I was planning on posting a synopsis of the trial court's decisions in the Brady v. NFL, but since the 8th Circuit granted a temporary stay and has yet to decide the issue of a permanent stay, I have been holding off on publishing that post. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to hear from our readers regarding their views on the lockout and overall labor dispute. I think the crux of the situation is the money, but if anyone wants to chime in on other issues that would be great.
The owners' position is the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was too generous to the players. The owners felt that they were forced into the old CBA as result of the tenuous financial position they were in as a result of building new stadiums. The owner indicated that they need a great cut off the top of total revenue before splitting the remainder with the players, because they're not making enough money. I don't think the owners have explicitly stated they they're losing money on their teams, but they, at the very least, have indicated that they need more money off the top to cover operational expenses.
The players' position is that they provide all of the value that makes the NFL such a successful and profitable sport, and as such, they deserve the same proportion of the revenue that they were getting under the old CBA. The players indicated they were would be open to the owner's demands if the owners would be willing to open their books to the players. During the negotiations, the owners provide only the most basic information and failed to offer a full accounting.
My own opinion is that the owners need to open up their books if they're going to get the deal they want. Personally, I don't know if the money they want off the top is too much, but the fact that they were unwilling to open their books up makes me think that they're not hurting for cash. The only way I see their football happening this year is the owner's losing their appeal concerning the injunction ordering the end to lockout or the players getting a court order depriving the owners of their guaranteed TV contract money.