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Old 05-30-2011, 05:30 PM   #105
El Minion
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I think the the reason for the owners locking out the players is the growing imbalance of non-shared local revenue from the high revenue teams, e.g. NY, Dal, and NE, and the low revenue teams, Buf, Cin etc. because of the influence of the shared revenue on the salary cap.

This from Foxworth last year:

On the labor situation, Domonique Foxworth hits the nail on the head
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on July 25, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT

Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, a player whom many expect to eventually succeed Kevin Mawae as president of the NFL Players Association, recently spoke with a group of reporters at Capitol Hill. (For Redskins fans in the crowd, has a version that includes some comments about coach Mike Shanahan, who originally drafted Foxworth five years ago.) As transcribed by Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, Foxworth summarizes the financial aspect of the situation in a way that the union should print on bumper stickers.

Let痴 take it from them.

It痴 perfect. It痴 beautiful. Sure, the owners won稚 agree. But the two sides are disagreeing on pretty much everything. At a time when the two sides are developing talking points, Foxworth finally has come up with something that the union can use to best attack the league痴 position.

Here痴 the broader context. Foxworth was asked to explain why he believes that a lockout will occur. And here痴 what Foxworth said: 典hey can get more money and we can get less money. Instead of bickering about how to split up the money, it痴 more advantageous and galvanizing for them to say, 銑et痴 take it from somebody else. Instead of fighting with Daniel Snyder and Jerry Jones over revenue sharing, it痴, 銑et痴 take it from them.樗

That last line is the key. As we explained in the wake of the release of the Packers annual financial report, the union has failed (to date) to push the connection between unshared revenues and the league痴 effort to shrink the players piece of the pie. In 2006, the owners agreed to a Band-Aid that 30 of them liked at the time but that most of them now abhor. So with the players now receiving their cut based on total revenues, including the stuff the teams don稚 share, it could be that the permanent fix for the problem of the profits of the low-revenue Bengals being reduced by a salary cap influenced by the high revenues earned by other teams arises not from sharing the unshared revenues but from reducing the labor costs so that the low revenue teams will still earn an acceptable profit.

In other words, 鏑et痴 take it from them.

Foxworth also became passionate when responding to a quote that Foxworth says Pats owner Robert Kraft made during a 2009 interview with HBO痴 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Foxworth claims that Kraft said the owners are taking all of the risk. We vaguely recall Kraft痴 comment; it was made within the confines of the financial risks. But the word 途isk gives the players an opening that none of them, to our knowledge, had previously utilized.

Foxworth utilized the hell out of it.

的知 asking for respect, Foxworth said. 添ou can稚 say I知 not taking risks. That type of thing gets under my skin and pisses us off. Who痴 taking
the real risks and who痴 making the real gains? Robert Kraft is
bringing in millions of dollars and he痴 never had a concussion.
He痴 never tackled anybody. I doubt he痴 had any knee replacements.
It hurts us to hear stuff like that. I would imagine he would
rethink it and I hope he doesn稚 really feel that way. It痴
impossible to say we池e not taking risks. Wes Welker will limp for
the rest of his life and will have arthritis. Tom Brady will deal
with that for the rest of his life. I want him to look those guys
in the eye and say they池e not taking risks.

According to the version of the interview, Foxworth added on the end, 的t痴 infuriating.

Though this point doesn稚 have as much pop as 斗et痴 take it from them because Kraft obviously wasn稚 addressing physical risks, in this game of high-stakes contract poker the slightest slip can be used by the other side. The only real surprise here is that it took the players so long to do it.

But, hey, better late than never. And though Foxworth may be grossly out of touch on a couple of other issues (more on that later this morning), he has done a good job of giving the rank-and-file a quick and easy way to characterize the league痴 objectives.

Instead of taking it from each other, let痴 take it from them.
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