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NFL calls characterization of Wednesday’s meetings “inaccurate”

Roger Goodell

The NFL released a statement Thursday afternoon on the state of labor negotiations that tried to have the best of both worlds.

It tried to take the high road.   Essentially the purpose for the statement was to say the NFL won’t negotiate in public.   But the league couldn’t resist calling the reports coming out of Wednesday’s session with the NFLPA “inaccurate.”   That’s basically negotiating in public.

Here’s the full statement:

“Despite the inaccurate characterizations of yesterday’s meeting, out of respect to the collective bargaining process and our negotiating partner, we are going to continue to conduct negotiations with the union in private and not engage in a point-counterpoint on the specifics of either side’s proposals or the meeting process.

“Instead, we will work as hard as possible to reach a fair agreement by March 4. We are fully focused on that goal.”

The statement recognizes that the guts of the negotiation should be kept private.   In the age of Twitter, 24-hour sports coverage, and PFT (sorry), that’s going to be more difficult than ever before.

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17 Responses to “NFL calls characterization of Wednesday’s meetings “inaccurate””
  1. chapnastier says: Feb 10, 2011 5:58 PM

    You would think by now that the leader of this site would learn to keep his opinions to himself before blurting out an entire blog post full of nonsense.

    “League should be blamed for breakdown in labor talks” needs to be clarified, the author needs to apologize for his bias and restore any credibility he had left.

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 10, 2011 5:59 PM

    To correct another misconception, the league assured fans that Roger Goodell was indeed, the smartest guy in the room.

  3. atops8693 says: Feb 10, 2011 6:16 PM

    I agree the author should apologize. Its almost like this site wants to blame the owners no matter what……I usually love this site….maybe its time I look at all your writings with a little more skeptisism…..

  4. chrisbermansdoublechin says: Feb 10, 2011 6:42 PM

    the characterization of the meeting was jnaccurate ,,, it was the Owners saying if they don’t get there own way, ” they were going to take there ball and go home “

  5. madtolive5 says: Feb 10, 2011 6:50 PM

    How come every time I read a crappy post on this site Rosenthal’s name is on it?

    He needs to quit being the contrition of this site and actually get some sense. There is no problem arguing a point…just do it intelligently.

    “It tried to take the high road. Essentially the purpose for the statement was to say the NFL won’t negotiate in public.’

    Really? the high road? Or they are losing a P.R. battle between this, the Super Bowl, and knowing that are demanding unreasonable requests of the players union?

  6. nickster2k says: Feb 10, 2011 7:27 PM

    In other news, Clay Matthews won the AP Defensive Player of the year award.

  7. greg1835 says: Feb 10, 2011 7:37 PM

    Chances are the league is probably in the right at this juncture.

    Whenever you see these kinds of stories, and you especially see this in politics, it’s usually the ones who come out first pointing fingers who are the liars. And it’s the follow up, the second response to the first allegation, that is probably closer to the actual truth.

    I think this is probably nothing more than the union engaging in more nonsense trying to paint the picture one way, and bait the NFL into playing games.

  8. angrycorgi says: Feb 10, 2011 8:01 PM

    “You would think by now that the leader of this site would learn to keep his opinions to himself before blurting out an entire blog post full of nonsense.”

    Well, he said “sorry”…now he’ll go back to bashing the NFL and Jerry Jones despite the fact that he has no clue who is actually to blame for the seating issue.

    As I’ve posted SO man times before, Mikey and company are too busy injecting their opinion and bias into everything to EVER be considered a legit news source.

  9. chapnastier says: Feb 10, 2011 8:13 PM

    @ atops

    This is still the best site for Football related stuff. But you are right. They are indeed biased towards the union which I cannot even begin to understand.

  10. Burritto says: Feb 10, 2011 8:38 PM

    Now all the league needs to do is explain how cancelling future meetings is “work(ing) as hard as possible” and I’ll be ok with it.

  11. upperdecker19 says: Feb 10, 2011 8:55 PM

    I’d like to commend Roger Goodell for his ability to put the fans first and negotiate on behalf of the best interest of the game. NOT JUST THE OWNERS.

    Sincerely,
    Bud Selig

  12. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 9:06 PM

    an other goodel (a.k.a.) pinnochio lie !! jerry told me to say it as i kiss his ____?

  13. tommytd says: Feb 10, 2011 9:19 PM

    Too bad they weren’t “properly focused” on seating everybody who had a ticket to their big dance. Now they’ve got two nice issues to wrestle with and I’m sure they will mess up both. DUMP GOODELL…HE’S NO GOOD FOR THE GAME!

  14. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 9:33 PM

    i think the amount of set up chairs is in accurate!
    does anyone even care?

  15. stanklepoot says: Feb 10, 2011 11:56 PM

    chapnastier says: Feb 10, 2011 5:58 PM

    You would think by now that the leader of this site would learn to keep his opinions to himself before blurting out an entire blog post full of nonsense.

    “League should be blamed for breakdown in labor talks” needs to be clarified, the author needs to apologize for his bias and restore any credibility he had left.
    ________________________
    Well, seeing as how the league tossed out their first offer and refused to let the NFLPA continue to talk after they responded with their initial offer and then stormed out of the talks and canceled the next scheduled meeting, I think one can objectively state that the league representatives were the ones that killed the negotiations this time around. As for the league’s statement, there’s nothing to it. They don’t offer any real info and simply state that their actions were mischaracterized. If you hadn’t noticed, pretty much any time someone releases a statement that something they did or said has been mischaracterized or taken out of context, it tends to mean that they got caught doing or saying something that can get them in trouble or upset people they don’t want mad at them. If things hadn’t gone the way it was reported earlier, they would have come out and said that the earlier report was a lie or that it was factually incorrect. Instead, they simply say that their actions were characterized inaccurately.

  16. monkeesfan says: Feb 11, 2011 12:03 AM

    When the story came out that the owners had walked out of negotiations after the union proposed a 50-50 split of all revenues, I knew there was something fishy about the story. Somebody was trying to spin the breakdown.

  17. sportstalkryan says: Feb 11, 2011 12:17 AM

    I recognize this is a trying time for both sides. As a true fan of pro football, I call on all of my fellow fans to join me in taking 18% of our salaries and donating it to the NFL so they won’t have to ask the players to take an 18% paycut.

    Oh, wait. The NFL already gets 18% of my salary.

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