Tagged with "Players Union"
Five Minute Frags - Orally Rectifying Tags: NBA Strike Lock-out David Stern Players Union Occupy Protests


There are many things in this life that I am unsure of.  At 34, I’m still not secure yet in what I want to be when I grow up. I also haven’t figured out how to make my 8-year-old twin sons to do my bidding without questioning my authority or immediately ratting me out to my wife. Nor have I figured out how to best choose my numbers for the PowerBall.

That said there are at least two things I am sure of in this life:

1.)    There are more differences between an oral and a rectal thermometer than just the taste.


2.)    In war, the side that fights on a second front against dissension is the side that loses.


While I cannot apply item one to sports, I certainly can point to item two as a lesson that the leadership of the NBA Players’ Association has yet to learn. If they had, they would realize that while they bicker amongst themselves, they are essentially handing the owners exactly what they want; a broken union without strong leadership which will eventually bow underneath the overwhelming weight of straw on their backs.

At this stage of the NBA lock-out, we are no longer in a stalemate. We are at the stage where Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher no longer know who to trust between them, nor if they themselves can be trusted. Instead of working to present their case, they are backpedaling to the media like Herman Cain at a restaurant convention. All of this while Paul Allen wrings his hands in triumph.

The war is over and now the union just needs to accept its loss. They’ll have to pack up and go back to the players with a mere 50% split of revenue instead of the desired 52.5% and they’ll have to like it. And the players won’t like it, so they’ll call for decertification of the union because they won’t feel that they are being fairly represented, costing the league the entire season over 2%.

So it comes as no surprise that the owners are now giving the players just four days to accept the current offer on the table or the offer drops from 50% to 47% and a harsher cap. The owners know that they have the players backed into a corner and that the mass majority of them won’t run the route of playing in Europe this winter.

The players are misreading their position in this matter. They is the point that the owners have to spread their half of the revenues into operating costs with the arenas, up to and including the thousands of staff involved in making everything go as planned for the 48 minutes that the self-righteous players step onto the court. They have absolutely no understanding of how this looks to you and me, struggling to get by on the pittance of a salary we can scrounge out of our employers, if we’re lucky to have one.

So while all the hippies in the world are inventing reason after reason in order to get free camping in the city parks around the world, I say they move their love fests indoors. Why not Occupy Boston Garden or Occupy LA Forum? Why not set up stake on the front lawn of LeBron James? I hear South Beach is quite a bit warmer than Central Park this time of year.

It’s time for these one-and-done college drop-outs to suck it up and find a way to live off of $8 million instead of $10 million. It’s time for them to realize a good thing when they see it and accept the career path they chose and are lucky enough to have.

Or better yet, it’s time for them to learn how to say “I was fouled” in Serbian so that they can continue to realize the dream of playing ball for a living.

After Monday
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL Players Union Lockout Negotiations Players Black/White relations


In the haze that follows the Super Bowl there are problems that do more than loom. Until Sunday all four groups, the NFL, The NFL Owners, The Players Union and the Players will be quiet on the question of What Happens Next. And make no mistake, there are these four distinct groups, to lose sight of that is to miss some of the key dynamics that are about to occur. If it were as simple as all factions hate one another, then it would be an easily done thing to solve the problem: After sufficient nastiness, Federal Mediators could be called in and some sort of solution jury rigged. That, however, is the quik 'n durty solution to a problem that has simmered too long to resolved in either a spirit of bonhomie or by legal mandate. And there are two more “interested parties”, fans and sponsors, but the shift to the stupid has already obviated their importance to all concerned for, as the saying goes, “This time it's personal”.


Reduced to it's simplest terms, the players now want 60% of revenues and the owners don't want to give it to them. (All though in another sense, they'd be only too happy to let them have it.) This is also a racial issue though few will agree to that. It's the largely black group of players against white owners. You may recall that in an overwhelming burst of stupidity, alleged Reverend Jesse Jackson said that being paid twenty million dollars by a white owner was a return to slavery. The fault in the logic is easy to spot but the sentiment that underlies it represents a widely held belief and that is that “Whitey” is busting their black ass and paying them slave wages. It's probably just me but...in an industry where it's not possible to be paid less than $250, 000.00 to be on the team, the price of slavery does seem to have gone up. Plus there are, every year, new crops of slaves-in-waiting to sign up for the offered wages. Still, the arguments continue but now they're at the top. No black quarterbacks, now there are black quarterbacks, No black head coaches, now there are black head coaches...the only position unfilled, and it's one of the lesser mentioned points, is that there are no black owners. How to solve that one and, anyway, finding a way to make someone black an owner would be difficult not to mention would only annoy black players who, in floppy logic, would see this as the ultimate in Uncle Tom-ism. Nice, isn't it, to have a situation in which not only does no one win but, it would seem, no one cares about winning-except in the press-so long as “the other group” doesn't win. Puzzling, isn't it.


Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that the worst way a government can reform itself is from within and that's what the NFL et al is now trying to do. Fearing hints at the use of RECO statutes, both sides have to appear to be really working at the problem but at the same time avoid any semblance of collusion that would suggest a monopoly. Which is in and of itself bizarre as they are one of the most flagrant monopolies around. The Federal Government has been for some little while the Buzzard circling, waiting for someone to drop so they might plunge in for the carrion kill. Poll after poll reveals that the public may individual like certain teams or players, they do not like or admire the NFL as either a product or an ethos. That's easily understood. Nothing the NFL does makes the game more accessible to the public unless one considers adding more luxury boxes a plus. The NFL is an equal opportunity opportunist in that they're not out to just soak the rich, they soak everyone. How balanced.


It must be wondered who really stands to lose/gain the most from this upcoming problem and the answer, apart from the public, is all the sides. Part of that is caused by an inherent instability in the rank and file membership in the player's union. Even from year to year they are representing a certain number of different people than they did last year. In the days of rampant unionism, one of the consistencies was that it was the same people fighting the same fights with only variations from contract negotiation to contract negotiation. Rather like your political parties that publicly heaps chagrin from one side to another but, privately, can sometimes accomplish things. That's polite and uses well understood modalities. The upcoming NFL difficulties are a street fight with everyone getting to see how dirty it really is.


At the end it's a game of greed played by some very wealthy persons whose sole motive is to get more, faster. It may be necessary to eviscerate the other side and leave their entrails scattered for the scavengers to consume, but so be it. Our Side-whoever that may be-won. The difficulty here is that unless some realistic, fair structure can be reached, then this is just the first bout on the card and not the main event.  


Rants and Raves Thanksgiving Style - NOT
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Babysitters NFL NFL Players Union Darren Ford San Francisco Giants Tim Duncan Philadelphia Spectrum Spectrum

Are babysitters needed in college football?? More NFL bye weeks?? Budweiser going bye-bye?? A Giant caught stealing?? These and more in this weeks edition of Rants and Raves…..

I don’t think babysitters are needed in college football. Even though the players are men(?), in light of what has happened with South Mississippi football, something needs to be done, right? What ever happened to curfews??

NFL Players Union made suggestions to owners concerning expanding to 18 games. The union doesn’t want any team activities to begin until mid-June. In addition, only rookies and first-year players can be at team facilities for a two or three week orientation in the spring, veterans wouldn’t have to report until June 15th, limit the number of full-contact sessions, two bye weeks, add 4 or 5 more spots to team rosters and an expansion of the practice squad.

The “King of Beers” has sued Major League Baseball for refusing to renew their 30-year deal as the exclusive beer sponsor of baseball. Budweiser’s brewer, Anheuser-Bush (which is now foreign owned), claims both sides had agreed to terms in April, with the league backing out in September. Budweiser says MLB is seeking higher rights fee. MLB cited a change in "marketplace dynamics" after Anheuser-Busch signed an agreement in May to become the "official and exclusive beer sponsor of the National Football League" starting next year.

Darren Ford, a player on the World Series Champions San Francisco Giants roster was accused by authorities of stealing over $2,000 from a car dealership he use to work for. To make matters worse, Ford had to officials that a gunman stole the money from him last November. Police indicated that no robbery took place and they notified Major League Baseball. Darren played in just 7 games, 2 stolen bases, no at-bats and 1 run scored.

Tim Duncan became the all-time scorer in San Antonio Spur’s history. Congrats on reaching the milestone against the Utah Jazz. He also has played in more games than any other Spur with 988 games and rising.

