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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 355 - A Look at the Looming CBA

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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 355 - A Look at the Looming CBA

On today's show, Andy Herman takes a look at the upcoming negotiations for the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. Andy takes a look at the hot button topics including the 18-game season, expanded rosters, and use of the franchise tag. He also gives his thoughts on how the CBA would ideally turn out.

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and appears weekly on 107.5 The Fan in Green Bay to breakdown film. This past season he was an analyst on Green Bay Nation on WFRV TV in Green Bay. Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder; follow him on Twitter at @sconniesports.

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mamasboy's picture

I wasn't even going to listen to this, I'm glad I did. If he had a show on drying paint, he could make it interesting.

nstewart1's picture

These are very thoughtful and interesting suggestions; I hope the Powers That Be are considering most of these.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Very well-thought out conception, even in areas with which I am not on board. I really like some ideas you suggested to improve the quality of the play on the field. A few things:

1. No need to tinker with the cap floor. It works fine and improves parity. The CBA already has a requirement that the teams have to spend in cash 95% of the cap each year. Failure to do so requires the league (not the individual teams) to pay any difference to the Union for distribution to the players who were active that league year. There has never been a year in which the teams didn't meet the 95% requirement. Your solution is one that is in search of a problem.

2. Hate the rivalry game idea. A lot would depend on which teams are selected as rivals and how long that selection last. Too much, IMO, enough that for stretches of time such teams would or could be placed at a competitive disadvantage. It is good for making money, though. Many rivals are divisional opponents, anyway.

2a. I like the neutral field idea. Just rotate the opponent. Thinking about it, would other teams come to Lambeau to play a game? Ann Arbor for the 90,000 seats? Would teams gouge on the ticket prices?

3. Suspended counts as being on the roster. Interesting. Another idea would be to make such suspensions start game two.

4. Voluntary practice (QB school) should not be tied to contracts or money, other than per diems and travel allowances. Saying that the player can make more money so it is a win-win is a misnomer in a hard cap league.

5. A big issue is about the revenue that is not currently subject to division. NFL revenue was $14B, but only $8.4B was subject to revenue sharing. $5.6B is out there. 47% (whatever the number) of $5.6B is $2.63B. Moving from 47% to 49% of the current pie subject to sharing -$8.4B - is 0.168B ($168M).

As to the viability of the Packers long-term, the twin pillars are real revenue sharing and a hard cap. To the extent it is true that GB is not a desirable place to play, things like reducing rookie contracts from four years to three, lessening of Franchise and Transition tags, removing the fifth year option, all hurt GB disproportionately.

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