I am more interested in the various opinions of us rumbler's than I am my own. It has been mentioned in Fan Posts, Comments, on site reporting, various articles written in the media as a whole that the bigger battle would come between the owners than at any negotiating table. Lets face one thing, The money is there, the problem is how does it get split. We have 32 NFL teams and they are spread all over the country. Among those 32 teams we have 32 Owners or I should say majority owners. IMO this is where the biggest conflict lies. Which owners are going to get their own way.
I for one feel that the money involved could serve the country in a much better capacity, but the problem is that the people responsible for allocating that money in the countries better interests would be the conflict. Still the money is there to resolve this mess and the conflict remains where it should be spent. Two things that are critical to me and my opinion on this mess are revenue sharing and salary cap. Both of these issues keep all teams competitive going forward and limits some teams from monopolizing the league. They need to focus on all 32 teams as a whole, as a league, one that benefits every single team so the league can get stronger together, this is what makes it great. Salary Caps force teams to play within a boundary so that some teams can buy their championships, forces the game to be played between the coaches and players that represent those teams. If the owners can agree on this, than this weeks should go smoothly, if not than we will be locked out and waiting for a new CBA even longer. The greed really starts this week. The eighteen game schedule, the rookie cap and increased benefits for retired players can all be addressed at the table. The owners need to show they are in this together for the betterment of the league, NOT THEIR OWN TEAM. Please share your thoughts, the league is ONE, not 32, the players union is ONE, not pay me now and if I am good pay me again later. Your thoughts?