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Old 10-06-2010   #1
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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."
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The owners better look at the fall of MLB before they choose the lockout.
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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.
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There is always the Lingerie football league!
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The NFL is shut. It was made by those who are dead, and the dead keep it. The NFL is shut.

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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.
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Screw the owners

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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.


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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.




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I don't have a favorite, I cheer for all of the girls .
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I suppose that the networks will be in talks with the United Football League. I think I'll root for the Omaha Nighthawks.
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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.
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Screw the owners

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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.
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BTW, where the hell is our LFL team? I thought I read last year that we were supposed to get one!
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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.
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I for one will not renew my season tickets if there is a lockout.
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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.
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Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at 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 to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!
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Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at 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 to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!


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Hey guys, on behalf of the NFLPA I wanted to let you know that there's a petition going on at 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 to the owners. This is your chance to have your voice heard!
Where's my $50?

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Default Re: NFLPA Union head says owners set for lockout

If the NFLPA really wants to avoid a lockout, there's always decertification.

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