Random Ramsdom, 6/20: Small market blues

Small market teams aren't likely to find many advantages in the new NFL labor deal. Will that scuttle the whole thing?

I'm dropping Random Ramsdom a little later in the rotation today. I'm sure you'll understand. The important part is that you're still getting your St. Louis Rams fix, June swoon be damned. As you might have expected this one's mostly about labor issues. What else? 

Some programming notes for TST. 

Call for schwag: We're rolling out a TST-shirt just in time for training camp, in anticipation of a meetup, but I need some help. Send me a simple, copyright-free design that we can use on the shirt. If your design gets picked, you get a free shirt. Also acceptable, a witty turn of phrase, for those of you not inclined to artistic pursuits.

(Note from 3k: To see some examples, check out the SBN NFL store.  From there, you can navigate to each team's stuff.)

Larry Grant interview: The second part of our chat with the Rams linebacker goes up today. Lots of good stuff about the Rams defense in this one. 

Writer needed: I'm looking to add a writer. But you have to be able to write daily, or at least five times a week. If you're in college and an aspiring journo or writer, this is a good gig where you'll get national exposure. But I can't emphasize the daily commitment thing enough. It's a big deal, but the thing about being a writer is, you know, actually writing. Hit me up. 

Cover the web in Turf: Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TurfShowTimes if you're not already. I take your Rams questions throughout the day in 140 character bits and pieces, and that content becomes (slightly) more polished for the big ship. We're also on Facebook, where we take QnA as well. 

Now the links...

Revenue sharing, small market teams and the NFL labor deal
In his MMQB column, Peter King looks at where things stand on the eve of the owners meeting in Chicago where they're scheduled to discuss the early parameters of the talks so far. As far as the disgruntlement goes, King notes that small market teams - like the Rams - could be upset because the deal will likely do nothing to expand revenue sharing to the point where those team can experience similar profitability to what the big market teams do. This is a big deal underlying the whole thing, but mostly it's been lost in the notion of players vs. owners. Look for that issue to continue to create tension among owners long after a deal is reached.

Moderates Kraft, Mara will be key if season is saved
NFL owners get together in Chicago this week, tomorrow, to get the early lowdown on CBA talks. The bulk of the work to be done, however, consists of getting a small handful of dissenters lined up behind the efforts to forge a new deal. Mike Freeman looks at the keys to that plan.

Wroten finally joins Argos, turns his life around
Former Rams DT Claude Wroten is getting his life back on track. Suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy, the Rams never brought him back. He was considered toxic in the locker room during his time with the team anyway. Now, playing in the CFL, it sounds as though he finally got his life turned around.

49ers, Cowboys could struggle finding best position for top rookies
As Dan Pompeii of National Football Post points out today, some NFL teams may struggle figuring out where to play rookies due to the ongoing lockout.

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