Union Tells NFL Players to save pay in case of lockout
Do not want is going to happen, since the deadline has passed. As indicated below that March 3 is the date to see what happens. No NFL for 2011!
Union Tells NFL Players to Save Pay in Case of Lockout | The Blaze
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL players’ union has advised its members to prepare for a lockout in March, telling players to save their last three game checks this year in case there is no season in 2011.
In a letter to the players that was seen by The Associated Press, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the union had an “internal deadline” for agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement.
“That deadline has now passed,” he wrote. “It is important that you protect yourself and your family.”
It was not clear what effect the passing of the self-imposed deadline would have on negotiations. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said in an e-mail to the AP that he would not comment because the letter was supposed to be internal.
But copies of the letter, which was dated Wednesday, were strewn across a table in the New England Patriots locker room on Saturday where they were visible to players, reporters and team officials. After a reporter asked players about the letter, a Patriots spokesman flipped the copies face-down.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello called the deadline “disappointing and inexplicable, especially for fans.”
“We hope this does not mean the union has abandoned negotiating in favor of decertifying and litigating,” he said. “We are ready to meet and negotiate anytime and anywhere. But it takes sustained effort and shared commitment to reach an agreement. One side can’t do it alone.”
The NFL has not missed games due to labor strife since 1987, when owners responded to a player strike by continuing the season with replacement players. But the prospect of a lost season in 2011 intensified when owners opted out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2008.
Smith has said that he believes the owners opted out with the goal of locking the players out. The NFLPA’s home page features a “Lockout Watch” that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the CBA expires on March 3.
The one-page letter on NFLPA stationery said the union expects the lockout on March 4, and that players should work with their advisers to prepare for an impending lack of income.
It also said the league threatened to cancel the players’ health insurance.
The union said it is filing a grievance to contest a cancellation of health insurance, citing a section of the collective bargaining agreement that states: “Players will continue to receive the benefits provided in this article through the end of the Plan Year in which they are released or otherwise sever employment.”
Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, one of the team’s player representatives, said players understand the nature of the business but the threat to cancel health insurance is different.
“You‘re going to cancel somebody’s health insurance and maybe they‘ve got a baby that’s due in the offseason?” he said. “Yeah, it gets personal.”
Aiello said that there would be no interruption of health care, because of the federal COBRA law that allows employees to continue coverage at their own expense.
“This means that no player or family member would experience any change in coverage for so much as a single day because of a work stoppage,” he said. “The union surely knows this and there is no excuse for suggesting otherwise.”
Light said he is doing his best to educate his teammates on how to prepare.
“They‘ve got to look at it like they’re going into a period in which they are going to change their financial situation,” he said. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen. But if you’re going to go a year without getting paid, you need to prepare accordingly.”
Under the deal agreed to in 2006, the players get 59.6 percent of designated NFL revenues. The owners opted out of that deal beginning next year, arguing they have huge debts from building stadiums and starting up the NFL Network that make it impossible to be profitable.
The two sides met last month and said they made “some progress” on proposals involving an 18-game regular season and limiting offseason workouts.
Players have taken their case to the public in recent weeks, briefing Congress on the job loss and other economic impact of a lockout and even drafting letters for lawmakers to send to the league. Using many of the same studies the NFL relies on when trumpeting public subsidies for new stadiums, an economist commissioned by the union estimated an average of about $160 million in local spending and 3,000 jobs would be lost in each league city if the full 2011 season were wiped out.
The NFL called the figures “a fairy tale.”
New England linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said he was already squirreling away his savings in case of a lockout. Banta-Cain said he was also working on his outside businesses, which include a clothing line and a music label.
“I’m trying to prepare,” he said. “And I’m trying to establish my off-the-field businesses and make sure I can make money in the offseason.”
I'm with the NFL on this one!
Once upon a time there was a football player who made 12 million a season! :eek:
I'll do the same with the NFL as I did with MLB and NHL - stop watching it. I really don't give a ratz azz what the argument is or who is right and who is wrong. It's obscene the money that professional sports generates and the fans have nobody to blame but themselves. :mad:
I think sports have gotten out of hand, this was in school as well in the majors. Half my teachers were coaches and half the time they didn't teach. I'm not saying that's true with all towns but I know some of you have to agree. If you grew up in a small town and all you had to your name was your football team and they get new gear while you study from 20 year old books. Call me crazy but is there something wrong about that?
I agree that the players get paid excessive. I will be nasty if they strike for Fantasy Football; but, if the strike does happen, then I will go to another weekend routine! :D
My wife will miss the yelling and screaming at the TV (29' CRT), yes old school! :D
Wake up, people. If the ownership could not afford to pay the players and make a profit, then the players would not make what they do. We the consumer make sure the teams and the league make the money. Wanna gripe about a pro football player (average life span in the job is around 3 years) making millions, then stop buying merchandise, tickets and watching. Ignore them and they will go away.
Me, I don't care how much they make as it is their right to make as much as their employer will pay them. Does it make me sick that some asshat can make several million for one year while playing a sport that parents have to pay for while they are kids? Not really. Will it bother me if they go on strike or the owners lock them out? Nope.
I do like to go to games and watch them, but I have very little invested for gear and seats anymore
The players have the worst union in sports. The average player's career is 4 years in the NFL (Not For Long) and when they do retire/get cut/get injured and cut...then they have to deal with injures the rest of their short lives. Now having said this, the players need to get what they can just as the owners need to get what they can. We are the ones foolish enough to pay for it and I do mean we. I payed last year to see the Cardinals get smoked by the Packers in the final regular season game. I also payed for Directv Sunday ticket this year. No football? No way...there is too much money to be lost on both sides.
Why does anyone care? I feel for the people who work at the stadiums but as far as players and front office people GO JUMP OFF A DANG BRIDGE. I have a hard enough time going to one baseball game every 3 years with my wife and kids. I have no desire to see an NFL game because to get decent seats you have to own a effing country or be blowing someone.
Then they are going to argue over salaries they are lucky to even get paid to play a dam kids game. EVERYONE OF THEM NEED TO GROW THE HELL UP.
I bet half can't even spell their own dam name.
The last game I went to was a Bengals-Steelers game two years ago. I was about 10 rows ftom the top row at about the 40 yard line. Those tickets where over 200.00 per seat. I am subjected to what I can find on TV or streaming on the net (ATDHE.Net - Watch Free Live Sports TV is great for that.) because I can't afford to go to a game anymore. If memory serves it was the 80's the last time I could attend games with any regularity.
I understand the owners are making money and the talent wants it's slice but at what point does it stop? You need cable/satellite TV just to get games on NFL Network, or ESPN anymore. It will al be PPV before long. Or the league will price themselves out of what the market can bare. At least for most the average Joe type people.
NFL is going to be all pay-per-view eventually...look at the Thursday night games that are on the NFL Network only. NFL is better on tv anyway, NHL is much better in person... 2 tickets to the Phoenix Coyotes cost $150 plus parking for 1 game out of 82. Minor league sports is the way to go. Go Albany Devils!!!
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