No NFL salary cap in 07?

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No NFL salary cap in 07?

Postby saveourpens on Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:49 am

://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2317906

This reminds me a tad of our NHL lockout. I am surprised that it has come to this. Why mess with the perfection of the NFL? Also, perhaps the NHLPA can use this as a little bit of leverage for having no cap in future negotations.
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Postby saveourpens on Sun Feb 12, 2006 1:57 am

Hmmm...damn it... I noticed that the date of the article is early February. Oh well, shouldn't make a difference as long as nobody has posted this yet.
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Postby Draftnik on Sun Feb 12, 2006 5:50 pm

This has been going on for 2 or 3 years. The crux of the issue is the large and small local revenue NFL teams can't decide how to split the non-national revenue. The UFA and contract rules will change if there is no CBA extension for the 07 season, so this won't be the free for all it appears. There will be many hardships for the NFLPA; for example, players or their union will have to pay their health insurance costs while they are playing during the 07 season. Those costs are probably astronomical, especially compared to the wages of a low salaried player.
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This could very well kill the NFL's Golden Goose

Postby Stoosh on Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:56 pm

People scoffed at the NHL when it went through it's own lockout, but the pending labor war in the NFL could be even worse. Part of the problem facing the NFL is that the owners can't get their collective ship in order. Len Pasquarelli wrote an article on ESPN.com some time ago (back in the preseason, I think) about how the owners are breaking into two factions. Some of the "richer" owners are beginning to grumble about continuing the league's revenue sharing policies. The rumors are that this front is being spearheaded by Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, among others, and it's received tons of opposition from owners like Dan Rooney.

This is a pretty big problem because the owners can't really begin serious negotiations with the players union until they have the owners all on the same page. And the players union is also expected to put up a big fight about the salary cap.

If the NFL doesn't get these revenue sharing and cap issue resolved, Steelers fans are in for a rude awakening come 2007. The Rooney family has money, but that'll pale in comparison to what the Cowboys (Jerry Jones), Redskins (Dan Snyder) and *gasp* the Seahawks (Paul Allen) could be able to spend on free agents.

If you thought the gap between the Yankees and Pirates was bad...
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