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Old 02-17-2011, 02:23 PM   #1
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Default League, union agree to federal mediation

Posted by Mike Florio on February 17, 2011, 3:56 PM EST
Last March, Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal first raised the possibility of federal mediation as a solution for the current labor mess.

“We have no plans for mediation,” NFL spokesman Greg Aielli told Mullen at the time, “and we are a long way from having to even consider it. The goal is for our negotiations to be successful before reaching that point.”

And they’ve now reached that point.

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Old 02-17-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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Don't mean to be wet blanket, but here's what someone in know said about Fed Mediator stepping in to help NFL/NFLPA: "Likely won't help."
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too bad it's non binding, meaning if someone disagrees with the mediators ruling were right back to square one
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too bad it's non binding, meaning if someone disagrees with the mediators ruling were right back to square one
At least it adds pressure. I wonder how much the NFL / NFLPA spend on lobbying.
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Would actually like a holdout for a year. Both sides feel the pain, the press eats it (them) up, and the internet totally destroys them for a year.

Maybe then, there would be a re-adjustment or balancing out of things. A little de-construction before contruction might be best for all parties: owners, players (like they deserve it), and the fans.
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Would actually like a holdout for a year. Both sides feel the pain, the press eats it (them) up, and the internet totally destroys them for a year.

Maybe then, there would be a re-adjustment or balancing out of things. A little de-construction before contruction might be best for all parties: owners, players (like they deserve it), and the fans.
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Source: Union and league agree to seven straight days of negotiations

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-negotiations/

After a week without communication, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source tells PFT that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was said in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday was a positive one for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done.

It’s only a small start, but it’s something.
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Source: Union and league agree to seven straight days of negotiations

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-negotiations/

After a week without communication, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source tells PFT that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was said in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday was a positive one for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done.

It’s only a small start, but it’s something.
Damn. I hope it gets done. This couldn't have come at a worse time for the broncos.
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Source: Union and league agree to seven straight days of negotiations

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-negotiations/

After a week without communication, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to do nothing but talk for a week.

A league source tells PFT that the league and union have agreed to seven straight days of negotiations. This development was said in a conference call with agents. The seven straight days will kick off Friday.

Thursday was a positive one for everyone hoping for a resolution by early March. The two sides agreed to federal mediation and now have agreed to the kind of sustained discussions necessary to get a deal done.

It’s only a small start, but it’s something.
THIS is not a SMALL start...this is big
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #13
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Damn. I hope it gets done. This couldn't have come at a worse time for the broncos.
Are you kidding me? We are probably the team that would benefit most from a lockout(Not that I am advocating a lockout). Just like with the NHL lockout, the teams that would benefit most from a lockout are the worst teams. The best teams are the ones who will suffer.

Gives us more time to distance the new regime from the McDaniels era, gives them more time to implement their system and their philosophy...

And, if there a full year's lockout, we get 2 #2 overall picks.
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Would actually like a holdout for a year. Both sides feel the pain, the press eats it (them) up, and the internet totally destroys them for a year.

Maybe then, there would be a re-adjustment or balancing out of things. A little de-construction before contruction might be best for all parties: owners, players (like they deserve it), and the fans.
Sorry yerner I have to agree with this 100%. And like killer icon points out it's not like we would be missin much.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:04 PM   #15
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Are you kidding me? We are probably the team that would benefit most from a lockout(Not that I am advocating a lockout). Just like with the NHL lockout, the teams that would benefit most from a lockout are the worst teams. The best teams are the ones who will suffer.

Gives us more time to distance the new regime from the McDaniels era, gives them more time to implement their system and their philosophy...

And, if there a full year's lockout, we get 2 #2 overall picks.
Except that the team can't get together at all to learn the new systems and philosophy. Maybe doesn't matter if we lost the whole year, but it could really start to hurt us if the lockout gets resolved in September for instance. Experienced teams where everyone already knows what they are doing will greatly benefit.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:20 PM   #16
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Who says we would get back to back #2 picks ?
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Are you kidding me? We are probably the team that would benefit most from a lockout(Not that I am advocating a lockout). Just like with the NHL lockout, the teams that would benefit most from a lockout are the worst teams. The best teams are the ones who will suffer.

Gives us more time to distance the new regime from the McDaniels era, gives them more time to implement their system and their philosophy...

And, if there a full year's lockout, we get 2 #2 overall picks.
Actually, you need to hope that they get a new CBA ASAP. The longer this drags on, the tougher it is going to be for teams with new head coaches/coordinators/quarterbacks to implement everything because there's no way to hold practices, team meetings, etc.

IF it drags on to (early) 2012 then teams will have a full off season to prepare just like in a normal year. There's no added time or advantage there.
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I really don't think we would get 2 #2 picks.
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7 straight days of talks, what the hell does that mean? Who cares about the time spent talking, it's about how constructive the talks actually are.

IMHO, it just makes it worse if both sides are around each other for 7 straight days but aren't making any progress. Its like being stuck in a room with someone you can't stand for 7 straight days (lets say your ex spouse), it's gonna get heated, a lot of crap is gonna get thrown around, but nothing is going to come of it.
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The owners want the players and the union to sweat it out. This doesn't get resolved until the season is almost here IMO.
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It's not a fact. But it makes the most sense - to me at least.

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The owners want the players and the union to sweat it out. This doesn't get resolved until the season is almost here IMO.
This is probably true.

The last deal and the subsequent FC hurt the owners more than it hurt the players. They won't be giving much ground this time around imo.
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If they do meet for seven days and still don't get a deal done they have some real hard headed people running this thing.
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As is, if there is no season, the draft order stays the same. But with a new CBA that could change.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:36 PM   #25
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Does anyone here know what would happen with the draft order if the season is locked out?

I have seen it discussed elsewhere and no one seems to know.

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