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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:31 pm

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

He's not going to set a drop dead date.  A drop dead date only sets the date to begin talking for real.  Neither the NFL, nor the players have anything to lose right now.  There is no chance anything will get settled at this point.  Why is anyone even reading these articles?  I didn't.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:09 pm

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

These jokers ruining the best sport there is..really pisses me off

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:58 pm

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

You talk about messing with a good thing. NFL has never been more popular. best ratings ever. most money being made...And this crap happens. utter stupidity. I love the NFL..and i have already lossed interest. I didnt even watch the draft. That has never happened. I cant help but think the further this goes on, the more others will lose interest. And eventually cost all these greedy folks the one thing they are fighting for..MONEY!
if ratings get lower, and not as many sale outs, then this whole thing just blew up in all yalls face. And the fans get screwed, and eveyone in the NFL loses thier allmighty dollar as well. Talk about a lose lose

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:34 pm

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

Goodell is not the one holding up things getting solved. He is the owners voice and only they can get things resolved. The players are at fault for suing which in turn keeps things going at a slow pace with all the appeals by the league. Next time maybe they wont be so quick to dissolve the so called union thinking they had the owners on the ropes. In the end people will still attend games and fill the stadiums up like always.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:11 pm

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

God-Hell is making a $1 and is still over paid!!!
Fire him!!!
Written: January 26, 2011 5:17 pm: God-Hell is shutting his own coffin. I as a Steeler Fan love it! Changing the rules to suspend Big Ben did not endear him to us true Steeler fans. Now he will fumble these negotiations like a Browns running back. Please owners, dump him and his double standards before we lose a second of the 2011 season and he ruins fantasy football for the whole year

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:12 pm

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

Since the players work with 2 contracts ( 1 thru their Union
& 1 signed with the team ) anyway. Have the NFL offer each player a
$100,000 contract for employment in the NFL, then have each team sign/draft
players from the pool of the NFL employees.

Working for the NFL would eliminate any possible monopoly chargers.
Just treat each team as a company division and any salary structure could be
organized that the owners would want.

I realize that this might be simplistic but I’m sure the NFL
could work something similar out. I could do without football for one year
while they reorganize.

I am tired of hearing of these poor players that are working
for a minimum of $400,000 a year then they can retire on a $70,000 a year pension.
Out in the real world the average Joe makes $2,000,000 in a lifetime with a $30
to $40,000 pension if their lucky. “O” I forgot they only play for 3 to 5 years
before they have to join the real world and use the college degree most of they
got for free but they still have earned our lifetime salary. I know they’re
beat up but they have also had better medical than any of us short of


Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:57 am

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

if the players mess this up its all about them I hope they all go broke im so sick of hearing how poor they are if any players read this respond if you have the b... to do so but of sorry whinners. theres people who wish they made a fraction of this.

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:38 am

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

Dear NFL owners,

 It may well be true that there is no offical drop dead date for the season. However, and I am confident that I speak for many season ticket holders who are contemplating the purchase of this coming season's tickets. I will NOT buy tickets until this is settled, and there is a guarantee that the season WILL start on time, and WITH the regular players. Any questions?


A hopeful, yet leary, long time holder of a seat in your stadium.       

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:22 am

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

One has to wonder why Goodell is on a  telephone tour. It certainly isn't to calm the crowd. It isn't to assure the ticket holders that there will be football. I'm starting to think that he likes the sound of his own voice. At some point, he has to think that no one wins if football doesn't start on time.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:59 am

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

The owners and the players can keep singing the same tune but the bottom line is none of them give a rat's a$$ about the fans.  They care only for two things: 1) Themselves....2) The almighty dollar.  Ohh sure they can come out publicly and talk about the fans who buy tickets and merchandise and how important we are but that's nothing more than lip service to try to swing approval their way.  Bunch of greedy bastards! Thank God for college football!

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