New CBA will make it harder to hold out

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The last CBA made it harder for players under contract to hold out. The new CBA, if ratified, would make it even harder.

Per a league source, the new labor deal as explained to agents during their annual meeting at the Scouting Combine includes several devices that will disincentivize players under contract from missing training camp.

First, the daily training-camp fines would become mandatory for players operating under their second contracts. That’s a huge difference, given that most teams usually wipe the slate clean once the player reports. So when, for example, a player incurs $40,000 per day for staying away from camp for 10 days, the full $400,000 comes from his pocket, and neither he nor the team can do anything about it.

And forget about $40,000 per day. Second, the amounts of the fines would be “substantially increased.” The specific numbers aren’t yet known.

Third, the player will lose an accrued season toward free agency by failing to show up for camp on town or by leaving camp for more than five days. This would supersede the rule that removes an accrued year only if the player fails to report within 30 days before the first game of the regular season.

As we’ve said in the past, players operate under two contracts. And it’s the broader contract between league and union that dictates the penalties for violating the terms of the specific contract between team and player. The broader contract would be getting a lot less forgiving, under the terms of the proposed labor deal.

17 responses to “New CBA will make it harder to hold out

  1. It’s not exactly a stretch to expect people to honor their contracts.

    And seems like the NFLPA can’t really “fight” this issue too much when they’re negotiating basically the overall contract of every player.

  2. Just another reason to vote no, but since the players love giving the owners all the power and leverage, they’ll vote yes.

  3. If they make it harder for players to hold out, then players need to hold teams accountable for the contracts they no longer want to honor. The teams can rip up contracts at will but players need to “honor their contract”. Fight now while you can or shut your mouth for the next 10 yrs. now is your chance

  4. That makes sense, as teams want to be able to adequately plan during their offseason without all the distractions. My only question is will these changes start immediately with this upcoming season? If so then Malcom Jenkins just got screwed, along with multiple other veterans that are approaching their expiration dates.

    Also players do not work or operate under two contracts, they operate under a union agreement supplemented with specifics within their own individually negotiated contract. This is the same with every union – so please!

  5. This is going to be a horrible deal for the players. Anything that 32 billionaires are pleased with is bound to be awful for their victims I mean contractural partners.

    At this point anything that takes leverage away from the players is not a good thing. There have not been any huge number of holdouts, just a handful of higher profile players in general.

    Players should not accept this deal or certainly this part of it

  6. The players will take this deal and it won’t be close. All you have to do is look how stupid many of them are and then realize the lower rank and file need the money.

  7. This would of gotten rid of the clown show AB put on, and honestly AB would probably still be in the league if he couldn’t of missed training camp.

  8. I love the way some many people on here are now experts in contract negotiations especially on something none of them have even read and does not impact them at all. But I think I made my point, which was these “experts” are only expressing their original prospective regardless any new information that has been presented or in lieu of learning anything since they have made the decision. The term is called anchoring.

  9. It’s so unfair. The players should be able to hold out, fail to practice, not have to stay in shape or play through soreness with minor aches and pain. The NFL, as employer, should have no recourse to tell players what to do. In fact, the owners should pay the players just for being drafted and the playing of games shouldn’t be a part of the whole discussion. Then, the players would not get hurt, not have concussions and stay in the League for some 20 years.

    Stop the insanity. If these primadonna‘s don’t want to be a part of the NFL, so be it. This contract is better for the working class player and not so much for the elite who want to hold out, but take huge chunks of the revenue. I’m with the worker’s who get much better pay and conditions. The primadonna will lose to the worker vote. The start of Democratic Socialism; gotta love it.

  10. richc111 says:
    February 27, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I love the way some many people on here are now experts in contract negotiations


    If someone negotiating a contract is hung up on penalties for violating it, you shouldn’t be negotiation with them.

    This solution is simple. Make contracts Ironclad, make agents spell out what they will and won’t do.

  11. “It’s not exactly a stretch to expect people to honor their contracts.”

    It’s not that simple. Realize that they don’t get the money if they don’t show up. If they do show up, they get what they are supposed to get. If not, they don’t. It’s a pretty fair system, actually.

  12. lol dumb ppl crying about how jts not fair that teams cut players and “dont honor the contract”. when’s the last time a player continued to bust his butt, perform at a high level and earn the contract he signed, and then the team tore it up? now how many players have a great year, get paid, then pack it in, collect a paycheck and hurt the team? that’s why it’s fair.

  13. Who cares…get the deal done Or not. I feel like the fans are the ones who get screwed no matter what the terms of the deal end up being. But I still watch lol

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