Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, who also serves as the team’s player representative for the players’ association, appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter today to talk about the current labor situation. The highlights? He doesn’t think any games will be missed. But “I do not think (a resolution) is as close as some people make it out to be.”
Feely’s full feelings:
“I was just on a conference call,” he said. “Obviously, I cannot talk about the details of it, but we are absolutely working hard. I do not think it is as close as some people make it out to be. There are still some issues we have to resolve. I do not think we are going to miss games. I am hopeful that we will not miss games. But there are definitely some steps that need to be taken. Rational thought needs to be the dominant force driving these negotiations.
“If you allow emotion to get into it, if one side tries to strong arm another, then it is not going to get accomplished. All that hurts in the end is not only the fans, but 150,000 jobs that are tied directly to the in-stadium experiences, as well as all of the restaurants and hotels that depend on that revenue to make mortgage payments and survive and sustain themselves. It is incumbent on both sides to keep rational thought at the forefront and find a way to get a deal done.”
Asked why he doesn’t think talks are as close as being reported, Feely said “I have optimism, but I am also realistic. I know there are issues that need to be accomplished. It is not that those issues cannot be overcome, but it is not inevitable, either.”
Feely also touched upon the rookie wage scale that has gotten so much attention of late.
“Our perspective is that if we are going to give back money, which we are on the rookies, then from the owners’ side they need to be willing to do four-year maximum contracts,” he said. “In my career, I have discovered that you know for sure by the first or second year a guy who is a rookie that is going to be in your plans going forward. When you look at the difference between four and five years, it may not look like a lot, but to the players it is. Four-year maximum contracts are something that we are really not willing to negotiate on.”
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