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NFL labor news
This is a union waiting for a lockout
NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman spoke with
Mark Maske of the Washington Post about the lack of progress in
negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The
current CBA expires March 4.
If you want to litigate, if you want to get
Congress involved, you want a lockout to occur and you want the clock
to run out [on negotiations] so your decertification and litigation
strategy can come into play, Batterman said.
This is not a union eager to avoid a
lockout, he continued. This is a union waiting for
a lockout to occur.
Batterman did note, however, that there is enough time
to come to an agreement.
There is time if there were two thingsa
serious partner who wanted to get a deal done by March 3, and I have
serious doubts about that, and if we spent serious time getting it
done, Batterman said. Its do-able if there were a
desire to reach a serious compromise. Without that, it doesnt
matter if theres 50 days or 500 days.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to see immediate
progress in labor talks.
"It's time to get to the table and
negotiate," he said after an owners meeting Tuesday. "It
takes a commitment to get it done. We have to see that."
The collective bargaining agreement with the players
expires March 4 after the NFL opted out of the deal in 2008. The
sides are far apart on the major issues, including the players' share
of revenues, a projected 18-game regular season, and a rookie wage
scale. The union also has expressed concerns about health care, and
its executive director, DeMaurice Smith, says he expects a lockout.
Asked if the 32 teams have been advised how to prepare
for a lockout beyond ticket refunds, Goodell told NFL Network:
"Our clubs have prepared for all outcomes. We
want an agreement. The first priority is to reach an agreement. We
know we will get to an agreement. We hope it's sooner rather than
later. The clubs are going to be responsible, and they are going to
be prepared for every alternative. The hope here is to get something
done quickly so that we don't have to get into those issues. But they
Jeff Pash, the league's lead negotiator, believes a
deal could be struck before the CBA runs out in six weeks.
"If the focus is, and it has to be a shared
commitment -- one side can't do it alone -- on getting together and
having the kind of serious discussions and hard choices and real
compromises that goes into a collective bargaining agreement, then
there is enough time to get it done by March 4, and we can do
it," Pash said. "We need to see a parallel commitment by
our negotiating partner."
Both sides have said no substantial negotiations have
occurred since Thanksgiving. Pash said any talks since then were
"not nearly at the pace and not nearly with the focus that is
necessary to make real progress."
The NFLPA held a meeting Tuesday at its Washington
headquarters with more than 20 current players who are first-time
union representatives or alternate reps. They heard from Smith, who
outlined the basic elements of the CBA negotiations.
Some of those player reps will head Wednesday to
Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.
The union also launched its "Let Us Play"
campaign via social media, including players writing that on their
"Essentially, fan engagement is what it's
about," union spokesman George Atallah said. "It's just
another way to get our message out."
Goodell said the NFL Players Association's filing of a
collusion claim simply is "more litigation. I've said before,
this is not going to get resolved through litigation. It will get
resolved through negotiation."
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has sent a letter
to the team's season ticket holders about the potential for a
National Football League labor stoppage.
Indiana/WIBC report Irsay says it is possible one or
more games could be canceled, but remains optimistic a new labor
agreement will be reached before next season.
Irsay says a refund policy will be in effect for
season ticket holders that covers any games that are canceled.
But that will not cover rescheduled contests.
The current collective bargaining agreement between
the league and its players association expires March 3.
Players will not be allowed to take part in
team-related training activities if a deal is not reached by that deadline.
Taj Smith running into Nick Folk, Jets kicker wasn't enough to
ruin our chances at beating the Jets, why the hell did our new coach
Jim Caldwell call a timeout?
Colts lose when . . .
were clinging to a one-point lead with 29 seconds left in the game .
the hell could have possessed Caldwell to call that timeout?
was he thinking?
would you ever allow a jumpy Mark Sanchez to take a breather or the
Jets staff to reconsider playing for a long kick or the offense time
to realize that there were plays open down the side of the field?
