Tag:NFL Lockout
Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 6:52 pm

The owners are wrecking negotiations

At the beginning of the labor talks, when negotiations were ongoing in Washington, which seems like a galaxy far, far away, I heard from several player sources that owners were playing games during the discussions. The sides would reach a verbal agreement on a part of a new CBA in the morning and then the owners would change their minds and the numbers in the evening. It went this way several times, I'm told.

Those types of games, players familiar with the talks explained, later ceased, and that's when talks took a signifcant positive turn with some sources believing several weeks ago that a deal was 80 percent done and a new CBA was on the horizon. That optimism remained until Thursday.

The NFL will disagree with this. And there is certainly room for debate and the owners will say this is simply negotiating. But in a series of text messages from several sources familair with Thursday's discussions, players say the owners are back to their old tricks.

Again, the NFL will deny this, but I believe it is the owners who are destroying this round of talks, even as the two sides are extremely close. I believe the sources that tell me owners are playing mind games with the players: getting their optimism up and then down hoping the players cave out of frustration.

The players held a conference call on Thursday to discuss the events.

Here's the good news: talks havent broken off. The two sides are still negotiating.

Overall, this was a bad day. That doesn't mean a good day won't soon come but this was not great. I get the feeling despite dealing with owner games in the past, this day caught the players by surprise.

A deal still gets done to save the season, I believe, but as the last media optimist standing, I'm about to leave the room.

Stay tuned. More to come.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Lockout
Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 5:32 pm

NFL players to have conference call

The NFLPA will have a conference call with select players, I'm told, to update the labor situation.

Where it stands is a mystery for the moment but we'll have a good idea after the call. I am told by a person familiar with the negotiations that Thursday's talks were "highly intense." The source did not know if the talks would continue on Friday.

I'll be updating soon.
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Lockout
Posted on: June 30, 2011 3:35 pm

Welcome, NBA writers

I want to officially extend a warm hand to my fellow sportswriting NBA brothers. Your lockout is now on. My lockout has lasted over 100 days. As a lockout veteran, I'd like to make a few suggestions:

1. Purchase a bull---- translator. I believe they sell them at Home Depot.

2. Always remember: the owners are doing this for the fans.

3. Always remember: the players are doing this for the fans.

4. Charge your BlackBerry.

5. Learn the difference between CBA and CYA.

6. Tell your siginifcant other(s) you love them. Because you may not see them for awhile.

7. You will be doing some staking out so stock up on supplies: toilet paper, MREs, Evian, extra pens and maybe an iPad.

8. Get extra batteries for your bull---- translator.

9. Study up on all of your local federal mediators.

10. Find a therapist. You will quickly approach the brink of insanity.

So, again, welcome to Lockout Hell. Hope you brought some fire proof underwear.
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Lockout
Posted on: April 20, 2011 4:13 pm

Mediation has failed

Mediation, for now, is dead.

It's now Judge Susan Nelson time and sources on both the owner and player side expect a ruling from her within the next 48-72 hours.

We are extremely close to turning a corner in this entire lockout mess. Finally. Finally.
Meanwhile, as expected, mediation has led nowhere. While the principals have publicly declared they've poured their hearts and souls into mediation, the truth is, neither side, as CBSSports.com reported days ago, expected mediation to work. It hasn't. Mediation will not resume until May 16 at the earliest. Peace in the Middle East will happen before mediation leads anywhere.

Basically, to be blunt, mediation has failed miserably.

Now the future of the NFL is officially under the control of Nelson which is where it was headed anyway.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Lockout
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