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NEW YORK -- Rich, powerful and more popular than ever, the NFL gets closer to a doomsday scenario every day.

Without a deal in the next five weeks to preserve the labor peace that has lasted since a bad month in 1987 - anybody remember scab football? - next season will have no salary cap. That means richer teams such as the Redskins and Patriots will be able to far outspend clubs such as Jacksonville and Buffalo for free agents, while the Jaguars and Bills might try to pinch pennies to stay in business.

And if no deal can be reached next season, that uncapped, maybe less competitive year will be followed by no NFL at all in 2011. Stay tuned as the nation's most lucrative and most watched sport heads into the Great Unknown.

"It looks very bleak to get a (deal) done before March of this year or the beginning of the new NFL season," says Titans center Kevin Mawae, president of the players' union.

"We're going to continue to try. ... Until we come to some terms of what's really important and what are the big issues in this deal it's going to be tough to get something done.

"The players are more united than ever before, and we're preparing for a lockout."

And getting antsy about the future.

"From our standpoint right now, you not only prepare for the worst, that seems like the direction it's headed," Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch says. "If players aren't prepared, if guys are in bad financial situations, it hurts our leverage as players."

The main issue, of course, is money - despite soaring TV ratings, an average franchise value of $1 billion and even a storybook Super Bowl featuring the hard-luck Saints and MVP Peyton Manning's Colts.


More: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/footb ... 46688.html

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Quit bein a bunch of greedy scrubs (both the players and the league) and get a darn deal done... they'll lose far more with no deal than they will by dishing out a lil extra dough to make things smooth.


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Quit bein a bunch of greedy scrubs (both the players and the league) and get a darn deal done... they'll lose far more with no deal than they will by dishing out a lil extra dough to make things smooth.


The NFL makes more than it knows what to do with, and the players argue that they are not only the reason for it, but they are putting their lives at stake. I don't think it's the players being greedy scrubs, I think it's the owners and the NFL's corrupt leader, Goodell.
Roger makes more money off of stupid infractions like "lightly grazing a referee's finger", and celebration dances than most people make in years of work.

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Iowafin wrote:
IamPZ wrote:
Quit bein a bunch of greedy scrubs (both the players and the league) and get a darn deal done... they'll lose far more with no deal than they will by dishing out a lil extra dough to make things smooth.


The NFL makes more than it knows what to do with, and the players argue that they are not only the reason for it, but they are putting their lives at stake. I don't think it's the players being greedy scrubs, I think it's the owners and the NFL's corrupt leader, Goodell.
Roger makes more money off of stupid infractions like "lightly grazing a referee's finger", and celebration dances than most people make in years of work.


They all make a piss load more than they should be... they're playing a game and making more money than 99% of the country.


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PZ, the NFL and the owners have a pretty good deal with the players. Yeah, the players get paid a boat load of money, but they also have contract that are not guaranteed. These guys can be cut at anytime and the contract just go away.

To me, the biggest issue that the NFL faces is owner against owner and the desire of owners like Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder to restrict revenue sharing. There is no way a Green Bay or Buffalo or Jacksonville survive with out revenue sharing, and the Jags are in trouble with it.

In the end, I hope the players and owners realize that fans don't give a darn how they work things out, just work it out. The nation is in as difficult a time financially as it has been in a long time. Fans don't want to hear it from either side.

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In the end, I hope the players and owners realize that fans don't give a darn how they work things out, just work it out. The nation is in as difficult a time financially as it has been in a long time. Fans don't want to hear it from either side.


Exactly.


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How about everyone take a pay cut so that tickets can be sold cheaper. Thus more fans will fill the stands. Reganomics.

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UFL anyone?



Also Goddell said that they are going to cut up the field that the superbowl is being played on into a ton of pieces, freeze drying it and selling them for $100 a pop. and the places that "big Plays" were made are $140 bucks....Can it be more about the plays and less about the money....it is said they will make 17.4 Million bucks if they sell them all

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UFL anyone?



Also Goddell said that they are going to cut up the field that the superbowl is being played on into a ton of pieces, freeze drying it and selling them for $100 a pop. and the places that "big Plays" were made are $140 bucks....Can it be more about the plays and less about the money....it is said they will make 17.4 Million bucks if they sell them all


If there is any truth to this, it's utterly pathetic... wtf you gonna do with a piece of grass in ur house?


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Iceberg85 wrote:
UFL anyone?



Also Goddell said that they are going to cut up the field that the superbowl is being played on into a ton of pieces, freeze drying it and selling them for $100 a pop. and the places that "big Plays" were made are $140 bucks....Can it be more about the plays and less about the money....it is said they will make 17.4 Million bucks if they sell them all


If there is any truth to this, it's utterly pathetic... wtf you gonna do with a piece of grass in ur house?



I think it is terrible, but here is the whole article,

http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/136501


But don't worry guys a whole dollar from each piece of sod sold goes to haiti relief, man they are givers, O AND free shipping, woot bleeping woot

Stadium Associates has signed a licensing deal with the NFL to sell game-used sod from the Super Bowl in Miami, a first for the league, confirmed NFL Dir of Licensing Richard Seidlitz. New Jersey-based Stadium Associates is the same firm selling game-used turf from the BCS Championship Game played January 7 at the Rose Bowl. It is also MLB's official licensee for selling authentic sod from big league parks and has a similar agreement with IMG's Collegiate Licensing Co. In its most recent deal, Stadium Associates, in conjunction with the NFL, plans to cut 75,000 pieces of turf from the two end zones at Sun Life Stadium and up to 50,000 pieces of the NFL shield at midfield. Each 3-inch square, freeze-dried, preserved and encased, will sell for $99.99, or $249 for a set of all three, said Stadium Associates co-Founder David Andres. In addition, the two parties will work together to identify 10-15 spaces on the field tied to key plays in the Super Bowl. Those 3-square-foot pieces of sod will be carved into smaller pieces and marketed as "special moments" selling for $134.99. Stadium Associates is also offering live Super Bowl sod, in 1-square-foot and 2-square-foot pieces, that can be ordered and shipped in the spring and transplanted onto homeowner's lawns, Andres said. Free shipping, a $10 value, is available until Super Bowl kickoff, he said. One dollar from the sale of each piece of Super Bowl sod will be distributed to the Haitian relief effort. As of deadline, Stadium Associates and the NFL were still determining which charity to use, Andres said.

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