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Stemp
10-06-2010, 12:55 PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sees new signs that owners are preparing for a football-free 2011.

With support from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, he asked fans to take the players' side.

Speaking at a tailgate-style fan luncheon a few blocks from Lambeau Field on Tuesday, Smith referred to a recent Sports Business Journal report that said the NFL is requiring banks that lend money to its teams to extend grace periods for loan defaults through the end of the 2011 season in the event of a lockout.

"That to me is a step where the owners are protecting themselves in the event that there is no season," Smith said.

Smith said that move, along with provisions in television deals that provide for some payments even if there is a lockout, are evidence that owners are planning for the possibility that there won't be a season in 2011.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello noted that the players are going through the process of approving the potential decertification of their union, a move that could be seen as preparing for protracted negotiations.

"There are many preparations taking place, including the union preparing to decertify and go out of business," Aiello said. "Our focus is on negotiating a new agreement with the union. The longer it goes, the tougher it will be and we are not sure if this union plans on continuing to be a union."
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5652700

The owners better look at the fall of MLB before they choose the lockout.

houstonspartan
10-06-2010, 02:04 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5652700

The owners better look at the fall of MLB before they choose the lockout.

Amen. It took baseball YEARS to bounce back after the strike, and even then they had to use steroids to get people excited again.

BIG TORO
10-06-2010, 02:39 PM
There is always the Lingerie football league!

Blake
10-06-2010, 02:49 PM
The NFL is shut. It was made by those who are dead, and the dead keep it. The NFL is shut.

http://www.jordoncooper.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/p0vc4D_thumb.jpg

Thorn
10-06-2010, 02:59 PM
Screw the owners

Screw the players

Screw the lawyers

I'm going to hate all of them if there is a lock out next year. Every damn one of them can kiss my ass.

Kulluminatii
10-06-2010, 03:19 PM
Screw the owners

Screw the players

Screw the lawyers

I'm going to hate all of them if there is a lock out next year. Every damn one of them can kiss my ass.

Aye. I'm pretty fed up w/ all this stuff at this point, hell part of me hopes the lockout happens and has some devastating effects for the NFL/players to maybe humble them a bit.


There is always the Lingerie football league!

Almost forgot about that...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FqQEHPUq6Zc/SQcXJQU7GNI/AAAAAAAACyY/YnOXYWJ8U1c/s400/LOS+ANGELES+TEMPTATION-lfl.jpg

http://spewf.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/LOS-ANGELES-TEMPTATION-lfl-2.jpg

**** THE NFL, GO LFL! :jam:

JB
10-06-2010, 03:27 PM
Aye. I'm pretty fed up w/ all this stuff at this point, hell part of me hopes the lockout happens and has some devastating effects for the NFL/players to maybe humble them a bit.




Almost forgot about that...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FqQEHPUq6Zc/SQcXJQU7GNI/AAAAAAAACyY/YnOXYWJ8U1c/s400/LOS+ANGELES+TEMPTATION-lfl.jpg

http://spewf.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/LOS-ANGELES-TEMPTATION-lfl-2.jpg

**** THE NFL, GO LFL! :jam:

My favorite LFL player...


http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/TexanJB/meghan-sanchez-1.jpg

Kulluminatii
10-06-2010, 03:40 PM
I don't have a favorite, I cheer for all of the girls ;).

Ranger Tom
10-06-2010, 04:08 PM
I suppose that the networks will be in talks with the United Football League. I think I'll root for the Omaha Nighthawks.

Kulluminatii
10-06-2010, 04:17 PM
I suppose that the networks will be in talks with the United Football League. I think I'll root for the Omaha Nighthawks.

