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NFL ownership joins the party too

John Mara,  Robert Kraft

Judging by attendance, Wednesday’s mediated negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA will be the most crucial yet.  That’s hardly a surprise with the clock running out on this league year in, oh, 38 hours.

According to multiple reports, the entire NFL ownership labor committee is in the house on Wednesday.   NFLPA President Kevin Mawae and Drew Brees also entered the fray for the first time on Wednesday.  To this point, only one NFL owner had been at the meetings.

The NFL’s labor committee consists of Jerry Richardson (co-chair), Pat Bowlen (co-chair), Art Rooney, Clark Hunt, Mark Murphy, John Mara, Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Dean Spanos, and Mike Brown.

Richardson told Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal he’s optimistic a deal can get done.

Folks we talked to in Indianapolis were skeptical of the mediated talks last week because no owners were in attendance.   Now the decision makers are at least in the building.

Wednesday’s session is expected to be brief, with owners breaking for separate meetings between 12-1 p.m. ET.  It’s possible the two sides could reconvene for meetings in the evening.

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24 Responses to “NFL ownership joins the party too”
  1. jw731 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:30 AM

    Why is Mike Brown there?……Is he catering the event?

  2. biggerballz says: Mar 2, 2011 10:31 AM

    don’t hold your breath.

  3. willie84 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:47 AM

    wheres ziggy at!!!!!!!come out comeout where ever you are!minnesota wants to know!

  4. sudzy11 says: Mar 2, 2011 10:50 AM

    The owners have to take it more seriously now. Judge Doty took away their $5bil. They can no longer afford to have next season in jeopardy.

  5. damnvarmint says: Mar 2, 2011 10:53 AM

    Jerry is discovering the difficulty of buying off judges who are not in Texas. Welcome to the working week Jerry.

  6. assnfootball says: Mar 2, 2011 10:55 AM

    I’d be surprised if a deal gets done. Something tells me ownership is doing this for publicity. To show the fans how much they cared AT THE LAST MINUTE. Sadly some fans will buy their hollow gesture

    If they cared they would have been there from the beginning. But I don’t blame them too much. There were probably busy counting their money.

  7. 2011to2020lions says: Mar 2, 2011 10:59 AM

    This could be really good for us fans. Lets hope so!!!

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 2, 2011 11:10 AM

    Any truth to the rumor that Jerry Richardson was bringing along Scott Walker for moral support?

  9. grpatriot says: Mar 2, 2011 11:32 AM

    Maybe with the slush fund gone???? Thier hand has been forced a little!

  10. dukemarc says: Mar 2, 2011 11:47 AM

    Why is Mike Brown there?……Is he catering the event?
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    I think he’s there for comic relief. Kind of like when, in the olden days, the King’s court would have the jesters come in and act like idiots. Except Mike won’t be putting on an act.

  11. leftcoastnative says: Mar 2, 2011 11:49 AM

    With Judge Doty’s ruling yesterday taking away the owner’s war chest and strike fund to pay their bills after they locked out the players, owners were in a hurry to show up, not withstanding the fact that they scheduled their own meetings just down the road.

    All of a sudden their iron fisted mood about locking out the players and putting them in back in their place took a big hit so they are more humbled than before Doty’s ruling.

    Also, they have to be concerned about their images in the eyes of the fans if they continued to be non-participants and present at the mediation conferences even if an agreement is not reached by Thursday.

    Now, they have to be concerned about the size of the fine and penalty that will be imposed after Doty’s ruling.

    That will take another chunk of change out of their pockets even after revenue sharing is negotiated with a new CBA.

    I imagine a few owners will be upset over that, too.

  12. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 2, 2011 11:57 AM

    I expect a deal to get done but if it doesn’t I certainly will not feel sorry for the players.

  13. mick730 says: Mar 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    “I expect a deal to get done but if it doesn’t I certainly will not feel sorry for the players.”

    I won’t either. In fact, it might be better for the players if the NFL simply folds. Then, they will not have their human rights imposed upon by having to deal with scumbag, greedy, billionaire owners. If the NFL ceases to exist, the indispensable players will be able to get real careers where their talents are truly appreciated and where for the first time in their lives, they will be able to earn a salary that is just and fair. You know, after all, they will certainly make more money selling insurance, selling shoes, or staffing janitorial crews than they make playing football.

    Social and economic justice at last.

  14. gugurich says: Mar 2, 2011 12:32 PM

    Social and economic justice at last.

