NFLPA sees no circumstance where current CBA would be extended

AP

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFLPA is set to expire after the 2020 season and the union shot down the notion of extending the current CBA beyond that point during a press conference in Minneapolis on Thursday.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said that there’s no circumstance where he could see the NFLPA agreeing to “simply put a page on the back of it where it’s extended until 2035.” Smith pointed to how painful the negotiations for the current agreement were in 2011 and said that such agreements are always “grinding, exhausting elements that come out of two parties that want fundamentally different things.” 

Smith said that he’s open to early talks that could result in an agreement that forestalls a work stoppage, but that he and the union are not expecting that to be the outcome.

“We prepare for war,” Smith said. “If we’re able to get a collective bargaining agreement done, that’s great. All of these men went through a unilateral declared war on players in 2010 and 2011.”

The contract structure for first-round picks and workplace safety were among the issues that players on the NFLPA Executive Committee brought up as discussion points for the next CBA.

14 responses to “NFLPA sees no circumstance where current CBA would be extended

  1. Weakest union in sports talks about going to war? They will get slapped around like they always do and it will be worse now that the players have no sympathy from the fans. Good luck with that and keep those knees healthy.

  2. DeMaurice Smith referring to negotiations over MILLIONS of dollars and comparing it to war shows how out of touch he and his players are.

  3. The real war always comes down to the players that want to give in and take more money for few concessions and the stars who can afford to hold out indefinitely.

    The rank and file always end up winning that vote.

  4. I like watching football now, I use to love watching football. The idea of a work stoppage sounded horrible in 2010. Not so much now.

  5. A work stoppage will deal the NFL a blow that will take it a decade to recover from. If they recover at all… they are teetering on the brink and all it will take is a nudge.

  6. I’d hope both parties want the same thing–to produce the best product possible. You’d think the league, players, owners, and union would figure out that is what the fans care about. Fans don’t really care if the players get 50%, 20% or 80%.

    Here’s a crazy idea: the league and the union stop running their mouths and very quietly get to work on either a CBA extension or an entirely new CBA with neither party blabbing/whining until they reach an agreement.

  7. If the NFL thinks that TV ratings are down now, just try a prolonged work stoppage and see what happens. It will take years (if ever) for the NFL to recover from it.

  8. You’ll sign the deal they offer, or you’ll sign a worse deal 6 weeks later after guys start missing game checks

    Like every other time

  9. So, the NFLPA sees no way of extending a deal where the NFL owners held them over a barrel and had their way with them? That’s good to know, I guess, but come 2020, the owners will do the exact same thing and the NFLPA will accept it once they start missing checks.

    Worst.Union.Ever.

  10. If u havent already moved ur Sunday football viewing to Saturdays for the college game, there’s still time. No protests against our great country and It’s s so much more fun to watch.

  11. Baseball did this crap and it took years if it even has to be as popular as it once was. Go for it and watch fans run for the gates.

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