Usually, when it comes to business matters one needs to throw their feelings aside.
However, with the National Football League Players Association that is all their decisions is based on.
It was reported over the weekend by Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports that players felt disrespected by the owners. Negotiations can become heated at times and people can lose their cool, but the good business people get the job done.
If the players were to look at things objectively they would see a good deal on the table and that both sides are close. NFLPA executive committee member Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feeley even stated that the two sides were close. However, president of the players Kevin Mawae stated in a conference call that the two sides are far apart.
The proof that Mawae is still fuming is his comments towards NFL general counsel Jeff Pash a liar. Most people have cooled down by now and that was apparent when Pash went on PFT Live as he stated that the blame falls on both of them for not getting something done.
In the end, until the leaders of the NFLPA cool their asses off nothing is going to get done.
When the National Football League Players Association hired DeMaurice Smith as their executive director many NFL fans didn’t know what type of leader he would be.
Well we do now as he is nothing more than a puppet.
According to Pro Football Talk, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, executive committee member and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and NFLPA spokesman George Atallah conducted a conference call with the media. After reading their comments it has become pretty obvious to me that the tail is wagging the dog when it suppose to be the other way around.
For months it was Smith barking out full disclosure from NFL owners. Now, it is the executive committee that is barking out the same lines we want full disclosure, we don’t want a 18 game season and so on and so forth. What it is is a bunch of fucking crap as it has never been about that all. What it is about is the players showing the owners that they are just as smart or even smarter than them.
The proof is NFL general counsel Jeff Pash comments today on Pro Football Talk Live. That being the NFL offered full audited financial documents for the last five years through a third party. They came back immediately and stated that wasn’t good enough even though that is what they been asking for all along.
The fact of the matter is that Smith is doing what the executive committee wants when it should be the other way around. It was that way with former NFLPA executive director the late Gene Upshaw as whatever he said the players fell in line and listened.
In the end, thank fully Smith is the NFLPA executive director and not the President of the United State, because if he were we would be in the midst of a depression.
Many people within the National Football League media believe that the lockout insurance that the NFL lost was a huge blow to them.
As it turns out it was only just that insurance money.
According to the Wall Street Journal, via ESPN, owners have already saved up enough money to last through a canceled 2011 season. In other words if the NFLPA doesn’t win its injunction to lift a lockout the NFLPA is screwed.
According to the report, the money was more likely just in case the lockout drags into the 2012 regular season. That is unlikely to happen as many players are dependent on the checks they receive from games. That means soon as the games are canceled the NFLPA will cave under the pressure to get something done.
In the end, it looks like the NFLPA should have taken the NFL’s proposal right before they desertified.