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Posted on: May 20, 2011 8:25 am
Edited on: May 20, 2011 8:40 am
DROP-DEAD DATE: Roger Goodell explained in a conference call with Pittsburgh Steelers ticket holders that there is no drop-dead date set to cancel the season should the lockout extend, God forbid, long enough that the season would be affected. "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."

On some levels saying the league doesn't have a drop-dead date sounds plausible. On others, it doesn't ring true. Why would a league that prepares for every contigent, and I mean, every contingency, not think about a date when the season would be in jeopardy? That makes no sense. This is the same league that built bye weeks into its schedule just in case the lockout became lengthy. Of course the league has a drop-dead date. There's been talk privately about that date being the early part of September.

Deep within some vault in the league office or on an matrix-y encrypted file that has the password dropdeaddate is the day, or week, the league figures is the last possible day it can go to and still have a viable season. Basically, to me, the league has to have an agreement by the second week of September. Remember, there needs to be a training camp. The league can shorten training camp to two or three weeks. That would be extremely risky to the players but doable. So if I'm thinking of a drop-dead date, and fans are, and players are, you mean to say the league doesn't have one?

The reason Goodell says there is no such date is because of season ticket sales. The league wants to spread the idea that everything will be just fine so fans continue to buy tickets and merchandise. Plus, the NFL doesn't want a fan rebellion on its hands.

So the NFL continues to say: nothing to see here folks. Progress being made. No drop-dead date. Buy those tickets. Carry on.

When in reality this is one big mess, a mess that has a drop-dead date end to it.

ONE LAST THING: David Cornwell, who represents NFL players in legal matters, and is one of the smartest people around the sport, tweeted this: "8th circuit says it can rule in time to save season. Not sure who is football ops guy on the bench, but hope the court is right."

I hadn't seen anywhere where the 8th stated that. I hope that's true. If it is, we'd know the court ruling by possibly beginning of July. But that remains highly optimistic.

See you on Monday.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:38 am

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Good job irregardless u once again proved your the most closed minded person alive. It was my opinion i wrote about. Thats what blogging is. Writing "your opinion" about a topic. And your comment about my scenerio about games not being played absolutly matters. Because if a team finish"s with a better record it doesn't matter if they won every divisional game. If the Cowboys go 9-4 and the Eagles go 8-5 because of a shortned season it doesn't matter how they played in there division the cowboys are gonna take the division and go to the playoffs. So the fact that the Boys didn't play a Great team and the Eagles did absolutly matters if one of them loses. EVERY GAME MATTERS! And try to remember nobody pays u either to think or for your comments! Your just a random everyday close minded person and i refuse to get into another arguement with u because u think your opinions are the only one's that are right. Try to read an article and actually write your own opinion about it instead of trying to tear everyone else's opinion down. Your not special! GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 8:53 am

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Long live the Unions! Screw you greedy capitalist pigs!

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 1:21 am

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I just read a comment below about players not being partners.  Surely that post was written by somebody with a half-baked idea about what capitalism and the free market system are all about.  The only way a college draft, salary cap, restricted free agency are legal is if there is a partnership between ownership and players.  Just as a owner can tell a city to take and hike and move his team elsewhere (once a lease it up), employees have similar freedom to sell their labor to the highest bidder.  NFL players had agreed to restrictions of their rights in return for a partnership with the owners.  The owners cancelled the final 2 years of that partnership agreement.  With decertification of the NFLPA the owners are free to pay free agents federal and state minimum wage.  Instead they have choosen to shut 'er down until a new partnership agreement comes about.     

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 1:01 am

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So it is the players that don't want to work?  Gee, and here I thought it was the owners that barred the gates and the players were the ones suing to have them opened.    

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 21, 2011 12:19 am

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The putrid turn out by players on their own tells you one thing - they have NO desire to play this game.  Take note of all the players not at the workouts.  Those are the guys who simply are in it for the money.  No heart.  That's right PLAYERS - you have no heart or desire to get a deal done or play.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:52 pm

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Irregardless...your arrogance is overmatched only by your ignorance (as in ignorant son-of-a-bitch) Only your opinion counts, right? Get a fuckin life!

