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Recertification delay is a red herring

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I got a little fired up during the first segment of PFT Live while reading Rosenthal’s write up of the latest wrinkle in the CBA talks.  But for good reason.  (At least I think it was a good reason.)

The notion that it will take two weeks to recertify the NFLPA* is ridiculous to the point of offensive, or offensive to the point of ridiculous.  Or both.  It’s 2011, not 1924.  The U.S. mail is as outdated as the Pony Express.

This potential issue was flagged for me by a source with knowledge of the talks several weeks ago.  NFLPA* lawyer Jeffrey Kessler (a/k/a the guy who wants to be the next Marvin Miller) was whining during one of the sessions about the time it will take to put the union back together again.  The NFL’s lawyers did Kessler’s work for him, laying out in detail the steps required to get the recertification accomplished quickly, via electronic means.

As I said during my rant (or words to this effect), it’s time for Kessler to sit down and shut up.  If he wants to wreck a sport in pursuit of the glorification of his massive ego, wreck a sport no one cares about, like basketball.  Whether he’s hoping to blow up the talks so that he can continue to pursue the litigation option or whether he simply wants one last pelt that he can wave around while doing his victory lap, it’s time for someone (and Gene Upshaw would have done it by now) to tell Kessler to zip it.

The twelfth hour is here.  The big bells are ringing.  It’s time for the players to vote on the deal that the man they hired to negotiate has negotiated.

And if Kessler is cajoling the Executive Committee and/or the player reps of a supposed trade association to get in the way, why not send the thing out to a vote of all players?  With or without the approval of the men whose approval shouldn’t matter, more than half of the players will accept the recommendation of the one man they’ve hired to make this very recommendation.

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41 Responses to “Recertification delay is a red herring”
  1. aqua4ever04 says: Jul 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    Well then here’s an idea. Don’t post every single thing you hear and spin it as fact. Hits are fun, disgruntled readers are not.

  2. ebenezergrymm says: Jul 21, 2011 1:58 PM

    David Stern and the NBA owners will put Kessler in his place soon. Expect them to say something like “If you don’t like it go play in Turkey” and Kessler to never be heard from again.

  3. supashug says: Jul 21, 2011 1:58 PM

    I have seen a Blue Herron in my yard lots of time, so a Red Herring is also probably good luck unless it was sent from Japan.

  4. fargovikesfan says: Jul 21, 2011 1:59 PM

    Kessler needs to be knocked unconscious and locked in a closet until this is all over and done with. Then fire his ass.

  5. austskate says: Jul 21, 2011 2:00 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. Kessler is a clown and everyone, including the players, owners, and fans seems to want this deal. Lets get this thing done already.

    Owners will ratify this afternoon and then if the players do not because of this new “we don’t know if we want to be a union” then I expect public opinion to sway heavily in favor of the owners.

  6. zombieeye says: Jul 21, 2011 2:01 PM

    It’s been pretty evident for awhile now that Jeffrey Kessler is only looking out for his own legacy and not for the client(s) he is supposedly representing. Why is this guy still allowed in the room. D. Smith needs to take control of this situation and fire this tool.

  7. capslockkey says: Jul 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    I have to say I totally agree with this article. Kessler is a snake and needs to be cut off at the head.

  8. derekjetersmansion says: Jul 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    He got a great deal for the players. Just sayin’.

  9. thoff1525 says: Jul 21, 2011 2:02 PM

    Wow. Sounds like someone needs a hug.

  10. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 21, 2011 2:03 PM

    The Players better not screw this up

  11. kalispellmt says: Jul 21, 2011 2:05 PM

    If the players could legally ‘tweet’ it, it could be done in five minutes!

  12. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 21, 2011 2:06 PM

    “If he wants to wreck a sport in pursuit of the glorification of his massive ego, wreck a sport no one cares about, like basketball.”

    LOL! This is great!

  13. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 21, 2011 2:06 PM

    “If he wants to wreck a sport in pursuit of the glorification of his massive ego, wreck a sport no one cares about, like basketball.”

    This is without a doubt the most accurate and most hysterical thing ever written on this website.

  14. zerored78 says: Jul 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    I don’t see why they can’t just call all players into training camp Monday at a specific time. First action is for the player reps for each team to hold a vote. Player reps then join a call and count the players’ votes. If the count is enough to re-certify the union, then job is done and start training camp. If not, the players continue to be locked out and leave the buildings.

  15. bvolke says: Jul 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    Thank you for the update! I dot think there was a reader that believed recertification would take more than uncouple hours to complete. Does Kessler really expect the owners to believe that the NFLPA didn’t have an expedious method to rectify prepared on case there was a vote? Go back to chasing down ambulances!

  16. silverhornet says: Jul 21, 2011 2:08 PM

    Kessler was hired to do a job, he is getting paid by the hour right? It’s up to Smith to smack him on the head like you say.

  17. zizzod says: Jul 21, 2011 2:08 PM

    Well said. Your dislike for Kessler and his antics puts a big smile on my face

  18. jaggedmark says: Jul 21, 2011 2:08 PM

    aqua4ever04 says:
    Jul 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    Well then here’s an idea. Don’t post every single thing you hear and spin it as fact. Hits are fun, disgruntled readers are not.
    ———————-
    aqua, yours might be the best post this site has ever seen

  19. wizgoblin says: Jul 21, 2011 2:10 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks Kessler’s high school girlfriend cheated on him with a future NFL owner while he was asleep in the next bed and he just won’t let it go?

