Dramatic change in world circumstances likely saved the CBA

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If the world hadn’t turned upside down this week, the proposed CBA likely would have been turned inside out.

Multiple sources and observers have expressed to PFT in the aftermath of the news that the NFL Players Association has narrowly ratified a new labor deal that the public-health and economic crises of recent days pushed the vote over the top.

As one source said, based on communications with multiple players (some of whom had in turn communicated with multiple players), the vote was “definitely failing” until the COVID-19 crisis sparked a stock-market crash and demonstrated conclusively that the “fear of what may happen” (which some who opposed the CBA cited derisively) is a real and legitimate factor in matters of this nature.

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus, the team’s NFLPA representative, told Mike Klis of 9News.com that McManus believes recent events saved the CBA.

I’d definitely say yes,” McManus said. “Most of the votes were already in [before the events of recent days] but I’d say at least 60 people voted on Saturday that could have swayed it.”

The vote was narrow — 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent. As to ballots cast since Thursday, when the sports leagues shut down and the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its biggest hit since October 1987, the outcome should have been a landslide. Without that landslide, the NFL and NFLPA could have been sliding toward a work stoppage in 2021.

11 responses to “Dramatic change in world circumstances likely saved the CBA

  1. It should’ve taken a pandemic to approve the CBA. It’s also probable that if the early voters who voted the way their leaders told them to vote without researching it themselves had had a chance to recast their votes, it wouldn’t have been that close.

    To many people don’t judge for themselves and vote as a block against their own interests without even realizing it.

    The top players with few exceptions will always vote for their best interests, not the rank and files best interests.

  2. Ever think that maybe, just maybe, that the players had a real problem for this CBA. I know the media has been ramming it down their throats to sign it, so congratulations you ended up doin what your employers and the owners wanted. 99% of the articles out there (especially here) were pro CBA largely written by guys who have rarely, if ever, played an entire game of high school football telling guys they should be happy with a couple of points to play 17 (which will be 18 by the next CBA). So maybe, just maybe, it’s not only about money for these guys.

  3. If you were going to hold out for slightly more money at a time when millions of people are getting laid off… Not a good look

  4. I am glad the players ratified this CBA. The other leagues cancellations made an NFL lockout an easy decision for the owners, if the players didnt ratify this CBA.

  5. But market had its biggest up day in history on Friday, so leaving out some info. Uncertainty definitely makes people act in the definitive-look at any grocery store shelf now for proof of that. Psychology 101.

  6. What is baffling is that over 20 percent of the membership failed to vote. While this is somewhat of a reflection of the broader apathy in society (the highest percentage turnout of registered voters in a presidential election was 68 percent in 1960, I think), it’s not like the players had to go someplace and stand in line – they could vote electronically or by mail, as I understand it. Those that don’t vote deserve what they get (not taking a side here)

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