For all who are fascinated by what I consider rather dry labor issues that could result in a 2011 lockout, this is a story by SI.com's Jim Trotter that tells why the players support union boss DeMaurice Smith and outlines their goals in the current negotiations.
Don't think you need me to report that the talks haven't gone anywhere as of yet. But it is interesting to see the shift to Smith's policy of player inclusiveness, as opposed to the remote way the late Gene Upshaw ran the NFLPA.
And just to balance things off, here's something from the NFL Labor site that shows something of how the players will suffer from this uncapped season. Those performance-based pay boosts we talked about a few days ago only come in capped seasons, so this year the players will have to work for straight pay.
Not that any of them need a fund-raiser to survive, but everybody likes free money. And those little checks won't be coming in the mail this year.
Note that C.C. Brown ranked fifth on that performance-based all-time list at $783,366 worth of extra pay. Must be because of all those receivers he chases. Michael Johnson was eight at $766,392, and Michael Boley was 11th at $732,622.
Again, if you ask me, both sides deserve a slap in the head for their inability to split up an $8 billion business so that both players and owners benefit.