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Goodell: 'It was a good day' but 'lot to be done'

Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:18 am
 
GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Now that the owner’s meeting in Chicago is adjourned after a five-hour talk between all 32 today, commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the assembled media masses and sounded somewhat optimistic.

“It was a good day in the sense that we had a full discussion on the issues and I think our ownership continues to be determined to reach an agreement and play that full season,” Goodell told reporters. “They are united. They believe that in the best interest of the game we need to correct various aspects of collective bargaining. Everyone’s determined to try to get that done and still have the full 2011 season.”

The owners aren’t staying overnight in Chicago -- Goodell said not to read anything into that -- but they discussed a long laundry list of ideas and proposals for the new CBA. Some of those owners and Goodell are also planning to meet with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith Wednesday and Thursday in the Boston suburbs, according to various reports.

While the owners weren’t expected to vote on a new deal today, it’s not out of the question they could do so soon after the meetings in the Northeast.

“There’s a lot to be done,” Goodell said. “Obviously you’d want to have the agreement fully negotiated and reflected in the documents. Secondly, you’d have to go to the various bodies, the players and there is some litigation involved with this ... that would have to get resolved also. Those steps would have to take place and would be done on an expedited basis as possible.

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“I think the ownership has a better understanding of the framework and I think we have a better understanding of the various issues and priorities within the membership. Obviously, we are negotiating with the players and the Players Association and that’s what we’ll resume doing."

But what about the fans? Are you worried that they’re getting anxious about whether they’ll see football in 2011.

“I speak to fans all the time and the anxiety level is very high,” Goodell said. “I think the best thing I can tell them at this stage is we’re working as hard as we possibly can and we’ll go the extra mile to try to reach that agreement. We know how important football is to fans, and we want to deliver on that.”

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Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Goodell: 'It was a good day' but 'lot to be done'

@ Aliens509

Dammit, man. Did you not just read that Goodell knows what's up? That he understands were the fans are at on all and how it is important is for us? You sound militant. I mean, what the f***? No kidding the league NEEDS the fans AND the fans need the league. That is if you are a REAL fan of the game. The game PROCEEDED you. It's success and evolution is based on fans long before you showed up. A fan base far smaller than it is today. YOU may say you'll take your money elsewhere, then have at it. The history of the game, the survivial of the game, was started HERE. Don't think a for a second that my opinion or your own is going to strong arm anything. I cherish this league. You point fingers at greed in the NFL??? Why aren't you picketing the NY Stock Exchange??? Every miserable investment firm that pushed this great country into a REAL scary debt situation. What about that for real greed, hunh?!? I believe in Goddell. I believe he is embattled in a situation that Tagliabue created just before he left office. Nothing like cleaning up somebody elses mess. You got my support Commish.    



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Goodell: 'It was a good day' but 'lot to be done'

Thanks for the update, Josh. I liked reading that Goodell knows the reality of the fans "anxiety level". Perpetuate the league, Goodell. The real fans are still here. 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 8:28 pm
 

Goodell: 'It was a good day' but 'lot to be done'

Sounds like we WILL have football this coming season and I think Goodell, owners and players need to understand one important fact, without the fans, NFL won't exist. The main reason why any sports league, any sports, doesn't survive is when they don't have the fan base, no fan support, no league. The owners can have as much money and the players can get as much pay as they want but if no one comes to see them play, the owners won't be making any money, the players, no matter how good they are, won't be getting paid and the league would colapse. The FANS is the most important part in order for thw owners to make money, the players to get paid and the league to survive. One day, the FANS will say, screw all of you, we had enough of your greed, we will spend our money elsewhere. That will teach all these owners and players a lesson, don't mess with the FANS !!!!! 


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