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Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:55 am
 
Don't screw this up. Because you sorta are. But don't. Please don't. But you are. Kinda'. So please stop. Immediately. Please, please, please.

As Yahoo! Sports first reported two plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the NFL -- lineman Logan Mankins and wide receiver Vincent Jackson -- want either $10 million or unrestricted free agency in order to settle the lawsuit against the NFL. This is, for all intents and purposes, an extortion attempt. Remember: there can be no new CBA unless all of the plaintiffs settle. So Mankins and Jackson seem to be saying: give us our money, b------, or we'll hold up the whole stinking process.

Right now, that's what's happening. It's the main reason why no deal has been struck yet. It'll happen. Two men can't hold things up forever (we hope) but right now there is a huge game of chicken being played.

There's another problem as well. Some agents also want the CBA to permit teams to use the franchise tag on a player just once. This is mainly, I'm told, about Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

My guess the holdup is a joint effort by NFLPA lawyer Jeff Kessler and a small number of agents. Kessler acts like he won the 8th circuit case. If you notice, all of the things identified now in the media as problems are things the union wants, not the owners.

The sides have come too far to let the lawyers and agents ruin it for every other player. Don't let some failed legal strategy slow this down.

I'm begging. Many other people are as well.
 

 
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout
 
Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

True, but elsewhere, one signs away one's OWN rights, not the other fellow's. 

What part of THE UNION AGREED TO THE FRANCHISE TAG RULE don't you understand????  I don't care how unfair players or fans think it is, it was negotiated by the union and the owners.   If the players don't want the franchise rule to exist at all anymore then sit out the upcoming season or until the owners give in.  But no, the players can't afford to miss paychecks so they want the owners to offer takes things away from themselves.... not gonna happen.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

Well training camp just got pushed back because of this.  Once owners start losing money this will be settled.  It is a shame that money has become the 1st priority for all involved instead of the love for the game.  That's what money does to some people.  It changes them.  9 billion dollars will change anybody so yes greed is the problem.  Why don't they give some of the 9 billion to the fans, oh that's who they got it from.  My bad. Cool



Since: Jul 19, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

I tend to agree with the sentiment that the franchise tag is well-paid slavery in that it ensures that the player gets fat checks but keeps him from switching teams at a time when he might be able to get even more money.  It's a disincentive for a team to negotiate in good faith with a highly valued player.  That's just wrong.

I have always thought 2-year tagging should not be allowed.  Unless I'm mistaken, a lot of 2-year tagged players bolt as soon as they can, so it undermines fan and player loyalty and destroys goodwill too.  This isn't such a good deal for anyone in the end.

And I'm not begging either side to settle their differences anytime soon.  I want them to keep dragging it out so we the fans will get even more angry and show our displeasure by not buying tickets or merchandise.  Then again, I'm not doing either anyway, and I hope more people will follow my lead.  If all they care about is money, then maybe both sides will notice if they have a lot less of it.  Empty stadiums and dusty shelves will convey the message well, I think.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

"Actually, "franchise tags" are very common in business, they are just called noncompete clauses.  Not exactly the same thing, but both restrict employee movement and give the owners protection for their investment." 

True, but elsewhere, one signs away one's OWN rights, not the other fellow's. 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

Actually, "franchise tags" are very common in business, they are just called noncompete clauses.  Not exactly the same thing, but both restrict employee movement and give the owners protection for their investment. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

I'm begging. Many other people are as well.
I'm not. Please continue. The lockout continuing appears to be the only thing that can save the Cardinals at this point.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

That opinion is very short sighted.  Having no Franchise Tag is a slippery slope that leads to a 100% capitalistic/general industry approach to sports which is wrong.  Anyone that thinks that a sports franchise should be handled like a general industry business doesn't stop to think that there is a HUGE difference - being that there are millions of "fans" that support the franchise, while businesses don't drive that sort of "third party" affect.  General businesses are only of concern to the people that work for them and their suppliers or customers.  Sport Franchises affect millions of "fans".

If sport leagues went to a strict capitalistic approach, then we'd see the same effects in leagues that we see in general industry.  Teams would fold annually (or semi-annually), which would drive a need for new teams to sprout up just about as often, based on the economy.  So if leagues are driven to operate as general businesses do, then we, as fans, had better get used to our teams folding regularly, with a only a few prospering over time.  And by prospering, I don't mean winning, I mean surviving.

People that don't see that effect are idiots.  And by the way, how did Curt Floods career go after he fought the system over his well paid slavery?  It may have had a bigger effect if a great player like Willie Mays was involved instead.  Curt Flood is a joke.

 




Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

Lol, of course you care , we all do or we wouldnt be responding here and saying "we don't care"  Some because we hope the worst for the rich, some because we love football and the entertainment it bring to our life. But for whatever reason, we care!




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:21 am
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

I, for one, am not begging anyone in the NFL for anything. I've been saying all along that they'll find a way to screw it up. I maintain that belief. See, we don't have all parties on either side pulling in the same direction. Mankins and Jackson want a pile of cash or unrestricted status to agree to drop the lawsuit. Manning and Brees are more interested in restricting the franchise tag. The NFLPA lawyers are pushing agendas and publicity. And certain owners (Brown, Mike; Wilson, Ralph) are likely fighting the 89% cash they'll be required to spend. It'll get screwed up, but I don't really care. Not anymore.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:19 am
 

Another plea to NFLPA lawyers and the agents

Their right about the franchise tag thing. Any more than one year is similiar to what Curt Flood would call "well paid slavery". There really shouldn't be a franchise tag at all.


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