DeMaurice Smith was most recently seen leaving the site of the NFL labor negotiations. The two sides have been meeting all day, this is the 12th day of negotiations and this morning’s topic dealt largely with the NFLPA call for more financial transparency on the part of the league. To their credit, the league appears ready to open up the books, but the degree to which they disclose information still seems to be a point of contention.
It is likely, as has been reported across twitter and the sports world, that Smith was heading back to meet with a larger contingency of representatives from the NFLPA in the hopes that two sides can agree on financial disclosure and move forward. The players want everything, a highly detailed financial report that goes into specifics. The NFL, specifically Jeff Pash, feels that the league is offering adequate information and are willing to offer even more.
Now the question begins how much of this is a publicity stunt aimed at improve public perception on the player’s end and how much of it is actually steeped in a need for more adequate figures. The league has offered to turn over collective profitability reports for the past five years, highlight franchises losing profitability and get it all confirmed by a mutually agreed upon third-party analyst. Pash says they would even offer more. To a laymen this seems to be sufficient, but the ball is now in the NFLPA’s court. We’ll keep you posted.