Union wants to avoid uncapped year

My, how times have changed.

Four years ago, the threat of an uncapped year — which was still a year into the future — helped compel the NFL to agree to a labor deal that, little more than two years later, the owners wanted to scuttle.  At the time, NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw vowed that, once the salary cap went away, it would never come back.

Today, with the first uncapped year since 1993 only 10 days away, the NFLPA wants to press pause until March 2011.  Executive Director De Smith discloses in a memo sent to all players and agents today that the union’s most recent proposal to the NFL “contains an offer to continue the current capped system for an additional year which would allow the parties ample time to complete work on a long-term CBA.”

It’s a meaningless gesture.  The league wants an uncapped year, in large part because the league knows the union doesn’t.  And if the players and agents place enough pressure on the union between now and March 5, there’s a chance that the union will accept whatever the final offer is as of March 4.

We think the chances are slim.  But, still, there’s a chance.

The memo is being rapidly and widely circulated; Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has posted the entire document.

Meanwhile, we’ll milk the thing for a few more posts.

17 responses to “Union wants to avoid uncapped year

  1. Sounds like the big bad union has figured out the owners know what they are doing.
    Also shows that D Smith is a waste

  2. I like the idea of both sides agreeing to extend the current deal for a year. From the fans perspective it gives the appearance that they are trying to make something work.
    However, if the owners really wanted to extend the deal for a year, they would have waited a year to opt out…..and all of this talk would be happening next year
    Perhaps they can reach an agreement where there is a salary cap, no salary floor for a season, and all of the “uncapped year” rules are still in affect: ie, being able to dump a big money contract without the salary cap penalties, etc.

  3. Likely just another PR ploy to show the public that the union is willing to do “anything” to work this out, even adding a year they know that the owners don’t want in order to make the owners seem unreasonable and its all “their” fault when it doesn’t work out.
    Bad faith offer on the part of the union.

  4. Who cares if this year is uncapped or not, we need to know if this league is done after this season or not. I don’t think too many fans give a shit how much money everyone makes from it.

  5. Boom. Roasted.
    D Smith continues to live down to his reputation. His election was proof the players don’t understand anything about their own business. It would be sad if it wasn’t so hilarious.

  6. This changes nothing. The union had its bluff called, and, unsurprisingly, blinked first. Barring a strike, which no one wants, the union has no bullets left.

  7. I’ve said it before, i’ll say it again. An uncapped NFL will ruin the league. In 93 the NFL wasn’t as popular as it is now. That’s because now all teams can make an affordble run at the top free agents if they so choose. In an uncapped NFL the Jerry Jones’, Dan Snider’s and the rest of their ilk will spend and out bid the poorer teams of the league. There goes parity. RIP Mr. Rosell.

  8. It’s at least a little encouraging to see the union wake up and recognize that a world without caps is a world without floors and that’s not in the players’ best interest. Better late than never.

  9. In reading the letter, I love how he suggests without actually saying that the players should expect the biggest payout ever by talking about how the last uncapped year the league spent 70% of revenues, the league is saving costs which according to him should be put towards players salary and how the league is growing.
    This is why I hate unions, constantly lying to their union members. They exist just to take fees instead of doing what is actually best for them. They would rather someone go out of business then “lose face” to the members, who would then vote them out of their position.

  10. Why flirt with something that could destroy the game? The league should want a cap year more than anyone. Do they really want to risk this turning into baseball? The reason the NFL is the biggest sport in the US is of the CAP. Fans of all teams have a chance of seeing their team be competative.

  11. Can we please remove every union from evey aspect of American life? They destroy companies, inflate budgets and reward medicority as opposed to merit. Just look at the NY teachers union.
    Sorry for the political post, but this is kind of a political article…..ah well.

  12. “I’ve said it before, i’ll say it again. An uncapped NFL will ruin the league. In 93 the NFL wasn’t as popular as it is now. That’s because now all teams can make an affordble run at the top free agents if they so choose.”
    That has nothing to do with the salary cap. There have always been exploitable loopholes in the salary cap system and the system itself is nothing more than an honor system. I don’t know that the league is any more popular now than it was in 1993, but I do know that it makes a lot more money than it did in 1993.
    Mainly because Jerry Jones dragged the rest of the NFL forward as a member of the Broadcast and Business Ventures Committees.

  13. Both sides (owners & players) better get their heads straight and make a deal happen. If they strike or lockout, it will seriously harm the league’s popularity. If they go uncapped, it will devastate the league’s popularity after a couple of years. Baseball is NOT a model to follow. Don’t kill the golden goose!

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