I've heard rumors that NBC has approached the UFL about a potential TV contract if the NFL does have a lockout. One of their supposed requirements is that the UFL expand to at least 12 teams, instead of the 8 that they had originally planned for. I want the UFL to do well as an alternative league, but I'm not so sure if expanding that fast to 12 teams will be worth a TV contract that may only last for the duration of the lockout. But if they can get a longer contract, then it might be worth the risk. I'm cheering for the Omaha Nighthawks right now, but LA is supposedly next in line to get a team along with Portland and San Antonio.

Texan_Bill
10-06-2010, 04:45 PM
Screw the owners

Screw the players

Screw the lawyers

I'm going to hate all of them if there is a lock out next year. Every damn one of them can kiss my ass.

Yeah, there's a surprise! :rolleyes:


:lol:

**************************

BTW, where the hell is our LFL team? I thought I read last year that we were supposed to get one!

Ole Miss Texan
10-07-2010, 11:25 AM
Sheesh, and I thought the time from the draft to preseason was long. If there's a lockout next year I don't know what I'm going to do.

I guess College Football ratings would increase.

jaayteetx
10-07-2010, 11:30 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I for one will not renew my season tickets if there is a lockout.

mattieuk
10-09-2010, 03:57 PM
I don't have a favorite, I cheer for all of the girls ;).

Too right. It's only fair.

I do have a special place in my heart for the centers in this league though. Tough, tough position. Most of my analysis is of how good the snaps are. Whole load of hard bending going on. ;)

NFLLockout
11-30-2010, 03:30 PM
Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at NFLLockout.com (http://nfllockout.com/) right now.

Nobody wants to experience a lockout next year and this petition is going put fan's voices in one place, and be added to this letter (http://www.nfllockout.com/2010/10/11/petition-letter-to-nfl-commissioner-and-nfl-owners/) to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!

JB
11-30-2010, 03:34 PM
Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at NFLLockout.com (http://nfllockout.com/) right now.

Nobody wants to experience a lockout next year and this petition is going put fan's voices in one place, and be added to this letter (http://www.nfllockout.com/2010/10/11/petition-letter-to-nfl-commissioner-and-nfl-owners/) to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!



I wouldn't help the players anymore than I would help the owners.

GP
11-30-2010, 03:38 PM
Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at NFLLockout.com (http://nfllockout.com/) right now.

Nobody wants to experience a lockout next year and this petition is going put fan's voices in one place, and be added to this letter (http://www.nfllockout.com/2010/10/11/petition-letter-to-nfl-commissioner-and-nfl-owners/) to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!

Where's my $50?

Scram.

disaacks3
11-30-2010, 03:44 PM
If the NFLPA really wants to avoid a lockout, there's always decertification.

The "average fan" sees this as Millionaires vs. Billionaires.

hobie
11-30-2010, 04:12 PM
If there is a lockout so what... It to me is a game, a form of entertainment. If they play, great, if not, it is not really that big of a deal. Go do something else.. play golf, go to the movies, hang with your kids... It would matter not 1 bit to me at all if they do not play. I have other things in my life that I would do to not let it bother me.

The day I let football or anything for that matter to me that is purely entertainment bother me or disrupt my life, is one day that I hope is the last day on earth for me..

Lock them out, let them play.... either way !

Ole Miss Texan
11-30-2010, 04:27 PM
Baby steps.

I wish they'd do a short term extension of what they've go right now. The owners and NFLPA can continue argueing about the %'s....

But let there be a 2011 season!! To come to a happy medium just come up with a rookie pay scale. The "savings" from rookies will trickle to the veterans as the will get what they want: more money.

The owners have less risk as they're paying for proven players vs unproven rookies. Do that, let football continue and then debate about what % of income should be split.

NFLLockout
01-04-2011, 02:57 PM
Ole Miss Texan, you've hit the point of this petition. I want to make sure that you all know that signing the petition does not make you an endorser of either side in the CBA discussion. By signing the petition you are just saying "I want there to be a season next year."

As fans of the sport, it's important to do whatever you can to make sure there's NFL action next year.

