NFLPA does not vote on the collective bargaining agreement

110721 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is swarmed by news media when he arrives for the NFL Owners meetings at the Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott in Atlanta on Thursday, July 21, 2011.   Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110721 Atlanta - Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is swarmed by news media when he arrives for the NFL Owners meetings at the Atlanta Airport Gateway Marriott in Atlanta on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

The NFLPA did not vote during a conference call to ratify the comprehensive settlement and 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

In a e-mail to the player representatives, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith took opposition to the owner’s approval.

Here’s the e-mail:

We received the NFL’s proposed procedure for finalizing a settlement,” Smith wrote. “Among other things, it demands that the players re-form as a union and provide evidence by Tuesday, July 26 that a majority of players have signed union authorization cards;
(2)    Requires that the players also vote by Tuesday, July 26 to ratify a proposed CBA that would contain virtually all of the provisions of the old CBA along with the non-CBA items that class counsel and the NFL have agreed to in the Brady mediation; and
(3)    Then gives the players only three days–Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week–to try to bargain any changes to the old CBA.  Any such changes would have to be agreed to by the owners in order to be incorporated into the Agreement, which would then become final on Saturday, July 30.  If the NFL does not agree to the players’ proposed changes, the old CBA terms on benefits, discipline, safety, etc. will remain unchanged for another ten years.   

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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17 comments Add your comment

gabeaux

July 21st, 2011
11:09 pm

high drama…..low expectations

Eric H.

July 22nd, 2011
12:00 am

I use to think the owners were wrong..I now see the players are the ones being more greedy and wrong! Get over it you over payed babies!!!! I am a cop I get paid pennies, you are payed millions to play a f@*kin game. PLAY THE DAMN GAME!!!!!!

Eric H.

July 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

Get over yourselves and PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Greedy people!
I am ready to right you off like I did Baseball in the mid 90’s… Quit being babies!

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real falcons fan

July 22nd, 2011
12:15 am

IT’S BAD WHEN YOUNG MEN WITH COLLEGE EDUCATIONS OPEN THEIR MOUTH AND NOTHING BUT CRAP COMES OUT! A PLAYER ON ESPS IN A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH TREY WINGO STATED THE OWNERS TRIED TO SLIP SOME THINGS IN ON US,WHEN ASKED TO ELABORATE THE PLAYER STATED HE COULD NOT RECALL THE DETAILS OF THINGS OWNERS TRIED TO SLIP IN.I DO NOT BELIEVE THE COMM. IS TRYING TO FORCE ANYTHING ON THE PLAYERS,NOR DO I THINK THEY TRIED TO SLIP ANYTHING IN THE AGREEMENT. I DO THINK THIS IS ANOTHER D SMITH POWER PLAY ,AS HE STATED WE WILL NOT BE HELD TO THEIR TIMELINE,AS FOR REFORMING THE UNION.WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP! THE OWNERS WOULD NOT ASK THE NFLPA TO RECERTIFY AS A UNION IF IT HADN’T BEEN AGREED UPON..I PERSONALLY HAVE HAD ENOUGH,WHILE I LOVE MY FALCONS ,THIS PROCESS IS A FREAKIN JOKE ,SHAM,COMPLETE AND UTTER B.CRAP.

AQ

July 22nd, 2011
12:21 am

Give me some pads and a helmet, pay me $5.00 and i’ll play! Why do they get paid millions to play a game? Does it mean anything in the real world?

DR. FALCON

July 22nd, 2011
12:23 am

ROGER GOODELL AND THE OWNERS ARE TRYING TO PULL A FAST ONE ON THE PLAYERS! I DON’T BLAME THE PLAYERS FOR READING AND FULLY UNDERSTANDING THIS CBA AGREEMENT FIRST. ROGER GOODELL IS A SLICK ONE! REMEMBER, 2 YEARS AGO AT HE OWNERS MEETIN IN DANA POINT, CA? GOODELL WAITED UNTIL ALL THE COACHES WENT GOLFING AT LUNCH, TO GATHER ALL THE OWNERS TO PASS THE NEW OVERTIME RULE. SO, WAY TO GO PLAYERS! DON’T RUSH INTO ANYTHING!

Mitch (the one in Rome)

July 22nd, 2011
6:52 am

Both sides are slick. Both are trying to win. My problem with Thursday is that the players were expecting what from the owners? What else? They said they were going to gather and vote, as required, on whether to accept the new CBA constructed by both sides with a mediator. The NFLPA knew that is what they were going to do. The NFLPA’s problem is that they lost the initiative and they don’t want to look like they came in second. It’s the testosterone. I get it, but way too much money is on the line. Sign the damn deal.

Someone is not telling the truth. Where was the mediator for yesterday? Needed that guy to make sure there was not funny business on either side so that none could screw the day up.

This mess is frustrating.

Mitch (the one in Rome)

July 22nd, 2011
6:57 am

I do not trust either side. DOL, what do you think?

Larry

July 22nd, 2011
7:24 am

This would be over if we all just quit going to the games. There’s plenty of good football to enjoy from pee-wee to college.

SeenThisB4

July 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

The players are to blame for having their backs against the wall AND being on the verge of being found guilty in the court of public opinion, they should never have decertified to start. Now, unless they sign, they are going to look bad. LOL!
Bad leadership!!!!

David

July 22nd, 2011
7:39 am

They are supposed to be big bad ball player, they are just a bunch of f###ing cry babies, give me 100,000 and i will out play meAngelo and Dunta Robinson.

Falcon Bill

July 22nd, 2011
8:13 am

As much as it pains me to say so, SeenThisB$ is dead-on. If the players don’t sign, they become the bad guys. Absolutely brilliant move on the part of the owners.

Flo=Ri-Duh

July 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

When lawyers are in control things move slow. Their primary job is to bleed their clients of every dime they can. Just as Joe-Knee Corkrun bled Slow J dry – so will these legal crooks bleed both the owners and the players for every dime they can get. Since there are deep pockets here it will take time to bleed them dry. However, don’t feel sorry for the owners and players – greed is one of the deadly sins.

Big Dude

July 22nd, 2011
8:33 am

Like I said before, “Time is running out”. If an agreement isn’t reached by the end of the month, the NFL season will go into default. We may have to pay higher ticket prices and the Rich Ball Players will have to sell their expensive cars or planes to help suppliment the high salaries of the new rookies. I’ve had enough…

Falco

July 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

If these high priced player do not want to play then bring on the replacements, they may not be as well known, but their play would be sincere because they would actually want to play.

Big Earl

July 22nd, 2011
9:13 am

I havn’t followed the negotiations very much, but from what little I did hear I thought the players were willing to stick with the current CBA from the beginning. Based on the email from DeMauricethe above, it sounds like the only difference between this new CBA and the old CBA are “non-CBA items that class counsel and the NFL have agreed to in the Brady mediation”. I don’t know what these “items” are, but it sounds like the players are being offered pretty much exactly what they wanted from the beginning of this fiasco. Am I wrong?