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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: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:58 am

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

Wrong, the decertified to avoid the lockout. With no NFLPA the players could file a lawsuit against the NFL for antitrust laws. everything worked until the appeals and the lockout was reinstated.  I'd say its player heavy but id rather see the men responsible for the game make the millions than the already filthy rich get richer.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 11:04 am

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

So with no CBA the problem is not the players but owners

Wrong! Any CBA is both parties problems. To have an agreement you have to give on both sides. The last agreement too heavily favored the players and with this economy and the uncertainty due to poor leadership in Washington, changes need to be made and the players solution was decertifying and suing. If they didn't decertify, they wouldn't have been locked out. So in effect, they help create the problem with their action.

Both sides are to blame, but when the players walked away, the ugliness ensued. The poor leadership of DeMaurice Smith who just was ridiculed after his idiotic commencement speech @ Maryland is the #1 reason. The players are being led by someone who is totally incompetent. Having just gone through a 2 year union contract negotiation, I can relate. Our leadership was very similar to that and that's why it took so long.

Both sides are to blame. Goodell has been far from a good leader as well. However, Smith wanted the decertification and court fight, but he lost. When you put all your eggs in one basket, you often come out with egg on your face.

The "association" should replace Smith, recertify and get back to the table. They should look to apply some of their profits to the players of the past who made this sport great and many are hobbled and penniless. They should stop acting like the victim in an economy with
9% unemployment and their players too often on the wrong side of the law. Stop the rhetoric and posturing and negotiate. You don't need to give in to give a little.

The owners should generously give to those former players and as a reward for the soon-to-be 18 game season expand the roster from 53 to 60. That would add 224 more dues paying members. Again, compromise boys.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:14 am

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

<span style="color: black; font-family: verdana,sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">The NFL has argued in its appeal that lifting the labor lockout without a new contract in place would allow better-off teams to sign the best players, tipping the NFL's competitive balance and damaging the league.

This is exactly the problem. Owners are only ones asking for changes to last CBA agreement. Players would renew same terms. The NFL with about statement argues that its own owners cannot cooperate. So better off teams would sign he best players. Now how is that the players problem? The owners cannot agree to not do that? Just amazing in all sports the only reason players make so much is owners who pay them. If owners could control themselves they not have driven up the salaries. Players can only make what just one owner agrees to pay. if asking too much onwers can refuse to pay what a player wants. Yet since owners cannot do what is best for them all and the NFL they have to try and get players to police their behaviour.

So with no CBA the problem is not the players but owners would try and take best players and pay high salaries to do it. Owners are the problme not the players.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 9:45 am

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

Oh I got all excited when I quickly read "drop-dead" and Goodell in the same sentence.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:17 am

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

The Bills should have the asterisk copyrighted by now and it reads:

*Not even Leon Lett could help us win one out of four consecutive Superbowls.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:05 am

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

So let me guess you got all it figured out there don't you "kidsinthegame", right? You are the man who stands above it all and can break it down......LMFAO truly elementary "kid".

Whenever football starts again in 2011 make sure not to watch or you wouldn't want to be like the drones you talk s*** about right? I won't lie I would be as butt hurt as you are if I was Bills fan....

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:59 am

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

"makes you look uneducated and ignorant" 

So how does your following comment you made make you look?  "plenty of rich white morons who have the money to own an NFL team"

Does that mean there are no African Americans that have the money to own an NFL team? 

As far as players demanding what they get paid and the following comment "you are very very replaceable, these players are not.  That is a crock.  ANY business that removes all their employees will suffer some sort of setback.  You point out Costco as if they got rid of all their employees they would still be able to function.  How long do you think it takes a simple cashier to be trained to be self sufficient.  One step higher, a department manager.  You think you can run a department and be profitable without ever working in that situation?   Obviously, by your statement, you have the capability to step into Costco and be a Regional Manager, because come on, it's just Costco, everyone is replaceable unlike the NFL. 

NEWSFLASH:  The Average NFL career is LESS than 5 years. A regional manager at ANY retail location, usually has 4 years of undergrad, an MBA, and a good 10 years of work experience.  Easily replaceable though right?    If none of these players work again, in 5 years we will have just as many superstars as we do now.  If these players don't realize that they are the ones who are uneducated and ignorant. 

As far as I am concerned, I don't care who wins.   Right now we have Billionaires arguing with Millionaires over pennies.  None of which is good for the fan.   If either one of these sides gave a rats ass about YOU, the fan, there would have never been a lockout to begin with.  In reality, they don't care about YOU.  They care about THEIR money which YOU provide them by purchasing their seats, their hot dogs, their jerseys, their hats, their posters, etc, etc.   Which so much love that they showed the fans over the years, increase in ticket prices, increase in cocessions (8 bucks for a .50 cent Budweiser draft)  giving fans the finger, refusing to sign autographs without you paying for it, I understand why you want to rush back and support BOTH sides of this lockout.  The owners and players don't care about me, so I don't care about them.  Lock them out, Shut them down.  Let the UFL become the next NFL for all I care.  Then maybe both sides will learn that THE FAN drives the business, not them. 

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:56 am

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

LMAO at all the stupid comments on this board!!!!  

I couldn't even begin to respond to the total ignorance of just about every single poster.

I will sum it up though, 

Goodell = Owners Puppet

D.Smith = 15 mins of Fame and Liar who never intended to negotiate in good faith.

Players = Replaceable Entities (3.5 years and 100 percent turnover) here today gone tomorrow.

Fans = Mindless drones who will show up every Sunday no matter what happens.

Owners = 95 percent are selfmade billionaires who will not cave (you don't get rich by giving in to every demand) and will not allow some punk lawyer to dictate how they run thier teams.

;     &nbs

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:54 am

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

This is becoming a travisty. Billions of dollars that they can't split up. Wish I had this problem. I'm not going to get season tickets this year and if this keeps up I wont support them on TV.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 1:01 am

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

Hey Goddell and the NFLPA my drop dead date is today.  This upcoming football season I will watch College Football only.  YOu all can take your greed and let someone else buy your products

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