CBA negotiations going "poorly"

Here’s a quick nugget to warm the cockles of the heart during the holidays.

Peter King of NBC reports, as relayed by Bob Costas of Football Night in America, that the contract negotiations between the NFL and the players union currently are going “poorly.”

As a result, some players who previously were optimistic now believe there will be a lockout in 2011.

You may now return to enjoying your leftover turkey and egg nog.

18 responses to “CBA negotiations going "poorly"

  1. I don’t think there will be a lock out. The owners and the players still have over a year to get a new CBA in place. I don’t think one uncapped year will hurt everybody as much as they think. Keep in mind the players are likely trying to play hard ball right now to try to get a deal worked out sooner rather then later.
    The union probably see March 2010 as the deadline will the owners don’t.
    There really isn’t a lot of pressure right now to get a deal done. The closer it gets to 2011 the more pressure there will actually be to get a deal done.
    They are still technically in the early stages of their negotations.

  2. I hear Bill Polian is a part of the reason things are going so poorly. He keeps yelling F bombs in the meetings, yelling out “break his leg!”, pinning poor admins to the wall by their neck, and intimidating as many people as he can as he does on the competition committee.
    Polian wants a stipulation in the CBA that the Colts must win the Super Bowl every year and that the league adjust the rules to benefit their style of play.
    We can all thank Bill Polian for making the game the watered down version of what once was a great game. Thanks to Polian defense is going away and the NFL is starting to become like the NBA…
    A league source also reports that Bill Polian takes a whiz sitting down, like a woman.

  3. DeSmith is an idiot. NFL is going to bend him over the pedastal and give it to him good or there will be a lockout.
    The man just doesn’t have the swagger a union head should.

  4. I believe the owners are complete greedy. The NFL is perfect the way it is with a 16 game schedule and 8 divisions of 4 teams. However the owners want to expand to 18 games and put a team in London where the NFL Europe already failed. I think the Colts tanking it this week is proof that an 18 game schedule will lead to more crappy games at the end of the year. The players deserve to be compensated their fair share of revenue. I say make the players league employees rather than team employees. The league can set a pay scale based on years played and at what level you are playing (starter, backup, All Pro, etc..)

  5. Rick, I completely disagree. Currently, if my memory serves me correct, the players get 59% of the revenues.
    59%! Meanwhile the owners need to take the remaining 49% to pay for coaches, administrative personnel, security, lighting, heating, the debt on the stadium, travel, scouting, etc etc.
    The players only risk is that of injury which is significant…but the owners are at a greater risk because of market & economic risks, PR risks (mostly because of knuckleheaded & greedy players), and plenty of other things.
    My opinion is the players get all of the reward and essentially none of the risk.
    As an example, the Packers are one of the most valuable franchises (somewhere near $1B) and had only $16M in GROSS income (not the same as net income as it doesn’t include taxes & investment losses and significant items)…and before you say “it’s because they’re a small market team”, they are one of the higher revenue generating teams in the NFL…a team that is worth near $1B and only a $16M net income? I think that’s pretty indicative of how slanted the revenues are. I can only wonder what the books look like for some of the lower revenue franchises out there, particularly the ones in towns that have had blackouts and have been impacted more by the economy.
    In the end, I think the owners will have to concede and open up their books to the union (the Packers are the only ones required to do so as they are publicly owned – like any business whose stocks are traded on the stock markets.).

  6. Obamalamadingdong says let the government take over the NFL, print more dollars, and raise taxes again and all will be fine.

  7. “Obamalamadingdong says let the government take over the NFL, print more dollars, and raise taxes again and all will be fine.”
    The man sounds more intelligent than G.W. thats for sure
    and Palin? forget it.

  8. Word up Mean D! We don’t have to worry, Our nation will be in total collapse by 2011. Football will be the last thing on anybody’s mind. Eating and living indoors will be numero uno.
    Thanks big O

  9. Rick
    You’re illiterate and wrong. One might be completely greedy, but not “complete” greedy.
    Second, the Packers television money alone exceeds your GROSS calculation by many times.

  10. The guy that was ridiculed for saying that they should all be locked in a room and not leave until there is a deal….is the only sane one of the group! It should not take two years to come up with ANYTHING! If you put a few normal people into a room, they could have this done in five hours. And in reality, with greedy, stupid people running the show, they won’t be able to do it in the next year…after wasting this past year.
    You might ask “how can they be so stupid and be billionaires?” It’s called inheritence dummies.

  11. so the league pays out 108% of its revenues? that doesn’t make sense PackFan.
    and PatsrPerfection, you can honestly say that polian has ruined the league more than pioli and kraft? talk about some jaundiced eyes looking from a biased perspective.

  12. MkePackFan, you’re wrong about a lot of things:
    1. The Pack are FAR from one of the most valuable teams in the NFL, they’re 17th.
    2. 16 Million? Are you nuts? They generated $48 mil ALONE from gate receipts and the national TV revenue that they get exceeds that. Add in the revenue sharing that they get from merchandising and you understand that the $94 MILLION that they paid is salary could NEVER have been possible if they NETTED $16 million.
    3. Your analysis of the risks underscores the fact that you don’t understand what kind of cash cow the NFL is, especially when you say that that the owners get 108% revenue (59% that you say that the clubs use on players’ salaries and the 49% that you say that they pay for the coaches and front office).

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