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2011 NFL Lockout/work stoppage soon ending?

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Sources: NFL “12-Day Plan” To Begin Midnight Saturday

 

By JOHN P. LOPEZ, NFL Reporter

CBS Sportsradio/Westwood One

 

Updated: July 15, 2011

 

"The NFL is confident enough its lockout will be resolved this week, it has established a 12-Day Plan to resume football activities beginning Saturday at midnight, league sources told SportsRadio 610.

 

Barring an 11th-Hour collapse in negotiations, the agreement between the league and players will be ratified this week – not at the July 21 meetings in Atlanta, as has been reported – ending the longest work stoppage in league history.

 

The plan, which is broken into three parts, is designed to prevent a mad scramble in player signings, while allowing the league to play full preseason and regular-season schedules.

 

Under the plan, teams will be allowed to negotiate only with restricted free-agents for four-days, beginning at midnight Saturday. A deadline also will be established, allowing teams to match offer-sheets for their restricted free-agents. Unrestricted free-agents will be contacted during the second four-days of the plan, with the final four-day contact window allowing teams to negotiate with drafted and undrafted rookies.

 

By completing personnel moves in 12-days, training camps could begin on July 27, allowing teams virtually undisturbed training camp and preseason schedules. The only teams whose schedules would be significantly altered would be the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, who were scheduled to play in the Hall Of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The plan also would include expanding rosters for training camps.

 

Numerous reports indicate the final hurdles in completing the deal are reaching agreement on a rookie wage scale and determining a time frame for unrestricted free agency for veterans."

 

 

 

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2011/07/11/sources-nfl-12-day-plan-set-to-begin-saturday-at-midnight/

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While they are negotiating contracts, can they do something about the schedules? With 16 games a season, why not have one team play 15 games against teams in their own league and 1 against an intercity/state team [ie: Jets vs Giants]. that way all teams would have a fair and even schedule. Otherwise the whole league division is pointless if you have an AFL team playing an NFL team regularly.

 

Yes, this means each team faces each other only 1 time, but it would be fair overall.

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While they are negotiating contracts, can they do something about the schedules? With 16 games a season, why not have one team play 15 games against teams in their own league and 1 against an intercity/state team [ie: Jets vs Giants]. that way all teams would have a fair and even schedule. Otherwise the whole league division is pointless if you have an AFL team playing an NFL team regularly.

 

Yes, this means each team faces each other only 1 time, but it would be fair overall.

 

 

Not a bad idea. If you not aware Concourse assuming the regular season is not changed, the Jets/Giants play each other in their 15th game this year, (Christmas Eve Day 12/24)

 

Problem is while the Jets/Giants, Cowboys/Houston, Ravens/Redskins Bears/Colts, Rams/Chiefs, Dolphins/Bucs, Broncos/Cardinals 49ers/Raiders and Eagles/Pats would be great rivalries, there not enough across the league.

 

Teams like the Bills, Seahawks, Falcons, Jaguars, Panthers and Titans dont have a nearby city/region in the other conference to play against.

 

Looks like the planned 18-game regular season is off the table according to reports. I always felt instead of 18 games, i always felt the following.

 

1)Play 17 game regular season over 18 weeks

 

or

 

2)add '2' more playoff teams(1 in each conference)and elimante the wild card 'byes' for the top 2 teams in each conference.

 

 

If the agreement is made by 7/22, only '1' pre-season game would be lost is what being discussed and the regular season would remain the same.

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Yes, this means each team faces each other only 1 time, but it would be fair overall.

 

Each team facing each other only once isn't necessarily a bad thing. It gives each game, and the playoffs more meaning IMO.

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Each team facing each other only once isn't necessarily a bad thing. It gives each game, and the playoffs more meaning IMO.

 

Problem is there now 32 nfl teams. Unless you he-man no team can play 31 regular season games. However the TV stations that carry the NFL i.e Fox, NBC, CBS and ESPN would love it.:(

 

Another option is to have only '1' regular season game vs teams in your division, another '8'' games versus the other divisions in your conference and

'4' roatating in an interconference division every 3 years.

 

That gives you 15 games. Thus that the only way the Jets and Giants unless they are in same division can play each other every season.

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He was agreeing to my idea of one team facing 15 different teams in the same league plus the one 'interleague' game. Not the 1 vs 31.

 

 

Then you have another issue. Teams that are big draws ie. Cowboys and Giants and in past decade the Pats and Colts w/ Peyton Manning have huge following.

 

Especially the Cowboys, teams love for them to visit their town at least every 3-4 years under the current schduling format and almost an gurantee sell out.

 

Thus an 15-game 'intra' conference format would not work either.:eek:

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Well they can go screw themselves. The NFL should not have expanded to so many cities then. they should play the teams 1 time each in the same league and everyone gets a fair shot at the playoffs. No more easy or hard schedules.

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Well they can go screw themselves. The NFL should not have expanded to so many cities then. they should play the same teams 1 time each and everyone gets a fair shot at the playoffs. No more easy or hard schedules.

 

Concourse we can agree. All '4' major leagues i.e NFL, NBA MLB and NHL all overexpanded way too much in the '90's/early 2000's.

 

Although tv ratings were at or near all time record highs last season, there was a few clubs i.e Carolina, Detroit, Oakland and Jacksonville are having issues selling out their games. Due to both a bad economy and crappy teams. The 'troubled clubs' the NFL TV partners really discuss.

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He was agreeing to my idea of one team facing 15 different teams in the same league plus the one 'interleague' game. Not the 1 vs 31.

 

I think you mean "conference" instead of "league".

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The NFL Network this morning 7/19/11 says that an agreement in principal has been made between the NFL Owners and NFLPA on a new 10-year CBA. Only remaining road block is 1)settling several lawsuits mainly the ones made by former players 2)rookie salary cap.

Deal needs to be approved by the teams owners and players union which is expected by no later than July 29.

 

 

The agreements is expected to be 10-year deal that will end after the 2021 season.The new CBA is conditional based on those remaining 2 issues including also settling the Vincent Jackson case.

 

Expanding the 18-game regular season has been put onto hold for at least 4-5years from now in a separte contract.

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The lockout is about to end. The Owners have just approved a new deal and pending player union approval the NFL could be back in business by next wed. july 27, 2011.

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Its now looks like it's over. According to both NFL Network and ESPN the NFL PA executive board led by union boss D. Smith will approve the deal on Monday. Thus all of the members of the NFLPA will then vote on Wed. 7/27/11 and end the lockout. The CBA contract is a $1 Trillion(not a misprint) 10 year deal that will end following the 2020 season.

 

There rumors the start of the 2011 regular season scheduled for Sept. 8 could be pushed back (rumors are many NFL coaches are requesting it)1 week to Thursday 9/15.

 

Still the NFL lockout is about over according to the reports.

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Wow. Good on the NFL to get a long-term CBA installed and not make some haphazard temporary deal.

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They are back. The Management of the NFLPA has voted to accept the new 10 year deal. Thus the rest of the players will barring a huge shock will rubber stamp and end the work stoppage offically on Wed. 7/27/11.

 

So let kickoff. Being fair IMO the season should be pushed back a week to start on Thursday sept 15/Sunday sept. 18 instead of currently the sept. 8/sept. 11 planned openers.

 

There going to be a ton of injuries and crappy play for first few weeks of the season.

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