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Football's Future If the Players Win
WSJ ^ | 26 April 2011 | Roger Goodell

Posted on 04/25/2011 9:12:40 PM PDT by Palter

There would be no draft. Incoming players would sell their services to the richest teams.

Late Monday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued a ruling that may significantly alter professional football as we know it.

For six weeks, there has been a work stoppage in the National Football League as the league has sought to negotiate a new collective-bargaining agreement with the players. But Judge Nelson ordered the end of the stoppage and recognized the players' right to dissolve their union. By blessing this negotiating tactic, the decision may endanger one of the most popular and successful sports leagues in history.

What would the NFL look like without a collectively bargained compromise? For many years, the collectively bargained system—which has given the players union enhanced free agency and capped the amount that owners spend on salaries—has worked enormously well for the NFL, for NFL players, and for NFL fans.

For players, the system allowed player compensation to skyrocket—pay and benefits doubled in the last 10 years alone. The system also offered players comparable economic opportunities throughout the league, from Green Bay and New Orleans to San Francisco and New York. In addition, it fostered conditions that allowed the NFL to expand by four teams, extending careers and creating jobs for hundreds of additional players.

For clubs and fans, the trade-off afforded each team a genuine opportunity to compete for the Super Bowl, greater cost certainty, and incentives to invest in the game. Those incentives translated into two dozen new and renovated stadiums and technological innovations such as the NFL Network and nfl.com.

Under the union lawyers' plan, reflected in the complaint that they filed in federal court, the NFL would be forced to operate in a dramatically different way.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports
KEYWORDS: football; freemarket; goodell; sports

1 posted on 04/25/2011 9:12:44 PM PDT by Palter
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To: Palter

I thought decertifying their union was the standard first step everytime the players are negotiating a new contract.


2 posted on 04/25/2011 9:18:51 PM PDT by microgood
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To: Palter

The left drones on endlessly about executive compensation but is silent on outrageous compensation of professional athletes and entertainers. I have nothing against anyone negotiating for compensation. However, big time professional sports involve two groups of cartels with consumers caught in the vice. The owners’ cartel battles against the players’ cartel while taxpayer subsidies for stadiums and enormous market power of cable/satellite providers gouge consumers. Cable providers are attempting to stop more efficient dissemination of digital programming by controlling both programming and critical bandwidth. We have become a nation of cartels and enabling government.

We need taxpayer protection from cartels with rent seeking behavior. We need to control politicians and cartels who put taxpayer interests last.


3 posted on 04/25/2011 9:23:46 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: Palter

So in other words, the NFL would start looking like a game I used to watch a lot... drawing a blank here — I remember you had to hit a ball with a stick, get on base... OH THAT’s IT — BASEBALL! Well, hey having 6 teams with all the great players and another couple of dozen AAAA teams sure has worked well there, right?


4 posted on 04/25/2011 9:25:10 PM PDT by L,TOWM (The Democratic Party Platform: Lies, promulgated by Liars whose only real talent is Lying.)
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To: Palter

I enjoy watching the NFL, but couldn’t afford to take my family of 4 to a game. We’re talking $500 minimum for the cheap seats. Prices will only climb higher if this goes through.


5 posted on 04/25/2011 9:36:12 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Palter

Why do I feel like when the players throw their fans over for what they think is more money the players will become like the Christians being thrown to the lions for pure sport of the elites? Who wants to see lop sided teams?


6 posted on 04/25/2011 9:51:22 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: topher
My concern is the 18 game season. Keep the compensation system the way it is, or even reduce monies to players.

In a 16 game season, players can get badly injured just because the techniques taught today are much better than 40 years ago.

That means that a 300 pound lineman or 250 pound linebacker can hit a player hard enough to ruin his career.

18 games makes it harder for players to survive the regular season -- let alone make it through the playoffs.

The current proposal is only a 2 game preseason and an 18 game regular season.

Keep the 4 game preseason to find out what good new players a team has. And keep the 16 game regular season.

The playoffs can mean another 4 games (if a team goes to the Superbowl without a bye, 3 games with a bye. That means 4 preseason games plus 16 regular season games plus potentially 3 to 4 more games...

7 posted on 04/25/2011 9:56:16 PM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- are the values that time has proven them to work)
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To: freekitty

And these idiots want me to build THEM a stadium in Minnesota?

Are they out of their minds? oh wait. they are.


8 posted on 04/25/2011 9:58:00 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Palter

I think it would be interesting to see the effects of a more free labor market. Drafts, minimum salary, salary caps - it all sounds very collectivist to me.


9 posted on 04/25/2011 10:03:56 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: topher
Keep the 4 game preseason to find out what good new players a team has. And keep the 16 game regular season.

