Union takes vow of silence

According to the NFLPA, we’re going to hear a lot less “he said, she said” regarding the next set of labor negotiations.

Our ultimate goal is a new CBA,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah wrote on Twitter.  “I will not discuss any details about the next set of negotiations. We are observing a strict media blackout.”

We think this is a positive step, as long as both sides follow through.   It is very difficult to stop the flow of leaked information to the media, but a genuine attempt can only help a deal get done.   (Even if it makes PFT’s job tougher.)

If this media blackout was in place last week, we may never have had a prolonged discussion on Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last week.  And then we would have missed out on Michael Silver’s take on Richardson on PFT Live Thursday.

(Snuck that one in out of nowhere, huh?)

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7 responses to “Union takes vow of silence

  1. Omerta.

    Some of the players became physically ill when they had to file past the mangled body of Antonio Cromartie. But the guy they call “Georgie Swarthy” or “The Undertaker” had made his point.

  2. The “vow of silence” will end as soon as either side decides it’s in their best interest and wants to garner support from the public… it always does

  3. The owners will get what they want regardless.

    If they can’t take it off the players, they’ll just raise ticket prices and take it off the fans, like any other corporate minded profit driven entity would do.

    Hooray for us, and screw you.

  4. Well here’s one thing the union shouldn’t be silent about:

    They should call out the owners for their hypocrisy in wanting to eliminate “meaningless” preseason games while refusing to do the only thing that will eliminate meaningless games (involving teams that have already clinched their playoff seeds) at the end of the regular season itself – award the home-field advantage in the Super Bowl to the team with the better record. Had this been in effect this year, the Eagles would have entered their Jan. 2 game against Dallas with a reason to finish ahead of teams like the Jets, Chiefs and Colts, in case they ended up playing them in the Super Bowl – and would have not have rested all their first-stringers against Dallas.

    I thought the Super Bowl existed to crown the champion of the National Football League – not to give the likes of A-Rod and Cameron Diaz a chance to mug it up for TMZ.

    And the owners can’t use weather as an excuse not to do this, now that they have awarded Super Bowl XLVIII to the Meadowlands.

    If baseball’s union can sound off on the same issue on their sport (they have called for the home-field advantage in the World Series to be awarded based on regular-season won-lost records, rather than this absolutely ridiculous All-Star Game thing they’re doing now), why can’t the NFLPA do the same?

    I’ll gain a lot of respect for them if they do.

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