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Again, we agree: “We need to get back to the bargaining table…there are all of these court dates but nothing is getting resolved”

Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling stressed the need for the NFL and players “to get back to the bargaining table” in a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan yesterday.

“We need to get back to the bargaining table,” Snelling said. “This time that has gone by so far, I don’t really feel anything has gotten resolved.  As a free agent who earned that right to have free agency, I would hate to be in a situation where I don’t have that after you worked so hard to get that situation, not just on my end but the people around you who worked so hard to get you there.”

“I have actually spoken to one of my [player] reps,” Snelling continued. “They have said a little bit and had an opinion on it just kind of agreeing with mine.  We kind of feel at a point like this with everything going through the courts that there are all of these court dates but nothing is getting resolved.  We kind of wonder at some point what are we really fighting for?  Do we want to play?  Do we want to just keep these things in the courts?  I know that a lot of guys may feel like going through the courts and taking it to the end and waiting for a judge to make a ruling may work but after they make another ruling, we still don’t have a collective bargaining agreement.”

NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash made similar comments yesterday in Indianapolis, site of this week’s NFL Spring Meeting.

“I think as time goes on, everybody on both sides realizes that this doesn’t get better, it doesn’t get easier,” Pash said. “I think people are also recognizing that the litigation alternative is not one that is going to get a quick resolution. It’s not going to get really even a resolution. Everyone focuses on the next court date, and it sort of freezes people in place. The only way we’re going to solve this is by saying, ‘Ok, let’s put this behind us. Let’s put the litigation on hold and let’s solve our own problems.’ Asking judges to solve our problem for us is never going to get a resolution.”

“I think that players probably look for the same thing that we are looking for,” Pash added. “Players and owners and coaches, they all want the same thing. They want an agreement so that the game can get back on the field. I don’t think most players like being in court any more than most owners like being in court.”

In his SiriusXM interview, Snelling noted that negotiations have yielded a willingness to discuss changes.

“The NFL in some ways is willing to make some changes,” Snelling said. “You don’t hear too much about it as much as you’d like as a player, but I feel like they are willing to make some changes and try to make something that is collectively good for all parties.  The main thing is we can’t get that done if we are not actually negotiating with each other.  It is the main thing I want to stress as a player and as a free agent: The best thing for this league is to get back to the table and make something happen together and to take this thing out of the courts because with it being in courts, I don’t feel like any of us are going to win.”

“As a player, I just want to express and show that I do have a voice in my particular situation, as well as others,” Snelling concluded.  “We need to get back to the bargaining table and that is going to be the best thing for all of us.”

Jeff Pash: “I think Bart Scott is right”

NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash today said that he agrees with Jets linebacker Bart Scott’s recent comments that the labor dispute is on the “verge of really irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game.”

“I really thought he put it very well, that we’re getting to the point where we’re really putting our fans at risk,” Pash said in an interview with NFL Network’s Albert Breer in Indianapolis, site of this week’s NFL Spring Meeting. “We’re getting to the point where people just can’t understand why there’s not a deal being made. And I think in many respects the best thing for all of us to do is get out of court, get out of the media, and get together, and I think Bart Scott is right.

“We’re getting to the point where we’re putting our business at risk, and it’s our shared livelihood,” Pash continued. “We have a shared responsibility to get this done. We can’t do it ourselves. They can’t do it themselves. And so we really need to put the litigation aside, we need to focus on negotiations. I think there’s a deal to be made, I really do. I’ve thought that for a long time.”

Scott’s comments came in an interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantanio. “I think we’re bordering now on the verge of insanity,” Scott said. “Fans don’t want to hear about lockout, they don’t want to hear about people arguing over $9 billion. They want the bottom-line because at the end of the day, these guys are saving up throughout the entire year to come out and spend their hard-earned money to see football, and we’re telling them that they can spend their hard-earned money but we’re not playing until we figure it out. I listen to [Robert] Kraft – and I don’t agree with the Patriots on a lot of things – but I agree with him that we’re really on the verge of really irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game.”

“I think Bart Scott’s right,” Pash reiterated. “That’s the kind of attitude that we need, and I think a lot of other players feel that way as well. And if people come to the table with that attitude, with that sense of commitment, with the recognition that the best way to solve the problem is to solve it ourselves, not to wait for some judges to solve the problem for us, which they can’t do, then we’ll come out better. All of us.”

For Albert Breer’s complete story on NFL.com, click here.

Quote of the day

“Memo to @nfllabor: THIS is the kind of case you should be making. Relentlessly. Instead of those insipid quotes: http://tinyurl.com/5skxq2l

– @Aaron_Nagler, Cheesehead TV.com

Nagler’s link above refers readers to a Thursday night post by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who quotes NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash on the use of dollars rather than percentages in labor talks. Florio also adds his own analysis, as follows:

We’ve long believed that the current labor dispute arises fundamentally from an insistence by the NFLPA* to continue to receive 50 cents of every dollar that passes through the cash register, and from a refusal by the owners to continue to provide that percentage.  And so the NFL finally seems to be pushing a dollars-over-decimals message to the players.

“When you’re doing your budget and paying your bills and things like that, you’re not looking at a percentage, you’re looking at how many dollars you have in your checking account,” NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday.  “If we can continue to have the kind of growth that we’ve had over the last 10 or 15 years, if we can do that going forward, which I totally believe we can do, there’s no question but that every player in the league will have rising income, rising salary, rising benefits.”

For the complete PFT post, click here.
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Mediation quote of the day

“Feelings and ideas are renewed, the heart enlarged, and the understanding developed only by the reciprocal action of men one upon another.” –Alexis de Tocqueville