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03-18-2011, 04:16 PM
NFLPA cites owners' fixed-salary offer
Updated: March 18, 2011, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. -- The NFL Players Association says labor negotiations broke down last week because the owners' last proposal would have made salaries a fixed cost and eliminated the players' chance to share in higher-than-projected revenue growth.

"That's a fundamental change as to the way the business has been done with the players -- player percentage always has been tied to revenues," said former 13-year offensive lineman Pete Kendall, the NFLPA's permanent player representative who retired after the 2008 season.

Speaking to reporters Friday at the former union's annual meeting, Kendall described the league's offer as "kind of the old switcheroo."

Kendall said that throughout negotiations, the players' chance to share in increased revenues had been a key component of how to divide the NFL's yearly take of more than $9 billion.

He said the discussions until talks stopped last Friday -- the 16th day of federal mediation -- always revolved around the premise that if the rise in league revenues exceeded a certain percentage each year, players would get a cut.

Mediation cut off last Friday, and the union dissolved itself, allowing players to file suit in federal court. Hours later, when the old collective bargaining agreement expired, owners locked out the players.

"If the union had a problem, the best course of action would have been to make a counterproposal, continue to discuss the issue, or explain the problem," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "They were in such a hurry to get out of the room last Friday and file their lawsuit that they never mentioned this ... issue."

Aiello wrote that the league "made it clear" there would be an opportunity for players to get a share of extra revenues starting in 2015, "to reflect revenue growth generated from new stadiums, new television contracts, a possible shift to an 18-game season, and other potential opportunities."

Aiello continued: "The union is now saying that instead of further negotiations the best thing to do was walk out of mediation, pretend to no longer be a union, and file a lawsuit. Those actions simply make no sense."

NFL lead labor negotiator Jeff Pash told the AP this week that the owners' final proposal was for a 10-year CBA. Kendall confirmed that.

"A 10-year, fair deal might be something worth considering," Kendall said. "A 10-year deal where the players don't participate in any of the upside is not a deal that I think is ... something that the players should have taken."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


03-18-2011, 04:36 PM
I hope the internet eventually kills the broadcasters and people aren't willing to pay high monthly fees for DirectTV or Cable. Then those broadcasters won't have as much money to spend with the NFL. And it will squeeze the owners and players.

It's just a game. Just entertainment. And it's been significantly overpriced at our expense. This is highway robbery against the consumer and I'm hopeful free content over the internet will work in the favor of the fan over the longer term.

I'm sure the merger of Sirius and XM worked against the NFL's contract with Sirius. If we would see similar consolidation in the broadcasters, the fans could get some better leverage against the NFL.

I hope everyone cancels their DirectTV subscriptions. That's really our only hope to have an impact as fans.

Mister Pittsburgh
03-18-2011, 08:38 PM
Pretty slimy of the owners if that is true. They were essentially setting it up so they could hold the extra cut over the players heads to play 18 game seasons from 2015 on...or at least that is my impression of that. I am somewhat intoxicated though. :Cheers

Discipline of Steel
03-19-2011, 07:41 AM
Roger failed to mention this in his letter to the players and that greasiness is probably why they dont trust or like him. and why i dont trust or like him.