Today the NFL Owner’s lead labor negotiator declared that the NFL Players Association (NFPLA) had more than enough financial evidence presented to them finally. If you have been following this whole labor negotiation thing you know that the biggest snag in getting a deal done is the money. I think they players have realized they will have to go to an 18-game schedule and it’s much more than that as the players want to see better healthcare plans in the future but the main thing holding a deal back is money.
The NFLPA has stated vigilantly that the owners are not opening up all their financial statements to legitimize them taking out $2 billion dollars off the top of the $9 billion dollar revenue that the league earned in 2010. The rest would be divided amongst teams and players but the NFPLA claims they haven’t seen enough numbers to warrant the owners taking the $2 billion off the top. Today they finally claimed they had provided more than enough evidence. The NFPLA declined to comment stating they had been told not to do so by their lead negotiator.
So what does this all mean?
If a deal doesn’t get done by the deadline on Friday they can extend the negotiations one more time but after that if a deal isn’t done they officially head into a lockout when the CBA expires. The threat of no football in 2011 exists and it would not be wise as the NFL is enjoying its highest ratings ever coinciding with their highest earnings ever. The NFL hasn’t had a work stoppage in over a quarter century.
How does this affect the draft?
Quite frankly it doesn’t. Even if they two sides can’t come to an agreement on a new CBA the NFL Draft will still be held. Players won’t be able to sign with teams until a new collective bargaining agreememnt is in place but none the less they will still be eligible to be drafted which is great for us draft nuts! Ultimately, I’m praying that the deal gets done by Friday because I couldn’t live without the NFL but the ways things are now, that might be where we’re headed.