This post was written by Jared A. Quan
In response to a poll we recently posted on our web site we let you the fans let us know what you wanted to read on the Niner Noise. Per your request here is more lockout coverage.
We are familiar with the story at this point, but we are more familiar with the speculation everyone has added to it. 117 days and some hours ago, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expired after owners exercised their rights to opt out of the current CBA causing it to expire two years early. So let’s talk about with current facts.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith have engaged in talks in Minnesota, and then they flew to Florida. On recent occasion Smith and Goodell made statements.
Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”
Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”
We know that the players want more money, and the owners want more money. Whether you think that the sticking point is the 18 game schedule, the rookie salary cap, team salary cap, TV money, or overall percentage of profits, it all breaks down to the fact that both sides want a bigger slice of the pie.
We know that if there is no season this year, each of the NFL cities would lose an estimated $160 million, and uncountable jobs would be affected. Those are the foreseeable issues. That is when the law of unintended consequences comes into play. The law of unintended consequences is what happens when a simple system tries to regulate a complex system. In this instance the lockout would serve as the simple answer, to regulate in place of a complicated functional NFL.
Both fans and nonfans alike are clearly dissatisfied with the current situation. However, as fans we are faced with the hardest fact of all, no matter what we say or do, we the fans cannot force them to compromise any faster. In the end, season or no, the only thing I will speculate on is that it will be tainted with the bitter taste of greed that will take a couple of seasons to get rid of it.