With 14 days to go until the end of the current NFL/NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) the NFL has struck 1st by filing an unfair practice charge against the NFLPA.
In essence, the NFL strongly believes that the NFLPA has been delaying negotiations in order to attempt something not seen in negotiation history since the 1980’s – Decertification.
In 1992, the NFLPA did just that. Former NY Jets’ Wide Receiver Freeman McNeil and seven other NFL players filed an ANTI-TRUST lawsuit against their teams and the NFL. On September 11, 1992 – A jury ruled that Plan B free agency had a "harmful effect" on competition, that Plan B was too restrictive, and that the players suffered economic injury as a result.
It also restricted the NFL from seeking an appeal on the decision, unless they could prove that the NFLPA was not decertified prior to the filing.
Which leads us to the current problem – The NFL can only believe that the NFLPA plans to dissolve itself as a union any time after March 4, 2010. By doing so, the NFL cannot bargain a new CBA when there is not a collective agent for the players.
It will also give the players the larger bargaining chip when it comes to any type of negotiation: An ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT.
A situation that the NFL does not want, should they (NFL) attempt to lock out its Non-Union players. A move that was originally employed by the late Gene Upshaw in the 1992-93 season, which lead to the original lock-out by the NFL.
Also, the biggest negotiation will be over an expansion of the NFL season from 16 to 18 regular season games each year.
As a result, the NFL pre-season will be condensed from 4 scrimmages to 2.
Now mind you, EVERY team in the NFL forces their season ticket holders to pay for the PRE-SEASON at full price/no discounts - NO SPECIAL PRICING!
So it is not for this type of revenue that the NFL owners want in an 18 game season...
Here's the real story in respect to all sides in the negotiations - IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE - TV REVENUE...
An 18 game season can add millions in revenue for 32 additional nationally televised games.
It can also attract larger crowds for more money in locations that would not take the original 16 game season away from the season ticket holder.
In the last 3 years Wembley Stadium has sold out 100,000 + seats for each of the NFL games played there.
The attitude of the NFL is this - since NFL Europe & the development of NFL Asia fell through due to lack of sales, the "Carrot" so to speak could be actual NFL games - seen throughout the world on ESPN/Europa, ESPN/Brazil, ESPN/Asia, ESPN/Australia& ESPN/Deportes could increase demand - if they are played in Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand and etc...
Everyone has to remember that the NFL is a MONEY MAKING COMPANY and not just a fan sport. Revenue is what supports its business.
I really cannot wait to see the New York Jets play the San Francisco 49'rs at Maracombe Stadium, the home of the 2014 World Cup Finals and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Just think about it - and NFL game in fronto of 85,000 regular seats - not counting "Standing Room Only" or stadium boxes, which would add an additional 30,000 fans all screaming in Portuguese "J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!"
Still, without a new CBA, that’s just a probable future…
The NFLPA wants their players to get a larger part of the Television revenue and this, along with a possible salary cap for rookies, changes in the retirement issues for both existing and semi-retired players will make this off season more of a soap opera to the very people who pay both the player and owner’s salaries – the fans…
…And that’s this Baumerjet’s story…
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