Memo by xiaoyounan


									To:             George Littleton

From:           Excellence Ukomadu

Date:           September 24, 2009

Re:             Proposal for Recommendation Report on 2010 NFL Salary Cap

This report is concerning the NFL and what may cause them to lack a salary cap during the 2010
season. Unless an agreement between the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players
Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, the 2010 season will have no salary cap. The
most important reason that a salary cap is needed is to keep the wealthy clubs from having all of
the talent because they’re willing to pay the most for it.

The purpose of this proposal is to assess the impact that an un-capped salary would have on the
NFL. Also, the benefits that a cap has on an NFL team as well as the limitations it possesses.

If the NFL is to become like MLB with the uncapped season, it will become much more difficult
for teams in a low-market to become successful. Owners that are known to spend a lot of
money on players such as Al Davis or Jerry Jones, would seem to have the advantage. Also,
players may become attracted to teams that live in a high-market city where the ability to make
money is easy for them. What would cause the 2010 season to become uncapped would be the
fact that Roger Goodell and the players association are unable to complete negotiations towards
a new collective bargaining agreement. The owners of the teams are interested in reaching an
agreement before the start of next season, but many of them are realizing that an agreement
may not be reached soon. Also, with that being said, many owners are planning for an
uncapped season but still their goal is to reach an agreement. Goodell seems to think that the
owners would lock out the players in the 2011 season. The two have until March to reach a new
deal because the owners opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement. The owners
are interested in having the costs for operating stadiums and constructing new ones be
recognized by the athletes. Instituting a salary cap for rookies is also an important goal for the
owners. Setting a limit to what rookies can be paid in their first contract would save NFL
franchises a lot of money. Considering the fact that most rookies don’t even make it to a second
contract after their initial one because of lack of performance, these players are often overpaid
because of a franchise’s interest in their potential. The first pick of the 2009 NFL draft,
quarterback Matt Stafford, signed a contract for six years for $72 million with $41.7 million
being guaranteed. The first pick of the 2008 NFL draft, left tackle Jake Long, signed a contract
for 5 years for $57.5 million with $30 million guaranteed. And lastly, the first pick of the 2007
NFL draft, quarterback JaMarcus Russell, signed a contract of six years for $61 million with $32
million guaranteed. JaMarcus Russell is completing only 39.8% of his passes which is a league
low, also he is in his third year with the team and is yet to live up to what he was expected to be.
If there were a limit to what rookies can be paid in their first contract, JaMarcus wouldn’t have
been paid nearly what he is. The amount of money that the Raiders are paying Jamarcus puts a
major limit on what they are able to do. With his salary being so high, even though they may
not feel that he is the quarterback for them, they are basically stuck with him because they need
to do whatever they can to make their investment pay off. Maybe they still feel that he is the
quarterback for their franchise, but if they weren’t paying him so much they would probably be
able to look in another direction for a quarterback. Owners have many other reasons that a
limit on what rookies can be paid could be beneficial to them, but the most important reason
would be that they have no idea how these players are going to perform at the professional
level. They are put in a position where they have to pay these players a lot of money when they
draft them high because these players are only trying to be paid what those drafted above and
before them were. Players like James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went undrafted
in 2002 out of Kent State, are the epitome of how hard it is to predict how a player will perform
once they are professional. James Harrison was named the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year
while the first pick of the 2002 Draft, David Carr, is in a backup role as quarterback for the New
York Giants. The amount of money that an owner pays a rookie is almost always more than the
rookie ends up being worth. It’s obvious why the owners would want this rookie cap to be
employed, and it is also obvious why the players feel that they should try and get as much as
they can possibly earn. The importance of the pay for rookies goes along with some of the
reasons that the league may end up having an uncapped season. The owners may have not
opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement had they been spending less money on
the potential of players. The MLB does things a lot differently than the NFL, they draft a player
at around the age of 19 and they keep them in the minors as they prepare them for the
professional stage. Once they are about 22 to 23 they step into the franchise with the team that
drafted them. In the NFL, they draft players around the ages of 22 or 23 and develop them, by
the time they usually are fully developed into quality players they become free agents. If there
was no cap, a small market team probably wouldn’t be able to keep most of the players that
they develop into quality players because of the money another team may be willing to spend.
The sooner the two sides are able to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement, the
better. There is no need to make the NFL suffer because of this, and most importantly they
should do everything possible to keep from having a lockout of the players in 2011.

This report is meant to be read by the fans of the NFL as well as those of other major sports.
This is also intended for DeMaurice Smith and the members of the NFL players association. All
players employed by a franchise of the NFL should read this document as well.

Plan of Action
       To correct this, the most important thing for the NFL is to have a collective bargaining
        agreement reached before March of 2010.
   Second, the players association as well as Roger Goodell and the owners should make
    compromises to make this agreement more suitable for both sides.
   Roger Goodell needs to make sure that the next collective bargaining agreement gives
    both sides leverage under the circumstance that they feel they are being unfairly
    negotiated with.
   Eliminate the possibility of an uncapped salary for the 2010.
   Negotiate an agreement with the owners that makes them unable to lock out the
    players in the 2011 season.

Group Preferences
With regard to the topic at hand, I would prefer for this assignment to be a solo project. I
feel I am very educated and interested in this topic with it being about my favorite sport.
Also, my ideas wouldn’t be influenced by another and I would be able to make my goal well
known throughout the report.

Time Table
Week 8 (10/6-10/8) – Research of the current collective bargaining agreement and why it is
no longer in use.

Week 9 (10/13-10/15) – Research both sides of the agreement and what proposals of an
agreement have been made.

Week 10 (10/20-10/22) – Research past disagreements and what steps were taken towards
reaching a new agreement. Find out when Roger Goodell thinks it is mandatory for
negotiations to reopen.

Week 11 (10/27-10/29) – Proofread first draft of report, find out exactly what agreement is
the best for both sides and whether or not they will reach an agreement before the

Week 12 (11/3-11/5) – Proofread second draft of report, find where there are any necessary
changes to revise. Type the final draft of recommendation.

Week 13 (11/10-11/12) – Reread final draft and submit it to be graded.

Annotated Bibliography
Bell, Jarrett . "Possibilities abound for uncapped NFL year." USA Today. 29 May. 2008. 24
Sep. 2009. <

Kirwan, Pat . "An uncapped year odyssey." NFL. 12 Nov. 2008. 27 Sep. 2009.

Leahy, Sean . "Goodell: NFL doesn't expect uncapped season in 2010." USA Today. 26 Mar.
2009. 24 Sep. 2009. <
Whitesell, Kevin . "2010 NFL Season: Possibly Uncapped?." bleacher report. 25 Feb. 2009. 1
Sep. 2009. <

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