Koolaid Time
01-04-2011, 09:30 PM
If there is a lockout so what... It to me is a game, a form of entertainment. If they play, great, if not, it is not really that big of a deal. Go do something else.. play golf, go to the movies, hang with your kids... It would matter not 1 bit to me at all if they do not play. I have other things in my life that I would do to not let it bother me.

The day I let football or anything for that matter to me that is purely entertainment bother me or disrupt my life, is one day that I hope is the last day on earth for me..

Lock them out, let them play.... either way !

I enjoyed "Scab Football" back in 1987. I'll enjoy it again in 2011.

Hookem Horns
01-04-2011, 11:51 PM
I enjoyed "Scab Football" back in 1987. I'll enjoy it again in 2011.

The Oilers had a good scab team. If not for them they would have not made the playoffs that season.

What I don't get about these Lockouts is why don't they get this crap handled before it affects a new season?

If they are going to cancel the 2011 season why stop there? Why not cancel the 2012 season also?

My point is if they feel they can get it done by the 2012 season what's really stopping them from getting it done this offseason? Do they really have to have some stupid last minute stand off?

That is what happened in the NHL and an entire season was lost.

Koolaid Time
01-05-2011, 12:06 AM
The Oilers had a good scab team. If not for them they would have not made the playoffs that season.

What I don't get about these Lockouts is why don't they get this crap handled before it affects a new season?

If they are going to cancel the 2011 season why stop there? Why not cancel the 2012 season also?

My point is if they feel they can get it done by the 2012 season what's really stopping them from getting it done this offseason? Do they really have to have some stupid last minute stand off?

That is what happened in the NHL and an entire season was lost.

Its all part of the "Game"... its sad but true.

If the NFL announced today that they would start to field a Non Union Team in 2011 if a CBA wasn't reached by March, then you might have progress.

GP
01-05-2011, 08:39 AM
The Oilers had a good scab team. If not for them they would have not made the playoffs that season.

What I don't get about these Lockouts is why don't they get this crap handled before it affects a new season?

If they are going to cancel the 2011 season why stop there? Why not cancel the 2012 season also?

My point is if they feel they can get it done by the 2012 season what's really stopping them from getting it done this offseason? Do they really have to have some stupid last minute stand off?

That is what happened in the NHL and an entire season was lost.

I wonder if it's like mafia wars.

Things are peaceful for a long time, some stuff happens, it builds up a little bit more each year, and then there's nothing left to do but get all of that energy out and into some action.

It's blowing off steam. It's getting it out of your system.

Then they see how much of a toll it's taking, how costly it is, and how nobody is really benefitting from the war, and they shake hands and call it a day.

Think ALLEY FIGHT in the movie Anchorman. They're lampooning it. Those wylie anchormen, having all that stored up angst and passion, have just got to let it all out and clear the air.

That's what's happening. Over time, both sides have been taking their little shots at each other, they each believe that their own stance is the right one, and so there has to be a little war. Clearing the air.

Everyone will see how stupid it is. They'll wish they were back to work, putting their energies into their actual work, and then it'll be done.

With several years of peace afterwards.

Only to someday start up again.

It's cyclical. It's a guy thing. Except our cycle isn't once-per-month.

disaacks3
01-05-2011, 09:10 AM
Its all part of the "Game"... its sad but true.

If the NFL announced today that they would start to field a Non Union Team in 2011 if a CBA wasn't reached by March, then you might have progress.

It's more that that for the owners. Remember, most owners have other businesses that make them plenty of $$, even in the absence of football...not so for the players. It will take the loss of game checks (or at least the threat thereof) to make something happen. Make no mistake, the power dynamic shifts strongly to the owners and only gets moreso over time.

NFLLockout
01-12-2011, 01:42 PM
It's more that that for the owners. Remember, most owners have other businesses that make them plenty of $$, even in the absence of football...not so for the players. It will take the loss of game checks (or at least the threat thereof) to make something happen. Make no mistake, the power dynamic shifts strongly to the owners and only gets moreso over time.

