Next week’s ownership meeting canceled, too

AP

In a move that may or may not be connected to the news that Thursday’s bargaining session between the NFL and the players’ union has been canceled, we’re told that a league ownership meeting scheduled for next week has been canceled, too.

The source who informed us of the cancellation surmises that the move was made because NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has nothing to report on the labor front.

The current labor deal expires three weeks from tonight at midnight.  Though the league won’t admit it, all signs point to a lockout on March 4 at 12:01 a.m.  The strongest piece of evidence in this regard is the league’s ongoing insistence that 490 players won’t become free agents on that day.

Absent an agreed short-term extension of the current labor deal for the purposes of working out a new agreement, there’s only one way they won’t become free agents — if there’s a lockout.

UPDATE:  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has confirmed the cancellation of next week’s ownership meeting in Philadelphia.  “The Commissioner did not see a need for it right now,” Aiello said.

21 responses to “Next week’s ownership meeting canceled, too

  1. Then after 31 years of watching football, I’m offically through with the NFL. I hope enough people boycott this league when it eventually returns, but unfortunately people don’t have that kind of self-control anymore.

  2. The NFL doesn’t care about the fans, only fan’s money. Follow the actions and not the words. If they knew the fans weren’t coming back after the lockout then they wouldn’t even touch the subject. But they know you are. It’s like a stupid Greek tragedy

  3. Well they are just trying to keep up the record of getting together once every two months. Two meetings in a week should be enough for now.

    It’s hard to believe that either side actually wants a deal.

  4. It doesnt even make sense to be made at the NFL or its players. Who cares if they have labor issues? How does it really effect any of us?
    I am at a lost to understand why any individual is upset that they are having tough negotiations. So what?
    This is really pretty common throughout the country and if you are mad at anyone it should be ridiculousness that we still allow unions in this country.

  5. Is there anyone naive enough out there that actually believes that this CBA will get finished before the deadline?

    It will either get done at the last minute or after there’s been a player lockout for a while…

  6. I lost interest in baseball during their labor disputes. I lost interest in baseball when salaries became obscene and attendance became limited to the “upscale” and kids no longer filled the bleachers. I am losing interest in football for the same reasons. Football is becoming a game owned by billionaires, played by millionaires, and afforded by an “upscale” and “affluent” society finding protection from each other by a legion of lawyers who revel in screwing all concerned.

  7. If you are wealthy and aren’t concerned about spending hundreds of dollars to watch a game then it isn’t a big deal but as most of the fans and their families are being squeezed out from attending games in stadiums that their tax dollars built. Greed will kill this sport.

  8. “Then after 31 years of watching football, I’m offically through with the NFL. I hope enough people boycott this league when it eventually returns, but unfortunately people don’t have that kind of self-control anymore.”

    If you’ve been watching the NFL for 31 years you’ve been through 2 work stoppages (one of which involved scabs playing games) and that hasn’t stopped you yet. What makes this (potential) one so special?

  9. It turns out the hotel ballroom where they were going to meet didn’t have enough chairs for everyone.

    However, they were offering free drink coupons and extra towels to the owners who would have to stand. Could have been a verrrry embarassing situation.

    Crisis averted!

  10. kingjoe1 says: “This is really pretty common throughout the country and if you are mad at anyone it should be ridiculousness that we still allow unions in this country.”

    Yeah, we all saw how well the owners and the NFL took care of every little problem that popped up at the Super Bowl. The customer, as always, came first. Money be damned, it’s their love for the common man and their desire to make sure we always get our money’s worth that truly touches me the most.

  11. kingjoe1 says: “This is really pretty common throughout the country and if you are mad at anyone it should be ridiculousness that we still allow unions in this country.”
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    You tell ’em kingjoe, we don’t need no stinkin freedoms in America!

  12. Avoiding being torn apart for trying to be positive…

    Anyone think that maybe they had productive talks and perhaps both sides are getting ready for a labor deal finalization?

  13. I’ve been thinking about switching to the college game for years. Just cant’ justify both Sat and Sun. Thank you for helping me with this conversion. Owners and players = MORON$

  14. I do like your “glass half-full” outlook, but if they were close to a deal, wouldn’t the owners be getting together to talk about it?

  15. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 10, 2011 7:30 AM

    Then after 31 years of watching football, I’m offically through with the NFL. I hope enough people boycott this league when it eventually returns, but unfortunately people don’t have that kind of self-control anymore.

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    I agree with you 100%. I have already begun boycotting the NFL. I refused to watch the Superbowl, and I will no longer watch any game. With all the stupid rule changes, and now this it’s not even a game anymore. I think there are plenty of people out there that feel the same way. The whole league has turned into a complete joke.

  16. So they have an agreement?

    If you are a Packer fan you have to be loving this.

    The Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl 45 and perpetual Champions.

  17. The NFL and NBA labor agreements should be hammered out by an independant arbiter.

    Just like in divorces when both sides are acting like children, a grown-up needs to step in and decide what’s fair and just for both sides.

  18. 8man says: Feb 10, 2011 9:50 AM

    “The Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl 45 and perpetual Champions.”

    Does this mean we can expect a “guarantee” of a repeat at the start of the next season?
    I for one, hope so.

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