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Dan Rooney has strong words on 18-game season, labor negotiations

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Steelers chairman and ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney arrived in Pittsburgh Friday in advance of Sunday’s AFC Championship.

Based on his comments to Judy Battista of the New York Times,  some NFL owners probably wish Rooney stayed overseas a few more days.

Rooney remains opposed to the 18-game season:  “I would rather not have the money,” he said.

He’s also frustrated with the pace of labor negotiations.

“The negotiators should get it together,” Rooney said.

The Rooney family has been such an important part of labor negotiations throughout NFL’s history.   Dan Rooney says he won’t get involved this time around, which is a shame.  Hopefully, the men that will be at the table will listen to Rooney’s words.

“I work for Hillary,” Rooney told Battista.   “She manages things that are a lot tougher than this.”

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  1. steelernation1 says: Jan 21, 2011 4:35 PM

    one things that says it all about Mr rooney(Smart Man)

  2. roethlisberger says: Jan 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    “I work for Hillary,” Rooney told Battista. “She manages things that are a lot tougher than this.”

    Like her marriage.

  3. flake131 says: Jan 21, 2011 4:44 PM

    Finally, a voice of sanity.

  4. paulnoga says: Jan 21, 2011 4:47 PM

    The reason the NFL is screwed up is the “Rooney Rules”. Let him (and his family) stay overseas.
    ….”The Rooney family has been such an important part of labor negotiations throughout NFL’s history.”…. Its time to end that. The past labor negotiations were a disaster, which is why there is problems now. Dump the Rooneys and lets get the NFL into the 21st century.

  5. halftermguv says: Jan 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    Rodger Goodell just crapped himself. After lying through his teeth in numerous interviews that it was not about the money; Dan Rooney sets the record straight.

  6. Deb says: Jan 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    I believe Rooney’s government position prohibits him from direct involvement in the labor negotiations. And yes, it’s a shame. He was chiefly responsible for negotiating the last CBA, and he does put the good of the league and the fans ahead of personal profit. But men like Rooney are outnumbered these days … not only in football.

    Before the double-digit IQ crowd starts, Rooney was involved more than two decades in the Northern Ireland peace initiative, which is at a critical stage now. That’s why he was chosen Ambassador to Ireland. And he was a lifelong conservative. So for once, please spare us your ignorance.

  7. footballhistorian says: Jan 21, 2011 4:54 PM

    Like maybe some Rose Law firm records?

  8. holyinconsistent says: Jan 21, 2011 4:57 PM

    love ya Dan, always have. But you really need to stop referencing politics at every turn…like Obama after winning the Super Bowl? Separation of sport and state!

  9. dvnelson72 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:01 PM

    It continues to amaze me the number of high profile rich people that don’t want their money and act as though they don’t deserve their own money, all while living a rich man’s life.

    Give it away while your alive. But of course that isn’t what he means. What he means is “I’m better than my peers. I don’t want the money but I’ll keep it if I have to.”

    If you would rather not have the money GIVE IT TO SOMEONE ELSE!

    SOUR

  10. jethro007 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:02 PM

    I wouldn’t brag about working for Rodham.

  11. robsterny says: Jan 21, 2011 5:04 PM

    True words of wisdom buy a Man who knows.

  12. johntonioholmes says: Jan 21, 2011 5:10 PM

    @paulnoga

    Is that really the reason, you d*mb bag of s**t?

    No one even pays actually deference to the Rooney rule. You could interview in Arsenio Hall to bypass the rule.

    Secondly, breaking the rule only results in at $250K fine, if I’m not mistaken. In other words, it’s 1/4000 of what most organizations are worth.

    Rooney just showed how important he is to the NFL. He’s actually not concerned about the money because he would rather maintain the integrity of the game.

    Too bad it won’t work.

  13. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    who cares what this old cheater has to say about something that technically doesn’t concern him.
    And yes i’m partially talking to you Deb. If he did such a great job with the last CBA (that totally screwed retired players out of much needed medical care) then why are they at such an impass at fixing “his” mistakes this time around.
    Hope he does land the NI peace initiative though, that’d be cool.

