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PFT: Rumors fly of a complete NFL shutdown

Discussion in 'NFL Zone' started by cowboyjoe, May 8, 2011.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Rumors fly of a complete NFL shutdown
    Posted by Mike Florio on May 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT
    Getty ImagesSo if the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling that the lockout should be lifted while the Tom Brady antitrust lawsuit proceeds, the league will simply open the doors and allow business to continue as usual until the Brady case is settled, right?

    Maybe not.

    We’re hearing initial rumblings pointing to the possibility that a loss by the league at the appellate level will prompt the owners to completely shut down all business operations until the players agree to a new labor deal. The thinking is that, if the owners cease all operations, the NFL would not be violating the court order because there would be no lockout. Instead, the league essentially would be going out of business — something for which the NFL repeatedly chided the union in the weeks and months preceding decertification of the NFLPA.
  2. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    would make it even more interesting. The players screaming at the judge to force the owners to do business when they declare everything shut down.
  3. Rogah

    Rogah Benched

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    I don't see this as a viable option. It would create a legal nightmare of absolutely unprecedented proportions. How can a company that is out of business collect revenue or pay debt? Plus, it could arguably nullify all current contracts, so basically every single player would become a UFA.

    This would be a P.R. nightmare. I don't see it as anything more than some unfounded rumor.
  4. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Almost certainly wouldn't pass muster in the courts, so this is just nonsense.
  5. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    The ace in the hole...

    I can survive for a year or two, can you? Or do you want a job?

    If football is not here this year, owners like Jerry can still make some money with their stadium events. What would the players do now?:confused:
  6. satam55

    satam55 New Member

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    If the NFL and the individual 32 team owners (collectively, as they would have to) voted to disband and “shut down” the NFL and the 32 Individual teams – in addition to the anti-trust issues – wouldn’t certain owners face possible breach of contract suits from Cities/States who funded their stadiums? Wouldn’t the Television/Satellite/Radio contracts and sponsors the league and each team individually have also be open to Breach of Contract suits? Do the Commissioner, NFL Execs and Team Owners realize their exposure to legal action – which, would cost them far more than the players would take.
  7. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Lets see, sued by note holders for construction, sued by local government for bonds. Not to mention suite holders and local sponsors who might figure out their money is better spent elsewhere. Sounds pretty stupid.
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I don't believe that would happen. It would affect every employee in the NFL. The coaches would not get paid. Secretaries and janitors et al would be looking for a job. Think of the lawsuits. How do they start it all up again? Who jumps in an starts a new league with all those employees and players available? What a nightmare for the owners.
  9. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I agree with you. It would be a financial nightmare for the owners to even think about that

    (stupid NFL)
  10. ChopBlock

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    Florio must not realize an email has been sent.
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Looking down on you Staff Member

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  12. The30YardSlant

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    Won't happen. First of all, this would be media suicide. All of the bad press the NFLPA has generated for itself would be a fart in the wind compared to this. Second, this would never hold up in the courts.

    Journalistic sensationalism at its best
  13. HoosierCowboy

    HoosierCowboy Put Pearson in the HOF

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    but, legal or not, stupid or not, any legal action against the owners would be in litigation for years and years---it's a matter of who blinks first
  14. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Not breach of contract suits by people they owe money too.
  15. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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  16. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Come to think about it? IMO.

    Yeah, let's just have a football season next year instead, that way us fans can save up for the cost to go to a game.
  17. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    :lmao2: :laugh1: :lmao2:

    (stupid cowboy fans)
  18. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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  19. Rogah

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    Owners like Jerry would possibly have some decent revenue, but there are an awful lot of other owners with some serious debt load that would have a hard time going without revenue. I'm not saying they would default on their loans since they would probably get restructured. But it would cost them truckloads of $$.
  20. TD-33

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    No Way! A seemingly controversial Joe thread??

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