Issues Preventing A New NFL CBA From Being Reached

March 11th, 2011

Issues which prevented a new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement from being reached:

  • The NFL demanded a multi-billion dollar giveback and refused to provide any legitimate financial information to justify it.
  • The NFL’s offer on March 7 to give the NFLPA a single sheet of numbers was NOT financial disclosure. The players’ accountants and bankers advised that the “offered” information was meaningless: only two numbers for each year.
  • The NFL wanted to turn the clock back on player compensation by four years, moving them back to where they were in 2007.
  • The NFL offered no proposal at all for long-term share of revenues.
  • NFL demanded 100% of all revenues which went above unrealistically low projections for the first four years.
  • The NFL refused to meet the players on significant changes to in-season, off-season or pre-season health and safety rules.
  • The NFL kept on the table its hypocritical demand for an 18-game season, despite its public claims to be working toward improving the heath and safety of players.
  • The NFL wanted cutbacks in payer workers’ compensation benefits for injured players.
  • The NFL sought to limit rookie compensation long after they become veterans — into players’ fourth and fifth years
    • The players offered repeatedly to continue working under the existing CBA, but were rejected by the NFL five times.
    • Despite publicly admitting no club was losing money, that TV ratings, sponsorship money, etc. were at an all time high, the NFL continued to insist on an 18-percent rollback in the players’ share of revenues and continue to deny the NFLPA’s request for justification.

14 Responses to “Issues Preventing A New NFL CBA From Being Reached”

  1. realist Says:


  2. Jay McDonald Says:

    I have no problem with your veiws, as I have no problem with the Owners stance. Just remember who supports your and the owners pocket “WE THE FANS”. And we can turn off the money that you all fighting over.

  3. Mike Says:

    Fighting for what’s right isn’t always popular but hopefully David (NFL Players past, present and future) has delivered a knockout blow to Goliath (roger greedell and some owners). Hang in there! I watch what happens in between the white lines not the luxury boxes! Go Steelers!!!

  4. Scott Says:

    You guys are unbelievable… my message did not make it?? Wow… now I really know what the players stand for. You want your rights… but yet you take away my first amendment rights. If you don’t think I made a screen shot of the page with my post that said awaiting moderation you are nuts.

    Now get back to the table… negotiate in good faith. Get a deal done. I pay your salaries.. I go to games … I buy your memorabilia… I but NFL Sunday ticket etc.


  5. realist Says:

    I never understand what makes an “employee” think they have a right to share in the profits of the company or to see the books. When you’re an employee, you trade your time and talents for cash. That is the only arrangement.

  6. Rob in Denver Says:

    I don’t think anyone is arguing that the players have a right to share in profits. But given that players and owners have bargained in good faith for revenue sharing, that the union would want to perform due diligence when the owners cried poor in asking for more money off the top.

    If you have a deal with someone, and they come to you later asking to change the deal in their favor, would you simply acquiesce or would you want some assurances that you’re being leveled with?

    This is the crux of the current state.

    The players didn’t ask for more. The owners did.

    The players have said repeatedly they would play in 2011 while negotiating a new contract. The owners have been threatening a lock out for more than two years.

  7. Done with NFL Says:

    The greed of the owners, is unbelievable. They make fortunes every year that would make Midas blush. Yet every year, the prices go up: Tickets cost us, the fans, more every single year. Directv quadrupled in only ten years.
    I am done, and I hope the rest of the fan base joins me. If the owners want to lock the doors, take their football and go home, then they should have no expectation of having any fans waiting on them.
    If they think they can’t make money now, what will they do when the masses refuse to part with our hard earned money?
    Don’t reward owner greed! BOYCOTT THE NFL!!!

  8. Darrell Says:

    Quit saying you care about the fans, you care only about making more money than you deserve for playing a game!

  9. Robert Says:

    I never understand what makes the owners “free market capitalist” when employees are not free, they are drafted and have no choice. Vets have very little freedom. Almost every other employee in this country can shop their skills -very few players can! The owners partner with most citizens in the US as most of us finance owner stadiums, give them tax benefits, and pay for on the job medical costs after players retire. Free market capitalist? It’s a tad smarmy to me!

  10. Anon Says:

    Without employees, what good is a company? If all of your employees come together and say “we want to see the books or we quit”, what are you gonna do as a company? Would you really risk losing out on a ton of profit, assuming you’ve got a well-established business, for the sake of keeping your books secret? If you ask me, the only people who keep their books secret are hiding something anyway.

    And as far as your statement of “you trade your time and talents for cash”, there’s always someone else who is more inclined to pay you for what you’re worth. You just have to know where to look.

  11. realist Says:

    “…there’s always someone else who is more inclined to pay you for what you’re worth.”

    Where is an NFL player going to go for more $ ?????
    Last I looked the CFL, AFL and UFL weren’t paying anywhere near the NFL average salary.

  12. realist Says:

    “Almost every other employee in this country can shop their skills -very few players can! ”

    The players can shop their skills anywhere they want… outside of the NFL. They choose to sign NFL contracts and are paid an excellent wage to do so.

  13. jmoney Says:

    the nflpa is right and we need football! GO PACK GO!! GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XLV Champs

  14. lifeform Says:

    Hey “realist”;

    Since there are no dichotomies (except false ones asserted in language), there is none between employer and employees, in this case owners and players. What do the “owners” own? Surely not the players. Not the facilities, which they hold governments hostage, with the threat of leaving, to finance. Not of course the fans, who they rip the team away from if and when it suits their designs. As far as the team name… Who owns the (former) Seattle Sonics, or Baltimore Colts? Think about it.

    The players are the closest thing to being the team. But in the reality you claim to follow, a whole range of people – fans, players, former players, other employees,the “owner”, local businesses – even the community members at large – all have something invested in the team and deserve some consideration. Whether or not one person makes all the decisions regarding the team is a consequence of human interactions and agreements, and is not an irreducible primary.

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