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KingPriest2
03-18-2005, 11:09 AM
Labor talks primary topic on meetings' agenda


By Vic Carucci
National Editor, NFL.com

(March 18, 2005) -- The NFL enjoys its labor peace and the prosperity that goes with no work stoppage -- or even the threat of one -- to impede its ability to do business on and off the field.


The league has every intention of maintaining a harmonious relationship with the NFL Players Association.

But doing so won't be easy.

The NFL and NFLPA have discussed extending their collective bargaining agreement, which is due to expire in 2008. Plenty of time to work something out, you say? That isn't how the league's 32 owners are approaching it. And that is why CBA extension talks will be a primary topic of discussion when owners gather -- along with club executives and head coaches -- in Maui March 21-23 for the annual league meetings.

"To date, progress has been slow," said Greg Aiello, the NFL's vice president of public relations. "These are the toughest negotiations since '92."

The lockout that wiped out the National Hockey League season is a sobering reminder of the damage that an unsettled labor situation can do.

Neither side of the NFL negotiations wants to even imagine that a similar fate could be on the horizon for professional football.

But hockey's woes could create an added sense of urgency for NFL and NFLPA negotiators.

"It's something that the owners are discussing and taking very seriously," Aiello said. "This is not business as usual. But everyone understands what's at stake, and we hope to reach our goal, which is to continue the labor peace we've had for quite a few years now."

Other notable items on the meetings' agenda:


Expanding instant replay to cover down-by-contact plays previously not included in reviews because such plays were ruled dead after an official blew his whistle to signify that the ball-carrier was down. "Those plays have been misunderstood," said Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay, chairman of the league's competition committee. "What we're considering would allow for a recovery if replay shows the ball came out before the play was down, even if the whistle has blown."

An increase in injuries that will lead to recommendations from the competition committee for additional guidelines to lead to more unnecessary roughness calls and an examination of whether the development of light-weight shoes might not yet have caught up with field-turf surfaces found in many stadiums. "It might be a one-year thing," McKay said of the spike in injuries. "But in our meetings with players and their union, they have made it clear that they are concerned."

A proposal by the Kansas City Chiefs to change the penalty for pass interference -- which currently places the ball where the interference takes place or at the 1-yard-line if it happens in the end zone -- to the college rule that calls for a maximum of 15 yards or a spot call if the penalty is less than 15 yards. One difference between the Chiefs' proposal and the college enforcement is that on a flagrant foul, the ball would be placed where the penalty took place, thus presumably discouraging players from intentionally fouling when they know they are beaten and settling for a 15-yard call rather than something longer.

The Jets ' bid for the 2010 Super Bowl in a proposed domed stadium in New York.

The Chiefs' bid for a Super Bowl no sooner than 2012 and no later than 2022, in a proposed retractable roof stadium in Kansas City.

The prime-time television contracts, with ABC and ESPN, due to expire after this season. CBS and Fox already have renewed their respective deals for the AFC and NFC packages

Mr. Laz
03-18-2005, 11:18 AM
while i agree with the chief's proposal about different types of pass interference i still think the chiefs need to worry less about NFL rule changes, hosting the super bowl and giving their underachieving GM a contract extension and more about finding a way to actually GET TO THE SUPER BOWL.


dammit carl :cuss:

Bob Dole
03-18-2005, 11:23 AM
Great.

A proposed rule that gives more opportunity for bias and interpretation, thus offering the officiating crew even more opportunity to impact the outcome of the game.

Stupid.

Saulbadguy
03-18-2005, 11:28 AM
I like the college rule better, especially with the refs being such pussies about PI these days. However, I do not agree with the judgement call of an intentional foul.

Keep in mind this is just a proposal, though.

Calcountry
03-18-2005, 11:44 AM
Not that my opinion matters much, but I have been suggesting that exact change to anyone who would listen for over 20 years.

It is ludicrous to lob a ball in the air, that you may not complete, and get rewarded 45 yards of turf because you bump someone.

Why do you think the Raiders ALWAYS have the long ball firmly embedded in their offensive game plan?

Calcountry
03-18-2005, 11:45 AM
We should retract the roof whenever it is to our advantage too.