49ers player representative Takeo Spikes went on ESPN’s Sports Center Friday morning to talk about the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) approved by NFL owners. Last week it seemed like this was going to be the week the NFL lockout was going to come to end with both sides hammering out a new CBA. Spikes gave details in the interview about what the players have issues in the new CBA with the top being a supplemental revenue sharing. Spikes says the supplemental revenue sharing was not brought up in Wednesday’s meetings between the two sides and they first heard of it when they studied the approved CBA by the owners.
“We can’t be forced into a deal, period. It will take time to review the proposal”, Spikes said on Sports Center.
What seemed like a done deal now looks nowhere near being completed. The players feel the owners are making a power grab and are placing them into a bad position to force them to accept a bad deal. This whole week I have been checking the news throughout the day to hear word of the lockout officially being over. At the beginning of the week I was more optimistic of the 2011 NFL season starting this week, now at the end of the week it seems like the lockout will continue until who knows when. When asked if Spikes expects a vote to happen on Friday he responded, “A vote will happen when a fair deal is reached.” Not exactly an encouraging statement by the 49ers player representative.