  14. fmwarner says: Jan 21, 2011 5:19 PM

    I hope Roger Goodell craps his pants. We need more Rooneys to say what a bad idea 18 games is. Goodell’s been playing with the truth when he says that everyone is in favor of 18 games – he’s interpreting a dislike for four preseason games as automatic support because the idea of 16+2 is anathema to him.

  15. swervinmervin says: Jan 21, 2011 5:21 PM

    I know its tough for you to every anything other than an insult about Al Davis, but he also said he’d be out of the negotiations. Which is a bigger shame than Daniel Rooney sitting out. Davis has had legitimate STRONG impact over the negotiations over the years. Some credit him for getting the last deal finished.

  16. hobartbaker says: Jan 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    Dan isn’t just any sharp tongued little elf. He is the National Irish-American Elf.

  17. SteelTown6 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:25 PM

    halftermguv, amen to that.

    The last time Dan Rooney was in town he straightened Goodell out about the league targeting the Steelers with their ridiculous calls and fines.
    And it hasn’t happened since.

    I think it’s time Rooney and the rest of the owners told Roger to update his résumé.

  18. SteelTown6 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:29 PM

    cincyorangenblack says: Jan 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    “If he did such a great job with the last CBA (that totally screwed retired players out of much needed medical care) then why are they at such an impass at fixing “his” mistakes this time around.”

    The only mistake that was made with the current CBA was that the owners agreed to it.

    Now they don’t like it, and they want to change it. The players aren’t asking for another dime.

    And how exactly is the current CBA all Rooney’s doing anyway?

  19. erikw65 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:32 PM

    Thanks Dan Rooney for telling it like it is regarding the 2 extra regular season games.

    “You have a system that works, so why add them?” he said. “Now the people usually say, ‘The preseason doesn’t work.’ Well, look at the preseason as the preseason and try to work that out. Don’t say you’re going to start messing with the full system.”

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/01/pittsburgh-steelers-dan-rooney-is-concerned-about-lack-of-progress-in-nfl-labor-negotiations.html

  20. djeg07 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    how much do we have to hear about what ROONEY says??? for every topic there is a ROONEY comment. Why doesn’t he worry about his own team and his QB keeping his snake…errr slug in his pants. The guy only wants to be on the football side when he is either pressed into it or when politics are not happening for him.

  21. goodjet says: Jan 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    I’m a Jets Die Hard but Rooney is a Mans Man — man —— I just love the guy —- He’s one of the few owner types that really really gets it down to his bones and unfortunately I’m sure most of the owners will be sure to not pay attention to him and continue do their That Incredibly Selfish Greedy Thing They Do

  22. erikw65 says: Jan 21, 2011 5:43 PM

    “If he did such a great job with the last CBA… then why are they at such an impass at fixing “his” mistakes this time around.”

    Because the other owners decided they didn’t like the (6 year) agreement they had signed on to just 2 years earlier. So whose “mistake” was it really? Certainly not Mr. Rooney’s!

  23. natelan says: Jan 21, 2011 5:45 PM

    roethlisberger says:Jan 21, 2011 4:36 PM “I work for Hillary,” Rooney told Battista. “She manages things that are a lot tougher than this.”
    Like her marriage.
    ——————————-

    Last time I checked, rape was worse than adultery, “Roethlisberger.”

    You’re an ignorant, punk, hick. I’m glad you Pittsburgh losers can’t afford to live here in San Diego. Our NFL franchise might suck, but dang, at least we’re not in Pittsburgh! Enjoy rooting for your rapist quarterback in the playoffs. Idiot.

  24. hasbeen99 says: Jan 21, 2011 6:19 PM

    What I find interesting as a Panthers fan is that I keep hearing Jerry Richardson is the unnamed leader of the owners, and he’s championing everything we’ve heard about the owners’ demands (including the 18 game season). At the same time, it’s no secret that Richardson’s had a man-crush on the Rooneys for decades.

