Saturday, June 25, 2011

One item I missed in the CBA post I made a few days ago

There was one item I overlooked in the previous post: that the NFL wants to sweeten its deal with the networks to increase revenue.

How?  They want to have more nationally televised games, including a Thursday night game each night during the NFL season.

Whether that's a good idea or not remains to be seen - something about too much of a good thing?  - but its an interesting notion...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Nothing at all to do with football

I heard this week that U2 will be performing a makeup concert at Joe Robbie stadium

And the marlins graciously gave up a homestand (and will play in Seattle instead) to accommodate.

Then this morning I heard that the U2 concert is on wednesday. But the homestand is Fri-Sun.

It turns out they decided to give the band "extra time to setup the stage".

I had no idea they were putting a roof on the stadium!!

Since the marlins last home game was this past Wednesday, they get a full week to setup a stage.

That must be some stage.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A couple of things we think we know about the latest proposal:
  • The owners are willing to share all of the profits (and not take the billion off the top) in exchange for a slightly higher split
  • A rookie wage scale would be implemented
  • There would be a much higher cap floor (meaning teams have to spend very close to the cap)
  • There would be more stringency around the cap, and cap hits (keeping some of the funny accounting away)
  • All players would be free agents after 4 years in the league
  • The 18 game schedule is still on the list, but still is being negotiated (interestingly, I read a comment from one analyst that suggested maybe a 17 game schedule is a possibility, with a neutral site game to help "grow" the sport in other cities)
  • There would be a little extra money going to the retired players and to funding research into injuries (ie, head trauma)
  • Owners would now shoulder the burden of renovations to their facilities based on the extra money they make

Now whether this goes anywhere or is agreed to ... who knows?

But these were the main sticking points, so its good to have some direction...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What's up with that?

I'm here for a marlins game. And no Jim Mandich sign in the ring???

A youtube video

I'm going to try something new. Here's a youtube video I posted earlier:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One more quick story

Exxxotica - The "adult entertainment expo" - was in Miami Beach
recently. And to many people's surprise many NFL players endorsed it.
Including those players.

One of the players was Dolphins draft pick Daniel Thomas.

All of the players involved say they were duped, or their likeness was
used without their permission.

I find it amusing that this happened. What? Charlie Sheen wasn't available?

But, I'm sure many of these guys *wish* they were having sex with a pornstar,


Tony Sparano spoke to the press this weekend. He made two comments
that were worth considering: he essentially expects Henne to be the
starter (how could he not, considering the lockout and the lack of
depth this team has at QB), and that the offense that Daboll runs is
essentially the same as Hennining's but with a few "tweaks" (now
there's a shocker).

And Jeff Ireland said he doesn't expect to be able to get a breakaway
runner during whatever passes for free agency; instead he will get
another big back, and didn't rule out Williams or Brown.

So reading between the lines, its as I've been saying since January:
you are basically going to see a re-do of 2010 with this Dolphins
team, Yay?

Speaking of QBs, Chad Pennington will be a TV analyst next season, so
forget thoughts of him being a backup or a coach.

As for the CBA, those mediated sessions have been going relatively
well, with the people in the room being civil. But. There was one
instance last week where the lawyers came in and there was a LOT of
tension, even a little shouting. Cooler heads prevailed and they got
back to work without them.

Now several owners have said that they don't like the way the
negotiations are going because they don't think they'll get what they
want, and at least one owner has said he wants the CBA to include
something that the cap goes down if there's another downturn in the
economy - so the players shoulder some of the burden of a weak
economy. And we still have internal strife with some of the small
market teams feeling their voices aren't being heard, and they will be
hurt in this deal.

The players haven't had much to say - yet - but I would expect that
the lawyers will have some issues with a couple of items once they see
the whole package.

How long that initial proposal will take (or even if one will be
forthcoming) is debatable. But the 3-judge panel that heard the
appeal on the lockout re-iterated that these sessions need to conclude
soon or they will rule in a way that benefits no one. It could very
well mean that they'd tell them the lockout will last for an
additional 30 days then be lifted. That would mean a mad scramble, and
there would certainly be lost games.