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Why the NFL Owners & NFLPA are fighting?

Posted by ZA on March 16, 2011

As a sports fan, I’m not happy that the NFL owners and NFL Players Association were unable to resolve their differences through mediation or otherwise.  I want them to play football in 2011.  As a taxpayer, its a shame that our courts are going to have to spend time to settle the dispute between the Millionaires and Billionaires.  Nothing we can do about that now, aside from hoping the two sides come to their senses (not likely) and we get this situation resolved quickly.

If you are wondering about what led to this situation, there are lots of good articles floating around.  Here is a good one by Kristi Dosh on why the NFL players walked away from the negotiations.  One of my favorites on the current NFL labor situations is the parody The Sports Guy (aka: Bill Simmons) wrote on ESPN’s Page 2.  Simmons column titled “Greed is good in NFL labor talks” is tongue in cheek, but does help to show the real issue at play here.  NFL owners are concerned their profits will not be growing at the pace they’ve become accustomed to, so they are looking to renegotiate their deal with the NFL players.  Take a few minutes and read both, you’ll appreciate that you did.

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I agree with Antonio Cromartie

Posted by ZA on January 27, 2011

I never thought I would utter those words, but I do agree with his take on the disagreement between NFL players and owners.  Cromartie said, “You don’t get no information about nothing from the union or the owners…they need to get their damn minds together and get this (expletive) done and stop (complaining) about money.”

I might have chosen different words, but his sentiment is correct.  The money both sides are negotiating is significant, enough for everyone to make out really well.  But in typical fashion for negotiations, both sides are doing a lot of posturing and not really presenting their case.  They believe that a strike or lockout is the best way to get the other side to cave in to their needs.  Rather than I’d like to see them lock the NFLPA leadership and NFL owners in a room, then not let them out until a deal is struck.

So Cromartie is right on in my opinion, at least on how the two sides should negotiate.  I don’t agree with Cromartie when he threatens to “smash ur face” to Seahawks QB, Matt Hasselbeck.  But Hasselbeck did insult him, so that’s between the two them.

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