voice their displeasure at his continued Meddeling, & back stage powerplays in Blocking any potential C.B.A.

  27. dirtybird70 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:06 PM

    I sure hope the union recertification doesn’t hold up the process. It’s just a matter of time before a crazed fan gets a hold of one of these guys.

  28. billsfan27 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:07 PM

    Maybe it’s a conference call to let everyone know that his Barbie-themed birthday party is still on! Yay!

  29. fcs34 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:07 PM

    It’s all so very excting. The guys on NFL network are about to felate each other.

  30. phillycheez says: Jul 21, 2011 1:09 PM

    The last few days of this might be more annoying than the first few. Just get the damn thing done!

  31. m2karateman says: Jul 21, 2011 1:09 PM

    Is there a number I can call into so that I can tell all the players what idiots they are acting like? How about one for the owners as well, so I can tell them the same thing?

  32. mercyou says: Jul 21, 2011 1:10 PM

    I thought they needed to re-certify to vote…

  33. xinellum says: Jul 21, 2011 1:10 PM

    I believe the credibility of D Smith is now beginning to come into question and his ability to be a leader and lead the NFLPA and be their negotiator has been cast in doubt. While an agreement was negotiated, reached and completed, Goodell went back to his room and got his peeps in line but Smith was unable to accomplish that from his position. It is either time that Smith showed the leadership that gets this deal done, or I believe the owners will ask to negotiate with someone the NFLPA has more faith in and will not convene talks until such people are found. OR as I have said before. Let the owners place the contract out there for anyone who wishes to play to sign. If they sign, they agree to the CBA, they can play, if they don’t then they they sit on the sidelines and let the owners replace them with players who are willing to sign. As someone else wrote here and I fully agree with, I watch football for the game, good or bad, not the players. Put anyone in a Ravens uniform and put them on the field and they will have my support. As far as the lawsuits go, for those players who wish to have no income for the next three years while it is in the courts, good luck with that. Meanwhile, others will be playing and picking up your game checks.

  34. steelbydesign says: Jul 21, 2011 1:10 PM

    carrier pigeons are extinct :(

  35. gregwestlake says: Jul 21, 2011 1:11 PM

    Dear Mr. Smith, just email the me the decertification papers and all the players emails and i can forward the document to them within 5 minutes. Should be done in no time!

  36. greenbaypeckers says: Jul 21, 2011 1:13 PM

    Probably about what they want on their pizza.

  37. goodandfast says: Jul 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    You mean recertification

  38. nfl25 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:18 PM

    Sports is reporting that one of the stumbling blocks preventing the players from approving a new CBA yesterday was that Logan Mankins and Vincent Jackson, both plaintiffs in the “Brady case,” have continued to insist that they deserve $10 million in cash compensation as part of a settlement in the case.

    The source in the article says that as of late last night, neither player’s representatives had dropped their request and the NFL will not agree to pay them
    ===================================

    is this true?

  39. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 1:22 PM

    “I hope he is going to deliver this message from the owners: This is a take it or leave it offer! Vote to approve it today, or the 2011 season is CANCELLED!”

    Are you crazy? Why would the owners commit financial suicide? The players won, I’m sorry that rattles you and makes you post emotional nonsense, but that’s the way it goes.

    Insane.

  40. BroncoNick says: Jul 21, 2011 1:23 PM

    End the Lockout!! Please!

  41. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 1:25 PM

    “I believe the credibility of D Smith is now beginning to come into question and his ability to be a leader and lead the NFLPA and be their negotiator has been cast in doubt.”

    Are you insane? Smith went in to these negotiations and killed. He won. He’s been worth every penny. Likely more.

    He’s like Scott Boras, we don’t like him at all…but if we were players he’s be our first choice to represent us.

  42. hystoracle says: Jul 21, 2011 1:45 PM

    “and why in the world are they waiting until 8pm?”

    good question, Free Cell minutes don’t start til after 9pm.

    “Lol carrier pigeon. Its true though I guess they don’t want any of the players hurting themselves trying to “operate” a computer”

    – That’s funny!!! :)

  43. illyistic1 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:45 PM

    Here is the thing fellas they are goin over the new cba and they will or will not vote on it later tonight, that is the reason for the conference call to make sure everyone understands what is or isnt gonna happen. Just calm down fellas until later but i think its gonna happen if not? Im done! (no i wont but i will be pissed!)

