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Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith during his pre-election presentation to players last week, and again in his first post-election news conference, brought up the possibility of asking

Congress to examine the league's tax-exempt status and its limited antitrust exemption if the owners don't bargain in good faith in upcoming negotiations for a new labor deal.

The owners are smart enough to know this was no idle threat. Smith is a partner in the powerful Washington law firm Patton Boggs and has ties to the Obama administration. He once worked with new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

This doesn't sound good at all

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Theres going to be a lock out.

This new NFLPA Pres. sounds like he is taking the hardline from the get - go. The owners had a pal in Upshaw.

The Players want more of the gross revenue and owners want to share less of the revenue they are already expending. They both know the NFL is the # 1 sport, so a strike/lockout shouldnt cripple the sport like it did baseball a few years ago. The football fan will just watch more NCAA ball while the NFL is on sabbatical.

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Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports new NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith during his pre-election presentation to players last week, and again in his first post-election news conference, brought up the possibility of asking Congress to examine the league's tax-exempt status and its limited antitrust exemption if the owners don't bargain in good faith in upcoming negotiations for a new labor deal.

The owners are smart enough to know this was no idle threat. Smith is a partner in the powerful Washington law firm Patton Boggs and has ties to the Obama administration. He once worked with new U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

This doesn't sound good at all

Spector has threatened this for years. He is in bed with COMCAST. COMCAST has been battling the NFL and NFL Network since 2006.

There is no doubt that there is a battle ahead. Hopefully, they will get rookie salaries in line with the NBA.

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Spector has threatened this for years. He is in bed with COMCAST. COMCAST has been battling the NFL and NFL Network since 2006.

There is no doubt that there is a battle ahead. Hopefully, they will get rookie salaries in line with the NBA.

And I'm a fan of Spector because with either Cablevision or Time Warner, tens of millions of cable subscribers can't get the NFL Network. It's ridiculous and the fault lies 100% with the NFL.

The NFL wants the same grandfather deal that ESPN got from the cable giants as ESPN was one of the founding cable networks, and to be on the basic cable plan.

And on the OP, good for the NFLPA. The owners are fools and the NFLPA have been a bunch of pansies.

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just early posturing

the hockey deal proved 1 simple fact;

the players need the game more than the owners do

the owners became billionares, THEN bought a team, so they have other ways to make money

the players can't make millions any other way

the owners hold all the cards

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And I'm a fan of Spector because with either Cablevision or Time Warner, tens of millions of cable subscribers can't get the NFL Network. It's ridiculous and the fault lies 100% with the NFL.

The NFL wants the same grandfather deal that ESPN got from the cable giants as ESPN was one of the founding cable networks, and to be on the basic cable plan.

And on the OP, good for the NFLPA. The owners are fools and the NFLPA have been a bunch of pansies.

+1 on all of this.

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The NFL wants the same grandfather deal that ESPN got from the cable giants as ESPN was one of the founding cable networks, and to be on the basic cable plan.

The NFL saw all the millions it was losing to ESPN and began the NFLN. In recent years they have stepped up efforts to claim their share of the market. No NFL highlights can be shown on ESPN until the NFLN airs them first. If youve noticed, Scheffter and Maykock - both NFLN employees, are almost dead on with inside info. Maykock is the guy to watch on draft day.

And, its no accident since they work for the NFL. ESPN guys like Mortensen are left to spew National Enquirer rumors like the proposed deal that Tampa had for Cassel. Mel Kiper is sort of irrelevant as of late with his predictions.

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