I promised myself I wouldn’t write about the NFL Lockout because, quite frankly, I’m over it.Â Over the past few weeks, the media’s inundated us with insignificant information that I’m now immune to.Â I’m exhausted.
Even as news emerged that NFL owners approved the deal, 31-0 (the Oakland Raiders abstained), I tempered my excitement.Â And I’m glad I did.
While the media reported that the ball was now in the court of the players, that was a bit misleading. Because, a short while later, the real truth surfaced and revealed that NFL owners merely approved a proposal they drafted.Â A proposal that was never reviewed by the players.Â A proposal that Al Davis, Oakland Raiders owner, knew would not bring an end to the lockout within the next 24 hours; hence him abstaining.Â He’s not so crazy, after all.
Making matters worse, the new proposal won’t expire for another 10 years and does not include an opt-out clause.
Yes, that means the owners thought the players would blindly agree to a 200+ page, 10-year contract that they’ve never seen nor read because they desperately want to return to the field.Â From the players’ perspective, it’s extremely insulting and disrespectful to have the owners pull a stunt like this.Â While NFL athletes may not be members of MENSA, they do possess common sense, as do fans.Â And while the owners probably thought this strategy would move the public to start pointing fingers at the players for not agreeing to the deal, it backfired.Â I don’t know about you, but there is no way I can fault the players for taking time to make sure the deal is fair, especially considering they’ll be locked into it for 10 years if they’re unable to to have an opt-out clause included.
Most of the NFL athletes on twitter clapped back when they heard about the owners’ stunt and tweeted their disapproval.Â But, I believe Gerald Alexander and Donte Stallworth‘s tweets perfectly summed it up:
While, Alexander took another approach:
While their deliveries were different, they’re both correct and I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The Hall of Fame game scheduled on August 7 between the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears has officially been canceled.Â They have a week to get a deal done before additional games are canceled.
Be patient. We’re close.Â Just not there, yet.
If you’re looking for more details on the deal, read this.