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The current labor agreement wasn’t magically created, it was signed in 1993. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as we know it now was the culmination of player strikes, antitrust lawsuits and all sorts of other league turmoil. Eventually, the players agreed to a salary cap in return for free agency and an enhanced share of league revenues.
Since then, the CBA has been extended several times, most recently in 2006. Seeing as how the 2006 extension passed by an overwhelming 30-2 vote among league owners, you’d think they would be fine with just extending the current agreement as it stands now. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the reason we’re even talking about this now is because in 2008, a mere two years after the extension was signed, the owners unanimously voted to opt out of the agreement two years early (Brown).
The concrete agreement might have seemed like a great idea at the time, but now the owner’s feel like the they were cheated. The theory is that former NFLPA executive director, Gene Upshaw caught the NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in a moment of weakness and capitalized on the situation to push through an extension that would be feasible for the players only (Brown). Tagliabue was preparing to step down from his 17-year tenure as NFL Commissioner, which was marked by an unprecedented lack of labor strife. Not wanting to tarnish that legacy of harmonious relations between players and owners, Tagliabue was allegedly persuaded by Upshaw to sell the owners on a deal that gave players a 59.6% cut of revenues (Brown).
The owners were given a new revenue sharing plan with the new deal, which would make the league’s 15 most profitable franchises make payments to help subsidize the 17 least profitable franchises (Brown). In the present time the negotiation seemed feasible to accept, but once the owners really analyzed the cost and…...

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