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New CBA deal in "striking distance"

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    With trust restored, talks turn to issues other than revenue split
    Posted by Mike Florio on June 23, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT


    After a fairly quiet Wednesday, labor news is breaking like a brittle-boned boxer. First, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reported that Wednesday’s talks were “very fruitful.” Next, Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that the players would be receiving an update on the CBA discussions.

    Now, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the talks will turn on Thursday to the rookie wage scale, given that trust has been restored via a revenue system that requires no trust or guesswork or anything other than the total revenue figures and a calculator.

    An unnamed NFC executive told Breer that a deal with “within striking distance.” But an unnamed AFC executive cautioned that “[t]here are enough legitimate issues to where it could all fall down still.” Breer also reports that NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith has won the trust and respect of the owners over the past month, which has helped persuade the owners to soften their positions.

    Here’s our view. If (as it appears) an agreement has been reached regarding the manner in which the money gets divided, then a deal is for all intents and purposes (or, as the case may be, “intensive purposes”) done. For months, it widely has been believed that, if an agreement is reached as to the manner in which the financial pie will be carved up, everything else will fall into place.

    Are there other important issues that need to be worked out? Sure. But with both sides showing the reason and good sense necessary to reach a compromise on the biggest issue, there’s no reason to think they’ll be unable to work out a deal on the other issues — unless one side develops remorse over the biggest issue and uses one of the smaller issues as a way for throwing a wrench into the gears.
     
  2. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Damn, I hope not. I wanted to see the UFL get a little more exposure and see what happens.
     
  3. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    Not so fast?

    :confused: Source: NFLPA* tells players that a deal isn’t close | ProFootballTalk

     
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    Goodell, Smith comment together after negotiations
    Posted by Michael David Smith on June 23, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT


    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA* Executive Director DeMaurice Smith didn’t say much when they appeared together after today’s negotiating session in Boston. But the fact that they stood together has to be considered a positive sign.

    Standing next to each other and addressing the assembled media, Goodell and Smith both vowed to work hard toward getting a deal done to end the lockout.

    “Obviously we’re all working hard,” Goodell said. “The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

    Although Smith isn’t saying a deal is close, he is saying that having everyone together talking is a reason to feel good.

    “Look, someone asked me whether I was optimistic,” Smith said. “I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done.”

    The right people in the room included Smith and Goodell, as well as players Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson and Jeff Saturday and owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, John Mara and Dean Spanos.
     
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    Geez...the ebb & flow of this mess is maddening.
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

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

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    high level negotiations over billions of dollars in revenue with attorneys and egomaniacs of all kinds representing billionaires and millionaires with no real confirmed source of information coming out. Yeah that'll drive you crazy
     
  8. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    New CBA deal in "striking distance"

    Isn't that a bad pun?
     
  9. Blue Bolt

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    Is there such a thing as a good pun? ;)
     
  10. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    These guys need to take a long vacation and think all this over. Go out and enjoy the summer with the family, come back in late fall around November. They can then sign a new deal and celebrate in Thanks Giving and head back to work in say April 12.
     
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    Jackals don't know how to do anything but hunt.
     
  12. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Still refusing to hokd my breath.
     
  13. Harley

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    what no chicken counting?
    two weeks, diddilly done.
    let's go, this is our year!
     
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    Report: NFL talks to resume next week
    Updated Jun 24, 2011 1:48 PM ET


    Two people familiar with the talks tell The Associated Press that NFL owners and players will resume negotiations early next week.

    With the lockout deep into its fourth month, a fifth set of ''secret'' meetings has been arranged for an undisclosed location.

    Those familiar with the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are supposed to be confidential.

    While each side has acknowledged progress, a new collective bargaining agreement is not imminent. One of those knowledgeable about the talks, says conference calls are being set up to discuss some topics, but not the major issue of splitting revenues. The person says that is being negotiated ''face to face.''
     

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