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Obama wants the NFL, NFLPA to avoid a lockout

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Most politicians have opted to stay out of the NFL’s ongoing labor dispute.  One fairly powerful politician has weighed in.

President Barack Obama “expects” and “hopes” that the league and the NFLPA will resolve their labor dispute, according to the Associated Press.

(And here come the “Obama should be worrying about the deficit” comments.)

In our view, it’s fair game for politicians to express concern and/or hope about the new national pastime.  As Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post last week, “Congress, acting in the public interest, has to keep the NFL on track because of the great benefits given to the league by federal law and taxpayer funds and because of its impact on the nation’s economy.”

Political involvement favors the players, since a work stoppage would be initiated by the owners.  Also, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith previously worked for Attorney General Eric Holder, and one of Smith’s obvious strategies has been to exert political pressure on the league, in the absence of leverage at the bargaining table.

All politics aside (and I’ve become decidedly apolitical since getting out of the practice of law), we just want this thing to be over.  So we’ll take whatever works, whether it’s Obama, the Pope, Gilbert Gottfried, and/or the ghost of Terry Bradshaw.

Hell, we’d even pull up a boat and blare Dean Martin records outside the FMCS if it would help get a deal done.

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54 Responses to “Obama wants the NFL, NFLPA to avoid a lockout”
  1. damnskins703 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:06 PM

    Hes not the only American that doesnt want a lockout

  2. mataug says: Mar 3, 2011 2:08 PM

    Given the fact that taxpayer’s money goes into these stadiums, damn right that the President wants the two parties to sort out their mess!

  3. thespeaker08 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:09 PM

    aaand cue the “Doesn’t he have more important things to worry about” comments.

  4. notoriousbri says: Mar 3, 2011 2:10 PM

    who cares what effin stupid ass obama wants… he is a worthless president and human being. this is perhaps the worst of the lockout articles.

    we all want football… and the economy wants football… the players want it.. the owners want it.. the fans want it….

    money is the root of all evil all this situation just furthers this point

  5. closisgood says: Mar 3, 2011 2:10 PM

    When is this guy not trying to get on some TV show or on ESPN? Really, does he do any damn work?
    I know presidents are basically just faces of the gov’t, a talking head but at least get something done.
    Obama is full of himself

  6. rpiotr01 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:11 PM

    The easiest way to get something to happen is for Obama to root against it.

  7. bdert says: Mar 3, 2011 2:13 PM

    I agree with the President…

  8. flyerscup2010 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:13 PM

    i’m waiting anxiously for the comment about how he’s trying to run a nanny state that tells us when to tie our shoes. LESS GOVERNMENT IS GOOD GOVERNMENT LOL REAGAN

  9. ubummer says: Mar 3, 2011 2:14 PM

    We were all set to lock out the players at midnight but since Obama wants us to avoid a lockout we’re willing to give up billions of dollars to the players over the course of a new CBA to avoid a lockout.

    - The owners

  10. moosewolsey says: Mar 3, 2011 2:14 PM

    “My fellow Americans… we must band together and make things happen for the betterment of Americas favorite past-time… and lets be honest… my Chicago Bears are in trouble as the Lions will have a better record then them in 2011, and I’ll still refuse to attend the Super Bowl when the Packers repeat…”

  11. juancorsair says: Mar 3, 2011 2:16 PM

    Obama is worried that without football to distract them, his constituents will start to realize what an overhyped do-nothing he has proved to be since being voted into office.

  12. dgoladay says: Mar 3, 2011 2:16 PM

    He also wants to bend over most of the country with no dinner first. Good luck.

  13. 7370355q says: Mar 3, 2011 2:18 PM

    I love the NFL but this isn’t enough for me to vote for him in 2012

  14. granadosm says: Mar 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    Thanks for the input Obama. Now get back to figuring out how to spend more trillions of dollars.

  15. saints97 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    And the great orator speaks again. He hopes that there will be gumballs and lemon drops for everyone.

    Thanks for contributing, Mr. President. We can always count on you to take a firm public stance on such a difficult issue.

    Here’s one from me: I hope that you and the other economic geniuses on Capitol Hill don’t spend our country into bankruptcy.

    Now will someone please get out some crowbars and brass knuckles and “talk” these idiots into making a deal before they screw up our NFL season?

  16. mick730 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:20 PM

    “All politics aside (and I’ve become decidedly apolitical since getting out of the practice of law), ”

    Yea, sure you have….

