CBA talks won’t quickly lead to a deal

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During the recently-completed league meetings, Giants co-owner John Mara declared that CBA talks will start soon. But the real question is when they’ll finish.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there are plenty of issues that will need to be resolved before a new labor deal can be finalized. One question, for example, relates to the extent to which the NFL wants to expand stadium credits under the current league-union revenue split, with the new Rams’ stadium expected to be a sticking point.

There will surely be other issues. Even though the NFL has never complained about the current labor deal, the NFL will use the subtle (or otherwise) threat of a lockout to try to get an even better deal. The players will have to be prepared to push back and, to get the best possible deal for them, miss game checks if necessary.

In 2011, the players weren’t ready to lose money. That kept them from doing a better deal than the deal they did. Of course, the NFL would say that the deal works well for both sides. Which underscores the fact that, last time around, the party that was willing to go without football ended up feeling better about the final terms that were negotiated.

For now, the point is this: A quick deal is highly unlikely. In few negotiations will either side move toward a bottom line before a real deadline, and any real deadlines regarding the current CBA are months away.

17 responses to “CBA talks won’t quickly lead to a deal

  1. No more Franchise Tags…No more rookie 5th Year Options…it’s time for the Best players to get paid first before 2nd rate players…

  2. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    March 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    No more Franchise Tags…No more rookie 5th Year Options…it’s time for the Best players to get paid first before 2nd rate players…

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    That kind of sounds like the NBA, you know, where everyone just stacks up on several teams and ruins the league.

  3. They need to take weed out of the substance abuse program and stop suspending players for it. And approve team doctors to proscribe at least CBD products in the states medical marijuana or recreational is legal.

  4. No more Franchise Tags…No more rookie 5th Year Options…it’s time for the Best players to get paid first before 2nd rate players…

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    I don’t get why fans don’t support this or a similar proposal. Rookie deals should protect teams from paying the Sam Bradford rookie guarantee, but also allow the players who emerge as elite talents get paid accordingly before their prime earning years are behind them. 4 year deals, with 5th year options, plus the franchise tag (with trade rights) is too much.

  5. Next CBA will have 7 year non guaranteed rookie contracts and 4 years of franchise tags

  6. I can guarantee a few things will come out of the new CBA:
    1. Owners are going to win
    2. Agents are going to win
    3. Union leaders are going to win
    4. Players are going to THINK they won but actually lost the complain a few years later the CBA isn’t fair to players

  7. Dillon Pauls says:
    March 28, 2019 at 7:55 pm
    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    March 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    No more Franchise Tags…No more rookie 5th Year Options…it’s time for the Best players to get paid first before 2nd rate players…

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    That kind of sounds like the NBA, you know, where everyone just stacks up on several teams and ruins the league.
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    It would be nothing like the NBA. First off the NFL has a hard cap. The NBA doesn’t. This fact means a bunch of NFL superstars willing to join a team is less likely. I find it funny that the same people that grumble about a player demanding a record contract because of the cap failed to recognize this.

    NBA players are willing to take less to play on championship teams because their careers are longer and they get paid significantly more than NFL players AND their contracts are gauranteed.
    Franchise tags and less so 5th year options are at their core patently unfair and unamerican. No company should have the right to limit where you work and how much you make after you’ve fulfilled your contract.

  8. Reality – Thw contract ultimately comes down to money. Specifically, how much am I going to make. On any NFL team, The top 10 players make the ” heavy half ” of the money. Which leaves 43 + the practice squad players who have votes that count the same as the Top 10. The league only has to up the league minimums and the practice squad cash to get a yes vote.
    The typical NFL career lasts 3 years or less. How many guys are willing to sit out one of those years so the QB can make more ?. This isn’t the teamsters whete everyone makes the same money and has a 40 year career. Up the lower end dollars and buy the votes you need.

  9. It will come down to the 11th hour despite both sides having a golden goose in front of them. I hope they don’t screw it up..

  10. One thing we know about the billionaire owners, they will try to squeeze every last penny from the players just like they do to us fans when we go to the stadiums.

  11. Most players can’t make it week to week on hundred of thousand dollar game checks, they will collapse like a house of cards when they don’t get those. The owners will turn the screws like they did last time and the time before to get what they want.

  12. waldoampere says:
    March 29, 2019 at 10:17 am
    One thing we know about the billionaire owners, they will try to squeeze every last penny from the players just like they do to us fans when we go to the stadiums.

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    You dont become a billionaire by just giving away money.

  13. Current CBA goes through 2020 season and expires in early 2021? Then likely deal will be in early 2021, right?

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