Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Aug 2011

Labor Deal's Minutae: No X's or O's, a Few Zzzzs

Sorry I did not get a chance to write Walkthrough this week. Rest assured that it will return to its weekly schedule soon. In the meantime, here is what happens when I sit down to some light reading: the entire 300-page collective bargaining agreement.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 21 Aug 2011

15 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2011, 10:20am by tuluse


by Joseph :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 11:06am

Not as long as Walkthrough, but just as funny. The ring part (so as to not give away the joke here) was especially funny.

by zlionsfan :: Wed, 08/24/2011 - 5:04pm

A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!

by Will Allen :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 12:22pm

I wonder if the old CBA had a "Hey, you're a lardass!" box to check when terminating a contract, or whether that was put in at the request of the Vikings, after Zygi Wilf took a vacation to Florida, and he spotted Bryant Mckinnie waiting for table for 8, despite being by himself, at Joe's Crab Shack.

by Steve Chapman (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 1:03pm

Loved the column and want to give a contract to a friend of mine who is a long term Lions fan. Could not find the website with the new contract (did find the old one). What is the location of the new CBA?

by Tom Gower :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 1:13pm

The NFLPA has it available on their website at this location (PDF link).

by zlionsfan :: Wed, 08/24/2011 - 5:27pm

Make sure to set some time aside to use the OCR function (which I'm assuming is an Acrobat Pro feature) ... this is a scanned document. Without recognizing text, you won't be able to find such memorable phrases as "Guaranteed League-Wide Cash Spending" and "Why We Are Required to Use Substandard Announcers".

by tuluse :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 2:14pm

There are four pages of definitions, for everything from “Guaranteed League-Wide Cash Spending” to “NFL” which is defined as the National Football League

Can someone forward this to Jaws?

/low hanging fruit

by BaronFoobarstein :: Mon, 08/22/2011 - 2:55pm

I just finished the document, and I cannot recall any specific references to either Conestoga wagons or alien zoo sex. A pity.

by Jerry :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 3:02am

Anyone who does not understand the format can consult Article 7(3)(q)(ix)(12.5)(B)(omicron)(purple)(:>().

Isn't this a Peyton Manning audible?

by coboney :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 10:37am

Didn't you know that Peyton Manning used the CBA to design his audibling system? Figuring that none of the opposition would get the format or where its for he can use a mixture of symbolism and quick calls to make it work. When he calls something like "Article 7, Section 2, Subsection a", A 8 route a 7 route and a 4 route with the other not having any route so RB blocks.

by CBPodge :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 11:18am

I actually just clicked the link and scrolled randomly through, and found this in Article 51, Section 1, Subsection b, which I actually found quite interesting:

"The placement of a sponsor's logo on a jersey does not constitute endorsement by any player of that sponsor. Players shall not challenge or refuse to wear jerseys with sponsor logos"

Does this mean that a team could get a sponsors logo on its gameday uniform? Or does this only apply to practice jerseys, which I know can already be sponsored. You'd have to think that sponsors logos, like in football (soccer), could potentially be a big money spinner for teams.

by Lance :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 3:38pm

I've wondered about this, but I think that it more specifically refers to logos like the Reebok logo on a jersey. This way, a player can be under contract by, say, Nike, and somehow not worry that wearing a Reebok logo will cause problems with that contract.

by CBPodge :: Tue, 08/23/2011 - 11:28am

The miscellaneous section (Article 51) is actually quite interesting.

Section 6:

"The NFLPA and the Management Council each agree that each will use reasonable efforts to curtail public comments by club personnel or players which express any criticism of any club, its coach or its operation and policy."

Section 10:

"No psychological or personality tests will be given to any player after he signs his first contract with an NFL club"

Presumably this is going to annoy Mike Shanahan.

Section 13 is all about microphones on the field, and is bizarrely entertaining. Did you know linemen can be forced to wear microphones in their shoulder pads?

by Joseph :: Thu, 08/25/2011 - 10:13am

Probably it's for NFL Films, not for the networks.

by tuluse :: Thu, 08/25/2011 - 10:20am

If you recall, last year the NFLPA told players to not wear microphones to protest the lack of an extension. Specifically the mics they put on centers to hear what the QB is saying prior to the snap.