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    Okay, but what about the owners? Don’t you feel pity for them. They have to make do with the billions or hundreds of millions of dollars that obviously weren’t enough.

  15. gugurich says: Mar 2, 2011 12:40 PM

    I think what gets lost in this owner-labor battle is that the players didn’t want a fight. They didn’t want to be locked out. They were fine with the agreement. They weren’t dissatisfied with their millions and wanted more. It was the owners who, by the way are all in the black, that started this and opted-out. I’m baffled why the players are portrayed as greedy, unthankful bunch of would-be hamburger flippers when it’s the owners who want billions more.

  16. skeletaldrawing says: Mar 2, 2011 12:45 PM

    Just wow; talk about letting your personal ignorance drive your posts.

    The players aren’t the ones who ended the CBA early. They aren’t the ones who negotiated in bad faith to turn down higher revenue to secure a slush fund so they could force a lockout. They ARE the ones that risk severe injury not just in each game, but also cumulative debilitating injuries that last their entire lives (lives which on average are shortened by a decade or more as a result of playing in the NFL).

    I’m not saying that the current CBA might not need some reworking, but the players aren’t the ones negotiating in bad faith. They aren’t the ones walking out of meetings, insulting the other side’s intelligence, etc. Sure, some of the players are turds. So are some of the owners.

    But pretending like the players union is somehow the villain in this case is letting your personal political views obscure the facts.

  17. panther17 says: Mar 2, 2011 12:46 PM

    The players are just as greedy if not more as the owners are.

    All that drivel you just wrote about the players not having their human rights imposed upon is laughable.

  18. dirtydolphin says: Mar 2, 2011 12:57 PM

    The players are just as greedy if not more as the owners are.

    All that drivel you just wrote about the players not having their human rights imposed upon is laughable.

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    Clearly some of us missed out on sarcasm 101 class.

  19. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 2, 2011 1:08 PM

    Vernon Gholston!

  20. alphaq2 says: Mar 2, 2011 1:15 PM

    Rate This
    sudzy11 says:
    Mar 2, 2011 10:50 AM
    The owners have to take it more seriously now. Judge Doty took away their $5bil. They can no longer afford to have next season in jeopardy.
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    I sure hope you are right, but I have a feeling the owners are more likely to be in a fiscal position to wait out players (many of which live paycheck to paycheck).

  21. 3octaveFart says: Mar 2, 2011 1:21 PM

    mick730 says: Mar 2, 2011 12:10 PM

    “Social and economic justice at last.”

    And the funny part about all this is that “hooray for me and screw you” attitudes like yours are the reason why unions exist in the first place.
    Change your attitude and maybe unions won’t be necessary anymore.

  22. phinfan says: Mar 2, 2011 2:07 PM

    Stephen Ross is too busy playing golf. ugh

  23. jimr10 says: Mar 2, 2011 3:35 PM

    The owners should have been involved in this from the very beginning just like the players also should have been.

  24. turfdaddy says: Mar 2, 2011 4:58 PM

    @ 3octavefart

    And the funny part about all this is that “hooray for me and screw you” attitudes like yours are the reason why unions exist in the first place.
    Change your attitude and maybe unions won’t be necessary anymore.

    ________________________________
    Do you really think unions NEED to exist today? Sure there was a time for them. Work used to be too dangerous, wages were unfair, etc. Do you think unions NEED to be here? You could answer that question by answering this…Does the UNION worker that puts on the right front tire of a Ford, GM or Chrysler really NEED to make $65,000 per year? Does the UPS worker NEED to make $60,000+ per year to deliver packages? Limited education and a strong back doesn’t allow you to join a UNION so you can drive up prices for the rest of American’s and the world.

    If you want to continue to see your ticket prices increase, your car prices go through the roof and shipping rates continue to rise, go ahead and believe the unions NEED to exist.

    If Budweiser wants to run an ad during a football game you better believe FOX, ESPN, CBS and NBC will have to charge more for that ad if they have to pay the NFL owners more. Who do you think ends up paying for it in the end? Everyone that decides to purchase or use the products or services that are being advertised or associated with the product (NFL). So keep believing the union NEEDS to exist so the poor millionaire players of the NFL can file bankruptcy 5 years after they’re finished playing!!!

    Meanwhile every other person in the world is ultimately supporting the players and the owners by paying the higher prices associated with everything that comes in contact with the NFL.

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