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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:51 am

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

There are plenty of rich white morons who have the money to own an NFL team. There are very few people on this planet capable of doing what NFL players do on the football field. That is why the league rakes in so much money, because of the players. Without the players there is nothing to draw people in. I'm not sure why some people are trying to pin this all on the players, the owners are the ones who locked the players out until they accept a pay cut. I am much more comfortable seeing a big chunk of the revenue going to the players instead of some fat rich white guy stuffing hot dogs down his throat. If you want to see second rate football watch the UFL, if you want to see elite talent stop whining about salaries and back the players. And enough with the "players are employees and have no right to demand what they are getting paid, I can't do that at my job"... NEWSFLASH: You are very very replaceable at your place of employment, these players are not. They are why so many people tune into the NFL, to see superhuman athletes do what they do best. Comparing that to your job at Costco just makes you look uneducated and ignorant. And what does it matter what they'd be doing if it weren't for football? They have trained their whole lives to play football at an elite level, I dont care how good they are at math, or science or how they'd fare in an office environment... Some of the comments I've read are moronic at best.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:54 pm

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

It was greed that caused the financial collapse.  All these CEO's and other big wigs with their huge salaries, bonuses, and parachute clauses to leave after running a company into the ground, causing many to lose their jobs.  Here, we have a repeat.  Another case of multi millionaire billionaire people who don't have enough.  I, for one, am fed up with the whole system.

Unlike most of you, I think Roger Goodell has done a good job as Commissioner, but its the owners versus the players, who to me are the greedy ones.  With no owners, there is no NFL.  As far as I am concerned, cancel the whole season.  It is about time Americans boycott the products put out by companies who own all the wealth in this country.  Before the recession, the top 8% owned 80% of the wealth.  When the dust settles, they will own 90%, because recessions do not hurt the rich, they create more opportunity.


Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:32 pm
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Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:23 pm

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

Emotion is getting in the way of negotiating. Players are mad, and it's causing problems. These players need to stay out of the negotiations as they are neither lawyers nor trained negotiators. Owners are going to continue to take take take until there is nothing left to give. It almost makes sense to have bindsing arbitration take over and have an independant arbitar come in and weigh the pros and cons of all the evidence presented by both sides.

It is also being reported that D. Smith is not acting in the best interest of the players. He has refused to get to know both the players and the owners so he can get things done. His speech to the University of Maryland graduating class was filled with lies about the owners telling the players to shut up and play. Actually it may not be  abad thing.....everyone should shut up and play before they all suffer the repercussions of mad and angry fans of the world's greatest sport.

Unfortunately the only ones who suffer are us the fans.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:46 pm

NFL Fans to Goodell...

Drop dead yesterday!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:33 pm

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

If there isnt NFL football on (NOT SCABS) the week after Labor day (Thursday nite game) and Sunday games The NFL can go DROP DEAD>
I will be on strike for the rest of the season, if not ever. 


Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:31 pm

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

No drop-dead date?  Goondell is being unrealistic and/or evasive.  No wonder the talks aren't proceeding with any pace with this man at the helm. 

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:48 pm

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

FIRE GOODELL! Period end of story.
Worst Commish in the History of the NFL.
Just a lying two-face puppet.
A true Commish has the best interests of all three parties at heart and is UNbias.
Interest parties:
#1 The fans
#2 The players
#3 The owners


Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:13 pm

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

The players don't like the preseason and training camp so the soonest a deal will get done is around the third week of pre-season. I personally think the season will be shortened a minimum of 2 games and can easily see nothing getting done until this time next year.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:42 pm

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

you are exactly right the NFL is stronger than ever its fantasy football pools ect ect everyone is in too it heck when the season is over theres nothing too do, but wait for NCAA tourney. lets get real here the owners own the team. the players are the employees. this sports fan base is sky rocketing.Cool did you ever watch baseball on TV its like standing in a walmart register line waiting to check out with box of cigars come players get with it.

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