  20. builtlikeyoda says: Jul 21, 2011 2:12 PM

    i watch nfl network and espn for lockout news it seems PFT.COM is quick to report news with very little substance

  21. anactualnflowner says: Jul 21, 2011 2:13 PM

    Jeffrey Kessler looks like Ed Helms.

  22. knucklebucket says: Jul 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    If i never hear about a “labor dispute” once this thing is resolved it’ll be too soon.

  23. beneaththeunderdog says: Jul 21, 2011 2:14 PM

    PFT please, for the love of God and all of your loyal readers, only report the facts. I know the more posts you make the better your chances of being quoted on ESPN or the NFL Network, but it’s friustrating for us. Just let us know when the deal is signed. That’s all we care about. Rumors are only fun when it comes to free agents and trades. It’s abuse when you’re emotionally rollercoasting us. More fact, less rhetoric.

  24. popwarner says: Jul 21, 2011 2:15 PM

    Remember during the first game of last season, all the players raised their index finger into the air, representing their solidarity to the owners??

    The fans should all do the same thing during the first game of the 2011 season….to remind everyone of the importance and dependency on the fans money they all are.

    Perhaps though someone could think of a different finger to use instead of the index finger.

    LOL

  25. drmonkeyarmy says: Jul 21, 2011 2:17 PM

    Basketball is more popular globally than football. The blogger needs to learn to shut his mouth sometimes, you know.

  26. jersey73 says: Jul 21, 2011 2:18 PM

    Lawyers! (Shaking my head in disgust!)

  27. zimaman says: Jul 21, 2011 2:20 PM

    after Kluwe explained why he called some of the game’s biggest stars d–bags i looked up d-bags in Websters dictionary.

    and what I found was quite amazing:

    a picture of Kessler with this white diaper like thing wrapped around his head. the one thing that confused me was these reddish brown stains that were in the area of his piehole

    can anyone enlighten me?

  28. moochzilla says: Jul 21, 2011 2:22 PM

    Now let’s move on to a union that actually needs to be smacked down, the NBAPA.

  29. phinsrock says: Jul 21, 2011 2:23 PM

    Jeffrey Kessler is the anti-Christ. These last few months, culminating with today, has proven that as fact.

  30. dsnuts79 says: Jul 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    The notion that nobody cares about basketball is ridicilous to the point of offensive. I enjoyed basketball more than ever this year, especially, during the lockout.

  31. wamj2008 says: Jul 21, 2011 2:32 PM

    Some of us enjoy the NBA. Personally it is my second fav sport…. AFTER PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL.

  32. bufny says: Jul 21, 2011 2:34 PM

    I posted this on an Earlier thread today…
    more appropiate for this one !!!!!
    __________________________________
    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.

  33. castleofcheese says: Jul 21, 2011 2:47 PM

    Remember during the first game of last season, all the players raised their index finger into the air, representing their solidarity to the owners??

    The fans should all do the same thing during the first game of the 2011 season….to remind everyone of the importance and dependency on the fans money they all are.

    Perhaps though someone could think of a different finger to use instead of the index finger.

    LOL
    ————–
    I like this, but to really make an impact we’d all have to do it from our couches instead of the stadiums, in which case no one would see it. Somehow, I think they would still get the message.

  34. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    “wreck a sport no one cares about, like basketball”—-
    Funny, funny, funny… And pretty accurate.

  35. endzonezombie says: Jul 21, 2011 2:57 PM

    There are a lot of really dumb comments on this site – reminding me of the typical behavior during 4th grade recess.

  36. drdonkey25 says: Jul 21, 2011 3:00 PM

    The notion that nobody cares about basketball is ridicilous to the point of offensive. I enjoyed basketball more than ever this year, especially, during the lockout.

    —————–

    Well the NBA is in a lockout, and no one is talking about it, cause NO ONE cares about basketball.

  37. turtlehut says: Jul 21, 2011 3:04 PM

    The union hired Mr. Kessler, they can fire him. Mr. Kessler sees a chance to be a billionaire via treble damages from an anti-trust law suit’s contingency fees, an so will do what he can to get the money. Maybe he said he will spread some of those Benjamin’s around to the union bosses so they can also become rich and retired.

  38. vetdana says: Jul 21, 2011 3:19 PM

    Basketball is more popular globally than football.

    And Soccer….more than Basketball…But….this is a Pro Football site…..and most of us could care less about basketball……a simple truth !!

  39. CKL says: Jul 21, 2011 4:04 PM

    B
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    I’ll say it again…you are the man.

  40. kate773 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:07 PM

    I guess this post explain it a little better, but I still don’t get why anyone would WANT to blow up a deal.

    I literally have an image in my head right now of Jeffrey Kessler sitting in a room somewhere, with a black cape and top hat on, twirling his mustache, and blurting “MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA”.

    His next plot? Stealing the moon.

  41. dsnuts79 says: Jul 21, 2011 4:09 PM

    If no one cares and no one’s talking about it, then how the hell do you know their in a lockout as well, dr.jackass?

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