NFLPA warns Georgia leaders of lockout’s negative economic impact

FLOWERY BRANCH – The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today wrote a letter to Governor Sonny Perdue, Governor-elect Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed to warn that Atlanta could see more than $160 million in lost jobs and revenue if the owners forego negotiating in good faith and opt to cancel the 2011 football season.

There are 100 days left until the expiration of the agreement that determines how NFL revenue is distributed.

In the letters, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae said the players want to keep playing and are happy to keep the current agreement in place, but warned that the owners are taking steps to cancel the 2011 season.

The NFLPA asked Perdue, Deal and Reed to consider the economic impact of a 2011 lockout by the owners and to stress to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank the importance of engaging in good faith negotiations with the NFLPA.

“During one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, NFL owners are preparing to cancel the 2011 season and, in the process, devastate Atlanta businesses and stadium workers who count on football Sundays to make ends meet,” Mawae said.  “It is our hope that the owners will shelve this plan and negotiate in good faith to ensure that we are playing for the fans in 2011.”

Although the players have agreed to move forward with the current agreement, the NFL owners appear to be taking steps to lock out the players and fans when the collective bargaining agreement expires on March 4. The owners have secured nearly $4 billion in guaranteed television network payments even if they lock out the players and games are not played in the 2011-12 season.  Owners will continue to thrive financially at the expense of serious job losses in Atlanta and major lost tax revenue, according to the NFLPA.

Despite the worst economic conditions in generations, professional football has continued to generate billions of dollars in income to thousands of workers at the Georgia Dome and the surrounding communities who rely upon this business to support their families.  In the last fifteen years, NFL team values have increased more than 500 percent.  Today, teams are worth on average about $1 billion and have enjoyed uninterrupted financial gains since the 1960s.

Though the economic benefits of professional football are clear, NFL owners chose to opt out early from the current CBA while refusing to provide detailed financial information to the players to justify the owners’ position that the current CBA is “not working” for them.

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1992 UGAgrad

November 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Billionaires bickering with millionaires…unbelievable. The only good that may come out of it would be if AJ Green and Justin Houston stayed in college due to the lockout.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Free Joe Tess Fish House!

birdmanatl

November 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

Arthur is a good man he will Rise Up to the other owners and a deal will happen.

jerry

November 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

If this is just a case of millionaire greed, which I strongly suspect, it is an absolute outrage. Maybe the players can start their own league.

Dr Fever

November 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

I guess someone cares?

Henry D.

November 22nd, 2010
4:39 pm

Both owners AND players need to show some common sense. And wouldn’t that be refreshing!

bass stringerfish

November 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

The NBA and NFL both are facing lockouts. The NBA lost me years ago when they started to draft and play High School kids (what does that say about their sport? Don’t see HS kids starring in the NFL or MLB) and when they adopted that hip hop mentality. So I could care less what the NBA does. They can go the way of Hockey. The NFL though…they only have 16 (maybe 18) games…not 162 like MLB…so this would be idiotic on so many levels, but I guess that is stating the obvious. Unions..man alive…

GT Alum

November 22nd, 2010
4:45 pm

So, the players are trying to take away whatever leverage the owners have by putting public pressure on them to not lock the players out. Somehow, I doubt the players are as altruistic as they’re trying to come off in this negotiation. This is the sad thing about professional sports. No matter who wins these negotiations, the fans will almost definitely end up losing.

john

November 22nd, 2010
4:45 pm

I’m sorry, but I would like to see this $160 million loss figure in real numbers. The players association is talking about thousands of job losses. I mean, come on, these aren’t exactly high paying stadium jobs. We are talking about minimum wage jobs cleaning and giving hot dogs out. Not exactly huge economic losses there.

I’m not siding with the owners either. However, the players associations act like the players are destitute. Remeber I think it was Alonzo Mourning a few years ago talking about the minimum (at the time) in the NBA was $300,000 a year and stating “how can I feed a family on that.”

