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Owners sound positive in Chicago

Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 12:20 pm
 
CHICAGO -- NFL owners are behind locked doors for their scheduled meeting Tuesday, and they're not talking about staying overnight. That is positive, only because it might be a sign that there isn't enough opposition among owners to block a potential deal.

Owners were supposed to be divided on negotitating issues and were told to prepare to stay through Wednesday. But it appears that opposition is not substantial -- at least not substantial enough to warrant two days of talks.

If nothing else, Tuesday's meeting gives all owners a chance to voice their concerns ... or their support ... and to hear from commissioner Roger Goodell where talks are headed. And I'll be honest: Right now it appears they're headed to a settlement sometime in July.

One source warned against reading too much into what could be a one-day session, but Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay sounded optimistic on his way into the room, saying, "It's the season for getting a deal done." Irsay suggested that something could happen within the next two weeks, which would make sense. It was he, after all, who targeted July 4 as the deadline for a deal without compromising the season.

"Now's the time to keep pressing on, to chug along," Irsay said. "These thins stop and start, but you stay the course."

While Irsay termed the talks "fragile," another owner told me he believes both sides realize "this isn't a situation where one is going to win. It's time to do a deal that favors both."

Bottom line: Owners sound more optimistic now than they did at their annual spring meetings last month.

One other thing: In addition to owners, there are football operations people here, too, presumably to go over potential rules governing free-agency. That is also positive. It means we're getting closer to a resolution, with one owner saying, "the farther we get away from owners the better our chances of getting a deal done."



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Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

@ RUredy2rumbl

We WERE!     True NFL Fans........  Rules, Ignorance, Arrogance, Lack of Character and Greed have completely ruined my love of the game, and i worked with the NFL from 99-2004.

Sorry. You are not a TRUE fan of the game. If the "love" is there it sees past lockouts, "thug" players that represent maybe .5% of the league, rule changes that COULD swing in your team's favor, lack of character in .5% of the league, greed in the NFL that will NEVER EVER compare to the NY investment firms and their outright criminal CDOs that contributed to our nations horrendous new debt load, arrogance... ask JP Morgan (for starters) about arrogance and finally, ignorance. Sorry, I believe the league works extremely hard to make the game available to everyone and anyone. Even for free at the local sports bar. Sorry you had a bad 5 years there though.


 
Sad, very sad.
 If fans had any sense?  they would give up their PSL's as I did in 2010,  using that money to educate their children better... Who possibly could be paying your retirement  home bill in 20-30 years.


Hunh? OK. I'm certainly all for an excellent education for my child. Ummm... nothing like pre-planning.


THINK ABOUT IT,  what's more important supporting your childs future,  or arrogant immature thugs????

Sounds great. I like to think that not only can I support my child's future but that I can support my team, too. Is all of my money going to ONE man (let alone a thug) or is it divided evenly? Curious don't you think. I like to think that a portion of my support is paying the guy that mends my favorite player back together. Or is every unsung personnel that makes it happen on Sunday. Curious.




Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

"Don't call me when you're in my town! Call me when you're on my block!!!" Enough speculation, maybe's and very soon's. The news should be "still working on it" or "Done"...you reporters are only making it worse...im ready for the new season as much as the next fan but all this anticipation is killing me!!!




Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

You mean the small market teams like the Packers are going to struggle. Teams struggle because of poor management.



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

If the owners give in on a 50-50 slit they will NEVER win another argument with the players and the smaller market teams will struggle even worse. Amazing how the only representatives in the meeting of owners are owners from teams with no financial problems...hummm, any politics going on?



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

@ snow_guy

"I like the idea Aliens509, if only it were true."

And to what good would that realistically bring. Strong arming an enity? Really? THIS is THEIR system to support itself. Of which THEY will have to figure it out on their own to SUSTAIN and INSULATE itself over the long term.


 "new generation of gimme gimme athletes"

When there is money involved, then yes, it is officially a business venture, too.  


 "In ten years we'll have the same problem, only worse."

Thanks... can we get past this one first.


