Read the entire NFLPA* response to Roger Goodell

We summarized the NFLPA* letter to Roger Goodell earlier Saturday.  In the meantime, the NFL has already responded.

For those of you wanting to get the unedited case from the union, we’ve posted the full letter — all 1,400+ words — on our features page.

We are going to assume this the last long letter sent between the two sides for the weekend.

Then again, it’s only Saturday afternoon.

Take that, March Madness!

13 responses to “Read the entire NFLPA* response to Roger Goodell

  1. All of the players who signed the letters are outstanding men. All college graduates, 5 with post graduate degree’s, all Tier I colleges, including a couple of Ivy Leaguer’s. Majority are their teams captains, have their own charitys and have never been on the turd watch. So explain to me again how these guys are dense, stupid jocks? That has been the generally sentiment by most of the commenters on here??? Every statement the owners have put out has been incomplete or misleading. When has the players done that? The owners have already been proven that they negotiated the last TV not to max revenue, but to protect themselves for a lockout. April 6th. I just wish there was a gag order…Geez.

  2. Or if you want to read something more intelligent, just watch some old episodes of Romper Room. At least the children on the show were more mature than these crybabies.

  3. To begin with, much of this players’ statement amounts to rehashing stale talking points. The central issue revolves around the by now all-too-well-known requested rollback (or investment, whichever you prefer) re: the 50/50 split of all revenues to support growing the game. As “partners,” the players’ have yet to articulate exactly how they plan to grow revenue for the 32 clubs. Or is that not their concern? Are we to simply accept that in years to come their current contribution to growing the game will be enough to cover soaring player and other costs to build/renovate stadiums, grow the game overseas, etc.?

    Second, where can NFL fans read these “numerous” player counter-proposals that specifically addressed owner concerns?

    Third, why would the owners make a so-called “a la carte” proposal? From a pure bargaining/business standpoint, the owners would necessarily want to couple or package a series of concessions contingent upon getting something in return to maximize their negotiating leverage.

    And finally, the claim that the owners waited until the end to make a significant offer is actually standard operating procedure in these types of negotiations. Of course, that question can easily be turned on its head. What were the players doing these past two years to reach an agreement? Other than, of course, gathering signatures for a decertification petition.

  4. It is in the player’s best interest to get this over with and get themselves out of the spotlight asap. Off the field, they don’t look good. Thinking and speaking, not their strong skills. I’m pretty sure most of them would be working the night shift guarding a used autoparts lot if not for football. IF they managed to show up for work on time, and IF the company couldn’t find a good Dobermann to do the job more cheaply.

  5. Say what you want about Goodell’s letter, but it did exactly what it was intended to do… generate a response.

    Now let’s keep both sides talking

    Negotiation is the way to go… not litigation.

    No high priced lawyer billing by the hour is going to wrap this up quickly.

  6. Look fellas, the fans have grown tired of all the rhetoric. We can care less about which luxurious benefit you think is fair or unfair.

    Stop using us fans as a possible resource to pressure the other side. We think you both are wrong here, so no matter what you say, we think you’re foolish.

    So stop the word wars and just suck it up and get negotiating like grown adults.

    NFL – call the NFLPA and say your sorry for the hurt feelings and offer to start up the talks again in a direct and respectful way.

    NFLPA – answer the damn call and accept the apology and accept the offer to talk again.

  7. The league’s attempt to cast the ending of the previous CBA and the terms of the previous (uncapped) years as harms that the league perpetrated on them that need to be addressed is honestly laughable.

    Both “the CBA can be ended two years early” and “these are the terms of the final year under the CBA” were things negotiated *IN THE CBA*… so the NFLPA are every bit as culpable in this as the NFL. If the NFLPA wants to blame anybody for what happened that caused the League to end the CBA two years early, and the way the uncapped year turned out? Blame yourselves just as much as you blame them.

  8. Like in national politics, I cannot stand the extremist “my way or the highway” rhetoric…so I am not sure where I fall in the owners versus players argument. That being said, as a businessman, I wonder about the players ultimate position – if they are true partners, they are partners on income and expense. If they need to see full financials, then they need to have at risk compensation on the bottom line, not just gross revenue. And, you cannot bitch and moan about the expense side. That is how it works in the real world. Pay me my salary and maybe 10% is at risk based on the company’s bottom line. Why not say the salary cap is 40% of the gross and __% of the net.

    I realize the immediate reaction is that teams would abuse the bottom line with private jets, family on the payroll, etc. So you would have to use the NFL Conformed Statements with one caveat – subject to third party audit with a 100% penalty for non-football costs and a limit on compensation for team owner and family. Alot of details but beancounters could figure it out. Or, pay __% on the gross and give a form of options on the increased value/future revenue-net income. Same concept.

    Now, if players want true certainty on comp and want it based on gross revenues, they have no right to see full financials. If they really care, pool their money and buy a franchise.

    Bottom line, if you want to paid on the gross, you only get to see the gross. If you want a piece of the net, let’s talk.

  9. I own a business. With partners. Partners share liability and profit. Employees don’t. The players are employees. When they want to collectively buy into the business, they have earned profit sharing. Until then, they’re very well compensated employees.

    How many players put up hard cash to buy into Patriot Place and the stadium in Foxboro? Zero. Bob Kraft took a chance that it would work. It did. He profits. If if didn’t work, he’d be out the money.

    So what happens when a stadium needs $25 million in repairs? Are the players stroking a check for $12.5 million. Ya know, as partners? Probably not.

    Play the game that you “have loved since you’re little kids”. Make a lot of money. Be smart with that money. And you never have to work again like the rest of us shlubs who shell it out for tix, parking, jersey’s, NFL Ticket, etc.

  10. People really act like NFL players don’t work hard act their craft. Hitting the genetic lottery is a small piece of what they do. It’s funny how many of you complain the average guy can’t take his family to a game but will side with owners who constantly raise ticket prices. NFL players work as hard at their job as any body else. They have the lowest average salary of the three major sports and the shortest career expectancy. The fact of the matter is on a 65 man roster you maybe have 10-12 millionaires not the whole team. If any of you had to go through the physicality of pro football you would want all of the money you could get when you could get it because your career could end any day. Also it may be hard for some of you to realize but you probably have more in common with chris Johnson than Robert kraft. why is it so hard to grasp that the players are not asking for more money this is an owner lockout. So what I am to understand that in this country workers should just take anything their employers give them and be thankful. If your boss came to you tomorrow and said “I’m cutting your pay” even though you knew business was booming and you hit all of your numbers you would just accept that. Come on man. That situation doesn’t apply to the NFL because owners and players are partners and if owners are crying broke then they should show players the books. So a better deal could be brokered. Owners are building stadiums with your tax dollars and then are putting more luxury boxes to drive revenue meanwhile the average fan suffers and that’s the people you want to side with. Wow

  11. Mikerol

    There is money in the cba that addresses the issues you brought up. I believe in the last cba the amount owners got for things like stadium repairs was like a billion dollars. And the owners wanted an addition billion on top of that. Next at your business people don’t pay hundreds in some cases thousands of dollars to come and watch your employees work. What are the patriots without players. Nothing. The two are partners because without the other they cease to exist.

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