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Living in an extraordinary time when it comes to professional sports threats of NFL games being blacked out because fans are holding up and selling out at local stadiums -- tonight a look at pro football through the eyes of Brian Billick.
He is former Baltimore Ravens head coach and author of the book.
More than a game talking about the and a failure to -- -- inside info.
From behind the board rooms in the locker rooms of the NFL good to -- a -- Brad thanks for being your coach now I think.
You buried the lead in your book on my problem I went through a whole book cannot page 221 the epilogue.
You begin with a sense I may return to the field and coach again.
One day player and went over 54 dollar question you know it's we've I think 64000.
At least as an onerous that have been buried the lead that nobody knows anything else that's gonna help but are you get gonna get back -- -- you know what you -- -- -- For thirty years once -- in your blood but but I'm also had a pretty good first marriage as -- -- in Baltimore with Ozzie Newsome and general manager and I'm at the point my life obviously that it needs to be the right situation team -- looking for someone with my particular.
A skill set and and what they're looking in the direction and wanna go to -- -- -- of.
Got a good run when we've -- we should mention your we've with a sister organization of -- But -- -- a good run of the vikings do you weren't -- coach but that was that was impressive showing as well great great run their Denny green was -- offensive coordinator right or was that led to my becoming head coach from Baltimore and so what is happening now with the NFL in particular let's let's talk first about this blackout stuff.
If if indeed for those who don't know if if stadiums don't sell out your blacked out in the area where the game is taking place in that might begin to happen here yes.
Part of the bigger picture of -- that prompted me to put the book together Mike McCray and British who -- America's game did a great history of the league.
Approach me about doing a work on because it's an etched in time coming up anytime you come -- -- labor negotiation it's nesting time.
But you compound that with the economic times the league in the in the game is in great shape.
But the attendant things to whether it be the TV monies promotion -- marketing money's the fans -- right on president possibility we don't know yet.
The possibility of possibly blackouts in twelve stadiums.
It with teams not all of which you can attribute to just for not doing well teams like -- able Minnesota.
Good football team so it's a sign in Vietnam economic times you know they say you say sports is recession proof will find out is that.
Also a sign that a lot of these rules were made before we -- stub hub and before we had a lot of the mechanisms that we have now.
In order -- so maybe we have to change some of these rules well and that's part of the league's perspective with a collective bargaining agreement negotiations coming up saying look when we negotiated this last deal.
The world of the world we live -- has dramatically changed.
And the margins you know getting public financing for stadium is a thing of the past so the debt that the stated that the individual owners and league is taking on.
The percentage that the players get so it's a fascinating time in that the principles -- changed in terms of the new billionaire owner.
The brought a certain business acumen to the NFL not that it didn't exist before.
But it's a much more bottom line mentality.
The principals involved with Paul Tagliabue and -- -- show no longer running the league and the union.
You've got two more Smith is the head of the union you got Roger Goodell.
This is their first time up at bat with regards to negotiations and being at the forefront of it.
And then of course the economy and -- and how it's going -- won't Roger Goodell we know and he is he is really good to end up on all of the new changes in the -- -- don't you think that he is the right person at this moment to make the changes that need to be -- -- Perhaps we have are going to be some fundamental changes made and and I'd be honest with you doing the book and and visit with owners and coaches general managers -- personal immune personnel.
I could find anybody that didn't think there would be a lockout in 2011.
There's no question in my mind that we're gonna get to an uncapped system.
Whether that's good or bad there's no question in my mind we're gonna get -- win it'll have to be if it's not agreed to by march of 2010 we're gonna get to an uncapped system.
Which the players originally thought was going to be their big lever to the ownership the boy if you don't reduced to an agreement.
We're gonna get to an uncapped system there now finding the owners are going you know what we're not sure we like that system.
And even though if we get -- on cap system sure there's no ceiling there also be no floor.
Right now there's a minimum the police -- teams have to spend.
And the players are finding out that's not the leverage they thought was so.
This that there's a lot of negotiation -- to come I believe we'll get time cap system.
For some reason I really don't think we're gonna get to a to a -- I think Roger.
Could tell his experiences.
Two -- -- the biggest challenge I see his first -- the bad news this union.
The package she's going to have to present to his his constituency to get past because this is what's gonna come down to.
Is going to be a tough sell with player's coach Brian Billick -- more than a game is the name of the book you can see him on fox thank you very much for being here appreciate to have you thank you so much.
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