I say let them play 18 games in the regular season. The NFL has been screwing season ticket holders for years by forcing them to pay full price tickets for 2 worthless preseason home games where starters barely see the field.

10 posted on 04/25/2011 10:11:26 PM PDT by Azzurri
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To: Palter
How in the heck did the owners, whose collective net worth is easily in the multi-billion range and who could afford legions of the best lawyers, get railroaded into having their case heard before a Obama appointed Judge who was known for her pro-union sentiments?
11 posted on 04/25/2011 10:14:20 PM PDT by apillar
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To: apillar
The players can all become independent contractors who let the market decided what teams they can play for.

Unions would be forgotten.

12 posted on 04/25/2011 10:17:02 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Palter

Well, Mr. Goodell, if you liked the old system so much why did you lock the players out in order to change it?

I have no sympathy for the owners’ position. If they are losing money, open the books and show the world. If they want to play games and torpedo the former structure that has worked very well for everyone, then quit whining about the consequences of opening the Pandora’s box.


13 posted on 04/25/2011 10:29:05 PM PDT by The Man
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To: Palter

It may be nice to see what would happen if the whole thing
(NFL) didn’t function for a year or so...some folks would
be lost...we might have to talk to other people since our
eyes wouldn’t be glued to the TV.


14 posted on 04/25/2011 11:37:31 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Getready

I always think of those Superbowl numbers. How long can they go on? Superbowl C ? Seems chancy. Superbowl M ? Hard to imagine. How about Superbowl L ???


15 posted on 04/26/2011 12:18:13 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: cableguymn
And these idiots want me to build THEM a stadium in Minnesota?

You had the best stadium in the league. Now it's a shopping mall.

16 posted on 04/26/2011 3:12:44 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Palter

Forsooth!!!! Mike Brown would actually have to open his wallet and spend some of his vast fortune (his profit margin year-i and year-out exceeds $40 million) to actually get players to come to Cincinnati and play for his semi-pro team.

It’s his worst nightmare!


17 posted on 04/26/2011 5:35:39 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism is nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Perhaps. But it snows here and the sissy players wanted to play indoors. Now they all want to play outdoors. but not when it’s raining or snowing or cold out so put a removable roof on it would you?

Wheres my 3 million dollar check for running around on a field?

F um. They can leave Minnesota.


18 posted on 04/26/2011 6:06:53 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Palter

It seems we have a situation where Management desires a union and Labor does not. I don’t think I’ve seen this before.


19 posted on 04/26/2011 6:08:18 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: Palter

Don’t go looking for something you’re not going to be glad you found. This is hilarious.


20 posted on 04/26/2011 6:13:01 AM PDT by Crawdad
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To: MrShoop
Drafts, minimum salary, salary caps - it all sounds very collectivist to me.

That was my initial reaction, too.

A few of the comments on the WSJ site changed my mind, though. The most compelling argument was someone who compared an NFL franchise (and each team IS a franchise) to a McDonald's franchise.

You have to maintain consistent company branding, menu items, service format, etc, to remain in the franchise. This is to ensure the customers (fans) get what the company owners (NFL) wish to deliver.

The NFL wants to have certain controls in place to ensure the league stays competitive. They want their Dallas store to serve the same product as their Pittsburgh store. Not 100% possible, but I can see the intent.

Under the terms of the franchise agreement, the owners and players can be held to the league's rules. Otherwise, they're free to form their own league.
21 posted on 04/26/2011 6:20:40 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: Palter
In the union lawyers' world, every player would enter the league as an unrestricted free agent, an independent contractor free to sell his services to any team. Every player would again become an unrestricted free agent each time his contract expired. And each team would be free to spend as much or as little as it wanted on player payroll or on an individual player's compensation.

Gee, the players' union sounds more capitalist than the owners.
22 posted on 04/26/2011 8:01:12 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: cableguymn
If the Vikings were meant to play indoors at home, they would have made it to at least one Superbowl since demolishing the Metropolitan. The top collapsing on Hubert's Dome last winter couldn't have spelled it out any better. Maybe they should rent from the Twins if they want to play in a new stadium. Then they might have enough money to hire a real head coach and a real QB. Is money being wasted on putting a new top on Hubert's Dome? Maybe if they just left it without a top? I've been a fan ever since Joe Kapp started playing there and won them their only NFL Championship. It's been painful ever since.
23 posted on 04/26/2011 8:58:37 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: ConservativeWarrior

Yes, if your goal is to force equality amongst teams it makes sense, but I wonder if it wouldn’t be so bad to let them compete. You may get a New York team trying to buy a super bowl, but it would be interesting to see what other effects emerge in a market of true competition. The NFL didn’t have a salary cap prior to 1993, and it didn’t ruin competition.


24 posted on 04/26/2011 10:03:51 AM PDT by MrShoop
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