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Is Goodell trying to stop the oil too?? NFL labor war spilling onto the field

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, WTF?



    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-football-labor-lockout-players-owners-cba



    CARLSBAD, Calif.

    Roger Goodell said no player at the NFL Rookie Symposium asked about the league’s labor situation during a Sunday night question-and-answer session.

    That’s why they’re rookies.

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    The 2010 draft class has enough angst in trying to make an immediate on-field impact or simply an NFL roster. They aren’t worldly enough to grasp just how toxic the work environment around them is becoming – or even the possibility there will be no football in 2011.

    The past two weeks were the frostiest of the offseason for player-team relations. Clauses in the final year of the Collective Bargaining Agreement have handcuffed some negotiations for contract extensions and stymied movement among fourth and fifth-year veterans who would've become unrestricted free agents under the previous rules. There also are no minimum spending limits on player salaries. This has resulted in NFL owners orchestrating the biggest single-season money grab in league history.

    Now, some big-name standouts are starting to mutiny.

    San Diego wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill and New England guard Logan Mankins are among them. All three refuse to sign their restricted free-agent tenders. Mankins has asked for a trade. Jackson and McNeill are threatening lengthy holdouts.

    We’ve had the ugliness of other players who've already earned millions of dollars kvetching about not making more millions. Darrelle Revis is so unhappy with his deal that the cornerback removed himself from drills to protest at recent Jets practices. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson told The Tennessean he can’t play for $550,000 this season after a 2,000-yard rushing campaign in 2009.



    Revis and Mankins believe they were misled by team officials who promised new contracts. Mark Dominik went one step further. Tampa Bay’s general manager told Donald Penn the left tackle could be fined for missing minicamp if he didn’t sign his restricted free-agent tender. Dominik was fibbing, which further adds to the growing mistrust between labor and management.

    Even one of the game’s ultimate “team players” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – didn’t contest a recent Yahoo! Sports report about unhappiness with his lack of a contract extension.

    This situation's only going to get worse before it gets better.

    Goodell and his counterpart – NFL executive director DeMaurice Smith – both spoke to players under the same roof at the Rookie Symposium, but they may as well be on opposite coasts when it comes to advancement in CBA negotiations.


    Goodell said there were “really no developments of any significance to report” during a Sunday night interview session. Asked what to tell fans about the lack of progress, the NFL commissioner said, “There is talk. We had a meeting just last week. There will be an agreement at some point. Everyone would like it sooner than later.”

    Until then, the squabbling will only get worse.

    A rash of training camp holdouts is inevitable. NFL executives still have to operate without knowing the league’s prospective salary structure. Players also face the anxiety stemming from an uncertain future about their earnings and upcoming free-agent status.

    The rookies will learn that soon enough.
     
  2. Boltzlover

    Boltzlover BoltTalker

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    To me it looks like this is the last year of NFL as we know it. the greedy owners and players are going to kill it.
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    they will strangle the goose that lays the golden eggs because they are incapable of finding a way to keep the goose alive - even if it means taking their damn hands off the goose's neck
     
  4. foober

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    they just need set perimeters that are fair to both sides. It can be done. But there will be alot of fighting before all is set and done.

    Personally I think the players should start thier own league. But the T.v. people who actually run the nfl won't let that happen.
     
  5. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    There are probably some cable networks who would jump at the chance.
     
  6. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    The UFL needs teams and players, instant success if the players had the balls to jump ship.
     
  7. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Goodell's wife leaves Fox News

    Posted by Michael David Smith on June 24, 2010 1:42 PM ET
    Jane Skinner, the wife of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, announced today on her Fox News Channel show Happening Now that she's leaving the network.

    She indicated that spending more time with her husband and their children was her primary motivation for the move.

    "It's been a thrill to have been a part of the incredible success of this place over the past 12 years," Skinner said. "However, my life has changed significantly in those 12 years, in wonderful ways that have created new responsibilities. I added a husband who became the NFL Commissioner and has a job even busier than mine, and I have twin daughters who have even busier lives still. So to do justice to this new life I've decided to take a break from this business."

    Skinner is a Northwestern graduate who worked in local news in several markets before joining Fox News in 1998.
     
  8. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    I doubt a player league would accomplish much. The thing that the NFL has are recognizable franchises and rivalries. Every new league that starts up is automatically at a disadvantage because how many people want to see the Raging Manatees vs the Shock? There's no history.
     
  9. Rainman

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    And all we can do is sit by the raging bonfire and make s'mores. :icon_shrug:
     
  10. Buck Melanoma

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    You got the munchies too? :lol:
     
  11. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

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    Damn Straight! :nana_rasta:
     

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