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Tom Brady: What Owners Want, Owners Get

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has criticized the decision to implement a 17th regular NFL season game.

The most successful quarterback in history says it’s easy for team owners to get what they want in spite of the NFLPA and the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Tom Brady says team owners don’t grow the game in a way that’s best for the players.

“I think it’s pointless,” Tom Brady said. “I thought it was a terrible decision. So I don’t like the fact that we’re playing a 17th game at all. I think sixteen is plenty. And, again, you’re eight games into the year and you’re not halfway through, so that’s kind of a little frustrating aspect. So whatever, I mean, we’ll play it.”


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“Because the owners haven’t had to listen to the players,” he said. “Because usually what the owners want the owners get. So, you know, that’s just the way the business has gone. And we need strong union leadership from the player standpoint and a unified union in order to have the right amount of leverage to negotiate what we think is appropriate for an NFL player. But right now it’s more like we get told what to do and, yeah, there’s a vote and a CBA, but the choice is: don’t play or play under these circumstances. And we’ve essentially agreed to play under their circumstances.”


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“We have union leadership which absolutely does the best they can based on the circumstances that they have but it is very challenging to get 1500 players to agree,” Brady said. “And it’s much easier to get 32 owners to agree who have all the information and they do regular quarterly meetings and they meet and they’re all interested in growing the game. Which, look, the players want to grow the game as well but we want to grow it in a way that’s, again, that’s right for the players as well.”

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