  44. butterstone84 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:46 PM

    just get the f’in thing done people!

  45. radrhatr says: Jul 21, 2011 1:51 PM

    They’re voting to elect James Harrison as new NFLPA president.

  46. psousa1 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    Logan Mankins will hold this up. Vincent Jackson will sign off but Mankins will hold this up. I don’t think this idiot cares if he leaves everyone hanging.

  47. pappysarcasm says: Jul 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    The Owners are billionaires! the players live the high life, game check to game check. and which party is more vulnerable?!

    Jul 21, 2011 1:22 PM
    “I hope he is going to deliver this message from the owners: This is a take it or leave it offer! Vote to approve it today, or the 2011 season is CANCELLED!”

    Are you crazy? Why would the owners commit financial suicide? The players won, I’m sorry that rattles you and makes you post emotional nonsense, but that’s the way it goes.

    Insane.

  48. m2karateman says: Jul 21, 2011 2:03 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Jul 21, 2011 1:22 PM
    “I hope he is going to deliver this message from the owners: This is a take it or leave it offer! Vote to approve it today, or the 2011 season is CANCELLED!”

    Are you crazy? Why would the owners commit financial suicide? The players won, I’m sorry that rattles you and makes you post emotional nonsense, but that’s the way it goes.

    Insane.

    ———————————————————

    What’s insane is your line of thinking.

    The players won? They haven’t “won” anything until they accept the new CBA.

    Financial suicide? The owners make money on football, but they don’t get the majority of their money from it.

    In a standoff between players who RELY on football to make money, and the owners who had the money to buy football teams to begin with, the financial showdown is won 100% of the time by the owners. If a season is cancelled, you can bet it’s the players who come crawling back and not the owners. The only reason the owners don’t cancel the season is because they don’t see a reason to lose money when they can still make money.

    The players won……think again. Nobody won, and only the fans stand to be the “losers” in all of this.

  49. bigvinnyinjax says: Jul 21, 2011 2:04 PM

    DeMaurice has debrainwashed all the dedamn players. Never before have I seen such a decollection of destupid men. Just sign the damn deCBA.

    twitter.com/vincenthale

  50. gtisme says: Jul 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Moochzilla = Jason Cole?

    De Smith has done a nice job(especially with the 200k lockout insurance per player), no doubt, but if this does not get done in time, NOBODY wins, everybody loses big money.

    Also, the players had close to 60% of the revenue after 1 billion off the top in the old cba (so 4.8 billion of 9 billion total if cba stayed the same)
    New CBA is 48% of 9 billion dollar pie (so 4.32 billion of 9 billion total)

    that means the owners pick up 480 million dollars more than the last cba. and that gap goes up as revenue rises. And if it goes down to 46.5%(the reported floor) the gap widens further.

    But please help me understand how Smith won when the players get almost 500 million dollars less per season?

  51. laeaglefan says: Jul 21, 2011 3:07 PM

    De Smith isn’t in charge of the NFLPA……..Jeffrey Kessler is. That’s been pretty obvious for a while, but now there’s no question about it.

  52. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 4:40 PM

    gtisme,

    You ignore 2 major factors:

    1) Revenue growth makes them whole in terms of the absolute dollars, because no one would predict anything but growth for the NFL in the coming years.

    2) Teams will now be required to spend 90% to 93% of the cap.

    By focusing on 1 number, you miss what matters. Add in the laundry list of items from the owner’s wish list that won’t happen (18 game season, first refusal) and I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for a bunch of “idiots” and “children” who don’t know what “hard work” is and should be “working at McDonald’s”. Huh?

    And the fact that this was pulled off by a man called “an idiot” who wanted to “destroy the NFL” and “ruin the draft” and “turn it into MLB”, I’d say the result is palatable for NFL fans.

    Also, reconcile any of this with the smack talk at the start about breaking the union. Seems to me the owners bit off more than they could chew.

    In truth, I hope we get a settlement everyone is OK with, so we don’t have do this every few years.

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