Hillenmeyer: Labor Talks Need To Be ‘Quick And Dirty’
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Labor talks between the NFL owners and players unions representatives should intensify as we near the March 4 expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. But a deal might not get done under the current negotiating environment.
“I don’t want to say there’s no chance,” Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “But I certainly think that the setting of our negotiating sessions, where there’s a half dozen lawyers on each side, owners, players, outside legal counsel, the key players,…the key people on both sides; to me, that’s not going to be a setting where a deal gets done. To me, the way it has to happen, and it started happening, is that DeMaurice [Smith] and Roger [Goodell], four or five people, get into a room and hammer out [a deal]… And then those two guys go in their separate directions and sell it, DeMaurice to the players and Roger to the Owners.
LISTEN: Hunter Hillenmeyer On The Mully And Hanley Show
“Because there’s just too many factors; there’s heath insurance, revenue sharing, big versus small market teams, veterans versus rookies, the size of the pie itself. There’s just too many interrelated factors to sit in a room with 20 people and hammer out every little detail to a point where people are going to say ‘OK, I’m comfortable with that.’ So there just needs to be sort of a best case, here’s what we can do, quick and dirty, and then you hammer out the finer details from there. And we haven’t gotten to that point yet.”