NFL Labor: Like Deja Vu All Over Again
And…here we are again. The owners and players have no deal. The Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at midnight (Eastern) at the end of this day (Friday). We have twice endured extensions. We could see more, although it appears at this hour both sides are dug in, and bracing for a lockout.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was among the group of players attending today’s meetings, hoping for face-to-face negotiations.
On his Twitter feed, Brees addressed fans directly.
“To our fans — I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the N.F.L. towards a fair deal,” Brees wrote. “The N.F.L. brought this fight to us — they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request. They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players — past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take three steps back.”
- New York Times
Again, our suggestion in this little corner of the Internet is simple: When summer turns to fall, enjoy the World Series. Attend a college football game. The NFL is great, but they’re not the only show in town.