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 3:14 pm

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I need a new set of pants after reading that.  Quality.


Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:56 pm

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This article actually makes sence. Im sure the NFL doesn't want fan rebellion, merchandise sales to drop, season ticket holders to with draw. What the NFL doesn't realize is alot of the fans have already vowed to stop buying merchandise and tickets. Why should we spend our hard earned money to support a group of greedy millionaires who cant even divide billions of dollars equally with out going through a painful litigation.

Well, we know for certain that you airfarce1 do not understand the situation, but like to to make stupid comments on the situation anyway. The reason they can't just split things equally is because the NFLPA and Players don't deserve an equal share because they are not partners. Players are employees, and temporary ones at that. The NFLPA are leeches that suck money out of a workforce. It's called a Union. They had a better deal than they should have, and now want more, and a say in league operations. They have threatened to destroy the NFL with false claims in a court with no jurisdiction to interviene. This is a labor issue. This was all brought on by player greed.

If they cant come up with a plan before the season starts they might as well cancel the season. There are to many divisions with teams that are so close it comes down to the last game of the season to decide who goes to the playoffs. If the league starts the season 3 weeks late and starts as if the season was in week 4 what happens to the teams that faced some of there toughest opponents in the first three weeks. It would be an advantage for some teams and a huge dissadvantage for others.

There is a reason no one has ever been interested in paying you to think. You are not good at it. Football teams make a living on adjusting to situations. If the schedule would prevent them making the playoffs, the reduced schedule would be no different. The reason division games, that carry more weight in determining if a team makes the playoffs are towrd the latter part of the season is to ensure fairness. You haven't a clue.

For example I am a Cowboy fan and Dallas opens its season on a Sunday night in New York against the Jets which im sure the cowboys will be heavy underdogs. A game that has huge implications for both teams later in the season never happens.

No, nonconference, nondivision games carry the least weight of any game they play outside of preseason. You haven't a clue. No "huge implication." The least implication...

But the Giants, Eagles, and skins all play the jets later in the season and if the Cowboys have the advantage of not having that lose on there record its an advantage for Dallas.

No. Its a nonconference game. Haven't not played it with not factor into the common opponent equasion. Exactly like if they were scheduled to play a different team entirely than the other 3 teams.

As much as i love the Cowboys that is not fair.

Nope, you just don't understand again...

This scenerio can be played out with many teams in numerous divisions.

And still, smarter men than you could ever imagine have already thought this through and no one in the history of man will ever need your brain power for a solution to even simple things.

You do not understand this situation.

Also any team that happens to win the super bowl will always have that imaginary asterisk next it becuase they only may have played 13 games or so.

And their fans, and that team will not care one bit what someone that doesn't understand the situation thinks regarding their championship.

I hope they do come to an agreement so we can stop blogging about what if scenerios and actually have some football to talk about as well as have a full normal season.

There are only a couple of scenerios that matter, not the make believe Mike Freeman writes, or the ignorant garbage you spew in your lack of understanding.

Here are the two that matter.

The Players agree to the CBA the owners proposed and make lots of money.

The Players choose not to play, and good luck with that.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:07 pm

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Last week, SI's Peter King (after speaking with NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth) posited that a 9 or 10 game regular season would begin late October/Early November. His reasoning was that when they started missing their September paychecks, the players would let Smith know to just make a deal, even if it wasn't the best one. Similarly, the owners would start missing their lease payments, so they'd be pressuring Goodell to make a deal happen. From then, it would take 3 or 4 weeks to cut the deal, then a one-week FA period, then a two-week Training Camp, then the season.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:44 pm

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Actually, the ticket sales do make sense.  It's great that teams will refund/roll-over the tickets, if necessary - but will they refund the interest?  That's where the point of having people buying tickets now comes into play.  The owners get the money from the ticket sales, plus the interest gained from all the ticket sales.  If they don't push for tickets to be bought as early as possible, they lose a boatload of cash from interest and/or investments.

Refunding the interest to who?  And 8 months worth of interest isn't even a 1% gain in most cases these days in this economy.  Do you think the National Football League is going to ploy this to make a couple hundred thousand dollars?  That's crazy dude.


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