Both sides try to paint the doom and gloom scenario. Bottom line, is both players and owners are doing better than 99.9% of people in the World.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
4:52 pm

Mr. Ledbetter,

I’m glad you have written on this subject as I requested and suggested a few weeks ago. There is a lot of pertinent information lacking. You discuss the players side like they are not culpable of any obtrusion and infer it is all the unyielding position of the owners. Maybe that is the case, maybe not. This article gives no clue as to WHY the owners are taking this position. I feel clueless. Did I miss something? Is there something between the lines I’m not getting?

Gary

November 22nd, 2010
4:53 pm

The falcons do not bring nearly that much money to the city and compared to the tax deals they receive the over head we spend on police and subsidized public transportation it is a joke to say the city will loose a ton. Any realy accountant looking at the numbers will tell a city the franchize is not worth the sacrifices you ask the tax payers to make for new stadiums. This is a joke. Report the truth not an opinion. Check the facts about what they are saying. When someone says something to the media it should not just be reported.

crackbaby

November 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

It would be a blessing to not have the NFL for a season. Folks would realize it isn’t that important.

Can you imagine if all those people couldn’t sit in stadiums or on their couch every Sunday and instead had to spend time with friends, family or, heaven forbid, get some EXCERCISE? [b]MORAL OUTRAGE![b] LOL…

Gary

November 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

It would be nice to see if sundays could be used for something productive if this sport went away for a year or two. I would not miss the falcons or that ugly dome.

GT Alum

November 22nd, 2010
4:58 pm

Gary/Falcon Jim, I think DOL is just reporting on the letter sent by the NFLPA, not trying to offer any commentary on the negotiations or the arguments behind them. The last 3 paragraphs don’t convey that as clearly as the first part of the article, but that appears to be the purpose of this post.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

Wow, all of a sudden it’s a forum for bashing football. I think we should do away with hotdogs and softdrinks, apple pie, music, movies, public parks, and sex.

This is not about football, itself, being the “evil,” but rather the traverses of the BUSINESS of football.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
5:00 pm

GT Alum,

Fine, but he needs to get to the meat.

MB

November 22nd, 2010
5:00 pm

These figures about job losses and economic calamity when pro teams leave or strike are bogus. They are used to toscare taxpayers into paying for facilities that benefit the owners.

Simply put, money that would normally go to the Falcons, in this case, will find other places to be spent in the Atlanta economy.

Let the players and owners sdettle their issues. Leave me out of it.

Dr Richard Handler

November 22nd, 2010
5:14 pm

Falcon Jim: Are you kidding? Do you really think Mr Ledbetter wrote the story after your suggestion? You really can’t be serious. Do you also call sportstalk radio? You seem like the type.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
5:27 pm

Well, Dr, I guess YOU are the type that just decided………..”I’ll say something mean to Falcon Jim.” What a turd, you are, and I doubt you are a real doctor.

No, I’ve never called sports talk radio. I’ve listened. SO ? ? ? ?

And I did suggest this in detail to Mr. Ledbetter, so WHAT THE HE!! IS YOUR PROBLEM, A$$HOLE? ? ?

Einsteindawg

November 22nd, 2010
5:28 pm

D-Led, thanks for posting this…both sides are FOS and liars. And, they deserve each other. I’m with ‘92UGA Grad and hope this keeps a lot of juniors in college.

The Dogkiller Returns

November 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

Anyone that’s ok with not having football for even one season needs to have a long talk with a Baltimore Colts fan, or any pro football fan in Los Angeles.

Falconidiot

November 22nd, 2010
5:33 pm

The estimate sounds like when they bust a $10,000.00 pot field and call it a million in street value.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
5:34 pm

Where are my buddies? I need a “YOU GO FALCON JIM.”

HA HA HA

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
5:36 pm

Falconidiot,

I LOVE your analogy. So true!

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
5:43 pm

Gettem Falcon Jim!!

