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Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:03 am
 
WINDOW OR AISLE SEAT: The most interesting aspect of the labor fight so far happened on Wednesday. DeMaurice Smith invited Roger Goodell to speak at the rookie symposium. This is a big deal. A very big deal and it's less about the relationship between the two men now officially thawing and more about a much larger message.

That message is this. A new deal between the players and owners is extremely close. There's no other explanation. Smith would never invite Goodell to the symposium if he felt a deal wasn't near completion. I've maintained a deal was closer than the two sides wanted to publicly admit anyway and this only adds to that belief.

Think about it. If the two sides were far apart would Smith invite Goodell to speak at the symposium? Hell no. This is a gesture that goes beyond the talks. Smith is telling the rookies you can trust Goodell again. Smith would only do that if if he trusted Goodell again and if an agreement was on the horizon.

I feel like these next three and four days of negotiating are a push to finish an agreement that is already basically in place.

In fact, I think that agreement may have happened late yesterday. Here's my conspiracy theory. I actually inquired with the NFL early Tuesday if anyone from the NFL was going to speak at the symposium. I was told no. Then late in the day came the news that Goodell was indeed going to address the rookies. The reason for the disparity was that Goodell's speaking wasn't yet official. I think it became official when a significant amount of progress was reached.

Smith became so comfortable with the progress he decided: "I think it's safe to invite my new homeboy Roger to the symposium."

So here we are. I think a deal is extremely close. We'll know soon if it is.

See you Thursday.
Category: NFL
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Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:55 pm
 

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Nice shadow,

I work for one of those supermarkets, we've been going without a contract for three months and we are not much closer to a contract now then three months ago. So I'm not sure where your getting your information from. I am sure we won't be able to split the revenues with the employers and I'm sure if we held out when we were under contract we would be fired, unlike some players that will remain anonymous.
But a resolution fo the NFL contract dispute will be welcome. And with a little luck the 100,000 plus UFCW members will get a new fair contract.

Blessings to everyone.



Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Side by Side on my Keyboard ...




Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Thanks Freeman

At least it looks like we're getting close.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:01 pm
 

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Eeeebonieee and Ivvoorrieee live together in perfect harmonieee!




Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:55 pm
 

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It's amazing that the Southern California Supermarkets have their Union contracts pounded out in weeks and the NFL grinds on for months.

It must be the size of the savings accounts?  Or the size of the egos?  Or both....



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:34 pm
 

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i like the picture on the headline......demaurice smith looks retarded and goodell looks like hes gotta poop




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:50 am
 

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No Mike, you were told no because no one in the NFL takes you seriously. Have you read your blogs? There is good reason for it.


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