Gentlemen, Unzip Your Drawers

Mike Florio of PFT reported that Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated reported that Jerry Jones opened the March 2nd CBA meeting with the following words to the NFLPA representatives:

“I don’t think we’ve got your attention. You clearly don’t understand what we’re saying, and we’re not hearing what you’re saying. So I guess we’re going to have to show you to get your attention.” Jones then tapped his fists together. [ominous music in background]

That sounds very much like a modern version of any one of several lethal scenes from The Godfather. One way or another, the owners appear determined to break the union’s back. If the new judge in Minnesota denies the players’ injunction request on April 6, and by all rights she should, the union’s big shot legal effort will suffer a crippling blow.

Without help from the judiciary to operate both as a union and not as a union, the players are stuck with either being a union and signing a new CBA or going on strike, or choosing not to be a union and seeking to destroy the NFL’s anti-trust status in the courts. Which would open up a brand new world of pro football. One which the players may not like nearly as much as the gravy train they are riding on now.

If they choose to remain a union and go on strike, and Jerry Jones can be believed, we will see some scab football this coming year. Bizarrely enough, scab football would be good news for the 49ers. They would be on an equal footing with every other team in the league. I’m tempted to believe fans are fed up enough with the players’ bloated salaries and sense of entitlement that there would not be an outcry against scab games. In fact, they might be kind of fun.

When you hear a guy like Adrian Peterson compare his situation to being enslaved, it’s clear the players are disconnected from reality. No slave ever belonged to a group where the minimum wage was $350,000 or so a year and some star slaves like Peterson were paid ten million dollars a year to perform his chores. Nor did any slaves have the option of ceasing to be enslaved and instead becoming a high school football coach.

If the players choose not to be a union, their law suit will take several years to be settled. During that time, star players will continue to get big money, but non-stars, the vast majority of the league’s entities, will get severely reduced salaries. These players, who will be gone from the league by the time the law suit is settled, are not going to be happy campers. In fact, by choosing not to be a union, perhaps it would be difficult to win a law suit that complains about a situation that the plaintiffs willingly accepted and colluded with for many, many years.

It may be noted by some readers that I’m not a lawyer and it’s entirely possible, perhaps even likely, that the above scenarios will be seen as complete horse crap. If so, please set me straight, guys. What am I missing here?

The only thing clear at this point is that the owners are pissed, the players are pissed, and the fans are pissed. Needless to say, the coming months will be one hellava pissing contest.

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14 comments on “Gentlemen, Unzip Your Drawers
  1. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Jeez I hope the players are able to think for themselves and figure out what is in their best interest without the union propaganda blaring in their ears. This is a poor time for ANY union to be pulling power trips, public or private.

    Slavery? Pure crap Peterson, get a grip

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I think today’s article is apposite of the situation. I’m on the same page as you, I’m no lawyer but I feel like what you said above is what sounds logical to me too. Can you believe that idiot Jones? Just another reason to hate the Cowboys.

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Scab football isn’t good news for anyone. The fact is, most people in America can’t tell the difference between good football and scab ball. So, the owners win.
    This looks to unfold JUST like 87. The players slowly cross, and that opens the floodgates. The players are in no position to ride this out.

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I guess the plan for now is to still have the players attend the Draft but at an “alternative event.” Instead of getting a hug from the commissioner, they’d receive a handshake from De Smith. Lovely.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Same buildng, different room? What complete idiocy.
    The thing is, when they went to scab football in 87, the turnout was surprisingly strong. Something around 75% of pre-scab attendance. The owners saved a TON of money playing scabs and paying them $1,000 a game, as opposed to $10,000 a minute for the big-money guys.
    Which means a lot of the people out there can’t tell the diff. Which means the owners are going to drag this out in court as long as possible, and the players are hoping against hope that the courts don’t let it drag out. When the scabs play their 4th game, this is when you’ll see the players start crossing the picket lines in droves.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I have no idea what the players hope to accomplish with this silly draft boycott idea. I hate all those dipshit interviews, myself, but futzing with them can only be viewed as pure petty nonsense. The players ought to know from the 1987 experience that a strike will fail, too.

  7. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Players duped by their union as usual

  8. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Right, NoFear. NFL players are gangsters. Your stereotypical view of life, and the NFL, is laughable, albeit antiquated.
    Sure, the players are greedy. They are the ones out there risking life and limb. Yes, it’s their choice. The owners are pushing for a lot of concessions from the players. The players are f*cking this up as well (they should have been happy with 5 years of financials, and been done with it, especially with the 18 game season off the table, and they came close to agreeing to the owners skim off the top), but the owners came into the negotiations seemingly with all the cards and looking to hit the NFLPA hard. Now that they can’t, they are in full passive-aggressive mode.
    What do you think happens if the injunction goes against the owners? They lie down and take it?The owners will counter-sue to void the injunction. Then we’ll get into anti-trust, blah blah blah. Goodbye season. The lawyers win.
    F*ck ’em both. You paint the owners as being altruistic? Really? They are above reproach? Naive and antiquated, skippy.

  9. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oooh, that stings, NoFear. Looked close enough to a .44 magnum to me. Nice to see yer keeping tabs, though. Thanks for the visit.
    I’m not making up your argument, skippy. The owners wanted to railroad ther agenda through the lockout and stick it to the union. Well, the players used their only card and that was to decertify. That, and the ruling against them regarding their YV money war chest slowed their roll a lot.
    Court’s a whole different ball of wax. But, as of now, NOTHING gets done fast.

  10. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    You invariably bitch when you lose these arguments, NoFear.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Owners & Players are necessary to one another in this arena. What has gotten out of hand IMO is the escalating wage scale, especially as it equates to Rookies.
    Add to that, the cost of Stadium Funding being laid on the Taxpayers. This League is profitable enough to self sustain if both sides can agree to look after one another and the Game itself. I would not pay going rates to watch Scab Football.
    Balance the ledger, work as partners and, look after the Game and it’s predecessors. Revenue above and beyond expenses should go the owners.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Love Jerry, (or loathe him), more owners should work to grow their business and improve the Stadium experience.
    My feeling is the average Fan will be priced off the landscape if this impasse isn’t settled amicably. I think both sides will cool off and be smart enough in the end, just hope that happens sooner rather than later.

  13. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, your 1st paragraph and 2nd are at great odd with one another. Jones is a large part of the problem where it comes to ticket prices. Yeah, the stadium experience is great there (I suppose), but the ticket prices are astronomical. What Carolina built is more along the line of what I’d like to see for the Niners.
    The rookie cap will happen in some form. No problem there. I get pissed when the owners complain about escalating salaries when they are the ones doling out the salaries. No one put a gun to Dan Snyder’s head and said sign Haynesworth for $120,000,000. He did that of his own volition.

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I’m trying to compare the problems between rich owners and lazy, perhaps clueless, owners.
    If the League took the Stadium costs off taxpayers, you might see less threat to locals. The wages begin with the Rookie slotting and guys like Snyder driving it up to be sure.
    Not sure what JJ.O. did to erect the Cow Patty Palace in terms of taxpayers but, he packs the place so, how does it work for him and not Richardson?
    My feeling is that this dispute could be ironed out with an equitable split from the League on revenues obtained from TV and Gate without giving the impression that PSLs for instance, get placed into the Owners pockets? Hard to swing an axe in one direction but, the books will clear up some guesswork the Players are obviously looking to identify.

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