1. Every professional sports league (e.g., National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, etc.) re-negotiates their contracts between the owners and the players union. Each party has their own unique power base. Take a side (owners or players union) and describe how you will use your power base to get the other side to give in to the demand regarding salaries & retirement or an issue of working conditions. Use references to support your position.
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In 2011, the National Football League (NFL) reached a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between its players and owners. In accordance with the agreement, players would receive better post-retirement benefits ranging from health care, pensions, and transition programs. Current players would receive better performance conditions, shorter offseason workout programs, and limitations on contact drills during training camps, practices, and scrimmages. The CBA benefits the players’ longevity during that playing days and life after football, does it did not the benefits the players in one glaring area which is performance pay. Looking at now versus the future, players would opt to have millions now rather than receiving thousands in pension decades later like their counterparts. For instance, CBAs for pro baseball and basketball teams include verbiage that states the players will receive guaranteed pay regardless of performance. NFL players wanted this stipulation added to the current CBA, but owners would not give in due to health risks and concerns of pro football. In choosing to side with the owners, I believe that the owners got the biggest piece of the pie which is retaining maximum profits.
Prior to the current CBA, first year players taken early in the draft were guaranteed to earn tens of millions of dollars without playing a single down in a game. Under the new CBA, first year players pay has been reduced from previous numbers, making salaries more manageable at the ownership level. The intent with reducing the salaries of first year players was to invest those funds into more established players. Despite the intent, the reality is that owners deem investing in more established players as a waste in resources considering the average playing career is not even four years and the health risks involved. The owner’s mentality is why spend on established players when younger, talented players are available at a cheaper rate. With league revenues and team profits increasing with operational expenses decreasing, the owner are calling the shots as to how business will be done in the league. It is obvious that during the next round of CBA talks, the players are going to want more in guaranteed funding. The owners can use this leverage to solicit more performance from the players while reducing other perks that enhance quality of life during and post football career.
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