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Thursday, May 22, 2008

NFL Owners opt out of CBA-Upshaw Not Fazed

NFL Owners opt out of CBA-Upshaw Not Fazed
By Dr. Bill Chachkes-Football Reporters Online-Special to SBS

Early this week the NFL owners group opted out of the collective bargaining agreement extension which was signed two years ago. Simply put, we are talking about three more years of labor peace (through 2010) even though both sides claim they "want to get the talks rolling now." NFLPA Head Gene Upshaw wasn't even upset. "We knew this was coming" He said. "We just didn't think it would be so soon". I guess he thought the owners would wait until the November 8th deadline.

Something tells me the owners aren't that interested in talking right this second. They will wait until next year at the earliest to call meetings and discuss getting the players to give back some more money, stating hard financial times. While it's true that the country is headed for a recession, there is no concrete evidence of this in professional sports when contracts are getting higher all the time.Could their possible be a strike after the 2010 season, something that has not taken place since 1987(you remember the 87 strike right? Games were played with replacement players) Sadly i remember the 1987 strike. It stunk of sports politics gone bad. We should pray it just doesn't happen again.


svduran1 said...

Copy, Forward, Blog, get this message out!

The NFL is not listening and now it’s time to storm the gates. What can the average father do? He can instruct his children not to follow professional sports because of the obvious lack of integrity. Will this solve the underlying problem? Not quickly enough, that’s for sure. So organizing protests during games and boycotting advertisers products is ultimately more effective and timely. The NFL needs to take action now, before the season starts. It is not acceptable for the New England Patriots to retain the Super Bowl Trophies and the games simply must be awarded to there opponents in those games. Sadly, "cheating" and "sport" have become synonymous within the NFL. If the Patriots have any integrity, they'll fire Belichick. If the NFL has any integrity, it will ban Bill Belichick from the league for life.
Anything less renders sportsmanship meaningless.
Now we have a plan…

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