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Extension no surprise

Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 3:45 pm
 
There's no surprise in Friday's decision to extend the deadline for a new CBA. It's what we thought would happen when the deadline was first pushed back from Thursday to Friday, and it's what makes sense.

From the outside, it appears it's a signal that talks are at least productive and that the two sides agree on something. But there's still an enormous gap in the core economic issues -- with management's insistance on an additional $1 billion in cost write-offs front and center of the debate.

When players and owners extended the deadline in 2006 it took them three days to reach a deal, but don't expect a similar denouement. For one, the two sides are more polarized. For another, the $1 billion debate -- with an 18-game schedule as the bargaining chip -- is far from getting resolved.

But remember where we are. The NFL Players Association entered Thursday's talks with thoughts of decertifying by the afternoon. It did not. The NFL entered Thursday's talks wiith ideas of locking players out after midnight. It did not. So something must be happening to give the two sides reason to believe that more talk is preferable to action.

And that is at least encouraging.

"We believe that this will be solved through negotiations, and that's what we're focused on," said commissioner Roger Goodell.

As we reported Thursday, the two sides did not have face-to-face discussions Friday. They met independently with mediator George H. Cohen before leaving the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services building in the afternoon. So no new ground was broken. But both sides felt there was enough progress made this week -- particularly Thursday -- to push the deadline back again.

It appears that a ruling earlier this week by U.S. District Judge David Doty on the NFL's $4 billion TV payment may have shifted leverage in talks, with players taking a giant step forward. Doty's decision to keep owners from holding the sum as a lockout reserve appears to have convinced the NFL to be more willing to talk and to compromise. The NFL insists that hasn't happened, but pay attention to what happened before and after Doty's ruling.

Not much before and plenty afterward.

"We're in a stage where the issues have been joined," said NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash, the league's lead counsel. "There's been tremendous amount od discussions. It's time for us to dig deep and find aolution and try to be creative and try to compromise in a way that will work for everybody. The commissioner has been very clear that if both sides give a little everyone can gain a lot. And that's what we'll try to do next week."

For those who wonder, by extending the deadline the two sides have not extended the signing periods for ballclubs. Teams that want to sign or re-sign players cannot, operating now as if there is no CBA. There was a freeze on all player transactions, a league spokesman said, on all transactions beginning at midnight Thursday.

So what's next? Well, nothing immediately. There will be more mediation next week, maybe more movement and, I expect, another deadline extension

But the key here is that the two sides continue to talk and negotiate because the next month is crucial. From where I sit, I believe it's crucial to get a resolution by mid-April, so teams can sign free agents, adjust their rosters and make plans for the upcoming draft. If no settlement is reached by then, I think we're in for a long, cold summer -- with talks going deep into the season and games, both preseason and regular-season, compromised.
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Extension no surprise

Maybe the reason the Democrates like unions so much is that unions are like socialism... remember how upshaw told the players they wanted free agency? When in fact, the players didn`t care about FA. Isn`t that how socialism is... the leaders tell the people what they want, instead of the people thinking for themselves?



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:22 am
 

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I believe the Owners who claim they are going broke, because they want to splurge and buy billion dollar stadiums (tax cuts), and insist the players give up salary and benefits to support their tax cuts...oops I mean billion dollar stadium expenses...I believe they would be Republicans.
Because clearly Democrats are the white knights trying to save civilization from the evil billionaire Republicans (ya know, cuz clearly small-town farmers in Kansas are billionaires) who are trying to destroy America and create an oligarchy third-world country where all poor people starve!!!!! YEAH!!! KILL THE REPUBLICANS!!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 10:08 pm
 

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Pitt1902 wrote:

I already posted this to another article........  how original Mr. Judge.





Not a surprising result for today.  Seems similar to the lack of a defense budget that congress can't agree on so they just extended the present budget.  Both situations have two sides that can't meet in the middle effecting millions of people.  I guess the owners would be the Democrats and the players would be the Republicans?  Since the players would be a group separated by haves and have-nots and the owners are pushing the sharing model.


I'm no Bill Maher but saw the relation here.

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So Pitt1902,

In your Democrat/Republican analogy you think the players would be Republicans?  That's funny since the players are represented by a Union which last I check Republicans absolutely loath.  I believe the Owners who claim they are going broke, because they want to splurge and buy billion dollar stadiums (tax cuts), and insist the players give up salary and benefits to support their tax cuts...oops I mean billion dollar stadium expenses...I believe they would be Republicans.

The Union players are most definitely Democrats if you want to use an analogy. 



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:17 pm
 

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Sorry here's the CBS comment I posted earlier....




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Extension no surprise

I already posted this to another article........  how original Mr. Judge.





Not a surprising result for today.  Seems similar to the lack of a defense budget that congress can't agree on so they just extended the present budget.  Both situations have two sides that can't meet in the middle effecting millions of people.  I guess the owners would be the Democrats and the players would be the Republicans?  Since the players would be a group separated by haves and have-nots and the owners are pushing the sharing model.


I'm no Bill Maher but saw the relation here.




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Extension no surprise

Pretty impressive Judge, it only took you 6 paragraphs to tell me absolutely nothing. Let us know when you media losers actually have something to talk about it.


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