Perhaps my summary of the situation yesterday was a bit much … insisting, as I did, that they are headed for a loss and that they will have to cave for this to get settled.
I still think that the only way this gets settled will be the players accepting close to what the owners want to give them.
Somebody very close to the situation told me yesterday that Donald Fehr will/should view his role as a labor leader and get the best possible deal for his constituents … and not try to get his face on the labor leaders’ Mount Rushmore by refusing to budge.
And that the ultimate deal will/should end up around a 50-50 split of revenues (same as the NBA, better than the NFL) and with that split (which would mean $1.88 billion in salaries) the players will make more money in 2013-14 than they did last season. And that the ultimate agreement could be signed for 8-10 years.
But my worry remains that this becomes a personal crusade for Fehr … that he was hired to not cave in, to fight a strong and, IMO, stubborn fight. I’m not saying the players are wrong here. I’m certainly not saying the owners (or the league) are right. I’m just saying that the players can’t win this fight without compromising, and we should all know that by now.
Before I head off for Yankees baseball duty (yee-ha!), here’s a good read one of our top Boneheads posted last night, from Yahoo.
Also, since we talked quite a bit of baseball during the lockout, if any of youse are interested, it looks like I will be handling some live Yankees chats during the postseason, including some live in-game chats, and will be joining my buddy Chad (Hardest Working Man in Sportswriting) Jennings, who covers the Yankees so expertly, on his blog and on twitter. I’ll pass on details when I have them, and hope you guys will join me there.