Jim Mora Thinks NFL Players Deal is Better in Long Runby Victor Rodriguez on Jul. 28, 2011, under Sports
Are you ready for some football? That’s exactly what will happen this fall after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and head of the NFLPA DeMaurice Smith announced the agreement to a new 10-year deal. With training camps quickly approaching and concerns raising of a shortened season, the owners and players finally came to terms over the more than $9 billion at stake, ending the four and a half month lockout.
With the new agreement, both owners and players can claim victories; the owners by receiving a higher percentage of all revenue (53 percent) and a new system that limits spending on first-round draft picks. The players walk away with changes to off season and in-season practices. By having these changes in affect, the game is safer for the players. Practices will be shorter as well as two-a-days.
Former NFL coach and current NFL analyst Jim Mora told the Victor and Matt Podcast on 110SportsPodcast.com, “It’s important for the players because they are taking a physical beating out there. If you haven’t stood on the sidelines of an NFL game, it’s hard to describe the collisions that take place on the field and what it does to your body. If you have never been in a training room on a Monday or Tuesday and seeing what the players are doing to try to put themselves back together so they can play the next week it’s hard to explain. I’m all for the players getting what they can.”
While players’ safety is one of the most important things, it was somewhat surprising that in order to get better “quality of life” the players had to take a cut from the revenue. With this agreement the chance of extending the regular season to 18 games is a handful of years down the road. Ten years from now, the players and the owners will be debating other topics, but for now both sides are content and the season will start on time with only one preseason game being missed.
In the words of TO, get your popcorn ready for an exciting year of football!!
– For the full interview with Jim Mora listen to Episode 113 on 110SportsPodcast.com.
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