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How does this idea sound about ending the Lockout?

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An idea for solving the labor mess

Posted by Mike Florio on May 12, 2011, 10:53 PM EDTgoodell_smith.jpg?w=250


As we said earlier today, we just want this lockout to end. Our first preference for ending it entails the negotiation of a long-term deal with which both sides are equally happy, or equally unhappy (the latter is usually the best sign of a good resolution). Our second preference is for the lockout to be lifted, so that we can get back to football.

Here's an idea for getting a deal done. We can't take credit for it, but we also can't disclose the source who shared the idea with us on condition of anonymity.

Starting next week, the league and the players will resume mediation in Minneapolis. So what if the two sides negotiate for a week or two, with the NFL eventually putting a firm offer on the table, pre-approved by at least 24 of the 32 owners? Then, the offer would be submitted to all players, including rookie draft picks, for a vote.

If a simple majority of all players approves the offer, it becomes the new CBA. If the offer fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote, the two sides continue their impasse.

It would give the owners a strong incentive to put an attractive deal on the table, and it would give all of the players a voice in the process, instead of the handful who currently are calling the shots.

It may not be a perfect solution, but it's better than the current state of affairs, which features one side that doesn't seem to want to do a deal and another side that wants only to complain about that reality.

I happen to think it's a very sound idea! Will they do it?

Of Course NOT!rolleyes.gif

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Won't happen.

And it's probably the worst idea anyone could put out there. It's certainly not well thought out by PFT because then the owners would extremely lowball until the first few weeks of the season. At that point the majority will vote to agree to it because the majority of players hardly make anything compared to the top players in the league. Those checks they would be missing the first few weeks would hurt them dearly.

Plus, if we're including rookies, does this include undrafted guys as well? They would certainly vote for whatever the owners put on the table because their lifespan might only be this season.

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looks like I was right and the owners are not united. if one was willing to say it, you can bet that others are thinking it. Furthermore, I would be willing to bet that at least two of the NFCSouth owners fall into this category


The man who signs his checks, Colts owner Jim Irsay, also sounded discouraged in a PIRATED VIDEO IS ILLEGAL of posts on his Twitter page Monday. Irsay complained about the arguing and the spin, and claimed he and Colts center Jeff Saturday, one of the leading advocates for the players, could get an agreement on cocktail napkins over a long lunch.

Irsay suggested that players and owners fine themselves every week after July 15 there is no new CBA.

"Get out of the courts!" Irsay tweeted.

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