Robert Kraft: Owners, players not reaching a deal “would be criminal”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has long been an optimist about the ability of his fellow owners to work out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players. And he acknowledges that if a failure to get a deal done affects the 2011 season, that would be a major failing.

For us collectively to mess this up would be criminal,’’ Kraft told the Boston Globe.

Kraft said in mid-October that he was optimistic a deal would get done, and he told the Globe, “I believe it even more now six weeks later.”

Kraft says he’s working hard at reaching a deal, and he doesn’t see why it can’t be done soon.

“I want to assure our fans and everyone else that I’m doing everything within my power to try to help to see if there isn’t a way we can’t have labor peace before the season ends,’’ Kraft said. “In my mind, it’s possible and actually something that should happen.”

And if it doesn’t happen, fans have every right to be furious.

18 responses to “Robert Kraft: Owners, players not reaching a deal “would be criminal”

  1. Criminal like cheating for 3 Super Bowls

    or. . . . .

    More like criminal because you will stop getting money from your team and league.

  2. Not going to happen. Greed rules the day in the No Fun League. Billionaires need to have their way with millionaires. Millionaries will walk away from the table. Joe six pack takes it in the chops as always. When does the UFL start up again?

  3. I’ll tell you, Robert Kraft, what is Criminal: $30 parking, $5 hot dogs, $10 beers and charging $250 a seat for two preseason games. Poor choice of words, Mr. Kraft.

  4. Steelers6pack says Spygate was criminal.

    Everyone knows Midgeville,GA was criminal.

    Can’t wait to see the greeting Little Ben gets next Sunday Night at M&T ! He’ll probably warm up under the stands again.

  5. Wow, overanalyze and insult a guy thats trying. perhaps harder than anyone else, to get this deal done. Who gives a sh*t if the billionaires make more money or the millionaires make less? All we care about is watching football next year.

    Who wants to play the “criminal” game?

    How bout you steeler6pack?
    Your team is full of criminals. Your QB (which is all that matters), former kicker, former receiver, James Harrison. And don’t give me that crap about how he hasn’t been convicted. People, like the commish and Rooney, know more than you do and decided to punish him.
    Oh, and the refs calls during the SB with Seattle. Criminal.
    @Help me: You’re right. I can’t argue that. Their prices are criminal. Club ticket holders pay anywhere from $700 to $1,000 per game, and not per regular season game. But I guess there’s demand.
    @silverandblack666: It was criminal how badly you beat the Broncos. Not cool man.

  6. myspaceyourface says:
    Nov 28, 2010 11:18 AM
    Patriots are back to their old tricks. . . .

    I’m warning you now. . . .

    “Old tricks” = Winning Super Bowls

    Yes, the Patriots are indeed back to their old tricks.

  7. @Help me: You’re right. I can’t argue that. Their prices are criminal. Club ticket holders pay anywhere from $700 to $1,000 per game, and not per regular season game. But I guess there’s demand.
    ===================================
    Fans pay those $$$ so the owners can charge those prices, no problem. Cable and network viewership is at an all time high. Can’t blame the capitalists…they’re merely responding to demand. If demand were to drop off, prices wouldprobably drop too. Maybe a strike will help hasten that day!

  8. Many people have been complaining that owners and the NFLPA aren’t trying very hard to get a new deal done. Yet, when one of the most influential owners shows he is worker hard to get one done, all people do is bash him and his team…

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