Sports Illustrated's Peter King joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss the latest developments in the NFL labor negotiations. On Thursday night, NFL owners voted to accept a deal, but players have yet to sign off on it.
"The night was just filled with curveballs," King said, adding, "It's very much a moving target."
One of the holdups is said to be the players' concerns about supplemental revenue sharing, but King questions why that would be an issue.
"Supplemental revenue sharing was basically put in this deal so that the lower-revenue teams — Cincinnati, Minnesota, Kansas City — so that those teams basically share some of the revenue from the larger teams," he said. "It doesn't matter to the players. It has no meaning, no significance whatsoever to the players.
"The players are going to make 47 1/2 percent of the gross revenue. It doesn't matter whether the Kansas City Chiefs pull in 195 or 165 million. It doesn't matter at all. If you're a player, what do you care if Jerry Jones gives 20 million for signage in his stadium to the lower-revenue teams. You're still going to get a percentage of that 20 million. That's what was so baffling last night, was to hear them make an issue of that. It's totally meaningless."
Added King: "Maybe the union is going to make it a big deal, but if they do, they're going to have to explain to me why. It just doesn't matter."
King also questioned why players who were not in the meetings and clearly have not had time to read the approximately 250-page document would voice such strong opinions Thursday night and imply that the owners were trying to sneak something into the deal at the last minute.
"The union's executive board, the 10-player executive board, has basically been working for the last four months, just about every day, to sculpt this agreement," King said. "Now, maybe there was a point or two points that there's some tentacle of those points that surprised the executive board. But just because the player representatives wouldn't know every point does not mean that the players' executive board which negotiated this didn't know it. … There can't be many big surprises to Domonique Foxworth, to Drew Brees, to Kevin Mawae, to Jeff Saturday, to the guys who actually have been in the room every day.
"Now, to the player rep — Vonnie Holliday of the Washington Redskins tweeted last night, 'We were bamboozled.' Well, how would Vonnie Holliday know if they were bamboozled? Unless [DeMaurice] Smith got on the phone and said, 'We're totally getting jobbed here,' which I really don't think he did. Some of these guys who were the player reps, I believe … when they were talking last night, they didn't know the whole deal."
The Hall of Fame Game already has been canceled, and King said preseason games are in jeopardy if a deal is not consummated soon.
"I think if the players are not in training camp as a whole by about next Friday, I would anticipate you'd lose Week 1 of the preseason," he said. "And then they would just then lose each week as it goes."
Ian talks with Chris about the NFL offseason and specifically what the Pats have done and will do. He talks about NFL free agency, if Brandon Spike will come back to New England, all things NFL Draft and more in an extensive interview.
in hour 2 of NFL Sunday, Greg and Chris discuss some news from around the league including the Philip Rivers situation in San Diego, if the Titans may sign Rivers, where Marcus Mariota may end up, and what the Jets will do. Price talks with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport about all things NFL offseason and the draft. Finally, the guys touch on if the NFL is over-saturating fans with too much coverage all year round now.
Greg and Chris talk a ton of NFL Draft in hour 1 of the show. They discuss what the Pats might do with their early picks and get Mike Petraglia's thoughts on the issue as well.
Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
The Red Sox beat the Rays 1-0 in Tampa tonight, Joe and Dave talked with the man who scored the only run and also caught five different pitchers in the process, Ryan Hanigan.
Xander had the game winning hit in the bottom of the 9th to get the Red Sox on top of the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, he talked with Joe and Dave after the game about what his thought process during the at-bat was and the excitement of a walk-off.
Buster Olney of ESPN joins the guys to talk about the first two weeks of the baseball season. They discuss the struggling Red Sox rotation and the potential of the high-powered offense.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.
Bryan Price lost his mind.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Gary, Gerry and Kirk opened the show by discussing the Olympics in Boston.
ESPN's Todd McShay joined the show to discuss some potential players the Patriots could be looking at with the 32nd overall pick in this year's draft.
More Britt McHenry news surfaces. Erin Andrews delivers a veiled shot at her own boyfriend, Jarret Stoll. Cincinnati Manager Bryan Price drops 77 F-bombs in a tirade directed at the media.
Warren Sapp, (who Christian is already NOT a fan of) was arrested the day after the Super Bowl. TMZ has released the footage/audio of the police interrogation which includes some embarrassing first hand accounts from Sapp, about that night.
Nate Solder played this Super Bowl winning season while recovering from testicular cancer... and other stories of athletic unselfishness and heroism.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss game two for the Celtics vs the Cavs in this opening round series.
We wrap up the show with the best in sound from the day.
Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.
Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Uncle Buck joins Chris on the show again to talk about Raw from 4/20, finishing maneuvers and gives a few classic match picks.
Ben and Sam are joined by Julian Edlow from WEEI.com to give their predictions on every series in the NBA Playoffs.
Jerry is joined by hockey writer Brian "Rear Admiral" McGonagle of Barstool Sports to perform a post-mortem on what happened to the 2014-15 Bruins, who's to blame and where the team goes from here.
Gary, Gerry and Kirk discuss Ben Affleck's attempt to hide his family's history of being slave owners in a recent documentary.More from this show
The guys talk about the David Ortiz ejection, the poor pitching performances and everything else from an ugly weekend series against the Orioles.More from this show
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.More from this show