By Jaboner Jackson 1030 pm | The real news regarding the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that filtered its way through the NFL owners meeting today was not that it was ratified but rather that the Oakland Raiders abstained from voting on it. Amy Trask, CEO of the Raiders and clearly the closest individual to Al Davis in the organization, stated that the franchise had “profound philosophical differences” and that the issues were both “football and economic in nature.” Trask also stated that the Raiders did not abstain for any issues related to stadiums.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 am | Both the NFL and defunct-NFLPA have hammered out the most significant element to putting together a new CBA: the revenue split. Progress has also been made on a revenue credit, salary cap floor, and rookie wage scale.
By Jaboner Jackson 10:30 pm | Do not let the report from Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Tim Leiweke of AEG met with management for the Minnesota Vikings confuse you. My source working with AEG has informed me that the Vikings are currently not in play to come to Los Angeles. The meeting, which happened Tuesday night at the W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, was more a pitch by AEG to develop an entertainment complex around the future Vikings stadium than it was an attempt to lure the Vikings to Los Angeles.
By Jaboner Jackson 12 pm | With the recent actions by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals continuing the NFL lockout, the loss of the 2011 NFL season remains a strong possibility. Whatever momentum and negotiating power that the now defunct NFLPA enjoyed in Judge Susan Nelson’s court are long gone. The owners have gained the upper hand. The final ruling on the lockout will not be made by the Eight Circuit until July at the earliest, at which time the players, especially the hundreds of free agents who are not on a roster, will be feeling the escalating pressures of unemployment. Although the FOOTBALLPHDS have poked fun from time to time at Al Davis, the General Partner for the Oakland Raiders, he remains the only owner with the breadth of football knowledge and experience to shift the lockout towards brokering a new CBA, although it is unlikely he will do so in this go-around.
By Jaboner Jackson 8 am | Rock Mayock did an excellent job reviewing the new television contract negotiated by the Pac-12 Conference yesterday. The new television contract highlights the increasing role that broadcast sports play on television. With fragmented viewership spread over hundreds of channels, networks have used sports to consolidate audiences. The value of sports to networks has increased greatly over the last two decades, beginning in 1994, when upstart network, Fox, put together a $1 billion dollar package to gain television rights to the NFC.
By Jaboner Jackson 7:15 am | Contrary to what happened under Federal Mediator George H. Cohen in March, attorneys for both the NFL and defunct NFLPA have been silent during their recent round of mediations as ordered by Judge Susan Nelson. But as with Cohen, no real progress has been made on the biggest sticking point in the CBA, which is the almost $2 billion in revenue credits that the NFL wants from the players to finance new stadiums in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, and Minnesota.
By Jaboner Jackson 10 am | Last night at the Lakers playoff game at Staples Center, I ran into my source working with AEG on bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles. After lamenting about our ex-wives and current wives, we got down to the business of discussing Farmers Field. Here are some quick hits regarding our discussion:
By Jaboner Jackson 9:40 pm | While other media outlets focus on the CBA and Judge Nelson’s decision to force both sides back to the negotiating table, the FOOTBALLPHDS are already thinking about life after the CBA. As we’ve reported numerous times, Los Angeles is slated to get an expansion team if the new CBA has enough revenue credits in it for the owners to finance new stadiums. We’ve also reported that Las Vegas was in the running for a second expansion team. Sources close to the NFL that are familiar with the NFL’s CBA negotiations confirmed today that the NFL Owners are zeroing in on Los Angeles and Las Vegas for expanding the league.