The lockout is 120 something days old. I’m done. You’re done. We are all done. Let’s just get this damn thing over with already. Our numbers here at Phinphanatic.com have dwindled to less a thousand daily which is in part due to the lack of anything football, the typical July doldrums, and in no small part my coverage of the lockout to the point of it making you, the reader nauseous.
I do recognize that…sometimes.
So with that being said, here is more news on the lockout.
The league has tentatively scheduled a seminar for this Friday for executives of every team to attend (up to 4) in order to go over the new changes regarding a new CBA agreement. This seminar may last one or two days. Following that will likely come the 72 hour window to begin signing teams own free agents with free agency likely to start sometime early next week if not Monday.
The big hurdle now is the 320 million that the players are seeking that they claim was lost in last years uncapped year. According to an ESPN report each team saved approximately 10 million dollars in benefits last season due to no capped year. The players apparently want that money back. 10 X 32 = 320 get it? Thankfully, I am not the only one who things this is absolutely absurd.
“The quote unquote lost benefit comps of 2010 . . . this is absurd. You can’t lose something you didn’t have. The players were not due that money. That money as part of the old CBA was not due to be paid,” Kaplan told Florio. “They got an uncapped season and the owners saved $10 million-per-club in health care benefits. I don’t get where that issue is coming from.” – quoted from PFT Live from Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal
Hopefully, all this nonsense will be over with soon and on Thursday we will get word that the owners ratified the new CBA and that season will start this weekend. Otherwise, I may have to start covering real dolphins that frequent the Florida Keys.