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CBA Approval

IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103

NFLPA ratifies new CBA
Posted by Mike Florio on March 15, 2020, 10:24 AM EDT

The NFL Players Association have taken the deal.

“NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959,” the union announced on Twitter. “This result comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results.”

The numbers (if my math is correct, and that’s a big if) translate to 1,978 votes, with 51.5 percent voting yes and 48.5 percent voting no. And with roughly 2,500 dues-paying members of the union, the vote generated a turnout (although no one had to actually go anywhere) of 79.12 percent.

It’s amazing that the percentage wasn’t higher, given the stakes and the controversy. Which shows that plenty of players simply weren’t (and still aren’t) paying attention.

The good news (if there can be any at this time) is that we can all stop paying attention to labor issues, with a caveat to be explained in a subsequent post.


  • IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103

    DeMaurice Smith posts open letter after CBA vote closes
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 15, 2020, 8:48 AM EDT

    The NFL Players Association has closed its voting on a new CBA. As everyone waits for the results, the man primarily responsible for the negotiation of the proposed deal has posted an open letter.

    NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith explains in this three-page letter the deal that is the product of months of negotiation, addressing some of the criticisms and explaining why he believes this deal is the right deal at the right time.

    “I hear — loudly and clear — those of you who have passionately expressed their perspective that these gains are not enough when weighed against, for example, adding another game,” Smith writes. “That positions reflects how some members have chosen to weigh what aspect of the deal is important to them.”

    Weighing the factors is the key. Every player will weigh them differently, assuming they weighed them at all. As previously explained, the interests of the 20 or so players who know they have starting jobs in 2020 will be different from the interests of the other 43 (including practice squads) per team. The former group is worried about playing a 17th game; most of the latter is worried about playing only one game. But too many of the 43 listened to those from the 20 who don’t want to play an extra game, and thus cajoled plenty of the 43 into voting against their interests.

    Smith also addresses the the controversial agreement to accept the “standard Social Security disability offset,” explaining that it was balanced against “pension increases for everyone and the retroactive inclusion of hundreds of players into a pension system from which they were excluded.”

    He also explains that economic downturns and potential disruptions (like the one currently unfolding) will impact players more than owners. “Owners who possess and control billions of assets are undeniably overall richer than we are, will be in the business longer than every player will be and can absorb economic downturns better than our collective body can,” Smith bluntly states.

    He also mentions the steps taken to prepare for a potential work stoppage, which could happen if the vote on the proposed CBA fails to ratify it, but it’s clear that he has concerns that the players won’t have enough money to win a work stoppage. Which is another reason for his decision to present them with an opportunity to do a deal now.

    “I am proud that we have taken steps to present an early deal to you and the decision lies with the players,” Smith writes, “which is as it should be.”

    Soon, we’ll know what the vote was, which will allow the NFLPA to determine what will be next.
  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,420
    This was a no-brainer. Don’t know all the fuss for that one extra game - teams that have secured a playoff spot by week 15 almost always sit their important players that last week of the regular season anyway. Extra game gives players one more week to hit performance numbers (although i expect those numbers to trend up when written into contracts). Extra game means higher odds injuries will happen which means more practice players getting promoted and also means the greater need on veteran players who otherwise would have been out of the league. It’s a win.
  • So, how will fantasy seasons (playoffs) adjust?
    12 Team PPR Dynasty
    QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, Flex RB/WR/TE

    Wentz, Tannehill
    S Barkley, J Jacobs, C Carson, R Freeman, Dobbins
    AJ Brown, T Hill, C Kupp, DJ Chark, Lamb, Jefferson
    Kelce, Higbee
  • HellAtlanticHellAtlantic Posts: 1,420
    Likely fantasy playoffs start a week later. Highly doubtful our fantasy playoffs were a consideration during these CBA talks, although that’s be hilarious if that was the case.
  • I think fantasy playoffs would stay the same. Less likely to have teams sit players in the title game.

  • IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103
    Roger Goodell C
    The NFL new league year will start on time.

    Everything will continue as planned, which means there are a few things to monitor this week. First off, the NFL franchise tag deadline is Monday, so players like Derrick Henry and Dak Prescott could get tagged. But more importantly, the negotiating window for free agency kicks off on Monday at noon and continues on until free agency opens up on Wednesday. Teams will be approaching this year differently given the travel restrictions, but we should expect deals to happen over the next few days.
    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
    Mar 15, 2020, 6:53 PM ET
  • Soooo exciting!! Man, I hope this all clears up enough to not affect the season!

  • IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103

    Report: NFLPA wouldn’t provide consent to move league year
    Posted by Charean Williams on March 15, 2020, 7:28 PM EDT

    The NFL couldn’t change the league calendar on its own. It needed the approval of the Players Association.

    The sides discussed the matter Sunday after the NFPA announced it had approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Free agency will proceed as scheduled despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as previously reported. The reason? The NFLPA would not provide consent to move the league year, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    “NFLPA says: No one is traveling anyway,” Schefter wrote on social media. “It’s not football activity; it’s deals. Everyone is working remotely. Let’s do our business remotely. And this could get worse before it gets better. So do it now.”

    That’s what PFT speculated earlier today that the decision was made to proceed possibly in part because things could get worse two or four or six or even eight weeks from now. So a delay could push the entire schedule back with no end in sight to delays.

    Thus, the negotiating window opens at noon ET on Monday with the official start of free agency at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103
    Roger Goodell C,
    PFT's Mike Florio reports the "NFL's plan to move forward with the new league year as scheduled isn’t set in stone."

    Per Florio, "discussions between the NFL and the NFLPA are expected to resume on Monday, as new information comes in and decisions potentially are revised." The NFL is trying to soldier on, but the speed of events in recent days has been almost incomprehensible. Like the rest of the world, the NFL is probably operating on an hour-by-hour basis at this point.
    Source: Profootballtalk on
    Mar 15, 2020, 11:06 PM ET
  • IcemanIceman Posts: 6,103
    Roger Goodell C, Unsigned Free Agent
    The NFL will proceed with the draft as schedule on April 23-25 but has canceled all public events.

    The NFL is striking a rather discordant tone by carrying on with the beginning of free agency as the coronavirus crisis deepens, but it is already admitting the obvious with the draft. We are headed for an old school, conference call style draft weekend, though obviously it will still be televised. April 23 is an eternity from now, so outside events could still end up forcing the draft's postponement.
    Mar 16, 2020, 11:15 AM ET
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    Roger Goodell C, Unsigned Free Agent
    In a memo sent to teams Monday, the NFL announced OTAs have been "delayed indefinitely" and closed all team facilities.

    None of this is surprising. Free agency will march on as scheduled, but teams are not allowed to have players in for visits or even administer physicals. That second part could pose a problem, as we could even see some of these contracts ripped up when teams are allowed to conduct physicals. As of now, only "neutral physicians" are permitted to conduct the exams.
    Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
    Mar 16, 2020, 7:45 PM ET
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