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Report: NFLPA provides counter to 18-game season

Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:07 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

NFL players clearly aren't thrilled about the prospect of an 18-game season, but it seems like something that's just going to happen, because of the financial gain at stake. If it does, though, the owners will likely need to make some concessions to the players.

The NFLPA's biggest argument against an expansion of the season is player safety and they have, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, offered a "good faith" counterproposal to the league's extension of the regular season. Highlights of this proposal, according to Mortensen's sources, include:
  • Voluntary offseason workouts would be reduced from the current 14 weeks to five weeks or 20 days (four days a week, four-hour maximum per day).
  • Significantly reduced contact between players during training camp with four practices a week consisting of helmetless and padless periods.
  • Two in-season bye weeks.
  • Expanded rosters from the current 53 to 56 or 57, in addition to practice squads.
  • Increased pro-rated salaries for players under contract.
  • Reduction of the amount of games players need to become vested to qualify for post-career health care and pension benefits.
"We have responded to every one of the league's proposals and concerns in an effort to keep negotiations progressing in good faith," said George Atallah, union spokesman. "There are obvious concerns about an 18-game season in the absence of real information that we await."

The NFL's original proposal reportedly calls for 12 voluntary workout weeks (as opposed to the five the union wants) and a bye week following the two preseason games and then a bye during the season (as opposed to the two in-season byes the union proposed). The NFL also reportedly wants to add just one roster spot, increasing from 53 to 54.

The differences in the two sides "wants" are pretty stark, but these are also initial proposals, meaning there's likely some sort of wiggle room, although the clock is certainly ticking as we head into the second half of the NFL season.

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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 8:45 am
 

Report: NFLPA provides counter to 18-game season

you can still enjoy the preseason, but with two less games of no importance.  i am a season ticket-holder, and i hate preseason games, mainly because they cost me the same money as the regular season games. yet, i have to pay for them. sure, it's my choice to buy season tickets, but that doesn't mean i like the preseason games and value them the same.

no one's commented on my 1 minute reduction per quarter idea. player safety, baby!

as a fan, i really don't take either side in this argument. they both have their points, and they both have their agendas. my agenda is only what i believe is best for the sport. 18-games would not kill the sport, but they absolutely need two bye weeks.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Report: NFLPA provides counter to 18-game season

I enjoy watching the pre season games when they play the rookies.  I like to watch the former college stars on their nfl teams.  I like to see the FA's that are hungry battle for an NFL roster spot...I don't enjoy the veterans schleping around, playing lazy and trying not to get hurt....see the Pro Bowl...



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 3:18 pm
 

Report: NFLPA provides counter to 18-game season

I would say a big fat NO to all their ideas....18 game season, rookie salary cap, at least a 20% reduction in salary, and a "you're welcome you get to play a game for a job" sounds better to me!



Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:43 pm
 

Report: NFLPA provides counter to 18-game season

nepat claims he speaks for the "majority of lifelong, hardcore NFL fans" in that he does not want 2 more regular season games...but personally I know I'd rather see 2 more games that matter than 2 preseason games.  And claiming adding 2 more will add to the "meaningless" games at the end of the season...than makes no logical sense whatsoever!  There are meaningless games, true, but because the season is almost over.  Adding two more games will not add meaningless games (nor subtract)...but simply postpone them.
And unfortunately the claim that he loves to watch preseason games...will pretty much invalidates the claim he's a typical fan.  Seriously?!?! WHO really enjoys watching preseason games??


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