NFL owners opt out of labor agreement

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ATLANTA -- The NFL owners voted unanimously Tuesday to end their agreement with the players' union in 2011, two years before the deal was to expire.
The league, however, emphasized that it will keep negotiating with the NFL Players Association and said games will be played "without threat of interruption for at least the next three seasons."

NFL owners opt out of labor agreement
 
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Was expected so that it is less of a distraction if it were to happen during the season.

Hope they get something worked out within the next year or two.
 
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Let's see if the NFL will approach this carefully.

What if they have a lockout ala the NHL or the MLB?
 
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The NFL has gone through two strikes, both won by the owners (AKA, everybody who cares but the players, which would include fans and taxpayers) .

Any strike (or so called lockout) with have the same result this time.
 
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I don't want them to do away with the salary cap, because it helps keep the smaller teams competitive.
 
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I don't want them to do away with the salary cap, because it helps keep the smaller teams competitive.

If I'm interpreting the intentions of this dispute accurately, I think having no salary cap is what the owners are trying to avoid. If the owners and players don't agree to revise the current agreement before the winter of 2010, then there would be a year without a salary cap under the terms of the deal.

The owners are unhappy about 2 main things.....

#1) More of there revenue is going to the players now than in the past. The owners noted that they are paying $4.5 billion to players this year, just under 60 percent of their total revenues as specified in the 2006 agreement. League revenues are estimated at about $8.5 billion, although none of the teams except the publicly-owned Green Bay Packers discloses figures.

#2) The owners also want a change in the system to distribute a higher percentage of player salaries more to veterans than to unproven rookies. Their argument is based on a disparity in salaries that leaves them spending far more on unproven rookies than on dependable veterans.

For example, offensive tackle Jake Long, taken first in the 2008 NFL Draft last month, got a $30 million guaranteed before playing an NFL game. David Diehl, a fifth-round pick in 2003 who has started every game of his career and played left tackle for the New York Giants in their Super Bowl victory, signed a six-year, $31 million extension with less than half of that guaranteed.

I have no problem with #2 and agree that something has to be done to even out the way rookies/unprovens and veterans/provens get paid. Right now, there is just too much of a disparity.
 
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Yeah the vets need to be getting more money than the unproven rookies.
 

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