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Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:42 pm
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell challenged the former union in a wide ranging interview with USA Today . Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson read what Goodell said and wasn't happy about it.

First, a portion of Goodell's comments. "They're challenging fundamental aspects that have made the league successful and popular with the fans," Goodell said. "They're going after the draft, as an example, pursuing the draft as illegal. They're pursuing free agency restrictions as illegal. They're pursuing aspects of the salary cap as illegal. That's what they're saying. We don't believe that. It's been negotiated. We think they've been good for the players, the clubs and most importantly, the fans. It's what's created a successful product. So the union attorneys are attacking everything that we think has made the league successful."

Basically, what Goodell is saying is that the former union doesn't want the draft, free agency or the salary cap. Now, Goodell doesn't directly say that but that's the impression he leaves with readers. None of those things, of course, are true. It's the opposite. The former union, of course, doesn't want free agency restrictions.

When Jackson saw Goodell's comments he responded quickly saying Goodell wasn't telling the entire story.

"The glaring omission from the commissioner's comments is the truth," said Jackson in a statement obtained by "We are challenging his lockout of players and fans. How could he miss that?"

It's likely Jackson won't be the lone player to respond to Goodell.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:01 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

"The Commisioner is lying."  Of course.  He's a commissioner.  It's what they do.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:02 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 2:44 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

You  "player" guys are hilarious.  You say the owners are greedy? It's not called greed when you sink your money into a business (that you own by the way) and expect to make a profit.  Unless you own the company then your job is to go to work and work to provide the owner a return on his investment.  If you don't like it them move to Russia.. .

The owners are making a profit, a big profit. If your boss asked you to take less money over the long haul, would you do it if you had a way to fight it? Only a complete idiot would just back down and take that cut. There was a deal already in place, the owners opted out because they want a bigger profit than they are already getting. Nothing wrong with that, but don't go for the throat and then expect to be the good guy at the end. 

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:38 am

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

@onething: "Post hoc fallacy".  Look it up.  Please!!

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2011 9:21 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

screw greenbay

Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:10 pm

Jonesin' or Jackson'

Now, for all those jonesin' cuz they can't make it on the 10K/month, go find a job at what you do well.join one of these teams, there is still time.   It took all of 5 minutes to find this link:
The Destroyers (UFL) will have their first-ever open player tryout on April 30 at Dick Price Stadium at Norfolk State University.
If you've been locked out and have to make ends meet, what better opportunity.  Josh Beekman #130 Bears 07 (BC), Claude Wroten  #68 Rams, 06 (LSU) and Darryl Blackstock #95 Cardinals 05 (VA) have all secured their roster spot for the coming season.
If it's the first ever open try-out, how did these teams come into existence -duhhhh - did they DRAFT their players?How can all the leagues have anti trust exemptions?

This post (and the previous one) does not mean I side with the owners - They have their own set of issues (this includes you Jerry Jones).It's crazy to read ONE post on a subject and draw such a conclusion.
How about this for my position:
Tell both sides to shove their rhetoric about how the FAN is so important and take in an american football game the next time the Tri-city bulldogs match up against the Finger Lakes Impact.  It's far more affordable than Saints vs. Patriots.  Better yet go out and buy a Jersey from the 2010 Champion Las Vega Locos and wear it over top of your Steven Jackson. (Not Sarcasm)

Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:09 pm

monopoly money

 The last time I checked, several entertainment options associated with the oblong leather pigskin were available, including Arena Football, United Football League, North American Football League (Go Syracuse SHOCK) and Canadian Football.  What makes the NFL a monopoly?  Why does the NFL need an antitrust exemption?  Are All the Advertisers REQUIRED to pay their money to the NFL? It would seem so with all the commercials. (Sarcasm)

I would expect that the 2010 graduating class and current (former) NFLPA members are and were free to spurn the NFL draft in hopes that they would be paid well to do what they love working for the Iowa barnstormers.  What, Adrian Peterson declined?
Fact is the NFLPA is at the top of the pay scale for what the market will bear, and yes Virginia (a.k.a. the Steelers, 1-7-0)there is a LABOR MARKET larger than the NFL for American Football Players.
How is it that players in other leagues have not chosen this time to band together with the NFLPA Brethren to bringfootball to a halt?
Because they are all competing for entertainment $$$ - therefore NO MONOPOLY and no Anti-trust exemption required.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 7:33 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

