One day of owners’ meetings could turn into two. Whether that’s a sign of progress toward the end of the lockout and labor peace is debatable.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and Jeff Pash, the NFL’s lead labor negotiator, have slashed their salaries to $1 each during the owners’ lockout of the players.
Tuesday was another day full of court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players. And just like the previous days, it ended without any signs of a new agreement.
A day after the NFL Lockout was upheld by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the league’s owner players and the legal teams returned to court for another mediation session.
There hasn’t been any talk among the owners about using replacement players if the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987 continues on, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
Figures obtained by The Associated Press underscore the substantial divide between the NFL and the locked-out players on a core issue: What portion of additional revenue goes to players.
The NFL Players Association says labor negotiations broke down last week because the owners’ last proposal would have made salaries a fixed cost and eliminated the players’ chance to share in higher-than-projected revenue growth.
On Wednesday, the NFL asked a federal judge to keep the details of a $4 billion TV revenue dispute sealed, citing commercially sensitive information within the contracts.
When the threat of a lockout emerged, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league general counsel Jeff Pash said they would cut their salaries to $1 if there was a lockout. That wasn’t just a statement to make it appear they wanted a deal, they are following through with that promise.
Back where they started. The NFL and players’ union are once again less than 24 hours away from a work stoppage. While the deadline has already been extended twice, it doesn’t seem like a third time is an option.
According to the NFL’s lead labor negotiator, the league offered to give the players’ union important financial information that it doesn’t provide to the 32 NFL teams.
After twice extending the deadline of the current collective bargaining agreement it’s likely that this week is do or die for the negotiations between the NFL and players’ union.
One day before the potential lockout of the NFL players, some pretty big names, including 10 owners and a Super Bowl Champion quarterback, took to the negotiating table for the first time.
The federal mediation between the NFL and the players’ union continued, but it was the first time that an actual NFL owner was on hand for the negotiations.
In a week the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire. And after a week of mediation sessions between the league and the Players’ Union, Thursday represents a very important day.
With the Super Bowl coming up in another week and a lockout looming for the NFL, celebrations might not as exciting as some would like. Owners want to make more money and cut the players earnings.
The discussion of the impending NFL lockout has picked up some steam. It seems as if things are slowly starting to show positives signs, but real progress will have to be made soon to avoid a lockout.
As the calender nears March, the NFL inches closer and closer to a lockout of the 2011 season. And if that happens, commissioner Roger Goodell will be taking a significant pay cut.
For fans of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets, all their focus is on this week’s conference championship games. But for the rest of the league, the impending lockout is their main concern.
After all of the add attention the NFL has put in dangerous hits to the head and player safety, the league is still determined to push for additional games in the collective bargaining process with the players union.