"Fans are idiots that just don't care about the CBAs and only want to watch. They aren't thinking about what the the game will become"

Speak for yourself. I DO care about the financial sustainability of the league and the great need for profit sharing league wide. THAT is how the league is so STRONG today. Do YOU really think that it would be OK for teams to solely rely on the FICKLNESS of fans to pay the bills. How is THAT sound business management? Hunh? "My team sucks. Damn those high ticket prices. I ain't going." Nothing like support from a fair weather fan! I also think it is absolute insanity to pay a first overall draftee VETERAN money. Bradford approaching Brady/Manning money? Really? How many rings does Bradford have? Or even Russell or Stafford? This kind of draftee salary is a broken ideal that agents everywhere bar graph the hell out of and use each new season as a license for increase. A rookie salary scale MUST be added to the CBA to stabilize league financial aim.

'"Very sad to see professional sports going down this road."

A monatary view point. When was the last time you paid $5 for an evening movie ticket. When was the last time you paid $2 for a gallon of gas. When has anything stayed the same price? It is what it is. Nobody likes paying more. Either you are positioned to pay for it or you are not. Can't afford PSL's and season tickets, hey brother, HDTV and Directv is a great option.   





Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

You must not be from the South Boy! NCAA is all there is- well, maybe the Falcons!



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

I understand the frustartion and anger even as a fan. Who here doesn't? The NHL is an excellent measuring stick where a disastrous outcome occured but in unsuprising fashion life DID go on - for fans. When the game resumed in the NHL so did the arena attendences. If a NFL "armageddon" did occur (as unthinkable it may be) as a fan of the game at this skill level it would be tough to wait as the greatest game in the nation was put on hold. However, when the game resumes we will have forgiven and soon forgotten with beer in hand and the excitement has returned to our viens. We obviously have no impact on the outcome of the CBA situation. And as always we are on the sidelines literally and figuratively. It's our passion for the game (not just our team) that we cannot override. Right? Boycotting the league or even the game is seriously unrealistic. I mean, really? Come on, this passion is DNA stuff here. You just don't turn it off like a faucet. Do we feel marginalized? Sure. But one thing is for damn certain, I WANT the NFL game to remain! Because IT IS the BEST! NCAA? Please. How many failed NCAA superstar prospects have there been? Made it in college... big friggin' deal! How 'bout making it BIG with the BEST!   



Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

I like the idea Aliens509, if only it were true.  No matter how greedy the players and owners are they'll still get plenty of support and a new generation of gimme gimme athletes will be born.  In ten years we'll have the same problem, only worse.  The NBA makes more money now then it did before their strike season.  Fans are idiots that just don't care about the CBAs and only want to watch.  They aren't thinking about what the game will become.  Very sad to see professional sports going down this road. 



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

We WERE!     True NFL Fans........  Rules, Ignorance, Arrogance, Lack of Character and Greed have completely ruined my love of the game, and i worked with the NFL from 99-2004.
 
Sad, very sad.
 If fans had any sense?  they would give up their PSL's as I did in 2010,  using that money to educate their children better... Who possibly could be paying your retirement  home bill in 20-30 years.

THINK ABOUT IT,  what's more important supporting your childs future,  or arrogant immature thugs????



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Owners sound positive in Chicago

Dear Aliens509,

I present to you the NHL.  The lockout left such a bitter taste that it has become a marginal sport at best, with several franchises on the verge of collapse - just ask the New York Islanders.  The NFL understands your point, and while they engage in an expensive game of chicken, neither side wants to alienate the fan base.  And let's be honest.  How many fans will care about the lockout/strike if in the end every game is played in full.  In fact, how much more interest will be generated as a result of this.  How much talk radio/tv broadcast/espn coverage will be focused on the effect of the lockout on teams and their rosters.  Already we are seeing articles about how the lockout has made veteran players more valuable.  How teams are more likely to hold on to players who know their system as a result of the abbreviated off season.  

In the end, both sides are caving in because they know missing games will mean less dollars for everyone to split.  And a settlement know really means very little in loss revenues in the long term (despite the claims otherwise).  Neither side wants to win the war between owners and players, to have lost the overall revenue battle.  

That is the reason it is settling - because both sides know that too much more and fans will in fact be lost.  But if the season starts on time, how many fans will care?  Really, do you care that the players and owners fought about money if they are on the field come labor day?  I for one will admit, that I do not care.  Whether the millionaires (i.e. the players) or the billionaires (i.e. the owners) do better means little to whether I enjoy watching the games.  And if they want to bicker in public for four months when it has little impact on my viewing pleasures in the fall (and hopefully through the winter), who cares?   


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