Owners will have another meeting on Monday

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The NFL’s owners conducted a conference call on Friday that didn’t generate much news. They’ll meet again on Monday.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, a 2:00 p.m. ET conversation will occur among the membership “as they try to finalize health and safety measures, financial arrangements, and reducing or eliminating preseason games.”

The league unilaterally slashed the preseason from four games to two. The NFL Players Association wants none. The league more recently has proposed one.

The NFL continues to tie health/safety and financial arrangements together, even thought the NFLPA wants to deal with the safety side of things before turning to the monetary issues. Presumably, the league hopes to use the potential relaxation of a hard-line position on lost revenue arising from the pandemic (the league wants the losses to be absorbed in 2020 and 2021) in order to secure a more favorable agreement on pandemic protocols from the union.

Regardless, the time has come for compromise and partnership. The two sides need to quickly band together and focus on their common enemy: The virus.

25 responses to “Owners will have another meeting on Monday

  1. The owners should simply shut it all down at this point, not worth the legal risk for a regular season that will never be completed.

    Hope is not a business strategy.

  2. Start the season in mid November , 8 games season , 2 preseason scrimmages ,one in the 3rd week of October, second one 1st week of November ,with the new added playoff round it would be a intense little season ! We are looking for quality not quantity in these times !

  3. I am trying to see what the players are offering in this partnership. I know they want no preseason games, and to get paid their full salary regardless if games are played.

    Other than that, they simply want the NFL to tell them how they plan to keep the players safe. I don’t see any ideas being forwarded, other than not playing preseason games. And a reduced roster size, which is basically job protection for veterans.

    And the bigger question is, what are the players doing to avoid the virus in public? I don’t really see much happening on that front. Quite the different, actually.

  4. Cancel the season protect the fan’s and players this just ins’t worth the risk.

  5. Regardless of what happens, thank you for saving us season ticketholders who already opted out of the season thousands of dollars while everyone in the league bickers over millions.

  6. they probably can’t collect insurance on a lost season until they have exhausted every effort to actually play games

    it’s all a dog and pony show
    ultimately there will be no season

  7. This might work if the players will wear the Oakley Shield. Tweet storm or not, they can’t pretend that the league hasn’t provided opportunities for football to go forward.

    If they don’t accept the shield, I assume the owners will have to cancel the season, and that I’m going to have the most productive fall at work in a long time. I can’t say “most productive fall ever”, because the Bears once hired Trestman over Arians.

  8. I wont enjoy football if every game is about the players whining about how dangerous it is. Cancel the season and send Brees off to the booth for good.

  9. Sports is at a strange crossroad. More and more of us are realizing how little we miss it.

  10. glac1 says:
    July 20, 2020 at 11:47 am
    Sports is at a strange crossroad. More and more of us are realizing how little we miss it.

    Isn’t that the truth!

  11. I watched Pro Football Talk this morning and I would suggest that you Mike and Simms be on that call as you two seem to know what is wrong but maybe you two could provide some idea on how they should move forward.

  12. “Cancel the season protect the fan’s and players this just ins’t worth the risk.”

    But but the poor billionaires, how will the ever get through the next few months with only the billions they have and not adding anything to them?

  13. “No play, no pay – cancel the season.”

    Nope. Florio has repeatedly pointed out there is no force majeure clause in the CBA. Ie if the season is cancelled the players still get paid.

    That’s why the league is so desperately trying to trade health and safety protocols for reduced pay to the players.

    Its the supposedly brilliant billionaires own fault for not having such a clause in the contract. The small 750k a year company I manage has it in ours, its a very common thing. Whoever wrote the last CBA for the owners side should be unemployed by the league for putting them in this position.

  14. It’s not worth having sports this year anyways, period. When the most discussed topics have centered around identity politics, virtual signaling athletes, renaming longtime franchise teams, and a virus, all of this becomes a major turnoff.

  15. COVID-19 is spreading each day. It is very unlikely there will be a 2020 pro football season the COVID-19 virus may kill us but loss of a NFL season will not.

  16. stonedwhitetrash says:
    July 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm
    COVID-19 is spreading each day. It is very unlikely there will be a 2020 pro football season the COVID-19 virus may kill us but loss of a NFL season will not.

    —–

    Lots of things “may kill us”. That is not a reason to not go on with life.

  17. If they aren’t having this meeting in person do to threat of contracting COVID-19 then they ought to cancel the season. If 32 old billionaire’s are afraid to meet in a controlled environment then they shouldn’t expect players to play and fans to attend with all the unknowns that they’ll face.

  18. luke8512 says:
    July 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    If they aren’t having this meeting in person do to threat of contracting COVID-19 then they ought to cancel the season. If 32 old billionaire’s are afraid to meet in a controlled environment then they shouldn’t expect players to play and fans to attend with all the unknowns that they’ll face.

    —–

    Why? If these people are in the age range or have pre-existing conditions that put them at high risk, what does that have to do with healthy athletes in their 20s and 30s?

  19. Why? If these people are in the age range or have pre-existing conditions that put them at high risk, what does that have to do with healthy athletes in their 20s and 30s?

    Because over 3,000 people in their 20s and 30s have already died from COVID in the US (that’s hundreds more than the total number of deaths on 9-11).

    In what world is it worth risking suffering and death for entertainment?

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