Archive: Negotiations

Key NFL Question No. 9: Should Fans Be Worried About Labor Unrest?

My thought: Not too much. Not yet, at least. Yes, the storm clouds are gathering on the horizon after the league's franchise owners voted in May to reopen their labor deal with the players. That makes the 2009 season the final one in the deal with a salary cap,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 18, 2008; 09:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rookie Pay Issue Remains Hot Topic

The issue of rookie pay isn't going away. It promises to be a major topic of debate in the upcoming labor negotiations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear last week when he spoke out on the topic, calling the escalating salaries and bonuses that teams give to just-drafted...

 

By Mark Maske | July 2, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Upshaw Says Owners' Move Not Surprising

ATLANTA--NFL Players Association chief Gene Upshaw just spoke to reporters in a half-hour conference call. Upshaw said he wasn't the least bit surprised about the owners' decision today to terminate their labor deal with the union early. "I expected that," Upshaw said. "I don't think that was a shock...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Opt Out of Labor Deal Early

ATLANTA--The NFL's franchise owners voted here today to end their labor deal with the players' union early. The owners' decision means that the deal, ratified in March 2006, expires after the 2010 season. The 2009 season becomes the final one with a salary cap. The labor agreement contained a...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (24)

It's Still Unclear if There Will Be a Labor Vote Tomorrow

It's not definite, by the way, that the owners will take a vote Tuesday in Atlanta about terminating the labor deal early. People familiar with the owners' deliberations say it remains unclear whether the owners will vote, or simply discuss the labor situation and postpone taking any actions until...

 

By Mark Maske | May 19, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Might Vote Tuesday to Reopen Labor Deal

The league's owners might vote as soon as Tuesday, when they're scheduled to meet in Atlanta, to exercise a reopener clause in their labor agreement with the players' union, a source close to the situation said. Either side has until Nov. 8 to exercise the reopener clause. Doing so...

 

By Mark Maske | May 16, 2008; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Labor Negotiations Under Way

Representatives of the league and the NFL Players Association had a labor negotiating meeting last Thursday in New York. Union chief Gene Upshaw revealed the bargaining session in a written statement on the Players Association's website, calling it "just the first step in the process." According to Upshaw, the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 12, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Rookie Signings Going Smoothly

It was thought that it would be unusually difficult this summer for teams to sign their draft picks. The salary cap had jumped 19 percent from last year to this year, but the rookie pool--in essence, a salary cap within the overall salary cap for each team to sign...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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