The Philadelphia Spectrum, the host of numerous Stanley Cups (1974-1975), One NBA title (1983) and an infamous hockey game between the Soviet Central Red Army Team and the Flyers (1976), is in the process of being torn-down. It is being done the old fashion way, an orange wrecking ball did the honors. It took several “Swings of the ball” before a small puff of dust signaling that some brick was broken. In the Spectrum’s place will be retail, restaurant and entertainment called Philly Live. It was here that Duke's Christian Laettner memorably hit a last-second shot against Kentucky in 1992 to send the Blue Devils to the NCAA finals. Many concerts were held at The Spectrum, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Luciano Pavarotti, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones to name a few. Bruce Springsteen was booed off the stage in 1973 when he opened for the band Chicago but later played to numerous sold-out crowds. "The Spectrum will live forever!" Springsteen bellowed to the audience at his final show at the venue last year.

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Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Cliff Lee MLB Players Union Nuns Honus Wagner T-206 Card Derek Jeter New York Yankees Mariano Rivera Syracuse Orange Brad Childress

In yet another addition of the mad ranter, is Cliff Lee all that?? What’s with the possible playoff expansion?? Is there something wrong with Childress?? Do you have a T206 baseball card?? Did ya vote??? Is Syracuse for real?? That and more… inside this addition of Rants and Raves…


I guess Cliff Lee is mortal after all. After all the hype, about him being the best clutch pitcher in all of baseball, and possibly ever, he gave up 6 earned runs in game 1 against the Giants. Then in game 5, Lee gave up 3 more earned runs. Wow 9 earned runs in two games (6.94 era in World Series), after only 2 earned runs in 4 previous playoff games in 2010. Okay which is the real Cliff Lee??

Congratulations go out to the San Francisco Giants. For a team that had Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds in its rich history, it is ironic that a bunch of no names took it all.

Syracuse has won more games than last year. They are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big East. Last year, the first under Doug Marrone, they were awful. Now you can see a marked improvement. Marrone’s first recruiting class wasn’t in the top 60 in the nation, yet key true freshmen are making an impact on the team. Freshman kicker Ross Krautman has 11 field goals, Prince-Tyson Gulley has one touchdown and is averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return. DE Mikhail Marinovich has 13 tackles and 1 sack in 8 games, LB Malcom Cater has played all 8 games so far with one sack and LB Brice Hawkes has also played in every game. Things are looking promising.

Is Derek Jeter going to be a Yankee? Do the Yankees want him? Oh yeah they want Jeter back. He is one of the all-time greats and a fan favorite. Derek needs 74 hits for 3,000. No career Yankee has ever reached that milestone. The question is, at what cost. Jeter just became a free agent and his last contract was for $189 million, 10 year deal. Now coming off the worst overall season of career, his .270 batting average, the lowest since he became a regular in 1996, is 44 points below his career batting average and represents a 64-point drop from his 2009 production, when he hit .334. His 179 hits matched the lowest total since his injury-shortened 2003 season, and his .340 on-base percentage was the lowest since his rookie season of 1995. Do the Yanks give Jeter less money so they can try to sign Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford???

Is Mariano Rivera going to remain a Yankee? He is considered the greatest reliever of all-time. He is also the greatest post season pitcher of all-time. Yet he is 40 years old, but still posted 33 saves, with a 1.80 era while earning $15 million. The Yanks have 27 year old Jonathan Albaladejo who saved 43 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. They also have Joba Chamberlain who is still only 24 years old. He has the make-up to be a closer.

For the record, Hank Steinbrenner described Jeter and Mariano Rivera as "hopefully lifelong Yankees" and said that re-signing both of them "is going to be a priority."

"Obviously we want them back," he said. "They're two of the greatest Yankees ever."

Yep, Brad Childress has a lot of explaining to do. First he sends players to Brett Favre's house to beg him to come back for another season. Then he makes a deal for Randy Moss. With the release of Moss, you have to start to wonder if Childress has lost his team?

MLB baseball players Union says its players are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven. I don't think the owners will cut back the regular season to 154 games. Its all about the $$$. What I do see happening is that the season will be two weeks shorter. There will be more day/night double-headers, with teams getting an extra day or two off. Players and owners want more money not less.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic Church out of Baltimore is selling a Honus Wagner T-206 card. The card donated by a brother of a nun who died in 1999 left all his possessions to the order when he died this year. The card is in poor condition, yet it is expected to bring in between $150,000 and $200,000. A near-mint condition sold for $2.8 million in 2007. Only 60 Wagner cards are know to exist. The proceeds will go to the ministries in 35 countries.


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