Caldwell essentially gave the Jets a fourth timeout. And, even
worse, he helped convince the team to go for the jugular rather than
play it safe.
editorial by Bob Kravitz
that I believe to be true.
that's a first!
pales in the postseason
a week to digest the Indianapolis Colts' loss, a week to deconstruct
Peyton Manning's performance, a week to argue about the Jim Caldwell
timeout, a week to consider what happens next -- assuming there is a
next with the collective-bargaining clouds gathering on the horizon.
Manning is not a good playoff quarterback.
talk all you want about the Colts' wobbly run defense, their eternal
special teams woes and the fact Manning doesn't get a lot of
possessions. Fact is, he's hamstrung by all the same factors during
the regular season and still continues to put up monster numbers and
a sample size of 19 games, it's pretty clear: He's a different
quarterback in the playoffs. He's a lesser quarterback in the
playoffs. I don't know if it's paralysis by overanalysis or what, but
after all these years, I still don't trust him in a playoff game.
don't lie: His teams are 9-10 in the postseason. His teams have been
one-and-done seven times. His quarterback rating, 94.9 during the
regular season, is 88.4 in the postseason. In those 10 playoff
losses, the Colts have averaged a touch more than 14 points per game.
want to blame it all on the defense? Or the special teams? Or
coaching mistakes? Or Mike Vanderjagt?
He is one
of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play this game. But he is not at
his best when it counts the most -- which is why my brain bleeds
every time someone tries to argue Manning is superior to Patriots
quarterback Tom Brady.
and think about the Super Bowl run:
ordinary against Kansas City. Managed a terrific but touchdown-less
game against Baltimore. Had the great second half against New England
after throwing the first-half pick-six. Good enough against Chicago
on a day when Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes should have shared the MVP.
rating for that postseason was 70.5.
every playoff loss, some more inexplicable than others, the finger of
culpability gets pointed at just about everybody except Peyton
Manning. For some reason, he's Teflon, especially around here.
is ticking now on the Manning era, and the Polian men must act with
uncommon urgency as they build toward another Super Bowl.
been common practice for the Colts to build from within and resist
the temptations of free agency -- and that approach has worked. But
we're in the homestretch with Manning. Four more years? Five? At what
point, exactly, does he leave his prime behind?
there's an offensive left tackle out there, or another free agent who
can make a difference, the Colts should make an aggressive bid. It's
not just Manning who is nearing the end of his prime. We're also
talking about Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday and Ryan Diem.
time for the Polian men -- and increasingly, it will be son Chris
taking over the day-to-day management of the team -- to build a more
physical, run-oriented team that can stop the run.
kind of football wins in the playoffs. Two, Manning has a very finite
number of great years left, and he will need the cushion of a strong
running game and an improved defense to return to another Super Bowl.
this happen in Denver after John Elway's 12th season. He was slightly
past his prime at that point, so the Broncos went out and brought in
a bunch of free agents, mostly on defense, then got fortunate by
drafting Terrell Davis in the sixth round.
last two years, both championship years, he handed off, threw a few
passes and left the rest to his defense.
the salary-cap landscape has changed dramatically, meaning the Colts
can't spend their way back to the top. But the point is not
lost: They need to find ways to take the load off Manning, and that
means becoming a more run-reliant, run-stopping team.
As fine a
year as Jim Caldwell had, getting his team to overachieve through all
those injuries, he still leaves me scratching my head with some of
those game-day decisions.
but the timeout in Jacksonville made no sense.
timeout against the Jets was questionable, to say the least.
not forget the dubious early challenge against the Jets when Santonio
Holmes danced near a free football but clearly didn't touch it.
crazy to say a coach is on a hot seat when he goes to a Super Bowl
and gets a depleted team to the playoffs, but there is a new urgency
in these final years of the Manning era. If Caldwell stumbles again
next year in game-altering situations, it's fair to wonder if the
Colts should look elsewhere.
the clock is ticking.
I don't blame Reggie Wayne for being angry. Seriously, don't you have
to challenge Darrelle Revis just once?
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