PFT Live: Chester Pitts and David Cornwell join the show

After a bit of a break from labor talk on PFT Live, well, what else are we going to talk about?

Seahawks guard and NFLPA* rep Chester Pitts joins the show a noon.   PFT has written about Pitts’ statements a number of times this offseason, so it will be good to get the word straight from the man himself.

Sports attorney David Cornwell also is on the show.  He has one question: Has the collective bargaining relationship ended between the league and its players?

Tune in at noon ET to watch the show.    (And if you missed Monday’s show including Peter King, go here.  Or here.)

9 responses to “PFT Live: Chester Pitts and David Cornwell join the show

  1. They are the freaking owners….why would they split profits 50/50. Where the hell do these guys get the stones to think it is ok for an employee to tell the owner, “u have to give me half the money you make”. That deal is over now, so the players have no right to demand anything. If I was the owners I would just send a letter to every player and tell them that their contract will be honored if they report to the OTA in May. Anyone who doesn’t report will be suspended and their current contract will be re-instated once they return. At that point the owners make up their new deal with the players and it will strictly involved pensions, medical benefits, and on field safety regulations.

    Two or three years from now, none of us will care who is on the field. We will have a bunch of new names and we will continue to root for our teams. The players seem to think they are bigger than the game. The owners own, the players play, and the fans support…know your role!!

  2. “They are the freaking owners….why would they split profits 50/50”

    It is not the profits that the players want 56.9 percent of, rather it is 50% of all revenue that comes in the door for anything and everything; TV revenue, gate receipts, merchandising, everything. The players want 50% or more, of all the revenue. They want the owners to be satisfied with their 50% of the revenue from which the owners must pay all expenses; everything from front office, coaching, staff, scout, marketing and administrative salaries, chartered jet service for the players, all medical expenses for the players, liability insurance for the organization, drug counseling, marriage counceling, anger counseling, health insurance – all for the players, plus the owners have to carry the capital costs of their infrastructure; things like stadium expansion or construction, and of course stadium and facilities maintenance. Take a minute and look at the level of expenses that the Packers pay each and every year. The cost of their insurance will knock your socks off.

    The players want 50% of everything the league earns but will not take on the cost of any of the league’s business.

  3. After listening to Chester Pitts, I feel dumber and more ignorant. This guy is on a script.

    If the players really want to split the money, then they need to split the expenses too. Players are much more replaceable than the teams they play for.

  4. Don’t say anything to disrupt the accepted owner talking points here or your comments will be deleted. Thank You for your cooperation.

  5. Great point by @mick730 on the Packers expenses, especially the insurance. Young people overwhelmingly prefer cash over benefits, but as they get older, they change their minds.

    When all is said and done I think the 10,000lb elephant in the room will be how to pay for the ongoing insurance and healthcare costs for NFL retirees. As Mike Ditka has noted elsewhere, we are just now starting to see a huge influx of players from the 80s and 90s, whose bodies were more comparable to today’s physique than the NFL players of the 60s and 70s.

    The financial mess at GM happened because the costs of delivering benefits became their biggest line item. The same thing happened when the UK launched its own version of Obamacare. The issue really deserves more attention from the NFLPA*, if only because the NFLPA* has otherwise been cutting back on all sorts of programs for retired players after they were sued and lost and had to pay out $26 million for not distributing videogame licensing money to former players.

  6. @mick730

    The players share of the revenue pays the players salaries which is the biggest cost of running the business.

    Because the players earn 100% of the revenue through their efforts on the field. No players, no games, no revenue.

    PS if the owners don’t like a 50/50 split of all revenue, why don’t they offer a counter proposal?

    Something they have refused to do.

  7. @realfann

    Current players would love it if the players’ salaries were to remain the biggest cost of running the business.

    But as the league has grown, we are about to see healthcare costs go up, big-time. (At GM it was something along the lines of three dollars in benefits going out for every dollar of salary for current employees.) I’m not equating GM workers with NFL players — I’m just saying the obligation to fund pensions is on the NFL side, and if there’s truly a 50-50 split, the current players should help subsidize the benefits for their retired brethren.

    To date, I understand the NFLPA* has refused to pay its fair share to the Long Term Care insurance program, run by Transamerica. Perhaps someone could point me to a page where the NFLPA* states its plan for the future of the pension or disability programs for retired players.

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