Both sides stand to lose money, the MNF deal was just signed was huge and the NFL broke ratings records this year. The owners don't want to mess with that profitability (plus revenue from team costs: concessions, jerseys, etc) and the players know that if there's a lockout, they won't have game checks. But, the players have more to lose, that's why it's important to sign that petition (http://nfllockout.com/) to let the owners know how strong the outcry is.

JB
01-12-2011, 01:44 PM
Both sides stand to lose money, the MNF deal was just signed was huge and the NFL broke ratings records this year. The owners don't want to mess with that profitability (plus revenue from team costs: concessions, jerseys, etc) and the players know that if there's a lockout, they won't have game checks. But, the players have more to lose, that's why it's important to sign that petition (http://nfllockout.com/) to let the owners know how strong the outcry is.

And how do we let the players know how strong the outcry is?

Doppelganger
01-12-2011, 01:47 PM
Its basically a situation where the owners, who are billionaires, have the power. They can shut down the season and still be in a good financial situation. Their revenue stream is not completely tied to football.

The players, while they make millions, are usually not as smart with their money. Many have to make significant lifestyle changes upon retiring. The players would be smart to not let the season slip away. They know there is not much else they can do with their skill set other than play football. Unless they wish to retrain and learn a new skill set, the players are SOL.

The owners know that the players are replaceable...the average career is less than 3 years. Owners are not as easily replaceable and typically last much longer.

BetaV1
01-12-2011, 01:52 PM
A lockout is all the more reason to enjoy my already awesome Arena Football season tickets. The AFL is probably the most underrated game in this country.

Kulluminatii
01-12-2011, 02:07 PM
A lockout is all the more reason to enjoy my already awesome Arena Football season tickets. The AFL is probably the most underrated game in this country.

I'm curious to know which team you have bought season tickets for? The nearest AFL team for me is the San Jose Sabercats. I've never been to a game before, but I hear its pretty exciting. Maybe I'll give it a go this time around.

Blake
01-12-2011, 03:22 PM
A lockout is all the more reason to enjoy my already awesome Arena Football season tickets. The AFL is probably the most underrated game in this country.

I'm curious to know which team you have bought season tickets for? The nearest AFL team for me is the San Jose Sabercats. I've never been to a game before, but I hear its pretty exciting. Maybe I'll give it a go this time around.

You couldnt pay me to attend an arena league game. I just dont think they are that exciting.

Blake
01-12-2011, 03:26 PM
On a single issue I have read about a few times. The players need to stop their bitching about an 18 game season being too long or hard. They are alone on this one as the fans HATE having 4 pre-season games. Just negotiate for compensation of those 2 games.

Also, dont tell me that the owners are trying to sqeeze yall by locking you out of the stadium. If you get locked out go get a job and pay the bills. Or use your savings. If my company locked me out I would be forced to live off savings and a crap job that I can get in this economy.

Ole Miss Texan
01-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Also, dont tell me that the owners are trying to sqeeze yall by locking you out of the stadium. If you get locked out go get a job and pay the bills. Or use your savings. If my company locked me out I would be forced to live off savings and a crap job that I can get in this economy.
Are you serious? Come on Super Mario, you know you were too busy living in a 5k sq. ft. house, leasing a new range rover and porsche every 6 months, making it rain at clubs, "investing" in awful business ventures of friends and flushing benjamins down the perverbial toilet called a posse. What is this savings you speak of!?

BetaV1
01-13-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm curious to know which team you have bought season tickets for? The nearest AFL team for me is the San Jose Sabercats. I've never been to a game before, but I hear its pretty exciting. Maybe I'll give it a go this time around.

New Orleans Voodoo. We lost our franchise when the AFL went "bankrupt" again two years ago. But this offseason the Shreveport team moved to New Orleans, reviving the Voodoo. I had season tickets since 2006-ish until they folded, and now have them back.

