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NFLPA head Smith believes team owners preparing for lockout

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Associated Press
    2-4-2010

    Here's the link to the Video
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81634978&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true


    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday that the chance of a lockout after next season is a "14" on a scale of 1-to-10.
    Painting a bleak labor outlook, Smith said the NFL would receive $5 billion from its network television deals even if no games are played in 2011. He regarded that as proof the owners are preparing for a lockout.
    "Has any one of the prior deals included $5 billion to not play football?" Smith said, referring to previous collective bargaining agreements that were extended or redone. "The answer's no."
    Smith reiterated the union's demand that the NFL's 32 teams open their books and show who is losing money and how much. Citing financial reports by the community-owned Green Bay Packers, Smith wondered how such a small-market franchise can make a $20 million profit while other teams claim they are losing money.
    But Smith noted that the Packers did have a profit decline, which NFL executive vice president and chief counsel Jeff Pash said was 40 percent.
    "In most businesses, that would be a serious cause for concern," Pash said. "It would indicate a serious issue that has to be dealt with. You look at your single largest expense, which is player costs."
    Smith said the latest NFL offer to the players would reduce their share to 41 percent of applied revenues from about 59 percent. He emphasized that the teams take $1 billion off the top of the estimated $8 billion the league generates.
    Pash argued that the $1 billion reflects actual costs incurred, money spent in investments "in things like stadiums, NFL Network, NFL.com, putting on games overseas, all of which is intended to and has the effect of generating substantial additional revenues that go to NFL players."
     
  2. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

    Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan Well-Known Member

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  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    rich people complaining about money


    the great American way


    :tup:
     
  4. BoltzRule

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    why not just go half way? 50%, owners save some money, players take a pay cut just like the rest of America.

    Then restructure the way the rookies are paid, less guaranteed but shorter deals in exchange (good for teams if the player busts, good for player if he plays great).

    Keep the salary floor and cap. The salary floor will force teams to spend money on vets, which will result in the vets getting the money the rooks used to get.

    And add in a clause that teams aren't allowed to franchise the same player in consecutive seasons.


    Those would be my goals if I was heading the NFLPA.
     
  5. Holy_Bolt

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    DEAL! Lets ink this thing!:yes:
     
  6. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    the owners will win this thing, they'll get their money even if there's a lockout while the players will never get that year back shortening their careers (for a 10 year career that's 10%)
     
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  7. Workplay

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    Don't forget about the guys who will be in their prime years. (that's 25-33%)

    I have a bad feeling about this... the players and fans are going to get screwed.
     

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