NFL Owners And Players Reach No Deal

WASHINGTON (WJZ)—No deal between NFL owners and the players, and the players union took major legal action. Now the 2011 football season is in serious jeopardy.

Sports director Mark Viviano has more on these developments.

The players have played their strongest legal hand. They dissolved their status as a union. That move was announced last Friday evening, after another day of failed negotiations with the owners.

No more players union means no more collective bargaining, and individual football players can now file suit against the NFL’s owners to prevent a planned lockout.

The talks broke down after nearly three weeks of mediated negotiations. The players say the owners failed to present enough financial evidence to justify the players having to give up nearly a billion dollars in salary. The owners say the players walked away from a good offer.

“The players walked away from a good offer to them today to basically split the difference between the two sides. We made that approximately at 12 o’clock, and at 4 o’clock they came back and said it was insufficient,” said John Mara, Giants owner.

“It was a commitment to litigate as we’ve said all along, and that’s unfortunate because all it means is that the eventual resolution of this business dispute is going to be delayed. We will have an agreement, and we will have a system that is good for fans, good for players, and allows this game to grow,” said Jeff Pash, NFL General Counsel.

“Ultimately, this is going to be negotiated at the negotiating table. They have chosen to pursue another strategy. That is their choice. But we will be prepared to negotiate an agreement and get something done that is fair to the players and fair to the club,” said Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.

Following those statements from the owners and the league, a lawyer representing the players responded that the league has lied, misrepresenting what offers were on the table. The lawyer also says that the owners are unreasonable and driven by greed.

The war of the words is on. But through it all, you’ll hear both sides continue to hint that a deal can still be done.

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    • Zac

      Then they can change the NFL theme song to I will survive! Its a shame that these players can’t play for about $50,000/day when I know people that will play every day for $50,000 a year.

      Good thing the O’s look a little better!

  • ratm33

    Overpaid babies all of them. Get all new players that really love the game not just the money. Then we might actually see some good playing.

  • murman

    I think both the players and owners should take a apy cut, and make what others would make in todays jobs. It has really gotten out of hand when police, fire, teachers, and others have to take pay cuts, furlough days, or lose there jobs because there is no money to pay them or give raises. And to hear them whine like this is terrible and disrepectful to the fans of the game.

  • Crybabies

    How much more money do these clowns need, These fools make more money in one game than most americans make in a year, Give it up and just do away with all of them and start over. Lower the prices and pay then a few thousand dollars a year instead of millions a year if they love the game that much then they will play

  • kevin

    give me about 50,000 a year and ill play i mean places to stay and travel and free food and many other great amenities id glady play for just 50,000 a year

    • Mocha k

      I’m with you on that one. If they want to cry about not getting paid enough, they can call me up, i’ll play.

  • baltimore resident

    Boo Hoo Hoo, the poor babies, do they serve cheese with that whine??? It is to the point that you can’t afford to go to a game anymore and now they want more money? What happened to the LOVE of the game, when they do and interview they all spout how they do it for the game and the fans and how they love the sport, bottom line is they love how much they can suck the fans for, because we are the ones who will get it socked too in the end by higher prices for all. Get rid of them all 50,000 yr cap and no incentive if they love the game they will play if not get someone who will.

  • supernigga7

    pay them niggas we dont get overpaid nowhere else all dem crackers get overpaid all the time even to cut grass these guys suffer later for the rough sport they might as well make some money

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