Former Ravens coach Brian Billick talked at length about the then-looming labor situation in his 2009 book, "More Than a Game." He and co-author Michael MacCambridge wrote then that if there is a lockout, "all the momentum that the league has enjoyed for the past twenty years is shot to hell."
A year and a half later, the NFL and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to prevent a work stoppage, and one of the big sticking points for the players is the owners' refusal to open up their books. On his blog for WNST, Billick wrote today that the players need to give it up.
"The fact is, they really don’t need for the owners to do this," Billick wrote. "The NFLPA has all the relevant numbers it needs to determine the fair percentage the players should be getting. Things like stadium revenue, tickets revenue, TV monies, players cost, and operation costs are all figures that are easily obtainable.
"This is more about embarrassing the owners rather than actually obtaining important information."
Billick hopes a resolution can be reached without sabotaging the relationship between the players and owners.
"A deal will get done. That much we know," Billick wrote. "The question is how much damage will be done to the game and the relationship between the owners and the players along the way."
[Hat tip to Baltimore Sports Report]