'Cash money' creates major coach, player indecisiveness

By Andy Atterbury
On February 24, 2011

  • Andy Atterbury. Tim Lester

Imagine if the bars were all empty, all the jersey-wearing drunk people weren't yelling, there will be nothing to do all day on Sundays other than watch Nascar. This isn't a realistic view of the apocalypse; it's what life could be like if the NFL has a lockout during the 2011 season.

Basically, the NFL Players Association and the team owners can't decide on a few issues before they put a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place.

One issue for a new CBA is a rookie salary cap. Top-five draft picks get paid more than oil barons before they even take a snap in the NFL and the veterans don't appreciate that very much. This problem shouldn't be too hard to fix, just cap rookies' salaries.

It's no secret NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to have an 18-game NFL season. The only problem is most of players are against it. Sixteen games are already incredibly hard on athletes so throwing two more in the mix could add a substantial amount of injuries. When a league pushes extra-hard to make safety an issue, it's odd they would want to put players at risk with more games.

There is a common denominator in both of these problems – cash money.  The owners want more revenue and the players want a big payday.

Negotiations have been canceled, then resumed, then canceled again.  I've tried to keep up with the on again off again meetings but I don't really know what's going on. I don't think anyone really does.

 I hate to admit it, but it's starting to seem like there won't be a 2011 season.

The only person who seems optimistic a new deal will get done is Goodell, who has been too busy fining players for hard hits to realize how far apart the two sides are.

There is good news, though. The greedy NFL owners are too afraid to lose money by having a whole season disappear, which means they could use replacement players like they did in 1987. So hit that weight room boys! College intramural athletes could be the first ones picked up, followed by hardcore Madden players. This is your moment.

Because as Keunu Reeves said in "The Replacements", "Pain heals, chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever." Unlike the current Collective Bargaining Agreement that, expires on March 3.

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