1. Are players paid during the offseason?
Players draw their salary during the regular season only; it is paid over 17 weeks. Some players have offseason money written into their contracts in the form of bonuses for attendance at strength and conditioning workouts, for example. That type of bonus money, of course, wouldn’t be paid during a lockout. Other types of bonus money, such as roster bonus due on a certain day, could be paid in the offseason; in most cases it must be paid or the player’s contract would void, or the bonus might be guaranteed. It’s important to note that the players’ medical coverage expires this month.
2. Why was the model for sharing money with the players changed from Defined Gross Revenue (DGR) to Total Football Revenue (TFR) in 2006?
Too much money was being moved into the unshared categories, which included parking, concessions and club-seat licenses, and that raised a red flag for the players, who felt as though money was being hidden from them.
3. Why did the owners agree to give the players a 60 percent share of all football revenue?
They were desperate to get a deal done. A lot of the owners remembered how bitter and divisive the 1987 work stoppage had been and they were willing to avoid that from happening again, seemingly at all cost. They soon found out the cost was too great.
4. Why is April 6 significant?
That’s the day a federal judge in Minneapolis will listen to a request by the players’ legal team to forbid the NFL from locking the players out. Two judges have already declined to hear the case and it is now scheduled to be heard by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It’s expected, however, that the case will eventually move to Judge David Doty’s courtroom. Doty has been hearing cases involving NFL labor disputes since the early 1990s and he has repeatedly ruled in the players’ favor. Doty most recently ruled in favor of Michael Vick in his attempt to retain $16 million in roster bonuses paid by the Falcons.
5. If and when the two sides agree to a new CBA, what changes might we see in the offseason regimen?
There almost certainly will be changes to the mini-camp, strength and conditioning, OTAs, training camp regimens. A reduction would be expected, especially if there is movement toward an 18-game season.
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