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Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:49 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Roger Goodell's been on a telephone tour de force with NFL season-ticket holders, explaining what all of this lockout business means and answering questions from the people who just so happen to make this a multi-billion business.

His latest stop found him on a bunch of Pittsburgh phone lines and while the call went mostly the same, Goodell had an interesting answer, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, when it came down to the date on which the NFL needs to start to get a full season in.

"First, our objective is to have a full season, we scheduled a full season, we are planning for a full season and that's our intent," Goodell said. "If we're not capable of doing that we will play as many games as possible and want to finish with the Super Bowl."

Most importantly though, how many games will such a season necessitate?

"There is no drop-dead date," Goodell said.

So, theoretically, we could have a sudden-death, round-robin season starting in Week 14, where everyone plays their division rivals once and whoever's got the best record/tiebreaker record moves on to the playoffs, where they'll be crowned with a giant asterisk upon winning the Super Bowl.
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Now, Goodell kind of has to say this -- if he points out that there's a certain date in which the NFL season would be lost, that provides a hard target for the players to eye when it comes to absolutely finishing off the season.

Not that they want to finish it, but canceling a season would be pretty devastating to an owner or two who's already accepted accepted season-ticket money. Even if the fans get their money, plus one percent interest, back -- one has to think that each of the 31 individual NFL owners can procure a better interest rate over the course of a lost season that actually would equate to profit.

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Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:18 am

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Not biased either way although I hope the former players get a bigger piece of the revenue.

BUt the the NFLPA.  You cant decertify on two contracts that was a stupid move and whoever thought of that stunt should be fired on the spot.  That stunt is a once in a lifetime play. Then if you try it twice you get the ruling that was handed down this past week.  Still think that the fans should show both sides who really controlls the NFL and take one year off from pro football dont buy the jerseys dont buy the cable channels ect and see who wins.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:12 am

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Not a Bills Fan but name another NFL team that went to 4 straight SBs.  Not bad I wish my team could make it to 4 straight

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:04 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

I have an even better idea for the NFL.  Remove all names off the jerseys.  Put numbers on them and never tell us who is wearing them.   No more TO or Ocho-dumbo telling everyone how the game is about them.  Football is a team sport.  This current batch of players have pretty much destroyed that.  Look at the last Super Bowl - what a huge let down.  It was like everyone watched is casually and didn't care who won.  It lacked the excitement of the games from 12 years ago.  The magic is gone.  Now, with the lockout, it's really gone.  What makes it evern worse is the Goodell did NOTHING to clean up the league.  Every criminal that has been arrested in the last 5 years is playing in the NFL.  Nice message.  As soon the the Giant's WR genius gets out of prison, he will be welcomed back in open arms.  That's the way of Goodell.  So all around, the NFL is quickly going down the C_rapper.  Criminals, rapist, murderers, women beaters, they are all there - none have been kick out nor will they as long as Goodell is there.  So I ask - what's left to like?  A bunch of over-paid college drop-outs, criminals who cry about making a lousy few million dollars, me first - team second, uninformed players.  

I say fans stand up and send a strong message - don't go to any games next year.  Just one year.  Try it. 

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:49 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Players act like they have no choice.  Hey players, you have a choice!!  Quit.  Don't play for the NFL.  Take that anger to Canada or start your own league.  No one is stopping you.  The ony people stopping me from watching football, however, is you.  

The owners should all agree to fire all the current players and hire all those coming out of college.  NFL players don't want to play this game becasue they love this game - it's all about the greed.  Proof?  Look at the pathetic turn out of players working out on their own.  Putrid.  I'll bet there's a million people out there who would play for the NFL regardless of the money paid (which I'm sure would be significantly more than they could make anywhere else.)

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:04 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

As a business owner I have to disagree with the players. Owners are in the business to make profits just like all the rest of us. Those profits/losses fluctuate every year and so an owneer doing well one year may not do so well the next. There is a bigger picture than just haveing a good year or two. If my busines The problem is that they are demanding raises for "employees" that don't even get off the bench and don't bring in any revenue for the team. They already get paid a TON of money for being a practice player. Maybe they should learn to manage it better and think of after football. These players choose these jobs and know what company policy is before accepting it. If they weren't satisfied, they should have chose a different career. Employees don't dictate policies and salaries, owners do. Don't even get me started on the demand of life long healthcare for a player that is in the laegue for three years. Perhaps they all  hould have paid a little more attention in college so they could get a decent job with health care benefits. Remember, they're playing a sport, not going to war for their country. Noone should feel bad for these guys that are crying about the owners.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 6:03 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Will a shortened season mean EVEN MORE pop up ads on my CBS fantasy league website?

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:20 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Time to get a deal done.

Since: Sep 18, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:54 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

THANK GOD FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL!   Having no NFL this year would be balls, but at least we still have college ball.  GO NOLES!

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:25 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Very well said!

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:04 pm

Goodell: 'No drop-dead date' for NFL season

Wrong when one side is asking for changes that is who the problem lies with. In past CBA disputes bith sides wanted changes not this time. If the last CBA was so bad for owners they should not have agreed to it. Sorry Owners are 100% the problem with this. As far as did things change yes owners IMO making more then ever. If they want to cry poor asd basis for changes then prove it. Players asked for aduited financials to see if owners are telling the truth. With TV and all other revenues soruces increasing how is it NFL says making less? All they habve to do is open the entire books and prove they are making less. Its owners who are not doing that and expect players to take their word for it. This time it's not both sides trying to make changes just Owners. Yet they refuse to show prove why anything needs to change.

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