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The threat that changed everything

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:14 pm

Earlier I wrote on how the players made a threat that proved somewhat jarring to ownership and forced them to make concessions. Well, Sports Illustrated just reported what that threat was and it was a game changer.

The details I've heard are slightly different but the core facts are the same. The NFLPA had secured lockout insurance (there is such a thing?) for each player in the amount of $200,000 (one player told me the amount was $300,000) in the event the season was missed.

The union told the owners this late Wednesday night and, I'm told, it shook the owners. The next day, on Thursday, is when progress was made so quickly.

This is a huge deal and explains why the owners made concessions. While $200,000 or even $300,000 isn't a lot of cash to Peyton Manning, it is for most of the rank and file.

By playing this card, the players, at the last minute, outmaneuvered the owners. I'm told it completely stunned ownership.

Wow. Just wow,

This is the second biggest piece of news to only the fact a deal is all but done.

This was the players saying "checkmate."

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:17 pm

The threat that changed everything

I call BS.  How about some proof and some real details not conjecture?  My guess is that the premiums would have to be extremely expensive.  I wonder how many players could afford the premiums.

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:57 am

The threat that changed everything

I am going to have to say this is a very ignorant opinion. The minimum salary is not a whole lot more than the insurance would have paid out. A lot of NFL players make more than that, but this was a brilliant move. It basically gave the owners no choice but to get this resolved, they would be the ones losing everything. Sure some players would lose a few million, but this has never been about the high salary players. The big contract guys can survive no matter what, this made sure the little guys that would be hurt the most are able to hold out. 

And besides that with the number of players on an NFL roster you are talking about $10M per team. $300M might not be a billion, but it is a fretty freakin big number. 

Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:25 am

The threat that changed everything

hurray we will get the season under way soon alot of money for all and they the owners and players really need to remember without the fans they have nothing. big tv money would go away if the fans boycotted the nfl. so it is very good both sides decided to get it done. now we just need to get the house and senate to do the same. GOOD NEWS

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:12 am

The threat that changed everything

Ravensguy. You're the idiot. 200k will keep the average player in strippers and crack through the lockout if it was to go a whole season. For Ray Lewis, it would give him the scratch to hire a defense attorney if he decides to kill someone again during the lockout.

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:23 pm

The threat that changed everything

Freeman your an ahole. They are dealind with billions and you are talking about hundreds of thousands

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 4:01 pm

The threat that changed everything

Ummm, Mikie why don't you be a reporter and prove it. First this would show that the Union certainly planned for a lock out, negate any claim that the owners acted inappropriately in securing revenue for a lost season, and is hard to believe an insurance company would even approve a policy that would certainly cost them money. It should be easy to prove. Insurance policies are confirmed all the time. Trotter has been a shill for the players the entire time as well as yourself, and his credibility is just as suspect. Strange how "no one will tell me" turned into "the details I get are different." this looks more like saving face with make believe piled on nonsense. But show us you are a reporter and not someone that just makes things up, produce the name of this insurance company, I can't speak for others, but I have a few policies I want to start from a company this willing to lose money.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:33 pm

What Freeman doesn't want you to know!

I don't see any sense to come here and post "don't read Freeman's stuff" other than to provide entertainment for the rest of us.  First off, you'll never determine what we will or won't do.  Secondly, like those who complain about what is on TV but don't change the channel, it simply makes you look silly and being played for a fool.  I don't believe it is any skin off Freeman's nose whether we agree with him or not.  For it's the reaction he generates that counts and gauges his popularity.

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:10 pm

The threat that changed everything


What concessions?

There still isn't a deal, only more endless hype

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:48 pm

Union Rules!

De Smith punked the greedy owners with the holdout insurance!  The owners were forced to give the players the money they were demanding.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:33 pm

The threat that changed everything

freeman doesn't believe most of what he writes, he makes cbs look bad. i don't even read most of his stuff anymore. he always kisses players butts and tries to spin everything for them because he is hoping he can use them for info. he is not a journalist, he is a kiss ass that is begging for players to notice he is on their side. do yourself a favor and just don't read his bias, unproffessional garbage.

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