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'Closest it has been...'

Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:19 pm
 
It is close. That's true.

A deal could be done by next week. That's true.

The owners and players are making progress. That's true, too.

But we've been here before. It's been close for weeks, contrary to other reports.

Weeks.

And it continues to be close. NFL owners and players are indeed working towards putting the language of a new CBA into place by the weekend, multiple sources confirmed to me. Said one source: "This is the closest it has been in a while."

So the two sides are closing in on a new deal and unless some arrogant jerkwad lawyer screws it up this thing could actually get done. A handshake deal by late next week is possible (not likely by Friday as one news outlet reported).

But excuse me while I use the phrase "cautiously optimistic." Maybe you've heard that phrase used with the labor talks before. I've maintained a deal would get done by the middle of the month and we're still on target for that. But the zigs and zags and zigs make this hard to predict and did I mention the jerkwad lawyers?

Also keep this in mind. There is no true, hard deadline to save the preseason. Not yet. That deadline floats like hope.

All we can do now is hope both sides continue to be smart.

And really think of the fans.
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:16 pm
 

'Closest it has been...'

True Sky. People complain about the prices of tickets, beer, and hotdogs at games, but they are high because people are willing to pay those prices. If I were an owner, I would be doing the same thing. Same can be said about the BCS bowl system. The majority of the people want a playoff system, but as long as they are willing to spend money/watch the games, it isn't going to change soon. The only way to effect change is to start boycotting games. But most people are unwilling to do that, so I wouldn't hold my breath.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:34 pm
 

'Closest it has been...'

The problem of high prices for the NFL is simply supply and demand. You may want to pay less, but the fact that you are willing to pay more - or, at least, enough fans are willing to pay more - means that the price will go up. If you weren't willing to pay so much for a ticket, so the stadium was half empty, prices would come down. If you are willing to pay the high price, don't bitch about it. No one in the NFL needs to make so much money, but because fans are so willing to part with their cash, they can pay players ridiculous salaries, pay coaches ridiculous salaries, have 1st class amenities, and still have owners make money.
Exactly. You want prices to come down? Don't buy that beer at the game. Don't get a hot dog at halftime. Eat and drink before and after the game. If fans boycotted concessions, prices would have to drop. They stay high because most people couldn't think of attending a football game without a drink in their hand, and that's why the owners have them where they want them.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:01 pm
 

'Closest it has been...'

I try not to be critical of the stories, but if you've got nothing to say, must you write an article that says absolutely nothing except taking a cheap shot at lawyers.

What's easier than taking a cheap shot at lawyers? Basically no one is going to defend them, certainly not me, but if you have nothing to say but " it's closer" find something more interesting to write about like bowling, or if Kobiashi should have been able to compete in the hotdog eating contest.    



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:09 pm
 

'Closest it has been...'

We as fans are actually the big losers in all this. Ticket prices will go up, everything with either the NFL logo or our fav team logo will go up, food at the stadiums will go up. When will it all end?
It will end when the fans are no longer willing to pay the high prices. The problem of high prices for the NFL is simply supply and demand. You may want to pay less, but the fact that you are willing to pay more - or, at least, enough fans are willing to pay more - means that the price will go up. If you weren't willing to pay so much for a ticket, so the stadium was half empty, prices would come down. If you are willing to pay the high price, don't bitch about it. No one in the NFL needs to make so much money, but because fans are so willing to part with their cash, they can pay players ridiculous salaries, pay coaches ridiculous salaries, have 1st class amenities, and still have owners make money.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 6:28 pm
 

'Closest it has been...'

Looking forward to "toe meeting leather" on time, a man cannot survive on Saturday football alone!!!
True. Luckily, hockey season starts in October. I can deal with just the Premier League until then.


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Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:07 pm
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