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Upshaw ready for strike...

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    ...if NFL owners opt out of labor agreement

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs07/news/story?id=3224851

    PHOENIX -- A defiant Gene Upshaw said that if the NFL's owners opt out of the current labor agreement later this year, the players' union is ready for a strike or the decertification tactics it used to get free agency after the 1987 walkout.

    "If they want to get out of the deal, there's nothing we can do about it," the executive director of the NFL Players Association said Thursday before the union's annual Super Bowl news conference. "But we'll be prepared."

    The labor agreement reached after tough bargaining in March of 2006 gave both sides the right to opt out in November. That would lead to 2010 being an uncapped year before the contract expires in 2011.

    Several owners, including Denver's Pat Bowlen, have suggested that the current agreement is leaving some teams cash-strapped and making it likely that the owners will opt out next year.

    Upshaw said that he's heard the complaints and is ready for any outcome.

    "At our meeting in March, our priorities for discussion are four options: strike, lockout, decertification or extension," he said.

    Extension has been the route of choice for the NFL since its agreement in 1993 that added free agency and a salary cap for the first time.

    The league had been without a contract since its last strike in 1987. After the players returned to work, the union decertified and filed an antitrust suit, which they eventually won. That led to the current CBA, which ended six years without a contract.

    In the last 14 years, the contract has been extended numerous times before expiration.

    Upshaw said the biggest disagreement is within the league, among small-market and large-market owners who disagree over non-shared revenue, such as local advertising, concessions and parking. Advertising and local broadcasting rights, in particular, tend to be greater in larger markets or among teams with new stadiums.

    In the 2006 agreement, which was the most difficult to reach since the 1993 agreement, the players got an extra $850 million to $900 million in the form of revenue sharing, raising the salary cap for 2007 to $107 million. Upshaw estimated it will be $116 million for 2008.

    "Everyone's doing well," he said. "The owners say they're not making money. I think everyone is making money. This isn't hockey, where the players agreed to a 25 percent pay cut. We're not going to do anything like that."

    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
     
  2. Chuck F.

    Chuck F. Well-Known Member

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    The NFL is an INSANELY successful business. Normally, I never side with players in these things but in this case....the owners need to get this done. NFL players play without guaranteed contracts...unlike baseball. The NFL screws it's retired players. Enough is enough. The league and owners have it very good. Get a deal done.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Wow ... let's hope that a strike doesn't happen. :no:

    I don't profess to know much about the financial agreements, contracts, etc. but common sense & observation has convinced me of a couple of things.

    1. Everyone in the NFL is making money. EVERYONE. Some much more than others, but all make a profit.
    2. It will take a monumental event to get the owners to all agree fairly on a revenue-sharing plan. Capitalism is alive & thriving in the NFL, as it should, but so is greed - for money & control.
    3. The players, for the most part, earn their money. They're the ones punishing their bodies. Do they love the game? Most do, but they still pay a physical price. So pay 'em.
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

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    If anyone is wondering - NO - the tailgaters will not happen with a replacement team.

    But

    we still went to the games to party. :lol:
     
  5. 400HZ

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    I wonder how much disparity there would be in an uncapped NFL. I know teams like Dallas and Washington would have a lot more cash, but how much more?
     
  6. Retired Catholic

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    The invisible hand of capitalism apparently has a knife in it.
     
  7. wrbanwal

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    you can look at MLB for the answer


    think there's an east coast bias now???


    thing is, the NFL knows they can get away with shiit like this because we will always come back. The NHL,NBA and MLB don't have the backing the NFL does. Its America's sport.


    :icon_sad:
     
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  8. Trumpet_Man

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    The disparity would be gargantuan.

    We would literally go back to the days where Super Bowl teams and rings were bought by only the most wealthiest of owners and marketplaces.

    We would not be able to compete.
     
  9. Trumpet_Man

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    This year consider we are facing a double whammy.

    Congress will no doubt investigate the Patriots for cheating and an apparent "cover-up" and we have a NFL strike looming?

    This is going to be very interesting to watch and see how this all unfolds. :yes:
     
  10. Trumpet_Man

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    The last time this happened, we went undefeated with the strike replacement team (4-0) IIRC.

    They were more like college games than pro games. The crowd was there to party pretty much.
     
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    Notice how Lord Goodell just yesterday announced he is speeding up payments to retirees. Imagine that and the fact Senator Arland Specter, who is proof that the dead collect Social Security, will no doubt take notice of this manuever to grease the wheels of justice.

    John Facienda's (the deep voice of the NFL films now dead) family is getting corned holed by the league saying his voice does not equal money for the family.

    The NFL is great at milking every dime out of us.

    Where the fuc can you get a stadium funded by the people, then you need to buy a personal seat license, then buy a ticket for something which you built with your tax dollars and the league says "thank you?"

    Only in Amerika. :yes:
     
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  12. Chuck F.

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  13. Retired Catholic

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    This issue is simplicity itself. Just ordinary human decency. But then-the NFL uses that as a marketing tool in TV commercials.
     

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