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League jabs at NFLPA’s Maui meeting

As the NFL Players Association conducts its annual meeting in Hawaii, eyebrows are rising throughout the football-following world.  With a slowly-recovering economy and the union urging players to save money in advance of a possible lockout, shouldn’t the once-per-year session be conducted in a place other than a tropical paradise?

Probably, but the reality is that these arrangements are made multiple years in advance.  That same fact applied to the NFL a year ago, when the March league meetings were conducted at a swanky resort in Dana Point, California, while the financial climate was far worse than it currently is.

Still, the union’s trek to the islands has prompted a jab from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, who made the following point via Twitter:  Weather today in NY is atrocious . . . would rather be in Maui but can’t afford it.”

The union might respond to the dig by suggesting that Aiello ask former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for a loan.  After all, Tagliabue made $3.3 million last year, despite retiring in 2006.

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24 Responses to “League jabs at NFLPA’s Maui meeting”
  1. LetsGoPens says: Mar 13, 2010 4:22 PM

    I like Aiello and follow him too… but the head of PR for the NFL can go to Maui in a second if he wanted to.
    That’s almost as bad as when OchoCinco was tweeting after his season was over that he should go get a loan because he’s unemployed and needed to go back to school. Obviously, he’s not poor because he’s Rich _____

  2. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 13, 2010 4:25 PM

    “Probably, but the reality is that these arrangements are made multiple years in advance.”
    What did they do, reserve a bunch of rooms and a banquet hall?

  3. Scotty Fargo says: Mar 13, 2010 4:26 PM

    Aiello sure comes off as a petty bitch with all the stuff that he says on twitter.

  4. Krow says: Mar 13, 2010 4:34 PM

    This is America. If we’ve learned anything then we should know that any person in a position of power is stealing. Union… owners… makes no difference. Pot… kettle… stop thief.

  5. Castro95 says: Mar 13, 2010 4:37 PM

    Relax Florio Hawaii is not as expensive as you think it is. The trip could of be paid off with all of ochocinco’s fines.

  6. barawn says: Mar 13, 2010 4:46 PM

    Give me a freaking break. Maui’s conference facilities are relatively cheap compared to major cities, the flights aren’t that much more, and you have no worry about the weather being a problem. Plus it gives people an incentive to actually come. If they had had the conference in DC in February, it would’ve been a disaster.

  7. 4ever19 says: Mar 13, 2010 4:47 PM

    Maybe they got a group discount and booked in advance for real savings.

  8. SFrancis1680 says: Mar 13, 2010 4:47 PM

    suprised Aiello got Goddells stuff out of his mouth long enough to notice

  9. NinerNation says: Mar 13, 2010 4:49 PM

    I hope this bickering leads to a lockout. When Antrel Rolle is being paid as much as he is, you know there’s a problem.
    The amount of money players are getting is ridiculous, and it’s time to bring that number down. Now, it’s not like these players can go elsewhere…they don’t have degrees, and even for the few that did, I wish them good luck trying to find a job that pays anywhere near what they’re being paid.
    The NFL holds all the leverage…time to bring these players back to reality.

  10. TryTheVeal says: Mar 13, 2010 4:52 PM

    Well……The owners do have their meetings at the motel 6 right? Or maybe they upgraded to the red roof inn…If anybody who works for the league office in a spokesperson position cannot afford to go to Hawaii, then either he is a complete Jackass with his money, or he needs to get a new job…Cannot afford to, this is too funny…Yes the NFL is barely scraping by….

  11. Krow says: Mar 13, 2010 4:58 PM

    Hmmmmm…
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2786253
    “It took a monster deal to lure cornerback Nate Clements to Monster Park, but on the opening day of the NFL free-agent period, the San Francisco 49ers delivered, agreeing with the most coveted player in the market on a landmark contract.
    The 49ers rewarded Clements, the top player in the ESPN.com ratings of the league’s unrestricted free agents, with an eight-year, $80 million contract that includes $22 million in guarantees.”
    2007… How quickly they forget…

  12. eaglesaredabest says: Mar 13, 2010 5:00 PM

    “union urging players to save money in advance of a possible lockout”
    haha yeah the players better count their pennies, they all make atleast 100,000$ a year, i am pretty sure they can all afford a year without work and if they cannot, it is because they are morons and do not know how to be finnacially responsible!
    hmmmm …yeah they better save their money after all

