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No surprise league, players back to talking

Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:43 pm
A league source confirmed that another clandestine meeting between players and owners occured Tuesday, and where's the surprise? Commissioner Roger Goodell last week said there would be more meetings, and Kermit Bye -- the presiding judge at last week's hearing at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals -- strongly suggested the two sides continue meeting and hammer out an agreement outside of court.

So they're trying, and I don't know what transpired, but I can tell you this: That they're talking is positive. Period.

I reiterate what I said last week, and that is this: The players must know they're operating from behind, and I can't believe they heard anything at last week's hearing that told them that one of the two judges who favored the league in a permanent stay is about to swing to their side. That doesn't mean it can't happen. It just means that there were no signs.

Soooooooo ...

You either continue to play a losing hand, hoping for a court decision in your favor, or you start to cut your losses. I'd suggest they're starting to cut their losses, hoping to hammer out an agreement while the court sits on an appeal.

Now, that doesn't mean the owners aren't part of this process. They can't be sure what happens with the Eighth Circuit, though I know they like their chances. Still, they're losing money while the lockout persists -- with NFL counsel Paul Clement last week calling it "a self-inflicted wound" -- and would like to reach a settlement that puts them back in business.

Maybe these talks facilitate that. All I know is that we won't hear from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals for another one to two weeks, minimum. In the absence of anything there, it behooves both sides to resume talking -- this time without lawyers. And they have. That's a start.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:01 pm

No surprise league, players back to talking

I think when this is all over the fans should show their anger with the league and players. I proposed that fans should attend games but for one whole year do not buy concessions or team apprarel. When this revenue is lost, and believe me it's big, then maybe the league and players will take notice. Think about the advertising companies who lose, coke, pepsi they lose and the list goes on. The players and owners all benefit from these sales and it's part of the huge dollars they make. Afterall without the fans support, they wouldn't have anything. Think about it!

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:40 am

No surprise league, players back to talking

who cares anymore...i refuse to give these guys any more of my money to support greed, egoism, arrogance and pride.....No humility, no thankfulness and no real care for anyone but themselves.....any of these people say they are there for the fans is a 2-faced or 3 faced lying sob. It is ALWAYS themselves first and a trickle down to the fans if there is anything left over...maybe a t-shirt to 50 out of 50000 at games.

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