You  "player" guys are hilarious.  You say the owners are greedy? It's not called greed when you sink your money into a business (that you own by the way) and expect to make a profit.  Unless you own the company then your job is to go to work and work to provide the owner a return on his investment.  If you don't like it them move to Russia.. .oh wait they have baught into the system as well.  Are you guys really fans of the players and not the franchise?  I hardly think so.  The last time I checked there was no "America's player".  Sure alot of us are   Emmitt Smith fans but don't fool yourself that the entire Cowboy nation all of a sudden left on the bandwagon to become Cardinal fans.  Did every Charger fan immedaily burn anything with their team's colours and start wearing green the second LT signed with the Jets?   Sure when Montana and Allen went to the Chiefs they sold some jersey['s but that only because they gave the team's fans something to cheer about.  Theese were fans who cheered for the team even during th eworst loses.  I respectfully doubt that you guys are fans of the players first and then the franchise as a distant second.  All of a sudden fantasy football has made the players more valuable than the team.  Look we can argue this all day...  No players = no team and no team = no players.   What's next... soem players deserve more of the owners pot because they sell more jerseys.  I'm cusrous what the Greenbay fans/owners have to say about the situation because they are the ones that can really comment about both sides... They have the perspective of fans and of owners.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 5:14 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

The expired CBA mandated that television revenue be split 60/40 in favor of the players after (and only after) one billion dollars is excluded from the total.  That one billion went directly to the owners. 
That reserved $4.8 billion for the players.
The owners are demanding an additional one billion dollars off the top and a renegotiation of the split--closer to 50/50.  That's $2 billion in excluded funds, a reduction of the players share, in addition to a lower salary cap.
This scenario would reserve $3.5 billion for the players (at most), costing the players $1.3 billion.
The NFL's yearly revenue exceeds that of the NBA and NHL combined by more than $2 billion dollars. Of the 50 wealtiest sports franchises in the world, NFL teams comprise 64% of that list.  For the mathematically challenged, that means that all thirty-two NFL teams are represented among the world's wealthiest sports franchises.  Consider that for a moment.  Outside of the US and Canada, football is mostly a non-factor.  Despite this, 32/50 of the world's wealtiest sports franchises are NFL teams.  
The average NFL games garners twice the viewership of primetime television shows.  Whereas the first day of football is practically an unofficial holiday, the first day of MLB was beat out by the NFL draft in ratings.  To further illustrate the NFL's popularity, the opening game of the World Series received a 10.4 rating, whereas a regular season game between the Steelers and Saints received a 11.8.  
What does all that mean?
The NFL enjoys unprecedented success among sports leagues worldwide and the players deserve the lion's share of the credit.  Fans don't tune in to see Wayne Weaver's team take on Stan Kroenke's team.  They tune in to see Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Stephen Jackson.  
Whether some of you are missing the point or ignoring the facts, I don't know.  But I challenge any of siding with the owners to explain why the players derserve a paycut of potentially $1.3 billion (or more).  I challenge any of you to explain why the owners ($1.4 billion average net worth), who take 0% of the physical risks deserve more money than the players (average $800K annually) who take 100% of the physical risks--or for that matter, more money at all. 


Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2011 3:32 pm

Rams' Steven Jackson: Goodell isn't telling truth

And the owners are also free not to hire them. Just let them not conspire not to hire the best men available or to keep their compensation artificially low. See, son, without the protection of a Union, the Owners couldn't help but expose themselves to either (a) the antitrust laws for collusive behavior or (b) the ravages of the Jerry Jones' and Al Davis' among them or (c) both. Unlike you and me, the players' worth is, to date, an open book. 
I know, I know. You really believe that only big shots should have rights in America. Not yet, my friend, not quite yet. I AM curious, though. Are your attitudes the fruit of envy on your part, or from your own presumed social superiority, or are you just a bootlick born?

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