The AFL is a great value and the crowds get pretty rambunctious. The league is pretty lenient with regards to fan interaction (since they don't want to lose what few paying customers they have), so people tend to "take over" the game.

Prime example: The Voodoo have one of the most significant home field advantages in the league. We do whatever we can to make the opposing team feel not-at-home. When doing player introductions for the visiting team, we traditionally play "The Wheels on the Bus" throughout the stadium for them. Whenever a game turns into a blowout in our favor, someone almost always breaks out a beach ball, which the crowd cheerfully bounces around the entire arena while what little of the game is left.

When the game is over, they open the field so fans can go down and get autographs directly from the players, free of charge. Or you can just go down there and play a little football on the field yourself if you want. Try to kick FG's, etc.

And of course, the game itself is always spectacular. If I were you, I'd give it a shot. The Sabercats are one, if not THE, premier team in the AFL. They are easily the most successful franchise in terms of fan support and championships. Tickets are always dirt cheap. Get a friend to go with you and give it a shot. If you don't like it, then no biggie since it was only a couple of bucks (literally). If you do like it, then even better.

I traditionally ran a New Orleans Voodoo blog since The Times-Picayune really doesn't give the AFL much respect. I am strongly considering re-upping the blog as well. I love the AFL.

IDEXAN
01-13-2011, 07:34 AM
I enjoyed "Scab Football" back in 1987. I'll enjoy it again in 2011.
Just curious can't remember, but were than any union members that crossed the "picket line" back then ? And BTW if I understand it correctly, this year doesn't involve a potential strike but a potential "lockout", which means all players, union and scab, are locked out ? Right ?

NFLLockout
01-21-2011, 04:25 PM
I wanted to check back in and let you know about an awesome initiative that the NFLPA had on Tuesday, Let Us Play Day: http://seattle.sbnation.com/seattle-seahawks/2011/1/18/1942716/nfl-lockout-nflpa-campaign-letusplay-twitter-facebook-social-media

The players started a hashtag #LETUSPLAY to connect with fans and raise awareness about the lockout. You can follow up with the news about the lockout and hear a very cool message from Patrick Willis (http://www.facebook.com/#!/NFLLockout) who wanted to thank fans for their support - very cool!

Norg
01-21-2011, 11:41 PM
good i dont no about yall but times are getting hard Money wise and i wouldnt mind if i saved around 3,000 dollars this year on tickets and well buy something else

i guess i better find a college team to root for UofH nahhh Rice Baylor ?????

o fudge it ill go with Texas Longhorns :wadepalm:

NFLLockout
01-28-2011, 01:41 PM
And how do we let the players know how strong the outcry is?

The same way - with the petition. It's being organized by the NFLPA, which means you can be sure the difference makers on both sides are going to see it.

I also wanted to pass on this killer ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9BpUgYljQ) that they are running. The player's message is simple: let us play!

hookinreds
01-28-2011, 03:13 PM
Owen Daniels just posted this on his Facebook. Its the NFLPA Superbowl ad...I have certian urge to watch The Bad News Bears, and I can't figure out why?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9BpUgYljQ&feature=player_embedded

JB
01-28-2011, 03:21 PM
The same way - with the petition. It's being organized by the NFLPA, which means you can be sure the difference makers on both sides are going to see it.

I also wanted to pass on this killer ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9BpUgYljQ) that they are running. The player's message is simple: let us play!

If they want to play, they need to work out a new CBA.

Craig.
01-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Screw you, Jason Babin. You had your chance.

NFLLockout
02-17-2011, 03:48 PM
Wanted to really reinforce that we are working to get a deal done. However, the owners hold the keys in a lockout situation. You can find some details about the situation here (http://www.nfllockout.com/what-is-this-lockout-not-about/).

You're also free to bounce any questions off me if you'd like. But, rest assured, we are working to get a deal done.