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That’s a Wrap On the CBA

Posted on March 16, 2020

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Amid all the news related to COVID-19, over the last couple weeks you may have seen some of your favorite NFL stars posting about the collective bargaining agreement, proposed by the NFL. Some were very much for it, others adamantly against it, and some on board solely for the potential implications if it is not passed. While the CBA was approved yesterday, it was a close call. Of the 1,978 members of the NFLPA, only 1,019 voted in favor of the agreement.

So what was part of this new proposal? For starters, the fans are getting 17 regular season games, 14 teams in the playoffs, and the preseason will be reduced. Additionally, “there will be player-friendly changes to the league’s marijuana policy” and players will receive an increase in their portion of the league’s revenue. Don’t get too excited though, the changes won’t go into effect until at least 2021. The good news, depending on how you look at it, is that the new agreement runs through 2030, meaning we won’t experience another NFL lockout anytime soon.

Do we think the fans are happy with this new agreement? Yes and no. We think the fans are happy to know that they won’t go through another NFL lockout, but at the same time, we think they want to see their favorite players happy. And with such a narrow margin in the votes, we think a lot of people will have a hard time ignoring tweets from guys like Allen Robinson (Chicago Bears) and Eric Ebron (Indianapolis Colts), who have made their feelings on the decision well known. While we don’t have a strong opinion on the agreement either way (although we think that NFL preseason doesn’t count), we do want to hear from you, fans!

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NFLPA Takes Over Family Feud

Posted on July 15, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Summer programming isn’t always the best, but we’re thankful we have Celebrity Family Feud to keep us entertained! Last night we tuned in to watch the NFL Players’ Association take over, with one team comprised of All-Stars, and one of Hall of Fame Legends. The NFLPA grouped Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers, DE), Bradley Chubb (Denver Broncos, LB), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens, QB), Stephon Gilmore (New England Patriots, CB), and Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints, WR) for their “All-Star” team. They played for the Professional Athletes Foundation.

On the opposing side, we saw five Hall of Famers – Aeneas Williams (DB), Brian Urlacher (LB), Tim Brown (WR), Dermontti Dawson (Center), and Jackie Slater (OT) – who played for the Team Gleason Foundation. We don’t want to give too much of the episode away, but if there’s anything we learned last night, it’s that the NFL Legends are the team to beat! Could that be because they are more in tune with what’s happening outside the world of football? Or maybe it’s because they have a lot of free time in their retirement to brush up on past episodes of Family Feud – we’ll let you be the judge of that 😏

We love seeing our Team Owners | Fan Captains on reality tv shows – Bobby Bones walked away from Dancing with the Stars with the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, and Prince Royce is officially a Lip Sync Battle champion – so which show should be next? And which of our Team Owners should make their debut? Do we want to see Richard Sherman take on American Ninja Warrior? Do you think Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller could hold his own on Wheel of Fortune (with one of the puzzles being Milk Mommies, of course)? If we’re guessing at what the fans want – it’s all of the above. We think you’d love to see any of our captains on any show, whether it’s something that tests their physical abilities or the mental aptitude. Let us know who you want to see, and on what show, in the comments!

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Another Go At Expanding The NFL Season

Posted on July 12, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Here we go again! During a meeting between the NFL and NFLPA this week, owners presented the idea for an 18-game regular season. While their motives are most likely driven by increasing revenue, they have also taken player safety into account. According to the Wall Street Journal, with this new system players would have a maximum number of games in an effort to keep players under a “normal workload.” Of course, there was no mention of whether this would tack on an additional two weeks to the season, or if they would shorten pre-season and kick off regular season sooner.

We’ve already mentioned that we agree with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s call to make the preseason shorter, so expanding the regular season is something we could get behind. However, while we do appreciate a concern for player safety, we imagine the fans won’t want like a game limit imposed on the players. Sure, for most positions, it would be fine. But a majority of NFL teams don’t have back-up quarterbacks the fans can put their faith into. There’s a reason these guys only play in preseason or when their team has a significant lead. Maybe imposing a time limit, as opposed to game limit, would be an easier pill for fans to swallow. We think that even having a team pay a fine for every “additional” game a player is on the field, is something fans would prefer in this instance. Think hard about this before you make a decision, NFL!

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Who Saw That Coming: AAF Edition

Posted on April 2, 2019

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Well, it was fun while it lasted. After kicking off on February 9 of this year, the Alliance of American Football suspended operations just a few weeks away from the start of playoffs.

First there were reports that the AAF had already ran out of cash before the end of the second week. After Co-Founder Charlie Ebersol denied that, the league announced that Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Tom Dundon “commited $250 million to the AAF, and became the league’s ‘control owner’ and chairman.” Then we saw the AAF move their inaugural championship game from Las Vegas to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility in Frisco, TX. And of course, just last week, Dundon warned the world that the league may fold because they weren’t getting enough support from the NFLPA.

Despite what you might very easily believe, we aren’t completely against the idea of the AAF. We love the idea of more eyeballs on the sport of American football, and they really were just wishful feeder program for the NFL. And because we are for the most part nice human beings, we don’t actually root for people’s dreams to fail.

The major problem was that there wasn’t anything they were putting out that made them revolutionary and they weren’t changing the sport of football as you know it. They weren’t reimagining the game for the digital consumer and providing fans an opportunity to engage in a way that’s never been done before. Basically, they weren’t the FCFL.

Time to sound off fans – did you see this coming?