NFLPA presses owners for more financial data
The NFL Players Association is pressing the league's owners to provide more financial data this week as part of contract negotiations, according to sources on both sides of the dispute.
The union regards the financial disclosures as crucial to reaching an agreement before Friday's new bargaining deadline, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are at a sensitive stage.
It is not clear whether the league is willing to provide additional information and, even if it is, whether the amount of data would satisfy the union.
The union's demand for additional financial disclosures is not new, but could become a major issue in the talks this week. Players and union officials have said throughout the negotiations that the league should open its books if it wants the players to agree to concessions as part of a new labor deal.
League officials regularly replied that the union has sufficient information about teams' financial situations to complete a deal.
Negotiators for the league and union were meeting Tuesday for a 13th day with federal mediator George H. Cohen at the downtown Washington offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The league and union agreed last week to extend their talks through 11:59 p.m. Friday in the hope of reaching a deal. They could approve another postponement of the bargaining deadline. But if the talks fail, players are prepared to decertify their union Friday, file antitrust litigation against team owners and seek an injunction in court to try to block a lockout by owners that could begin as early as Saturday.
Talks resumed Monday with the league and union still $750 million to $800 million apart on the division of $9 billion in annual revenue the NFL takes in, sources have said.
Under the existing labor deal, the owners are credited with about $1.3 billion per year for expenses before the players receive about 60 percent of the remaining revenue. The league was seeking an additional $1 billion annually for expenses before the players cut is calculated though the two sides have moved a little.
The league also has proposed lengthening the regular season from 16 to 18 games, imposing a wage scale on rookies and blood-testing players for use of human growth hormone. The two sides also disagree whether the sport's labor situation should continue to be overseen by Minneapolis-based U.S. District Judge David S. Doty.
Sources have said that if there is a settlement this week, it likely would include an 18-game season with reduced offseason workouts and other concessions to the players; a rookie wage scale less restrictive than the version originally proposed by the league; and possibly significant concessions on the division of revenue by the league in exchange for the union agreeing to allow Doty's oversight of the labor deal to expire. But the same sources cautioned that prospects of a settlement remained in doubt.
March 8, 2011; 2:49 PM ET
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