Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Says Players Walked Away From Fair Deal

Falcons owner Arthur Blank wrote another letter to fans on Sunday, providing an update on the status of labor talks, as well as the new rule changes that were voted on during last week’s owners meetings. “During the last day of our mediated discussions on March 11, the NFL clubs put a balanced and fair proposal on the table in a good-faith effort to resolve our differences,” Blank wrote.

“The proposal included payments to players of approximately $19-20 billion over the next four years, including a 14 percent increase from 2011-2014. In addition, there would be no pay-cut for our players–only a slowing in the growth rate of their compensation…In my opinion, the NFLPA walked away from a deal that was more than fair, but I also recognize that they did it in order to file a lawsuit. So instead of working productively through collective bargaining, we are being stalled through the legal process. I can speak for the NFL and its owners in telling you that we all want a quick resolution of the current labor dispute, and we are ready to get back to the negotiating table at any time.”


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