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    Chris Mortensen on the CBA deal (or lack thereof)

    ESPN SportsNation is doing it's Chat with Chris Mortensen right now. Several of the questions deal with the CBA, and Mort seems to be saying that not reaching a new deal is not all doom and gloom...

    Here are a couple of the questions and responses:


    Allen (NC): Any new news with the CBA? What are they thinking?! Isn't this really going to hurt the players? They could end up playing for less money, only the stars would get the big bucks. They lose their 401k and insurance. It sounds like the players are the one to lose everything. What are the owners going to lose?

    SportsNation Chris Mortensen: (12:15 PM ET ) Good questions..don't know if I have all the answes. But the players will only have a tighter money market this year...after this year, there will be plenty of money. Sure, big stars may get more but there will be plenty to go around...and no salary cap can work for the players. There will be another CBA at some point and that will address benefits...in the uncapped year '07 under this current agreement, owners do not make their annual contribution to most of the benefit funds but the following years will certainly be negotiated with those things in tact. Could there be a strike/lockout in '08? Sure but a deal will get done at some point. Owners will lose the safety net of cost controls but good management, scouting, coaching will still rule in this league - perhaps more than ever. That may not be a bad thing. It's not a very good league right now in terms of quality of game and the current system is a contributor to that demise.

    Clint, Ohio: Please clarify your statement: "It's not a very good league right now in terms of quality of game..."

    SportsNation Chris Mortensen: (12:20 PM ET ) The league is a bad league right now. The quality of play is marginal at best. Too many rookies and young players are forced onto the field too early. The pereception of parity - that a team can turn it around in one year - creates an owner and public unrest when things don't go right. That triggers too many firings, too many changes, and that affects the game. It's one reason why quarterbacks struggle in this league, too. Deep subject.
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    Re: Chris Mortensen on the CBA deal (or lack thereof)

    Mike (St. Louis): So 2007 will be uncapped. The cap will then never return or be much, much higher than before. How will the small market teams compete?

    SportsNation Chris Mortensen: (12:33 PM ET ) The same way they competed before - by good management, scouting and coaching. The Pittsburgh Steelers - perhaps the most dominant dynasty ever - were not a big market team. The Florida Marlins won two World Series in MLB. How did that happen? And the revenue sharing will still exist in the NFL with plenty of money coming in.
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    Re: Chris Mortensen on the CBA deal (or lack thereof)

    Joe (Morgantown, WV): Chris, The uncapped year will not be what everyone thinks for the players and teams. It takes 6 years to be an UFA, not 4; the final 8 playoff teams can sign an UFA only if they lose one; teams have an extra transition designation, giving them three protection tags, and the cap will not impede them from using every single one, like before; there is no minimum cap, so some teams might decide to abuse the system and streamline player costs; and with no cap, more players will be re-signed, further diminishing the free agent market. In the end, there could be less player movement in the NFL since the Plan B Free Agency era.

    SportsNation Chris Mortensen: (12:47 PM ET ) Yes, for 2007 what you're saying is all true. However, a Restricted Free Agent may get a much bigger offe.r...and the model will change 2008.....
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    Re: Chris Mortensen on the CBA deal (or lack thereof)

    I think some of the CBA doom and gloom has been imposed by the NFL trying to get the fans to come down on the NFLPA.

    It seemed like the owners came out yesterday all optimistic and now the NFLPA looks like the bad guy.

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