Hey Guys -
I'm actually here on behalf of the NFL Players association and was just reading through this thread. As that article that kelly posted pointed out, there's just too much to lose by not having a 2011 NFL season. We're trying to get as many people to [URL="http://nfllockout.com/"]sign this petition[/URL], so when the players and owners sit down, we can show them how important it is to get something worked out. We appreciate it!
Just wanted to share [URL="http://www.nfllockout.com/2010/10/11/petition-letter-to-nfl-commissioner-and-nfl-owners/"]the letter[/URL] that we will be sending to the owners once we get enough signatures on the petition. As you probably agree, getting rid of 150,000 jobs should not be an option.
There will be an 18 game schedule. There is simply to much money to be made from it. The only issue is how much of the extra revenue the owners will let them have.
Simply put, the players union has no credibility b/c history tells us the players will crack. It is not fair, but it is the way it is. On average, the NFL players are the most underpaid professional athletes in sports given the amount of punishment their bodies take.
First the league isn't asking the players to play in more games. They will play the SAME number of games (preseason/regular season) they have played previously. Only THIS time 2 more will count. Those players who play more than 85% of their plays on O or D, will play approximately 60 more plays over the course of the entire year than they do right now. That's less than 3 plays more per game.
When are the fans going to start to realize that the Players have a GREAT deal. Over the course of the last 10 years player's base salaries at the BOTTOM of the league have gone up 200&, and at the top, much more than that. When the cap started it was only $36MM - 10 years ago the salary cap was under $80MM, next year it will be over $150MM
Yes the job is dangerous Yes, the careers are short. But so is being a police officer or an Army grunt, and no one is STARTING those poor souls off at $335,000 for a 6 month work year (if you are Kyle Love - UDFA. Aaron Hernandez is getting $445K 4th round. First and 2nd round picks are getting well over a million.....and none of that includes the marketing money and business opportunities these guys get that others don't see.
I'm tired of this so call union's pity parties. I'd be a lot more sympathetic to them if they went after some things that REALLY mattered to players, like helping out older players who didn't get to see this kind of money. On working to improve equipment and playing conditions. On creating a fine system where and UDFA pays the same fine as the guy with the multimillion dollar contract.
Rules that are clear, and make sense, yet protect the players as much as possible.
Instead all this "union" does is money grab. They are already getting a majority of the revenue,,,,which keeps growing.....and the STILL want more. They eat for nothing at the training facilities, they fly private, they make more money than 99% of people, yet get per diems as if they couldn't pay for their own food.
Now I'm a teamster back when I worked in a Tire Warehouse in HS and College. I was a union member who had to go on strike twice as a teacher. This is just a joke to call this collection of mostly millionaires a "union". They don't even carry their own bags these days
I'm all for them getting what they can, but not at the expense of the game. There is a lot of money in the game due to TV. But there is a lot of expense as well. Well try and figure out the cost just to fly a team out to the coast for a game....just one. And what does it cost to open the doors at the Meadow land, before the first dollar comes through the door.
I can't stand Kraft, Mara is also an A-Hole, he said " I did'nt think the Jets would care if we let the dolphins use our facility" he also said "I didn't think the Jets would care if they were at the coin toss for the opening game at the new satdium" Having these turds work on the CBA is a joke.
George Atallah of the NFL Players Association participated in a Twitter chat last night during half time of the game. [URL="http://www.nfllockout.com/2010/12/21/nfllockout-conducts-twitter-chat-with-nflpa-george-atallah-during-monday-night-football/#more-614"]Here's a recap[/URL] of what was discussed, next time one occurs, I'll be sure to give you a heads up.
Hey Guys -
Just wanted to let you know that tomorrow the NFLPA is doing a national #letusplay day. You can read more details about it [URL="http://www.nfllockout.com/2011/01/14/nfl-players-fans-to-team-up-for-let-us-play-day/"]here[/URL], but wanted to let you know that you can submit questions via [URL="http://twitter.com/#!/nfllockout"]Twitter[/URL] & [URL="http://www.facebook.com/#!/NFLLockout"]Facebook[/URL] and through out the day players will be answering questions.