League won’t say whether Jones faces a fine for talking about CBA

The Friday night comments from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones regarding the looming disappearance of NFL revenue sharing didn’t immediately make waves, probably because most of the folks who follow the league for a living actually took the weekend off, like normal people do.

But the issue landed in SportsBusiness Daily on Wednesday, and Liz Mullen reports in Thursday’s edition that the league won’t say whether it plans take a few bucks out of Jones’ football cathedral mortgage fund in response to his verbal indiscretion.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also told Mullen that Jones wasn’t speaking for the league when he said that the rules regarding the sharing of money among the 32 franchises will change after the current labor deal expires.

“Clubs are advised not to talk about the CBA, but if you do, you are
responsible for what you say,” Aiello
said.  He also told Mullen that, if an owner says something damaging to the league’s position,
the owner “would be held accountable and could be fined.”

Reading between the lines, it appears that the league office wasn’t pleased with
Jones’ remarks, which serve only to give the union ammunition for
driving a wedge between owners.  It also appears that any penalty would be administered privately, since a public censuring of Jones would serve only to highlight the fact that his comments were regarded as problematic for the league’s bargaining position.

20 responses to “League won’t say whether Jones faces a fine for talking about CBA

  1. It’s Thursday. Football season begins. Every story lately is about fines, contracts, and legal crap. Talk football.

  2. Florio, would you please get off the JJ attacks. They’re old and never amount to anything. I’m sick of seeing his name anywhere, and you just further his cause. He must love the free press you give him.

  3. Sure, like they’re going to do anything to piss off the one NFL owner with the money, influence, and balls to build a $1.2 billion stadium in a wrecked economy, along with the ability to fill it up with paying fans.

  4. “…# VoxVeritas says: September 10, 2009 10:02 AM
    ..they’re going to do anything to piss off the one NFL owner with the arrogance and stupidity to build a $1.2 billion stadium in a wrecked economy…”
    [ /fixed ]

  5. Maybe there would not be so much said about the cowpukes if the shut there pie hole
    Bit since JJ knows his team will be done week 17 he is looking to detract from the fact that his team sucks

  6. “”…# VoxVeritas says: September 10, 2009 10:02 AM
    ..they’re going to do anything to piss off the one NFL owner with the arrogance and stupidity to build a $1.2 billion stadium in a wrecked economy…”
    [ /fixed ]”
    Arogance and stupidity? Maybe you’ve been living in a cave but the stadium is a great success and will make money 365 days a year.

  7. “Maybe there would not be so much said about the cowpukes if the shut there pie hole ”
    Maybe your posts would be coherent if you went back to the third grade and tried again.

  8. “Make him move the mothership, to London.”
    There’s a better chance that Jones makes Goodell put on a thong and give Chris Berman a lap dance on Sunday Countdown.

  9. Regardless of the reasons, Jerry is correct in stating that vikings are not bringing in their share of the revenue. They suck at generating revenue and are a drag on the whole league.
    His other point that small market teams should not have to give away hard earned money from their fans to the lousy unsupportive people in Minnesota who don’t generate revenue.
    It is obvious that the other owners agree with the facts Mr. Jones presented. There will be no action against him for what needed to be said.
    The vikings really struggle in attendance and most of last year did not have even 63,000 in the stands.
    The reason the vikings do not want a new stadium is that they could not fill it and would face blackouts all season. Taxpayers do not want to pay for a smaller or same sized stadium.
    The league owners should consider contracting the league.
    Buy back the Jacksonville and Minnesota franchises and the other owners would have a larger portion of the pie. It would rid the league of 118 players so the quality of play would increase and weaken the union.
    The league would be better off.

  10. Hey Vox,
    Don’t you have school today? or is your mom home schooling you so the other kids don’t pick on you or your precious Jerry.

  11. i bet the league doesn’t do anything to Jerry. They’ll “say” they will do something, but they won’t. They’re too busy bowing down to him and letting him alter the rules of the game of football to accomodate himself. 🙄
    Dallas is up there with Pittsburgh – in the eyes of the NFL, they are infallible and get preferential treatment.

  12. “Arogance and stupidity? Maybe you’ve been living in a cave but the stadium is a great success and will make money 365 days a year.”
    As evidenced by all of those regular season games that have been played in it so far.
    Oh wait, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, all we’ve seen so far from this “Great Success” is controversy over a floating TV screen.
    Vox, I’m starting to think you’re actually a ventriloquist dummy. There’s no way you could be as paranoid about the Cowboys as Jerry is without being a mouthpiece for Jerry himself. Do you work for the Cowboys or something?

  13. Jerry may not be much of a general manager but the man knows his “bidness”!! He’s tired of supporting teams like the Vikings and the Jags who can’t seem to get enough support from their own fans to keep them afloat!! Small markets can work and work well even in bad economies. Just ask the Packer and Steeler fans!! While its sad, it is time to get rid of the “Old Teams” like the lions, Vikes, and others who are dragging the rest of the league down.

  14. “As evidenced by all of those regular season games that have been played in it so far.
    Oh wait, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, all we’ve seen so far from this “Great Success” is controversy over a floating TV screen”.
    Actually as evidenced by the sellouts for the season, The Cotton Bowl, The Texas OU game, the OU/BYU game, 2011 Super Bowl, Sold out concerts and high school football games. And WHAT controversy?!?!?!? The screen stays where it is for the year!!! Quit hating the fact that the Boys have the Best Stadium in the league and try to enjoy it!!!

  15. Classic Vox Veritas, defends the cowboys and talks all his trash early in the season but disappears when they tank down the stretch…some fan…i promise you guys won’t see him posting on here in december

  16. VoxVeritas ,
    I’m a little rusty on my Latin, but your handle translated loosely is “Voice of Truth”.
    Not really the voice of truth, now, is it? Just the voice of another frustrated Cowboy fan longing for a playoff win…that last one was a looong time ago.

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