Monday’s CBA session is postponed

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After the NFL and NFL Players Association pulled the plug earlier this month during the first of three days that had been set aside for negotiating a new labor deal and jointly announced that all is well, they rescheduled for July 29. Per multiple sources, the July 29 session has been postponed.

The two sides are scheduled to next meet during the first week in August, with several other dates set aside beyond the first week in August.

NFL and NFLPA staff will still meet on Monday to discuss peripheral issues. The big issues — ultimately, the split of revenue and stadium credits — will wait.

The NFL has said that it wants to get a new labor deal in place before the start of the regular season. That’s highly unlikely, because the NFLPA doesn’t share the urgency to get it done by then. The more realistic mutual deadline is March 2020.

The August sessions generally won’t include active players who serve on the NFLPA executive committee, given that they’re getting ready for the season. By reducing the number of personalities in the room, the potential for belligerence or nastiness becomes reduced.

Still, a certain amount of belligerence and nastiness should be expected in a multi-billion-dollar negotiation regarding the manner in which those multiple billions of dollars will be divided. It nevertheless seems that the league and the union are hoping to present for the media and the fans a sense that everyone is getting along — even if they aren’t and, in all fairness, they shouldn’t be.

6 responses to “Monday’s CBA session is postponed

  1. Get ready, all. There will be 10 million words a day on this hereon until the greed overwhelms them and they strike.

  2. I might be in the minority when I say this but I think these negotiations might be a microcosm of this country. With revenues going up every year, players of every level should see substantial growth in their salaries and get protections. At the same time, the owners should see their franchises doing well long term in terms of product being put out to paying fans. Logically fans will not watch if players keep getting hurt left and right. In addition, skill level and talent can diminish if players get frequently injured or they arent being paid appropriately for their position. As good as it is to see revenues going up and up, eventually this trend will decline steadily and business is harmed. One player signs a mega deal and now the team is strapped for cash in regards to paying others on the team. Then everyone else is replaced with cheap rookies. The NFL shouldnt run away from the CTE controversy as well because this promotes negligence in player wellness. As for the owners they need to realize that if the true form of capitalism comes to fruition, then there will be few fans paying to see their teams. The cost of going to a game is already prohibitively expensive as it is and if the prices of merchandise and in game concessions goes up to make up for lost ticket revenue, fewer and fewer fans can spend money which promotes the player salaries and team revenue.

    All in all the players and owners need to have a mutualistic relationship going foward because if US history is an indication of anything, if one party gains too much leverage, this spells trouble for the industry (Robber barons of the 1800s and the ineffective unions that keep being referenced in conservative forums)

    So as a fan i hope something works out for everyone involved because look at the last CBA, owners got more money, players less practice which rose injuries and declined skill (tackling, blocking, etc) but one good thing was the implementation of the wage scale for rookies. However the mega deals undo some of that progress if the player hasnt put up the statistics or is just a step below the truly elite.

  3. The players agreed to a bad deal last time, and then they voted to keep D Smith around, so what makes them think it’s going to go any better this time

  4. De Smith is worst actor. No strike fund after year. Spewing BS about leading action against the owners.

    He has lost every move to owners.

    The concessions in the last CBA are lost on both the public and media.

    It ain’t can be better this time around.

    De is a bad lobbyist, a so so lawyer, and abysmal businessman.

    De Smith’s only interest is maintaining a job getting 2.5MM a year failing everyday.

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