I think the fact that a deal ultimately was agreed to speaks volumes to the very leadership principles that appear to be lacking everywhere you turn. Firm principles with the ability to compromise for the greater good should be the “guiding light” of all negotiations.
It’ll be interesting now to see if the agents and GM’s can show the same “détente” demonstrated by both the NFL and the Players. The scope of doing business went through some significant changes over the course of the summer and now those that didn’t “do the deal” & “revel in the final agreement” will be forced to make it work on a day to day basis.
Like anything it will take time. There’ll be some contracts turned back by the NFL and probably some heated words between clubs and the player reps. There’ll be some miscalculations regarding CAP math and some hurt feelings regarding compensation, but those are the resulting pains of a lockout and resulting labor peace that really didn’t have any major affect on pro football for 2011.
Over the next few weeks give a shout to your team’s “Capologist” or “Contract Guy” or “Director of Football Administration”. He or she will be charged with quickly taking hold of the new CBA and deciphering how all the new rules will ultimately influence the “best laid plans” since this past March.
Cause after all, wasn’t it Nancy Pelosi who said “We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it”?
No truer words.