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SBD/Issue 76/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Next NFL CBA Bargaining Session Set For Tomorrow In N.Y.
Published January 4, 2010
|Smith's Letter Touches On
Rookie Salary Cap, Blood Testing
STILL HOLDING OUT HOPE: Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy said he is "hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the players" before the salary cap is removed for the '10 season. Murphy: "It's not going to be easy, but at the end of the day, I'm hopeful we'll create a way." In Green Bay, Tony Walter noted any developments on the labor situation "likely will remain under the public radar." Murphy: "I don't think fans will notice anything in the short term, except maybe in some of the (player) signings." He added that it will "seem like business as usual on the football front" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 1/2). In Pittsburgh, Prine & Brown reported 439 NFLers will "hit the market as unrestricted or restricted free agents" this offseason. It remains to be seen if "big-market franchises ... could 'buy' a championship by plucking a handful of the best remaining talent from lower-revenue clubs" during an uncapped year. However, the final eight playoff teams "only will be able to sign a free agent for every one they lose." Each NFL team will receive an "extra 'transition' tag to allow them to keep the rights of another valuable player" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 12/31).
THE SILENCE BEFORE THE STORM? ESPN’s Adam Schefter last week on “Mike & Mike in the Morning” predicted there would be a work stoppage in the NFL in ’11, and today he said, “What was alarming to me about that is usually when you say something that can be construed as semi-controversial or inaccurate, you very quickly hear from people. They call you right away and say, ‘You may want to correct this on air. That’s not right.' I never heard one word about the fact that we were mentioning that there may not be football in 2011, that as it stands today, there won’t be football. Nobody said anything about it, and that struck me as odd and peculiar and unnerving and unsettling” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN2, 1/4).