  17. stinkfingers says: Mar 3, 2011 2:20 PM

    Who gives a damn what Obama thinks?

  18. peester15 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:21 PM

    Why don’t we ask Obama whats going on in the Hockey world???? All we know is that he fills out NCAA Brackets and has an opinion on the Lockout.

  19. smacklayer says: Mar 3, 2011 2:23 PM

    Football is entertainment, pure and simple. Politicians should not be involved at all.

    Where was Obama when the writer guild went on strike a few years ago in Hollywood? He was nowhere to be heard because just as the NFL is, Hollywood is pure entertainment as well and should be on the bottom of the importance list for politicians to be involved with.

    Shut your trap Obama and any other policitian (left or right) who chimes in. No sht we dont want a lockout. But this is a private business matter between a private company and it’s employees. Stay out!

  20. myspaceyourface says: Mar 3, 2011 2:24 PM

    What a tool.

  21. partieslastforever says: Mar 3, 2011 2:25 PM

    Obama should only be worried about sports

  22. 12strikes says: Mar 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    “(And here come the “Obama should be worrying about the deficit” comments.)”

    Actually, I feel just the opposite. Look how bad he’s screwed our countries finances by worrying about it. Hopefully if he moves his attention else where the economy will come back strong.

  23. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 2:29 PM

    notoriousbri says: Mar 3, 2011 2:10 PM

    “money is the root of all evil all this situation just furthers this point”

    ..which is why you see conservatives wanting to abolish all unions in order to make more money and..

    ..oh, wait.

  24. laeaglefan says: Mar 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    A lockout will increase the unemployment figures, which will in turn knock the stock market down, making it harder for Obama to get reelected. So of course he’s going to try to use his influence to avoid a lockout, if he can.

  25. chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 2:30 PM

    mataug says: Mar 3, 2011 2:08 PM

    “Given the fact that taxpayer’s money goes into these stadiums, damn right that the President wants the two parties to sort out their mess!”
    ——————————————————

    Well sir it is local and state tax dollars that go into stadiums therefor Obama and all other federal representatives have no say on the matter.

    As someone who personally cannot stand anything that this president has done, his lack of understanding of his power or the constitution and his general lack of concern for the American worker (all supported by facts), he is right. And it appears as if all he is doing is stating how he feels. He isn’t trying to insert himself or his crooked policies. However it can also be argued that since Smith is an Obamaton and Holder has no idea about the constitution or the powers of the government (see voters rights, the defense of marriage act, health insurance and Arizona), he will clearly support his union buddy.

    But again, for once, I agree with the President. Hell has frozen over.

  26. Patriot42 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:32 PM

    I believe he said he had more important things to worry about in the press conference.

  27. dstep24 says: Mar 3, 2011 2:33 PM

    Goodell, De Smith, Obama and three beers should get’r done.

  28. vahawker says: Mar 3, 2011 2:33 PM

    And I don’t want him to turn this country into a third rate third world country for my kids and grand kids, but……..he is

  29. pkrlvr says: Mar 3, 2011 2:35 PM

    juancorsair, you do realize how government works right? Obama has had his hands tied since the day he took office! The republicans sole mission right now is to thwart him, whether it’s for the good of the nation or not. Do you think he can just enact laws on a whim? Right now our government is so busy in fighting and gearing up for the next election, nothing is getting done. Obama can’t take a dump without Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill Oreilly, and the fat druggie telling America that it’s the next step in the evil liberal plot to destroy the world.

    They impeach clinton for a blowjob, form a tea party to stop Obama’s every move, yet no one does a goddamn thing to the man who started the wars and presided over the 2nd great depression!

  30. packerfantastic says: Mar 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    Finally, something I agree with the President on.

  31. 90ragtop says: Mar 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    Is there anything that ol’ jug ears doesn’t poke his nose into?

  32. lgbarn says: Mar 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    I have no problem with the President or any other politician giving his opinion on this. They want the Supreme Court to rule on their cases and the President has the authority to appoint Supereme Court Justices. Baseball even has Anti-Trust Exemption given to them by congress so the President has every right to say what he feels.

    If they don’t want politicians to say anything then they should work out their problems in private without lawyers.

