A couple of quick things to clear up about the madness that was yesterday (almost as crazy as the Harbaughcalypse). Initially news broke that the NFLPA reps had been sent an email stating that no work was going to be done over the weekend and they wouldn't meet again until Monday. This got many fans riled up, until clarification was issued saying that the players and the owners are still meeting and will continue to meet through the weekend.
According to Jason LaConfora of the NFL Network
Clearing up some stuff from earlier - was a false report about the nature of an alleged email from the NFLPA to player reps that quickly Spread to the point where reps and players believed it to be true, including several I spoke to. Turned out to be erroneous and the NFLPA...In fact sent out nothing. PA got word to players it was not true and there is no conference call or meeting set for Monday. George Atallah of the NFLPA told me "there is no timetable" for any conference or vote and lawyers continue to work out remaining issues
As Chris Mortensen pointed out on his Twitter feed:
There's never been a 10-year agreement that I can remember. And, again, no loss of NFL games since 1987.
The lesson to be learned from this? Just like with the whole Harbaugh thing take everything you read and see with several grains of salt and be patient with the process. There's been incredibly significant progress on this thing, and the revenue split has been settled, which is by far the most serious thing left. The rest of this stuff is incidental. I've bounced back from my pessimism of earlier in the summer and I fully expect that at most we'll miss 1 pre-season game and no regular season games will be lost.
Chris Mortensen sent out a 25 page pdf document summarizing the document that the owners voted on. I know there's been a huge amount of information sent out, but I think this information is both useful and new.
Player's Share of Revenues
- All Revenues are considered for cap purposes. From that pool of money 1.5% will be designated for stadium credit to encourage owners to expand and build new stadiums. (This is good news for the 49ers.)
- Revenue sharing is broken down in the following way: 55% of any tv revenue (by far the lion's share of all revenue), 45% of the NFL Joint Ventures/Post Season Revenues, (The Joint Ventures it the name under which the NFL sells all it's memorabilia), and 40% of the local club revenues (i.e. whatever each team makes via tickets and such)
- The players won't make more than 48.5% of total revenues or less than 47%
- League wide spending must be at least 99% of the cap in 2011 and 2012
- The rest of the CBA mandates league wide minimum spending of 95%
- Individually each team must spend a minimum of 89% over a four year average. (I'm not sure how this is actually going to work in practice. Does this mean one team can spend at 89% for four years, thus screwing over the rest of the teams?)
- Salary cap is set at $120.75 million
- An additional $3 million in cap space is created by designated 3 players with at least 5 accrued seasons. Same rule for 2012 but with players with salaries of up to $500,000
- No performance based bay in 2011 with money going to cap instead
- Workout and roster bonuses will still be paid
- Total rookie compensation in 2011 of 874 million. This number to increase as the cap increases.
- First year rookie compensation of no more than $159 million, which will increase as the cap increases.
- Contract length of 4 years with an optional 5th for first round players, 4 years for rounds 2-7, and 3 years for UDFA.
- Rounds 3-7 get performance bonuses in their 4th year based on playing time
- 5th year escalator for first round picks will be based on the overall compensation of the players at their position. Picks 1-10 will get an average of the top 10 salaries, 11-32 will get an average of the 3rd through 25th players. This 5th year option has to be exercised in the 3rd year of the deal.
- There's no limit on the amount of guaranteed money given to a rookie, but the money can't skip years (i.e. guaranteed money in 1st and 3rd years)
- 9 weeks only for off-season
- First phase is two weeks and is only conditioning--no coaches allowed. Second phase is three weeks where individual drills and "perfect play" drills are allowed. No offense vs defense. Phase three is four weeks. Three OTAs in the first two weeks, 4 in the 3rd or 4th week, with the other week being minicamp.
- Fines: Coaches--$100k for first violation, $250k for 2nd. Teams--$250k for 1st violation, $500k for 2nd, plus loss of workout time.
- Minicamps--3 1/2 hour maximum on field time during practices
- Pre-season--4 hour practice maximum. Only one padded practice per day, which is limited to 3 hours.
- Regular/Post-Season--14 total padded practices. 11 to be held in the first 11 weeks, remaining 3 last six weeks. One padded practice per week during post-season. 3 hour limits to padded practices.
- Bye weeks--players get 5 consecutive days off
- If a player is injured their salary is guaranteed for up to $3 million per year for the 2nd and 3rd year after injury
- Minimum salary has increased by $55,000
- Disputes to be heard by a 3 person appeals panel, at least one of which will be a former judge. Three year statue of limitations.
- $620 million to go to former players. Owners will pay for 51% of that, players will pay for 49% out of their share of revenue