    So, what’s it gonna be, “Big Cat”? Follow the money, or follow the Rooneys?

  25. footballisking says: Jan 21, 2011 6:32 PM

    Round of applause for Rooney!!!!!!!!!!!His words sum it up best!!!!
    Goodell is in for a shock because he doesnt have the backing from owners,players or the fans

  26. steelernation1 says: Jan 21, 2011 6:37 PM

    Natelan when did rape ever come up with Big Ben ever?really?maybe u need to go back and learn to read what happened that night,and he was never charged once again.u know stop throwing ben out there every time u got an issue with how good steelers are…instead of people comments being deleted for what they say maybe its post like yours that need removed,this is getting old real fast

    on a side note that has everything to do with the actual topic!Dan has been the best thing that ever happened to this league.he is actually the face of football.he makes right calls and choices.no other man in this sport can get things done the way he can…it is just too bad he cant remove that waste Godhell from his office,cause he is killing the game as we know it

  27. Deb says: Jan 21, 2011 6:43 PM

    natelan …

    Text messages in Nevada and a medical exam in Georgia proved those accusations false–as authorities explained long ago. Enjoy being 12 and screaming rape on every thread. Someday you’ll have to grow up and be a man. Or maybe not.

    paulnoga …

    It’s called the “Rooney Rule” simply because Dan chaired the committee, not because he devised the rule. A committee of owners came up with it by request and the entire ownership agreed to it. Nothing was forced on them.

    cincyorangeandblack …

    As majority owner of an NFL franchise, it concerns him. As a football fan, it concerns him. As many have pointed out, they’re re-doing the CBA because owners like Jerry Jones want more money–not because there’s a problem with the CBA as is.

    djego7 …

    Read goodjet’s comment right below yours. He’s not a Steelers fan, but he understands his NFL history, so he understands why the opinion one of the few remaining original NFL owners–a man who’s been involved in so many important league decisions–is important. You can run back out and play now.

    SteelTown6 …

    The only thing that worries me is Art II apparently got nowhere with Goodell until Dan came back. Then the whole issue went away. Dan won’t live forever.

    Gregg …

    That photo is hysterical.

  28. SteelTown6 says: Jan 21, 2011 6:58 PM

    natelan says: Jan 21, 2011 5:45 PM

    “Our NFL franchise might suck,”

    At least you got one right.

  29. SteelTown6 says: Jan 21, 2011 7:01 PM

    Deb says: Jan 21, 2011 6:43 PM

    “The only thing that worries me is Art II apparently got nowhere with Goodell until Dan came back. Then the whole issue went away. Dan won’t live forever.”

    Maybe not, but I’m betting Dan will outlast Goodell.

  30. abshire22 says: Jan 21, 2011 9:19 PM

    Just go away Dan, and take Tony with you.

  31. goldsteel says: Jan 21, 2011 10:07 PM

    Thank you Mr. Rooney for throwing water on the carefully crafted image the owners have been presenting through their mouthpiece, Roger Goodell.

    Fire Goodell.

  32. smartfansays says: Jan 22, 2011 8:00 AM

    @ Deb, Got to love ya! These idiots on here will trash the Steeler Nation forever! I see what you see….All Jealousy associated with losing! They will never let it go no matter how much truth is there in front of them. I sit back,read this trash they spew and laugh at the stupidity that is hatred of the winning teams.
    Deb believe me I’m a big fan of respect and you’ll always have mine.

  33. CKL says: Jan 22, 2011 9:56 AM

    Thank you Mr Rooney. You have spoken for probably 95% of fans and players on that one. The thing that worries me the most about this CBA is that too many people (on both sides, union and owners) are looking at how to make the most $$ the fastest an not what’s good for the SPORT and the LEAGUE.

  34. Deb says: Jan 22, 2011 12:49 PM

    @smartfansays …

    Thank you!! :)

  35. anthonyfromstatenisland says: Jan 23, 2011 3:29 AM

    With his views, Rooney should be the ambassador to North Korea – not Ireland.

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