NFLPA may want no preseason at all

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The NFL has decided to cut the preseason in half. NFL Media reports that the NFL Players Association has yet to sign off on this. Which makes sense, because the NFLPA hasn’t signed off on anything, including the league’s protocol for facility and locker-room virus safety.

The NFLPA doesn’t have to sign off on the length of the preseason, however. The 2020 labor deal states only that the league may, in a season with 16 regular-season games, hold no more than four preseason games. If the NFL wants to cut the preseason from four to two, it can.

The broader point is that everything currently is on the table, as the NFL and NFLPA continue to hash out the details for training camp, the preseason, and the regular season. The NFLPA has the ability to push for no preseason games; the NFL would want some other concession for that.

Basically, only a few months after labor and management worked out a comprehensive labor deal that covers the next 11 years, they’ll be back at the table, hammering out an agreement that will cover all procedures and protocols for 2020, including the number of preseason games, the possibility of game-day travel, adjustments if any to the salary cap and player salaries, a player’s ability to opt out, and many, many more. The agreement also may spill into 2021 and beyond, with salary-cap ramifications arising from the pandemic being handled now, not later.

As NFLPA president JC Tretter has said, every question leads to an answer that gives rise to three more questions. And the NFL and NFLPA currently are trying to resolve all of these issues with the clock pounding toward the launch of training camp.

29 responses to “NFLPA may want no preseason at all

  1. Training camp will last less than a week before every team is infected.

  2. The 2021-22 season will be the most anticipated ever because this season is not happening.

  3. I can’t imagine having no preseason. It would seem two games, at least, would be necessary for teams to be ready.

  4. So, if they cut the pre-season games, how much will regular season ticket prices go up?

  5. Great for confirmed roster spot players, but terrible for lower drafted players trying to prove themselves.

  6. bobbyb4567 says:
    July 1, 2020 at 7:58 pm
    I can’t imagine having no preseason. It would seem two games, at least, would be necessary for teams to be ready.
    ______
    Not only for the season, but for covid protocol.
    …. The NFLPA has lost their mind, just like New York City

  7. We’ve had strike years and lockouts before. There have been some fluky seasons. I’m not losing sleep over it. I hope we get 16 regular season games. That would be a dream come true. I’d take 12 games if I had to. What would I settle for? Eight? If the season gets cancelled, that means that we’re having problems, and football becomes less of a priority.

  8. Does the NFLPA have an actual plant to put forward, or just fighting everything the NFL puts out?

  9. But how will the owners force season ticket holders to pay full price to see games they can’t give tickets away to?

  10. 4 out of 8 posts here so far predicting (or hoping) there will be no season.

    Don’t know what liberal kool-aid you all are drinking and why you continue to not pay attention to the REAL data. When accounting for all infections and the number not reported and the extremely low risk for people of NFL age – Covid is LESS lethal than the flu.

    OH and BTW – you might want to educate yourselves on the Fraudulently inflated data that the CDC is reporting on infections. It’s been reported by Forbes (and even the far left NYT.)

  11. Tell you what the Nflpa wants the vets to make money and with no presses on the vets won’t be beat out bye cheaper talent

  12. May the NFL go bankrupt. No games. For planning to disrespect this country’s flag.

    No football!
    No kneeling!

  13. 2ruefan says:
    July 1, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    4 out of 8 posts here so far predicting (or hoping) there will be no season.

    Don’t know what liberal kool-aid you all are drinking and why you continue to not pay attention to the REAL data. When accounting for all infections and the number not reported and the extremely low risk for people of NFL age – Covid is LESS lethal than the flu.

    OH and BTW – you might want to educate yourselves on the Fraudulently inflated data that the CDC is reporting on infections. It’s been reported by Forbes (and even the far left NYT.)

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    Far left? liberal Kool Aid? Fraudulently inflated data? Yeah the CDC is the enemy.. Beware of any science.. Ok Fox guy.. I would like to have a season too, but you are supremely ignorant or just choose to be misinformed. Good luck.. go cough on someone in the grocery store if it makes you feel better..

  14. lonewizard says:
    “..Another day and no one signed Kaepernick; what a shame …..”

    What’s a shame is how the same people who said Kaepernick disrespected the troops are remarkably quiet when their President does nothing when told that Russia offered bounties to kill those same troops. Talk about disrespect.

  15. Up the roster to like 90 total and 75 active roster game days and do it. Otherwise preseason as to be a thing. It gives those bubble players a chance to prove themselves

  16. I wish they’d do away with the preseason forever. Coaches like it, but the fans hate it. It’s lousy football, the ticket prices are exorbitant, the stars don’t play, and nobody wants to watch exhibition games. Colleges don’t have preseason games, and they seem to do okay. (I know, I know–they schedule creampuff games before the conference season starts, but still…) Also, college coaches somehow manage to decide on their starters/backups without preseason games, so why can’t pro coaches? Figure it out in practice, guys. Besides, there isn’t going to be an NFL season in 2020 anyway, so none of this will matter until the fall of next year. In any case, I vote for no preseason. Ever. Who wants lousy, expensive exhibition games? Not me.

  17. The NFLPA wants no season but also wants players to be paid. All actions and inaction by the union are a means to that end. The closer we get to the season without any agreement or substantive statement by the NFLPA the easier it is for them to seem justified in demanding pay for no work.

  18. The NFLPA doesn’t want to allow anything that has the potential for giving a lower-paid rookie a shot at unseating an overpaid veteran.

  19. Most of you all don’t realize that these billionaires are going to make their money, one way or another. So for those thinking and are so certain that there will be no NFL season, I can guarantee you they find a way. Money makes the world go around. Sorry if you don’t agree, but it is the truth and we are controlled by it. Only sport that MIGHT waiver is the NBA because the players run the league. But there certainly will be NFL football this year based on that principle alone.

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