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    Fines could strengthen players' solidarity in CBA negotiations

    By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, December 5, 2010
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    This is bigger than James Harrison.

    Not to belittle Harrison's battle with the NFL over excessive fines, but the league's rank and file could play a significant role as players and management hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement.

    Think of the possibilities.

    Players around the league unite in their disapproval of how fines are levied and strategically use that solidarity as a bargaining chip in negotiations.

    Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs questioned the league's decision to fine Harrison $25,000 for his helmet hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick — bringing Harrison's season total to $125,000.

    If NFL players are unhappy because Harrison and other defenders are fined for "legal" hits that critics describe as borderline at best, what better way to express their frustration than to muck up negotiations?

    In a show of frustration, Steelers defensive captain James Farrior called out NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith last week for not addressing players' concerns. Smith is the players' voice in negotiations.

    "I think guys maybe just want an explanation,'' said Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, who's also the team player rep. "He does not have to come out here. He can call or whatever, but we'll see how it plays out."

    Players already are unhappy over talk of an 18-game regular season. Excessive fines for questionable hits could push players over the edge and create a stalemate in negotiations.

    Players need to feel they have a voice, that their opinion matters. If the current trend of dishing out fines continues, the NFL could have a real fight on its hands before a new deal is reached. If one is reached at all.

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    Fines could strengthen players' solidarity in CBA negotiations

    By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, December 5, 2010
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_712325.html


    About the writer
    John Harris is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sports columnist and can be reached at 412-481-5432 or via e-mail.

    This is bigger than James Harrison.

    Not to belittle Harrison's battle with the NFL over excessive fines, but the league's rank and file could play a significant role as players and management hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement.

    Think of the possibilities.

    Players around the league unite in their disapproval of how fines are levied and strategically use that solidarity as a bargaining chip in negotiations.

    Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs questioned the league's decision to fine Harrison $25,000 for his helmet hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick bringing Harrison's season total to $125,000.

    If NFL players are unhappy because Harrison and other defenders are fined for "legal" hits that critics describe as borderline at best, what better way to express their frustration than to muck up negotiations?

    In a show of frustration, Steelers defensive captain James Farrior called out NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith last week for not addressing players' concerns. Smith is the players' voice in negotiations.

    "I think guys maybe just want an explanation,'' said Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, who's also the team player rep. "He does not have to come out here. He can call or whatever, but we'll see how it plays out."

    Players already are unhappy over talk of an 18-game regular season. Excessive fines for questionable hits could push players over the edge and create a stalemate in negotiations.

    Players need to feel they have a voice, that their opinion matters. If the current trend of dishing out fines continues, the NFL could have a real fight on its hands before a new deal is reached. If one is reached at all.
    This whole thing could get bigger and bigger! The Steelers are being targeted because they have big shoulders, now the players are speaking out like never before in the NFL...........this could all blow up in Goodells face.......I hope the explosion takes Goodells with him!

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    I have a friend who is on a practice squad in the NFL...and he told me something very interesting, and I think disturbing...and that is that not only will there be a hold out, but that Roger Goodell is likely to use replacement players. Seriously. I hope he's wrong about this...because otherwise the NFL is going to implode with Roger Goodell as the idiot behind the wheel.
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    I have a friend who is on a practice squad in the NFL...and he told me something very interesting, and I think disturbing...and that is that not only will there be a hold out, but that Roger Goodell is likely to use replacement players. Seriously. I hope he's wrong about this...because otherwise the NFL is going to implode with Roger Goodell as the idiot behind the wheel.
    Interesting stuff!!! I know you probably don't remember the 1987 strike, but me for one enjoyed the weirdness of Steve Bono and Spark Clark.

    Seriously though, if this is what the NFL is becoming I think I can live without it.
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    I have a friend who is on a practice squad in the NFL...and he told me something very interesting, and I think disturbing...and that is that not only will there be a hold out, but that Roger Goodell is likely to use replacement players. Seriously. I hope he's wrong about this...because otherwise the NFL is going to implode with Roger Goodell as the idiot behind the wheel.
    I don't see that happening. 1987 was totally different where it it was the players who were on strike,this situation the owners are locking out the players,so I don't think they could bring in replacements.
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    I don't see that happening. 1987 was totally different where it it was the players who were on strike,this situation the owners are locking out the players,so I don't think they could bring in replacements.
    I would guess that the owners and Goodell could do any ****in thing they want IMHO.
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