NFL tells teams “a number of important issues remain to be resolved” in CBA talks

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A deal may or may not be coming. Regardless, the two sides are talking about it — even if they aren’t officially talking about it.

On the same day that leaks emerged regarding the NFL Players Association’s assessment of ongoing labor negotiations (specifically, the areas of agreement and the points of contention), the NFL sent a letter to the 32 teams regarding the situation.

Per a league source, the letter to the teams explains that “[a] number of important issues remain to be resolved and we remain committed to the bargaining positions reviewed with you at the December meeting.”

The letter nevertheless explains that “the most constructive approach is not to negotiate publicly but to continue the discussions directly and privately with the union.”

Again, some think there’s a deal to be done. Before it can be done, someone needs to blink on the economics. Or maybe both need to blink a little.

22 responses to “NFL tells teams “a number of important issues remain to be resolved” in CBA talks

  1. They always get it done. There will never be another work stoppage. The players nowadays are just making too much money to walk away from it. The fans are generally on the players’ side, but football is what the fans love, and if you take that away, the fans immediately side with the owners and lose their support of millionaires asking for public sympathy. A lot of fans work 50-60 hours a week and still struggle to make ends meet. It’s just the way human nature works. The bottom line is the fans aren’t here to cheer on their favorite negotiator. Most fans don’t even care about the details. They don’t want to have to choose sides. They’re here to watch football, and they have very little patience with someone trying to take that away.

  2. The players have the power but they lack the right leader. D.Smith got them a HORRIBLE deal the last time the CBA was negotiated, and all we’ve heard since that deal was signed is complaint after complaint. The players should be standing fast that rosters should be expanded, and that should be as important as the revenue sharing, because expanded rosters means more jobs, and yes that means more money being spent, but that increase in spending could easily be offset by an increase in revenue sharing. The players have the power there but they constantly refuse to see it, and these guys see the dollar signs and get scared about losing out, so they don’t seize the moment and use their power. Do you think the owners want a work stoppage? Sure the owners are already rich beyond belief, but if there’s a work stoppage that hurts them too, and a full season of no football means billions of dollars are at stake, and that gets people to bend. The players are NEVER going to get a solid deal until they seize the power it’s really that simple…They’ll sign a deal that once again favors the owners, and then we’ll have to listen to the same complaints we’ve been listening too since the last deal was signed

  3. broncosroe says:
    January 17, 2020 at 2:29 am
    If players are smart, they take it to the picket line.
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    NFL players union is no where near as strong and organized and galvanized as the MLB players union. Baseball players are willing to shut down the sport, and have done so a number of times, to get what they want. Football players aren’t nearly as united. They will walk the picket line until they miss their first pay check. Then they will cave in.

  4. “fans immediately side with the owners and lose their support of millionaires asking for public sympathy”

    But they have no problem siding with Billionaire Owners complaining about the players asking for a reasonable equity share deal. The players buy large homes, the owners by islands and yachts. If you are complaining about what the players make how much do you think the owners are making to be able to afford to pay them and still live like they live ?

  5. Let em walk. Then teams can hire players who want to play for the game instead of using the game as a platform to “showboat”….

  6. Lock them out or strike. It’s billionaires VS Millionaires fighting over a stack of cash. No sympathy for either side.

  7. All I know is they should take care of the older Pre 1993 players. Double their pension. reduce cost of health care. Did you know the great Jim Brown pension is 12k a year.

  8. Some NFL players will make, in their entire career, what some MLB players make in one contract over 5-6 years. That’s just the way those two sports operate economically.

    If we all owned businesses that had contract employees, which side would be on? Your business, or your contract employees?

    We fans view the game as a sport but, it’s a business first.

    I don’t care how much the owners and players split the revenue, regarding percentages. I just hope when the season starts there’s a game I can watch.

  9. And the media was playing this off for months like it was a done deal and the players would be getting huge raises and there’d be a huge bump in the salary cap, now when the truth comes out it doesn’t look like so much of a done deal does it?

  10. players deserve a higher percentage of profits.
    keep 16 games.
    Owners make so much money they can spare a little. They exort cities into building stadiums for them.

  11. broncosroe says:
    January 17, 2020 at 2:29 am
    If players are smart, they take it to the picket line. There’sa reason why the NFL wants this done so quickly while they have the leverage

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    How did that work out for the air traffic controllers?

  12. stoptrippn says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:14 am
    All I know is they should take care of the older Pre 1993 players. Double their pension. reduce cost of health care. Did you know the great Jim Brown pension is 12k a year.
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    I’m probably the only one that disagrees, those players knew what they were signing up for and they elected to play the game for what they made at the time. They were paid very well for no bigger than the sport was at the time. No one knew the sport would get this big and I don’t think they deserve more just because it has, no one has ever went back to a former employee of a multi-million or billion dollar company and said “here’s a few million because this makes up for helping build the company into what it is today”, no one! Why do people feel it should be that way in sports when it doesn’t work that way anywhere else? Did Apple go hand millions to former employees, did Microsoft go hand millions to former employees, etc, etc and say “thanks for helping build the company into what it is today”? NO! Then why should they have to in the NFL?

    They shouldn’t! And for the limited time they play they’re paid pretty well.

    BTW the average median(household) wage for 1966 was $7200/yr and the minimum wage was $1.40 so $12,000/yr is nearly double what the average household took in and Brown’s was retirement income, where the average worker retired with just $2000/yr in retirement income at the time, 6X less than Brown got and he got it for just 9yrs when others had to work 25yrs to get a pension. It doesn’t matter what the NFL has become, it’s what it was when these players retired that matters, just like anyone that’s collecting a pension.

  13. The union is selling out the players by adding another regular season game and another playoff game. Smith is telling the players to take the beating of two more games. Adding more players to the roster and adding more game day players means more borderline players are on the team but the ones who will take the beating are the starters who will actually be playing – the extra players will just be standing onthe sidelines watching. Hopefully, the players will get to vote after Smith makes this bad deal.

  14. imthatguyx2 says:
    January 17, 2020 at 11:35 am
    Some NFL players will make, in their entire career, what some MLB players make in one contract over 5-6 years. That’s just the way those two sports operate economically.
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    Sure the NFL makes more, $14bil/yr and the MLB is at $9.8bil/yr BUT the MLB has less than half the roster and plays 146 more games a year, the NFL has 1696 players on their rosters and the MLB has 750 so there’s more money per player in the MLB, so that’s like comparing an apple to a watermelon!

    Also it sounds like you’re comparing a top paid MLB player to a lower paid NFL player when the fact is the top players in both sports are paid extemely well and will make well over two hundred million over their lifetime in the sport(except RB’s who only have a chance for one big contract)! People don’t get the fact that unless there is a position salary cap even if they really increase the sarary cap most of that will go to a teams top players(QB mostly) and they’ll be little left over for those farther down the line, that’s the way it’s worked for a couple of decades and it won’t change unless there is a position salary cap which I think after the last few years of QBs salary going through the roof the owners WILL push for. Teams can’t afford to pay >$20mil/yr for half ass QBs just because they’re starters like Mariota at $20.9mil this season who lost the starters job to a $7mil/yr QB.

  15. They need a Larry Bird Rule for draft picks. Drafting a great player should not be a detriment when their rookie contract expires. Great teams being able to stay on the team that picked them will strengthen rivalries and increase interest in the long run. As it is now, you just root for the uniform.

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