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
5:49 pm

And just for the record,, Frozen gets plenty of exercise on Sunday,, Heck,, you sit there and do 16 oz curls all day,, not to mention all those trips to the fridge and the bathroom.

Harry the Hat

November 22nd, 2010
5:52 pm

Let them eat cake.

Really, who cares? Let these overstuffed thugs get a real job and live in the real world.

All Lanta Flacons

November 22nd, 2010
5:53 pm

FALCON JIM PLEAZ KIL YO SELF!!!

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

GO FLACONS!!

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
6:02 pm

All Lanta Flacons (?)

I love you, too !

Jeez.

Big L

November 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

This is why College football is a better product . No lockouts and the kids care about winning and losing. Besides, if there’s a lockout, A.J. Stays at UGA. Sooooooo.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
6:03 pm

Thanks Rope ! !What’s happening, man? Boy we got some on here today ! !

I know………it’s Thanksgiving, all the turkeys are coming out.

Ackshun

November 22nd, 2010
6:05 pm

@ CRACKBABY go back to Russia commie!

Grown Man Football

November 22nd, 2010
6:06 pm

If you think college football is a good substitution for pro football, you’re either from a small country town or inbred. Or both.

Paranoid White Man That Calls Everyone A Socialist

November 22nd, 2010
6:10 pm

This is all the government’s fault! Outsourcing football to India, China, or some other failed state that hates America! Know what else is Obama’s fault? My wife won’t make love to me. Any football fans want to cuddle tonight? No? Something else to blame on Obama!!

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
6:11 pm

Why do I feel that I need to go back and explain some of my comments to some people?
I………….promise……….I………will………..slow……….down………and………..use………….smaller…………..words……..and………..not………. use……… sarcasm.

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
6:13 pm

I smell Joe Tess,,, He’s the Flacons fan

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Paranoid, be careful with sarcasm. Folks will wish for your death or use some sophomoric insult.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
6:15 pm

Rope, without a doubt. He and his “imposer” have been getting “delated.” So, yet another incarnation.

Dawglasville

November 22nd, 2010
6:21 pm

Paranoid White Man That Calls Everyone A Socialist = Falcon Jim?

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Why the question mark Dawglasville,, you Paranoid

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
6:35 pm

FREE JOETESSCAMAROBOBTEAMEBERLUCKYSEENTHISB4

Frozen Rope

November 22nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Anyway, back to Football,, yep,, it will s-ck pretty bad if there is no big boy football next year,, college just dont cut it imho

Falcon James

November 22nd, 2010
6:57 pm

let me just say. i cant see the owners locking out the players and if they did both sides would loose money. the owners dont want to loose the proceeds from the games and the players dont want to lose the pay. as far as being a economic impact on georgia i cant say. maybe it would actually help because if people dont spend the money at the games, they will spend they money somewhere else.

Falcon Jim

November 22nd, 2010
7:09 pm

Falcon James (my formal incarnation?),

I agree. I just can’t understand the idea of a lock-out. This is what I want reported. What is their mindset? A shutdown would definitely be an economic hit for ALL concerned. The trickle-down economic ramifications would hit a lot, for sure, and i don’t think you get an off-set from people spending money elsewhere. Systems just don’t work that way.

Dawglasville……….too funny ! !

Awesome

November 22nd, 2010
7:17 pm

Has anyone else ever thought about the fact that the Falcons have drafted 4 of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks?

Awesome

November 22nd, 2010
7:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Awesome

November 22nd, 2010
7:18 pm

Fans always get Hosed

November 22nd, 2010
7:35 pm

Wow now thats what you call a monopoly, TV people were stupid enough to guarantee the contracts even if there is no football being played, how will my sponsors get air time ? The NFL lawyers are the absolute best a what they do☺, this has to be the closest thing to selling ocean front property in Arizona.

Fans always get Hosed

November 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

Sorry @ Big L college football is no better & in just as much trouble if the BCS is busted this year the Fans and Sponsors will get Hosed. I don’t see Boise St or TCU blowing the ratings out of the water LOL