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Advantage: Players

Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:53 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 6:55 pm

After scanning the details of the NFL owners' proposal for a new labor deal, I have some advice for DeMaurice Smith.

Race to get that thing approved.

Both sides will claim victory when the CBA is finally completed -- and it will get done since there are only some small issues left, according to a handful of players -- but that's not the way I see it.

The players scored a TKO.

With the exception of opening up the books, which was never going to happen, this deal would include almost everything the players wanted to get.

Smith, for all the criticism he has taken for being as defiant as he's come off, deserves plenty of praise for getting his players this deal.

The owners will spin it their way, but the issues all went the way of the players. 

Just look at them:

----The players wanted half the revenue without anything coming off the top while the owners wanted $2 billion off the top, and then would give up half. The owners will take nothing off the top and the players would get 48-percent of all revenues.

Advantage: Players

---The players wanted more time off. They would get  a lot more. There will be off-season workout limits.  They will limit OTAs. They will get more days off. 

---Advantage: Players.

---The players wanted teams to spend close to the cap, and they now would have to do so, spending cash to the cap floor.  They wanted free agency after four years, while the owners didn't. Free agency would be after four years.

---Advantage: Players.

---The players would get an enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary for the contract year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.

---Advantage: Players.

The owners wanted the rookie wage scale, and that would be in play. But they also wanted rookie deals for drafted players to be six years, not four.  They would be four with an option for a fifth for some rookies.

----Advantage: Even.

So what exactly did the owners get? A new CBA. They didn't like the last one, so getting a new one is a win of sorts. They also get labor peace in a league that is the unquestioned sports leader for 10 years.

The NFL is an estimated $9-billion-a-year business. But projections are that it can become a $20-billion-a-year business. If that isn't reason to get labor peace, I don't know what could be the reason.

"Yeah, when you look at all the stuff, this is a good deal for us," one player told me. "There are just a few things that have to be tweaked."

Here's a guess that tweaking gets done over the weekend. And this deal will get done.

When it does, Smith should put on the championship belt. He knocked the snot out of the owners with a nasty right hook to the head.

This judge has a decision if this is the deal: Victory, players.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Labor

Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:46 pm

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The teams only have to spend 99% of the cap in 2011 and 2012 per the portion of the agreement that I read.  What language was in there that mandated 99% after 2012?  This could be a big loop hole.

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:43 pm

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wrong. their is no $1 billion off the top first. 2nd the players gained injury protection for their contracts which they didn't have earlier and 3rd their can't be any cheapskate teams anymore. also plaese explain another business where the owners are forced to spend 99% of the revenue. what a joke. I am happy football is back.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:08 pm

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The Players winning is better for society.  More money to more people who earn it is always better than money hoarded at the topT
what a pathetic stupid statement.....first off the players at league minimum are in the top 1 percent of earners in the nation.....the million dollar players are in the top .01 how does this help society??? So the OWNERS who EARN thier money 95 percent are self-made are "so called hoarding" what they work 100 hours a week to earn??? are you really this blind, i guess so.

Taking money away from those who "RIGHTFULLY" earned it at any level is WRONG for EVERYONE!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:39 pm

Advantage: Players're nuts.   its 48% - 52%.  And on money 'with this deal' that now MUsT be spent.   A Hugh WIN for Players.   

2)  The Owners wanted a cap on the growth an a 14% cut.   They got 3 to 4% on an ever growing pie.  Ur daft AZ.  lol

3) The got MORE on the next tv deal.  

4) Former Players now have a  decent Retirement. 

5) Players got Insurance.  

6) The players got control of their futures in free agency and with an ever growing % of money in MORE Hands.   

The Players winning is better for society.  More money to more people who earn it is always better than money hoarded at the top.   Get it or  don't.  They Players are the Product its a partnership.  &nbs

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:18 am

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Who cares who won. They're a partnership, happy for the guys making league min. maybe those guys won. My question is, did they get rid of some of the power that Goodell has. I'm scared he's gonna turn the NFL into flag football!

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2011 8:24 am

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Ummm.. "Assassin", MMA fighting is not really a sport in the way the NFL is.  Regardless, the NFL teams always have days off before or after games depending...I'm talking about 2 a days in training camp.  Again, football is back, and the owners are still in business.  That's a win.  I love the rookie wage scale - in fact, it should have even been tighter...but at least a team is crippled when a first rounder busts, like has been the majority of top 10s over the last decade or two...  Can't wait for Free Agency... going to be interesting.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:30 am

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Prisco the previous CBA for revenue sharing was 50-50 this year is 53-47 not 48... its on Please look it up. Players got screwed on that end of the deal, because they are getting less than they where last time.

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