Lockout Insurance: Did The NFL Try To Use Television To Screw The NFLPA?

June 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For all the talks of big television contracts for college and professional sports, there are a lot of facts that the laymen aren’t privy to. Unfortunately, one of those dark clauses came to the light this week when the NFLPA fought back against their parent organization.
On Wednesday, the Players’ Association filed a complaint with the Special Master, intimating that the league basically bought itself some “lockout insurance” to guarantee themselves a profit even if the 2011 season doesn’t happen (as has been rumored for quite some time).
What happened is this: The league reworked its television deals so that the owners will be “making money” in 2011 and beyond, regardless of whether or not games are played. The NFLPA alleges that this violates their agreement with the league, which can’t breach its pledge to the players in order to strengthen bargaining position.
Ostensibly, that’s what the NFL did, as they can now p...

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