  33. Kaz says: Mar 3, 2011 2:41 PM

    smacklayer
    I know you just want to take a shot at Obama, but the truth is a lockout and possible missed season of any sort would hurt the economy of any state that fields a NFL team. He as well as any other political figures have the right to be concerned as it relates to what this will do to states already struggling. I don’t think script writers in hollywood have the same affect on the economy as a potential lockout. But maybe you do.

  34. jnbnet says: Mar 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    Given the fact that taxpayer’s money goes into these stadiums, damn right that the President wants the two parties to sort out their mess!

    Actualy, No Federal money goes to stadiums, and there are some that have been privatly funded. Robert Kraft used no taxpayer funds for his stadium.

  35. chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 2:57 PM

    @pkrlvr

    No one, and I mean no one, has ever spoke more ignorance than what you just spewed. To quote Billy Madison, we are all now dumber for reading it.

  36. firethorn1001 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:01 PM

    I really don’t care about his comments related to the NFL. I can get no use out of them.

    However.. when he fills out his bracket next week at least I use that to make some money in the office pools.

  37. kingjoe1 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:13 PM

    Thanks BO, maybe you can get those folks out of Gitmo, mind your business when it comes to Libya, repeal the Patriot Act, you know all those things you said you would do. Than after that, you can lend a hand with the NFL>

  38. schemefactory says: Mar 3, 2011 3:21 PM

    i wouldn’t have voted for him if i’d known he was a bears fan

  39. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 3, 2011 3:22 PM

    It’s funny how everyone is saying cue this and cue that, funny because all you Obama supporters already know that he’s not doing his job but continue to attack the people who point it out

  40. sjfootballnj32 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:31 PM

    Obama could get a deal done.

    Look at how he got college football to go to a playoff system and eliminate the BCS bowl games.

  41. 3octaveFart says: Mar 3, 2011 3:33 PM

    chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 2:57 PM

    “@pkrlvr
    No one, and I mean no one, has ever spoke more ignorance than what you just spewed. ”

    Your non-stop attacks on unions comes to mind.

  42. Darth Goodell says: Mar 3, 2011 3:33 PM

    Obama has been a bad president, in many ways similar to his predecessor, but this is an innocuous comment. There are plenty of bigger problems over which to criticize him.

  43. dryzzt23 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:34 PM

    No one gives a damn what Barack “I hate the USA” Obama has to say about the NFL situation.

    He just says whatever he needs to say solely for PR and political purposes.

    If anything, he NEEDS the NFL to provide a distraction whilst he, the democrats, and the moocher class all steal and pillage the remaining U.S. funds and turn us into a 3rd world country

    This is what you get when people vote based on color of a person skin

  44. dexterismyhero says: Mar 3, 2011 3:43 PM

    He should be put in the “Turd Watch” for even chiming in.

  45. hedleykow says: Mar 3, 2011 3:43 PM

    So a reporter asked an obvious question, to which President Obama gave an obvious answer. President Obama can be so predictable at times.

  46. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 3, 2011 4:06 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Mar 3, 2011 3:34 PM

    “This is what you get when people vote based on color of a person skin”

    Right. People were hesitant to vote for “W” v2.0

  47. cereal blogger says: Mar 3, 2011 4:11 PM

    Oh please dont mention Obama,,,here come the crazies

  48. thefiesty1 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:14 PM

    Oh no – they will end up with universal health care now.

  49. upperdecker19 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:17 PM

    Thought he was busy getting rid of the BCS

  50. johosophat says: Mar 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Did anyone bashing the President actually read the article?

    He was asked a question, about a large popular thing in his country.

    He answered and said he shouldn’t get involved. How is there even controversy over this?

    Haterz Gonna Hate I guess.

  51. wickedfootball says: Mar 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Screw Obama…what does Charlie Sheen think about it?

  52. wferg1121 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:28 PM

    Republican/Democrat who cares what they think when it comes to Football, everyone knows they all are full of crap.. I am not sure who is worse the turd in the office now or the one before him..

  53. redbear18 says: Mar 3, 2011 7:08 PM

    First time I’ve agreed with this guy..,

  54. chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 10:48 PM

    3octaveFart says:
    Mar 3, 2011 3:33 PM
    chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 2:57 PM

    “@pkrlvr
    No one, and I mean no one, has ever spoke more ignorance than what you just spewed. ”

    Your non-stop attacks on unions comes to mind.

    __________________________________

    Someone needs to shed some light on the situation. Maybe the non stop attacks on the players from this website comes to mind though.

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