King: Don’t expect imminent resolution to labor situation


As the North Andover, Massachusetts Eagle-Tribune continues to cling to its story from last week that the lockout is “over” and/or “almost over,” a fairly well-known Boston resident reconfirms the notion that a resolution shouldn’t be expected in the immediate future.

Peter King of, in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, provides a thorough update on the situation, explaining that a settlement is by no means imminent.

“It’d be a mistake to think it’s certainly going to happen,” an unnamed source told King.  “There’s a long way to go.  But instead of people yelling at each other, trying to score debating points, now people are sitting down and talking to each other, trying to solve a very involved case.  That’s progress.”

The progress includes small groups working on satellite issues, the building of a positive relationship between the two leaders of the effort, Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, and a willingness by the NFL to share in the revenue that exceeds annual projection.  The last point is the most important, given as King explains the looming increases in the network television deals.

There’s a sense that, despite the many issues to be resolved, a deal can be reached by the middle of July, which would allow the entire regular season and preseason to be played.  And, as King explains, the largely meaningless (to the fans) preseason has great significance to the process, because the cancellation of the preseason would result in the disappearance of, per King’s estimate, $700 million.  It also could prompt ad buyers to spend less money on regular-season football.

So while it’s all moving in the right direction, the destination remains at a fairly long distance away, and plenty of obstacles can derail the train.

18 responses to “King: Don’t expect imminent resolution to labor situation

  1. I do not think there are many issues, or more than 1 really. Who gets what percentage of the 9-20B per year over the next 5-6 years is the only thing they can not seem to agree on.

  2. I am on the owners side throughout this process.

    That said I hope that decision coming from the 8th circuit stays in chambers. Any additional leverage for either side could kill the momentum we are finally seeing.

  3. The owners initial request met everything the players had asked for and more. However, the players stubbornly would not except, or even counter and as a result we are where we are now.

  4. Ok so am I to believe that Peter King and all the other “insiders” are being told by players association people AND owners who are in the negotiating room, what is being discussed and what is being resolved?

    Guys like King take the most innane statement from anybody and infer whatever they want from it, as long it makes a story, true or not doesn’t matter to them, and it gets their name out there

  5. God, Lock-out articles are so boring! I will totally tune them out if they miss games this year.

  6. I will say this for the last time. The strike will be resolved not only in time for a full season but for a full training camp-players as an fyi you should be ready. Why will training camp and the season be saved? Because as big as the egos are in dividing up the money, the egos are even bigger when it comes to public adoration. The players only know they’re paychecks and the public that adores them and worships them like gladiators. The money is there and women throw themselves at them. The owners are no different only billionares. It’s simplistic but it’s very true, as much as I love NFL and college football this is the way of the world and especially the NFL. Don’t believe for a moment that both players and owners won’t miss being in the public spotlight-it’s their claim for self worth, adoration and what’s in it for them individually not collectively.

  7. Who really cares about NFL union and labor talks? No one, except for media outlets who are in a downward spiral without NFL. Boring. Wake me when the thing is over.

  8. If these guys push it out much further, where does that leave all the franchise players, free agents, restricted free agents, and rookies.

    Is there a salary cap?

    Are you a free agent after 4 years or 6 years?

    Is there a rookie wage scale?

    This has ‘goat rodeo’ written all over it.

  9. Does anyone else think Peter King is horrible? His columns are always the flavor of the week and listening to him on NFL radio is even worse. He thinks he is hilarious with his “singing.” And the guy takes 10 minutes to get across what a normal person could in 1 minute. He is lame.

  10. PFT wrote: “… and a willingness by the NFL to share in the revenue that exceeds annual projection.”

    Apparently, the NFL owners keep making concessions.

    Where are the concessions by D. Smith? All he has to do is sit there, talk nicely, and let the owners negotiate against themselves. The owners want a deal, but D. Smith doesn’t.

    At this point, this mess will only be resolved after the 8th circuit rules. If it upholds the lockout, D. Smith will have to negotiate because the players will make him. If the 8th circuit overturns the lockout, then the players will stick with D. Smith and he clearly will not negotiate then.

    I hope for a quick decision by the 8th circuit so that this mess can move to the next phase, whatever it is.

  11. The good news is the report they are actually working on solving the various issues. Finally, they are at the table actually negotiating.

    Now that they ARE working, I think many of us who have been critical of the players are far more satisfied. In fact, I’m on the players side on a few of the issues. Obviously it’s going to take some wrangling. That’s fine. It’s the childish posturing and inane leverage games that were so annoying.

  12. I ignore Peter King almost has passionately as I ignore Pete Prisco.

    No excuse at this point for waiting until late July to finalize anything. Just get the deal done. No one is rebuilding anything from the ground up, they’ve had months (years, if you consider when the owners opted out) to figure out the details. Just get it done and play some football.

  13. The NFLPA* and owners probably looked at how big of a fool LeBron James has made of himself and are thinking. Hmmmm, we don’t want people to hate us too much. If I’m spewing a bunch of crap in that statement, there is this: $700 million lost without a preseason is a precipitous amount of jack.

    Since they all love money, they realize losing it is a bad play. Here comes a new CBA, I have faith!

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