NFLPA President Winston: No 18 game seasons on my watch

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  1. Henry Burris

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    No, the NFL is asking for some "New Coke" outrage if they do something like play multiple games for the Super Bowl. Possibly worse.
     
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    I don't understand the 18 games is a safety issue business.

    If you're injured you are injured and shouldn't be playing if their is significant risk of further injury. The length of season shouldn't change that. Adding 2 games increases the chances of injury but really that risk is high how it is. An 18 game season might actually increase the use of rotation players at all spots and protect players that way.

    Personally I'll keep laughing at the NFLPA whilst they keep signing on the CBA's with non guaranteed contracts. They end up maximising the money the very best players get and screwing everyone else who gets cuts whenever they aren't required. It's the exact opposite to what a union is meant to do.
     
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    Just cut preseason from 4 to 2 games, and make the other 2 season games. Many,many years ago when players sold tires in the off season, I can see the need for FULL training camp. Will all the precamps they have all year long ,it's just not needed anymore. They are now year round players. You have to pay full price for preseason games anyways, no discount? Your starters play 1 quater in first game,2 quarters in second game, 3 quarters in third and a series in the 4th game. Thats less the 2 full games,yet 4 full price tickets to see it.
     
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    I can see a 2 game preseason and a developmental league up and running so if needed you can always find playable fill-ins that are ready to jump in. a minor league football in smaller cities, maybe 1 up here in Toronto seeing how we have troubles filling up our dome for the Bills. :36_1_11[1]:
     
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    As far as I can see the NFL would never condone a multi-game championship. They need all the build up and all the hoopla surrounding it because it's a huge money maker for them and the broadcast networks. More than one game would dilute all that.
     
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    I can't see any motivation to change the playoff format away from a single-elimination tournament. For multiple reasons. I'm also not in favor of expanding the post-season beyond 6 teams per conference. This isn't the NBA or NHL where .500 teams should get in and get a 5 or 7 game series to do what they haven't already validated in the RS. One of the NFL's unique qualities is that "every game means something" which isn't true in any of the the three other major sports leagues.

    As far as the rest goes, any proposal that reduces the stupid preseason and adds 1 or 2 more REAL regular season games I'm willing to listen to. There are ways to do it without impacting "safety" (expanding rosters, limiting all players to 16 active games) but the NFLPA doesn't want that because it might dilute the earnings of the marquee players who run the union.
     
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    If the owners really want 18 games, they can figure out a way to make it enticing to the union.

    Possible concessions:
    - expand the rosters (more jobs)
    - proportionally increase the salary cap (which would probably be the very first demand from the union)
    - decrease the preseason games (as has already been suggested)
    - make a more forgiving Injured Reserve program (similar to what they do in baseball)

    As stated before the NFLPA is not as strong as other sports player unions. Hell, they are the only goofs that haven't held out for guaranteed contracts yet.
     
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    All good ideas from the players perspective TG which means the owners will oppose every one of them. LOL Some things never change. :(

    As far as the guaranteed contracts go I have a hunch about that. The top money guys don't want it because it would cost them money. With a hard cap in place if deals were guaranteed they'd need to be for less money and for shorter periods of time. No more 5 and 6 year deals with massive upfront money. Owners would probably figure it's best to pay as you go and three year deals might even be scarce. It might benefit those guys on the lower end of the pay scale but hurt the guys at the upper end. If they guarantee long term deals then there has to either be an out for severe or career ending injuries or the CAB needs to provide for cap relief and the owners don't want that because certain teams would be allowed to go over the cap and spend the money to pay the deal off. They aren't all Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder. JHMO :cheers:
     
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