Millionaire players will still get their millions, though Cam Newton and other rookies will take a haircut in their contracts. There’s an attractive injury protection clause and the prospect of guaranteed medical coverage for life.
So ragged that the league and its 32 teams are considering ways to placate fans once a labor agreement is completed.
NFL owners voted to end the lockout on Thursday, but players have yet to draw a tally on the measure. In fact, they don’t seem happy at all, many taking to Twitter last night to voice their displeasure. It’s not exactly surprising — the dispute dates all the way back to 2008.
If approved by the players, the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement would cover the 2011-2020 seasons and the 2021 draft.
The next time NFL owners meet to discuss the league’s labor situation, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players. But don’t get carried away thinking a deal is imminent.
Armed with a key victory in the courts, NFL owners will gather Monday for their annual spring meetings.
You were hoping that the three-judge, Eighth Circuit panel would not vote along “party” lines. Everyone was told that the Eighth Circuit was a “conservative” court, a court that was “pro-business.” Obviously, that’s bad news for the players.
The federal judge overseeing the NFL players’ request to lift a lockout by the owners says it will take “a couple of weeks” to rule.
While the labor dispute was the “primary focus” of two days of owners meetings, according to Roger Goodell, the league also carried on with business as usual, discussing rules changes that included moving kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35, and using replays on all scoring plays.
Few plays are as memorable or dangerous as long kickoff returns. Highlight shows can’t get enough of Devin Hester, Leon Washington or the Jets’ Brad Smith breaking one. The NFL wants those “game-breaking” plays to be safer.
Our message to the fans is this: We know that you are not interested in any disruption to your enjoyment of the NFL. We know that you want football. You will have football. This will be resolved.
Saturday’s meeting at a Dallas hotel came one day before the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium and was not expected to last more than a couple of hours. The full negotiating teams last sat down face-to-face on Nov. 22.
Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers had a pessimistic tone Tuesday. The co-chairman of the owners’ negotiating committee says the two sides are spending time on things that are “counterproductive” and stressed the owners need to reel in the amount of money that goes to players.
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