Saturday Morning Headlines: LeBron, Tiger & a lot of penalty minutes

Tiger Woods battled some rough conditions to shoot an even-par 72 in Dubai. (Golf.com)

– The labor agreement delay may cancel any free agency movement in the NFL and force free agents to stay with their current teams. (SI.com)

– Packers give general manager Ted Thompson a well-deserved contract extension. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

– Is Matt Holliday willing to take a paycut to help the Cardinals re-sign Albert Pujols? (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

LeBron James gets into it with a fan after said fan mentioned LeBron’s momma. (ESPN)

– Hey, the Cavs finally won a game! (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

– The Penguins and Islanders racked up 351 penalty minutes in one game last night. Yikes. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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New CBA deal to be wrapped up by the Super Bowl? Seems unlikely.

Call me pessimistic but Roger Goodell’s belief that a new labor agreement could be in place by the Super Bowl seems overly optimistic. Especially when he says things like, “if we all commit to [working on the deal] and work hard at it.”

Nothing has changed over the past couple of months when it comes to settling differences between the owners and players. The owners still want the players to take a pay cut and add games to the regular season, but the NFLPA is in favor of neither. The players want to know why the owners aren’t making any money while the popularity of the league continues to grow, which is certainty understandable.

While appearing on Wednesday’s edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae echoed those feelings.

“Every week and every year we hear that the ratings are up, more tickets are sold this year than ever before, more advertising is being sold now than ever before, all that does is generate revenue and we have to listen to the owners tell us that we’re not making money. That’s a hard thing to understand when you won’t show us where you’re losing money because you’re afraid to show us your books.”

While fans would love to see Goodell’s projection that a new deal could be wrapped up by the Super Bowl, even he is being realistic about the situation.

“It takes productive dialogue, which means we’ve got to get to that place where we’re making significant progress in getting an agreement,” he said. “It’s not just about meetings and dialogues. It’s about getting real, significant progress on the key issues.”

I’ve held the belief that the NFLPA and owners won’t leave millions of dollars on the table by not getting a new deal worked out. While I still believe that, it would also be naïve to think that greed doesn’t exists. Both sides want to make as much money as possible and a 2011 lockout is still a real possibility.

So instead of talking about it, let’s hope both sides will actually get something done after the holidays so we can have football next fall.

An 18-game schedule only works if owners share the revenue

The NFL logo on the field during the Dallas Cowboys 35-22 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Texas Stadium on November 23,2008 Photo via Newscom

Reports have surfaced today that NFL owners support going to an 18-game schedule, but want the change to be implemented as part of the new labor agreement.

That’s great news for fans, which have made the NFL the most popular sport in the country. That’s also great news for the owners, who will get addition revenue from the expanded schedule.

But this idea will only work if the players get a see a cut of the revenue that will be generated by adding two more regular season games.

In the end, money talks and it’s unsurprisingly the main sticking point between the owners and the players union when it comes to the new labor agreement. The owners want the players to take a pay cut because of the economy, but before the union agrees on anything, it rightfully wants to see how much profit the owners have made over the last year. After all, if the owners are still generating a profit, then why should the players have to take a pay cut?

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