So it seems one of the many sticking points of the CBA hinges on the franchise tag. The players union is fighting to do away with it, which is no real surprise. It does not benefit the players (especially the ones that get injured during those contracts), but it plays favor to the owners that want to keep a player around for another year without paying out the behind for their services for years to come. I just wonder if there is a median ground they can come to without doing away with it totally. It appears we will franchise Seymour again (to the tune of 14.9 million), and I am sure he will be an unhappy camper because of this.
What do you think? Should the tag remain in place? Should there be a minimum two year deal put in place to replace it? Players want 4-6 year deals, even in their old age. Is there a median ground that can be reached?
It hits home for us here in Oakland. Seymour obviously wants a long term deal, but would it benefit us to lock him up for 5 years? More than likely no, but an alternate franchise tag plan could make both sides content instead of favoring the ownership with a year to year deal.
Without the tag, Seymour will be a free agent, as will Peyton Manning and many others. This could get interesting.
On another note...
I fear our beloved sport is facing a financial collapse. The haves (the top money making teams) do not want to share revenue with the have not teams (we are one of them). Without shared revenue, which is another sticking point of the CBA, teams like the Raiders would not be able to function. We would be the A's, and the Cowboys would be the Yankees. Al may spend money like crazy, but imagine if the well ran dry. It is a real possibility here people. I hope for a reasonable agreement, but we all know money talks. For those of you that do not know what the hell I am ranting about, the top revenue teams share a portion of their profits with the rest of the league. This keeps everyone on an even level. The Cowboys and Redskins (amongst others) want this deal to disappear. If it did, both of our bay area teams could disappear as well.
I love football, the way it is. I do not want an 18,20, or even 22 game season. A rookie pay scale would be a great thing (see "."), but the owners will need to flex in some other way to appease the union. I feel our owners are trying to do too much at once with way to little time to negotiate. While I do not see the lockout actually happening (too much money to lose), I see a frustrating battle of billionaires vs millionaires that makes us, the fans, sitting in wait saying WHAT THE FUCK!
Hopefully Goodell and his cronies can get something done. Have a good Superbowl Sunday everyone, I hope it is a great game.