Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, June 17:
ESPN The Magazine’s ninth-annual Ultimate Standings for all professional sports teams are out and the Seahawks check in at No. 61. That’s a jump from No. 83 in 2010. The standings are based on how much MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them. Sitting at No. 1? The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.
Adam Rank at NFL.com has his latest, well, rankings: The best team to root for. Checking in at No. 6 in the six-team list is the Seahawks. Says Rank: “The Seahawks have awesome fans (maybe the best) and the game-day experience is unmatched. The stadium is great (and loud), and Seattle is a great town. And when your owner is the co-founder of Microsoft, that has to be considered a plus. The only ding? They need to go back to their old-school uniforms.”
There are no Seahawks among SI.com’s Top 50 highest-paid American athletes, but the list is worth checking out anyway. What’s amazing is that a guy who is making $15.5 million – the Heat’s Chris Bosh – is at the bottom, at No. 50.
As for the give-us-this-day-our-daily-labor-update item, we offer Adam Schefter’s take at ESPN.com on the latest talks. Says Schefter: “A handful of NFL owners – at least two of which are from AFC teams – believe the parameters of the deal being discussed don’t adequately address the original issues the league wanted corrected from the 2006 collective bargaining agreement, according to sources. … Some owners clearly want football and are willing to meet the players’ price. But others, remembering 2006, when a CBA that seemingly favored the players was thought to have been rushed through, want to make sure that they don’t make the same mistake.”
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post – via ESPN.com – explains the Top 10 topics the representatives of the owners and players are discussing. No. 1, of course, is revenue allocation. Says Brandt: “The Players are playing goalie, trying to maintain the present 50-50 split. They have been rebuffed in their requests to view team balance sheets from the past 10 years.” As for the owners: “Since opting out of the current CBA, owners have cited the recession, enormous debt and diminished appetite for public stadia financing. Their request for a $1 billion rollback is now under $250 million. They have offered Players roughly 46-48% and a 2011 Salary Cap of $141 million – the Players are requesting $151 million. Salary allocation on that proposed Cap was only $114 million with $27 million to benefits, but Owners were prepared to move to $126 million in salaries and $15 million in Benefits.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we continue our series of articles on the players voted to the 35th Anniversary team with a look at cornerback Shawn Springs. We also have an item on a little-known connection between Springs and Bobby Engram, one of the receivers on the reader-selected team. There’s also the latest of the spotlights on the team’s draft choices – K.J. Wright, a linebacker from Mississippi State who was selected in the fourth round.