  13. csaber2007 says: Mar 13, 2010 5:08 PM

    So, a former Obama lackey under AG Eric Holder can do this, but other business people are shunned from going to Vegas? The worst move the players EVER made was electing DeMaurice Smith…

  14. MasterShake says: Mar 13, 2010 5:44 PM

    A lot of you have never been to Hawaii. Until you do, stop bitchin’ about the location. Hawaii is one of the most amazing places on this planet. The NFL started going there for a reason and should continue that trend until they can find a more suitable place, which they won’t.
    Don’t get me wrong. These pricks should make decisions in Kansas as far as I’m concerned but everyone wants to see Hawaii in their lifetime at least once. Don’t you?
    Mahalo

  15. Laxer37 says: Mar 13, 2010 6:03 PM

    This just in, millionaires like to do their business at high end resorts in exotic locations.
    What do you want them to do, move it to Nebraska?

  16. radioboy20010 says: Mar 13, 2010 6:09 PM

    NinerNation: Answer this: who paid the players the “outrageous” money you complain about? Did the players pay themselves? Seems to me the owners are the ones barking like mad dogs here.
    As misguided as it is, the reality is people like you and me are at “fault” for the pay scale. We watch the product. The market is there, and they are paying what in essence is what we demand. That’s the old U.S.A. An EMT saving someone’s life is paid government scale, but some athlete makes millions. Why? You and me lather up the market with drivel like this.
    The NFL holds all the leverage because it is a monopoly. What I think is necessary is a new league to compete with the NFL. Then watch the owners (and you) complain about salaries. But for some reason all the good rock-ribbed conservatives who like NFL football don’t much like the idea of competition which they trumpet as the key virtue of the American marketplace.

  17. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 13, 2010 6:38 PM

    “This just in, millionaires like to do their business at high end resorts in exotic locations.”
    How many of them do it while pleading poverty?
    “conservatives who like NFL football don’t much like the idea of competition which they trumpet as the key virtue of the American marketplace.”
    Wow, where did this come from? I’m conservative and all for competition but it’s got to be real competition to get me to watch. None of this XFL crap.

  18. ryanrico says: Mar 13, 2010 7:14 PM

    Florio…does your smart mouth KNOW how much money Tagliabue made this league? G’lord, 3.3M is a downpayment on every players thanks

  19. lifelongphinfan says: Mar 13, 2010 7:34 PM

    in the past i have mostly sided with the players because before the owners were raking in much more proffitt than the players but this time i’m all for the owners because as it stands right now the players are taking most of it and now they want more it’s just too much. after all the owners have put out money took loans ect.. and they deserve to make a certian amount from thier investments. it seems to me that the players would take all the proffitt if they could and it just aint fair i hope the owners stand firm and there is a lockout in 2011 & beyond if need be and while i’m at it i’ll throw in here that these unproven players coming out of college should have been put in thier greedy places a long time ago and things like that have lead to other players wanting more because if a team is paying big bucks to a player that is a border line bust than why can’t a proven player get just as much or more it seems fair enough to do that but it kills the bottom line more & more every year and this sort of thing has been needing to come to a screeching halt for a very long time.

  20. jk7761 says: Mar 13, 2010 7:52 PM

    Who cares where they are having their meeting.
    Obviously if ‘go-to-meeting.com’ was a sponsor they would have stayed home.
    And florio you better turn off msnbc and walk the real streets for awhile.
    If you think things were worse a year ago you are out of touch.

  21. MagicSoccerSpray says: Mar 13, 2010 8:34 PM

    Why is Florio a Union Shill? Shouldn’t he be somewhat impartial?

  22. Bigbluefan says: Mar 13, 2010 9:46 PM

    I dont know I thought Dallas and Chicago were the cheapest flights and best to get to from any place in the USA
    Even for the LA oh sorry the Vikes are not there yet
    The Bay area teams are 5 hours away from Hi

  23. barawn says: Mar 14, 2010 3:17 AM

    High end resort in an exotic location?
    We’re not talking about a private island where women fan you down with $100 bills. It’s Maui, f’crying out loud. You could probably find more expensive places to stay in half the cities in the US.

  24. csaber2007 says: Mar 14, 2010 7:59 AM

    Radioboy said: “But for some reason all the good rock-ribbed conservatives who like NFL football don’t much like the idea of competition which they trumpet as the key virtue of the American marketplace.”
    This is a head scratcher…it’s either the dumbest thing said on here or the most incoherent…or both. What the H are you talking about?

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