NFL Lockout

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    Mar 12, 2011 8:36 PM GMT
    NFL (National Football League) owners continue to demand greedy concessions from players, including cutting player health care during a lockout, even though the health impacts from playing can include a lifetime of pain or discomfort—and even brain trauma that leads to depression and suicide.

    If there’s a lockout, stadium employees will be jobless. Paychecks will shrink fast for staff in sports bars. Hotel rooms will be empty, leading to lost jobs for service staff. Police officers, who already are being laid off in many struggling communities, will have no games to police. In all, 150,000 workers will feel the impact of NFL greed—not to mention that millions of fans will have no football to watch.

    Please sign our statement of solidarity, encouraging NFL players to keep standing up to the NFL's greedy and potentially illegal behavior—including suing them for anti-trust violations in court, if necessary.


    Our statement of solidarity—which we will deliver to NFL players and NFL team owners—says:

    "It's outrageous and unacceptable that the NFL and its team owners, who have enjoyed the fruits of a $9 billion industry in a devastating economy for working families, could not reach a fair deal with the men who risk their health and safety to play professional football.

    Working people stand shoulder to shoulder with the players and their right to protect themselves and their families through antitrust laws that prohibit illegal and greedy corporate behavior. We stand with football fans. And we stand with the more than 150,000 workers who will be hurt if there’s a lockout."

    Block the lockout. Sign our solidarity pledge.

    http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1703
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    Mar 12, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    No Packers? icon_sad.gif Greed is the root of the problem in this country and it will destroy us as it has every nation before us.

    The NFL owners are not happy with their 9 billion. They want more and they know they can't get more from the fans, so they are looking to get more from the players, who can afford to give up some of their benefits. It all boils down to greed.

    I just don't understand the thinking of corporate America. They want everyone to spend more, but how can anyone spend more when they keep wanting more money for themselves and keep taking away money and benefits from everyone's salary? This is a sure fire way to kill what's left of our economy.

    I guess if they were proposing to cut benefits and salary in order to drop the price of tickets would be one thing, but they are just looking to pocket more for themselves.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 12, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    The NFL owners are no longer interested in the sport of football, they are just interested in money period. This latest action from the overly wealthy owners just proves it. It is a terrible disgrace that the players along with all the other lower wage workers in other businesses that are dependent on the NFL have to suffer while the multi billionaire owners get richer and richer at everyones expense.
  • TrentGrad

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    Mar 12, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    I could be wrong, but isn't the $9 billion the total NFL revenues, and don't the players receive 50% to 60% of those?

    I'll sign the solidarity pledge because I believe in Collective bargaining, I believe in a fair settlement for players, because I don't want another strike season...and because jockgymboy, you are just so handsome and awesome! icon_smile.gif

    Glad I'm not the only one who has seen the rich for what they've become! icon_smile.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    As I understand it, the biggest problems are benefits to retired players, a rookie wage scale, and an 18 game season. I can see why the owners would want a rookie wage scale. So many unproven players are getting paid outrageous contracts before even playing a game. The 18 game season is strictly a money grab, but that's what they're in the business for. I don't know enough about the benefits to retired players enough to comment. I think this lockout will last a few months, but once August comes around I think they will reach a deal.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    this is bullshit no nfl wtf. i am so pissed.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Mar 13, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    its a wisconsin thing i must agree. No PACKERS WTF R U KIDDING ME. I AM GOING TO CRY NOW I THINK LOL LOL.
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    Mar 13, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidAs I understand it, the biggest problems are benefits to retired players, a rookie wage scale, and an 18 game season. I can see why the owners would want a rookie wage scale. So many unproven players are getting paid outrageous contracts before even playing a game. The 18 game season is strictly a money grab, but that's what they're in the business for. I don't know enough about the benefits to retired players enough to comment. I think this lockout will last a few months, but once August comes around I think they will reach a deal.


    What he said.

    And I'm all for the retired players getting some kind of insurance plan or some money to cover medical bills. I mean come on these players dedicate their bodies and lives for one of the most physical and brutal sports being played. Their bodies are just gave out after all those years just to get shat on when they can't play anymore.

    Greedy ass owners. Give the players what they want as long as its not unrealistically outrageous BC these guys are your team.
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    Mar 13, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidAs I understand it, the biggest problems are benefits to retired players, a rookie wage scale, and an 18 game season. I can see why the owners would want a rookie wage scale. So many unproven players are getting paid outrageous contracts before even playing a game. The 18 game season is strictly a money grab, but that's what they're in the business for. I don't know enough about the benefits to retired players enough to comment. I think this lockout will last a few months, but once August comes around I think they will reach a deal.


    I think they will only reach a deal, if the players just accept the owners demands because the owners are saying "take it or leave it." The NFL is nothing but a big corporation like all the rest and money is the bottom line. They really could care less about the fans or the sport of football.