Former Denver Broncos defensive back and current Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth is a player rep for the union. He recently called negotiations with the NFL as being a game of "whack-a-mole":â†µ
They’ll say this is one issue and we’ll whack that mole and then something else will pop up that this is the major issue. We’re always trying to catch up to what it is. That’s why I feel that’s part of the strategy.â†µ
And every time this happens, the fans are the unwilling participants in a two-player version of "whack-a-mole." The fans look ready to pop their heads up in excitement for a resolution to the situation, but then the hammer knocks the fans back into their holes, peeking out to see how things look. At the moment, it does not look good.â†µ
The NFL filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, claiming that the players union has been negotiating in bad faith. The NFL believes the union's likely decision to decertify if a new collective bargaining agreement is not reached by March 3 will lead to a court battle over antitrust issues.â†µ
Obviously, everyone loses as this becomes a protracted situation.