Nfl Conflict Analysis

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Matthew Wallace Professor Conflict and Reconciliation 20, January 2011 Conflict Analysis A conflict is when two parties both perceive their positions as incompatible. Both parties believe that their goals are less obtainable because of the situation and therefore something must be done about it. In 1993 players from the Nation Football League finally won big with the new collective bargaining agreement between the players and the team owners. Players were allowed free agency and the owners got salary caps. In March of 1998 owners voted to extend the collective bargaining agreement until 2003. In 2003 the collective bargaining agreement was extended to 2006. When the bargaining agreement expiration date was around the corner again NFL…show more content…
Tension development began after changes with the NFL commissioner and the NFLPA executive director. In 2008 after the deadline passed for a new collective bargaining agreement tensions rose even more. The inevitability of an NFL lockout was tangible. Role dilemma (the second phase of the conflict cycle) happened at the same point in time that tensions began to develop between owners and athletes. The third phase of the conflict cycle is injustice collecting; each party began to categorize their issues, NFL players and owners began raising questions about what was to be done. During confrontation the power between players and owners shifted multiple times. The first power shift occurred when the owners learned they wouldn’t have access to $4 billion in revenue from television contracts giving players the leverage in negotiations. The second shift occurred when the lockout was ruled legal by Minnesota Judge, Susan Nelson. After the shift the owners had leverage over the players again. The conflict cycle ends with adjustments. The players and owners finally collaborated with the help of federal mediator George Cohen, making adjustments to the NFL collective bargaining…show more content…
Lockouts are hard on fans and all parties involved, primary and secondary. Conflict can be productive or destructive; in this case thankfully it was productive. All parties involved were satisfied with the outcome, they achieved goals that were important to both respective parties. The NFL and NFLPA were competitive and cooperative; all signs of a of a productive conflict resolution. Before mediation the NFL’s conflict seemed like the end was nowhere in sight. There are many options to conflict resolution, power; a win lose , rights; determining who is in the right, another win lose, collaborating alone, and collaborating with help; both win-win situations. In the case of the NFL lockout the first choice was collaboration then collaboration with help. Both parties got what they wanted and so did the fans. Works Cited "2011 NFL Lockout Timeline -" Sports - Sports News, Fantasy Scores, Sports Video. Web. 20 Jan. 2012. <>. Clayton, John. "What New NFL CBA Means in Football Terms - ESPN." ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Sports. Web. 20 Jan. 2012. <>. "Conflict Management." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 20 Jan. 2012. <>. Lederach, John Paul. The Journey toward Reconciliation. Scottdale,

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