Wednesday, May 25, 2005Another Day, Another Lockout Threat...
Well the NFL has been running things long enough that Upshaw has decided he wants a bigger piece of the pie.
"To sit around and think that labor peace is going to just fall off a tree, they're reading the wrong tea leaves," said Gene Upshaw, the union's executive director. "It's time for them to wake up to the fact that we have a problem, and we need to get it fixed."
Upshaw said that, in the latest talks with the league, the union has been offered 57 percent of the league's designated gross revenues "when they admit to us under the old agreement we've been getting 59 to 60 percent. So why would we accept something less than what we're already getting? We're not going to do that."
Under the current labor agreement, a salary cap will be in effect for the last time for the 2006 season, and if there is no extension, the 2007 season would be uncapped, meaning teams could spend as much as they want to sign free agent players. Upshaw said if it came to an uncapped year, he would decertify the union, a move that essentially would mean all players would become free agents.
Wow. Imagine the mad rush if that happened. You'd truly see chaos on the market like never before. And each team would have a completely new identity.
The hope is that things won't go that far, but the league needs to be realistic. They have gotten over the players for a long time and while they got away with replacements in 1987, it won't fly in 2005.
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