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NFLPA leader says 18-game schedule off table

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by DenverBolt67, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

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    NFLPA leader says 18-game schedule off table in CBA negotiations - NFL - SI.com

    WASHINGTON -- For the first time publicly, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said tonight that an 18-game season is off the negotiating table in collective bargaining talks with the owners.

    Speaking before approximately 100 fans during a joint event with radio station 106.7-FM "The Fan" at the union's downtown office, Smith was categorical that the players won't expand the regular season from 16 to 18 games. He previously had been nuanced in his remarks, saying any change would be predicated on significant adjustments to teams' offseason training programs and the amount of padded contact the players endured during in-season practices.

    However when contacted after a Q&A sessions with fans, Smith reiterated that 18 games is a no go with the players.

    "First of all, the league has never presented a formal proposal for 18 games," he told SI.com. "But more importantly, it's something that our players don't want. Eighteen games is not in the best interest of our players' safety, so we're not doing it."

    The expanded season was thought to be one of the key talking points in the sides' negotiations for a new agreement; the current deal expires Friday night. The other sticking points are a rookie wage scale -- Yahoo! Sports reported today the sides have agreed on the parameters of a new rookie compensation system -- and a redistribution of league revenues. The league is seeking an additional $1 billion per year in expense credits that would be taken off the top before revenues are divided among the players and owners. The union has said there will be no significant financial givebacks unless the owners open their books.

    Speaking outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service offices in downtown Washington today after negotiations ended for the evening, Smith said: "How much financial information would you want before you write a $5 billion check?"

    Smith was referring to the total amount owners are seeking over a potential five-year agreement.
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

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

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    This guy is such a douchebag.
     
  3. HEXEDBOLT

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

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    Time to break up the NFL as it stands today and start over. From what I've seen and heard, the core of the NFL the "FAN" is absolutely left out of the equation. Owner's gaining weight off of fat contracts with the media, player's gaining weight off fat contracts from owners. The fans losing weight from breast feeding the owners and players.
     
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    I hope that this 18 game idea is more than off the table. 16 is the PERFECT #. Less Pseason games... its that I guess or they come off it and charge a Pseason rate for tickets.
     
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  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I agree with you 100%. 18 is SOOOO long, and with the decreased pre-season you have even less time to evaluate younger talent and get your starters prepared for the season.

    Not to mention it'd be hard for the owners to say..."We want more money and we want you to play more games."
     
  6. DenverBolt67

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    The owners just need to get realistic and drop the prices for pre-season games. Charging full price is ridiculous, especially when the Commish himself stated that the quality of play in those games is very low, yet they expect fans to pay full price.
     

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