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Old 09-09-2010, 03:24 AM    (permalink
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Default DeMaurice Smith believes lockout is coming in March.

The NFL might really be headed for a lockout in March due to the ongoing stalemate with the new collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

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Of all the frustrating offseason storylines , there's one that's perhaps most annoying: the impending NFL lockout in 2011. DeMaurice Smith, the union leader for the NFLPA, confirmed his belief on Wednesday that he think a lockout is coming.

“I still feel that a lockout is coming in March,” Smith told Bloomberg Sports .

Smith's biggest point of contention is the NFL refusing to actually provide financial information relating to their claim that they're not pulling in enough cash. (Enough here, of course, is relative.)

“If this model is not working, i.e. teams are losing money, then we’re willing to see the evidence of that and make the changes,” Smith said. “But prove it. If not, what’s the justification for getting a billion back from us?”

Smith, along with most players, doesn't care for the also-impending possibility of an 18-game season.

“We don’t look at two extra games as being divorced from the health, medical and safety standpoint,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to divorce one part of this from the whole.”
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I originally started being slightly pro Owners in this CBA, mostly due to the rookie contracts but their unwillingness to support their case by providing audited financial statements is pathetic. Either back up the claim or withdraw it from the conversation.
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My thing is if either side wants it bad enough then it'll get done, you gotta give a little to get a little.
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I originally started being slightly pro Owners in this CBA, mostly due to the rookie contracts but their unwillingness to support their case by providing audited financial statements is pathetic. Either back up the claim or withdraw it from the conversation.
If you think about it, though, rookie contracts are only excessive in the top 15. And for all the hullabaloo about Jamarcus Russell and Sam Bradford's guaranteed money, consider that people were saying the same thing about Peyton's $8 million signing bonus in 1999. It's not like rookies all of a sudden starting getting paid ridiculous money, their contracts have been rising at a fairly steady percentage every single year. And those rookie contracts are the driving force that raises veteran contracts.

They definitely have to do something about it, if only to make those top 10 draft picks more valuable. As it stands, it's damn near impossible to trade out of those picks because nobody wants to pay those egregious salaries. It destroys the competitive balance of the draft.

Also, the clearest solution to the entire lockout/CBA negotiations is an 18 game schedule. I don't like it, and I don't support it, but it seems like the only way the two sides will meet in the middle is if we extend the regular season. Players get two more gamechecks, the owners get two more games of TV and attendance revenue, and everyone is happy.

I will then laugh when owners use that excuse to raise ticket prices even higher than they already are. As it stands now, preseason games are the equivalent of regular season games when you buy season tickets. It all comes in one big package, because if they charged less for preseason, they'd raise the price of regular season tickets. Now, they'll raise the prices even more because there's two more "real" games, even though they're charging regular season prices for preseason already.
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