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A deal remains close but...

Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:45 pm
 
Both player and league officials agree a deal is close. Very close. But no one is lighting any cigars just yet.

There are two reasons why. The first, these sources explain, is that both sides have been close for some time. The players and owners make significant progress and then it's undone by squabbling or one side -- and sometimes both -- overreaching which in turns causes even more anger and hard feelings delaying things more. That leads to the second point. There are still some tense ongoing negotations. It's unlikely they'll go bad -- highly unlikely -- but they are tense nonetheless. More on this in a moment.  

This is what we know: almost all of the major issues have been resolved including the elephant in the room of how the sides will split revenue. Once that big beast of an obstacle was downed with a shotgun much of the smaller issues went quickly.

Except one and it's a problem with the potential to slow talks down. There is even a remote chance they could slow things down to the point where the first preseason game is missed. But again, that's unlikely.

The talks on Friday are an example of how negotiations remain in the danger zone despite them close to a conclusion. The session was extremely trying, I'm told, and borderline exhausting. Player sources claim the owners were trying to bleed them at the last minute (the source's words, not mine).

Meanwhile the owners say it's the players doing the bleeding. The owners believe Friday's stalemate was reached over how much cash the top eight players in the draft should keep. From the owner perspective -- and they're right -- it's insane to hold up a deal for 1,900 players over eight rookies. Keep in mind paying those rookies more takes cash away from veterans and retirees.

Besides, in my opinion, the NFLPA is really fighting to get influential agents more money, not those rookie players.

Owners also feel they have compromised on economics, minimum team cash spending, rookie pay, free agency, off-season programs, limiting contact in practice, more days off, no 18-game regular season, long-term medical insurance, injury guarantee, benefit improvements, third-party arbitration in drug programs, and more.

Will the rookie pay dispute kill a deal? No. Are there still landmines to cross that could delay one? Hell, yes.

But it is close. As hell.

We're almost there. We hope.
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:09 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

Hey I bet if I predicted the lockout would end soon for 3 straight F'ing months I'd be right eventually too. You guys suck at your job, good thing Doyel is around to write articles worth reading or this site would be absolutely worthless because of it's writers. I feel like having Freeman and Ratto writing daily articles is contributing to the increased suicide rate in our country.
What, how can you like Doyel's articles?  Do you mean to read for entertainment or do you actually like his writing?  He might be the worst on this site, although him and Freeman are neck and neck for that "honor."  They all suck though...this is why nobody respects "sports journalism."  The average sports journalist is a moron.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:28 am
 

A deal remains close but...Freeman screws with yo

Did a little research on Mr. Freeman's writing.

Personal project of his, this CBA - Lock out - Decertification...

To give him any time, is time you will never recover. If the average person read only the more prominantly placed articles, they will have lost an hour of their life they will never get...and are no closer to the inside scoop, or the truth.

This tool has not written a single thing that is remotely close to the truth. Do a search on the site...sad... 



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:40 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

 You read his article to find out what is going on in negotiations, just like you could read it on ESPN, nfl.com etc.
I am sure they all have same or similiar sources. But for some strange reason you expect him to tell you when
the lockout will end , what the revenue split is, who will win super bowl, what the stock market will be in 2 years
etc.

  I have a guess as why you choose to slam freeman every time he writes an article.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:08 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

When this deal is finally reached, I won't read another article from Mike.  I hope that day comes soon.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:17 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

The owners hold all the cards ! "Modern  day slavery" Aprian Peterson RB Minn  screw him! 10mill a year Foot in mouth



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:17 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

I don't think the owners were ever serious about the 18-game season.  I believe that was just a bargaining chip, to be exchanged for something else that they really were interested in.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:36 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

@dontarguewithit .....Very funny stuff and so true. I found out who Freemans source is, ESPN.COM, NFL.COM and Prosportsdaily.com   
;    LMAO



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:48 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

Hey I bet if I predicted the lockout would end soon for 3 straight F'ing months I'd be right eventually too. You guys suck at your job, good thing Doyel is around to write articles worth reading or this site would be absolutely worthless because of it's writers. I feel like having Freeman and Ratto writing daily articles is contributing to the increased suicide rate in our country.



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:23 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

He always has this guy who gives him the inside scoop....what's his name?  oh yeah....Mr. Unnamed Source.  You know him, he's the guy that reporters always say they can't name because he's so close to the negotiations that it could mess up things......please........Mr. Unnamed Source is none other than the writer himself.  The guy who absolutely has to have something printed by the deadline and when has nothing, he makes it up........often he hears the same stuff as everyone else, but he puts a new twist or steals the twist from the guy in the mailroom who doesn't have a clue.  And he got the info from a guy in his fantasy football league who got it from a guy at the local pub.............


Makes for good reading, but doesn't cut the mustard.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:23 pm
 

A deal remains close but...

Why do I read Freeman's articles? Oh ya for a good laugh. you are a joke. Where did you recap this rocket science at? Do you every write anything with some substance? Always seems like you are spewing things out to beat a deadline. The CBA will be completed in short order. Football wil lgo on and everything will be right in the world except for Freeman. He wont have anything to recap.


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