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Old 02-24-2006, 12:04 PM   #31
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Default Re: Collective Bargaining Crash Looms

Ben's agent Leigh Steinberg has described the Steelers as a "gateway" franchise in terms of Ben's endorsement potential being enhanced by playing for a team with a nationwide following with a solid "blue collar" image that matches Ben's public image (as opposed to his "Drink Like A Champion" photo images :)

If Ben's endorsement deals continue to grow, companies paying the endorsement $ might not regard Ben to be quite as marketable if he hypothetically would be taking snaps for a team such as the Cardinals or Titans as opposed to the Steelers and if he was tarnished by being perceived as disloyal to the team that made him famous.

This may be wishful thinking, but if loyalty probably will not count for much at contract renegotiation time the financial consequences of leaving certainly will. Given that most NFL players have minimal endorsement deals, it might be one explanation for why big time QBs who do get endorsements (Brady/Manning/McNabb/Favre) stay with the team that made them.
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Old 02-24-2006, 11:36 PM   #32
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Well it looks as though there will be no extension, stupid greedy ass owners. It is not even the case of the players being greedy and wanting everything, the big hangups are the owners revenue sharing crap.
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Old 02-26-2006, 02:50 AM   #33
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Default Re: Collective Bargaining Crash Looms

Breaking News: Agreement on CBA on the Way?

By Scout.com

Date: Feb 25, 2006

Breaking news about the CBA and the 2006 salary cap!


An NFL source has told Scout.com that the 2006 salary cap will be announced on Monday, February 27. 2006's cap, according to this source, will be $95 million. This is on the high end of what was expected - most estimates were anywhere from $92 to $95 million.

Atlanta Falcons GM Rich McKay, who co-chairs the Competition Committee and has long been a major player in league matters, talked to the media on Saturday about the possible extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would greatly affect how cap money is spent.

McKay said that the teams remain hopeful that there will be an extension, despite Player?s Association head Gene Upshaw's recent comments that agents should negotiate as if there will be no extension. McKay also said that without a new deal, the March 3 free agency deadline will not be pushed back.

McKay said that it would be "extremely difficult" to operate without an extension.

Without a cap, McKay said that the "tricks of the trade" will all drop into this year's cap, affecting cap room. Contracts would only be able to be four years long and he thinks trades will be less likely because of accelerated bonuses. He also expects free agency would be slower.

But in late-breaking news on this matter, Seahawks.NET has been informed by our Scout.com source at the Combine that members of one NFL organization are telling their staff that there is a very strong chance that the CBA will be extended by the deadline. Significant recent progress has been made, according to our source.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:45 AM   #34
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Yeah I got this in my msn alerts this morning !! Oh please please people, get this damn thing ratified so we can continue to be the best run sports business in the world ! So we can continue to show the MLB, NBA, and NHL how the big boys do it and do it right the first time. !
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:57 PM   #35
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Washington Post has another article up this afternoon on the CBA negotiations:


By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 27, 2006; 11:48 AM

Either they know something that's not in full public view, or they're engaging in wishful thinking.

Those are the possible explanations for the fact that many front-office executives from NFL teams are convinced that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Players Association chief Gene Upshaw will complete a labor deal by midweek.

Perhaps Tagliabue has sent back-channel signals to the clubs that the negotiations are going better than he and Upshaw have indicated publicly. The owners have scheduled a meeting for next Monday and Tuesday in Dallas, and executives from some teams believe that Tagliabue and Upshaw will reach an agreement by Wednesday and postpone the opening of free agency from Friday until March 10 to give Tagliabue time to get the owners to approve the labor deal and bring their contentious revenue-sharing debate to a close.

Or perhaps the alternative is just so bleak for the league and its teams that the executives have convinced themselves that's going to happen.

The answer will be clear soon enough. Upshaw and Tagliabue likely will speak today to begin their last-ditch negotiating effort.


With regard to the salary cap:

Upshaw told the agents last week that the figure likely will be around $96 million. The clubs earlier had been told the number probably would fall between $92 million and $95 million. Last season's salary cap was $85.5 million per club.

The figure likely will jump over $100 million if there's an extension of the labor deal. . . .


$5 million more under the cap and a new CBA might help keep at least one Steeler FA (Taylor?) from leaving.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...042201154.html
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:44 PM   #36
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If we end up with a No salary cap year or era, us and the rest of the small market teams no matter how good we are currently are in for some serious trouble in a big way when it comes to signing players. Im still holding out hope for a witching hour type of resolution, at the last minute we get a buzz on ESPN radio saying the deal is completed all is well.

Please Please NFL gods, smile on us !!
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:16 PM   #37
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heard some bad news on ESPN.....a deal will likely not be done
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