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Robert Kraft will be out of country during next week’s talks

Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Roger Goodell, John Mara

One of the fun little nuggets in Michael Silver’s piece on labor talks Friday was the story of Patriots owner Robert Kraft growing frustrated with NFL outside counsel Bob Batterman’s “legalese” during negotiations.

Well, we can guarantee we won’t hear a similar story next week.

CSNNE.com notes that Kraft will be out of the country on a 10-day trade mission to Israel and the United Kingdom.  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will also be part of the mission.

Kraft’s absence highlights a relative lack of involvement from NFL owners in the face-to-face mediated negotiations.  The one day the owners brought a big contingent — last Wednesday — preceded progress being made on Thursday.

We don’t read that much into the owners staying out of the room, other than it shows their total confidence in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff.

UPDATE:  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello points out via Twitter that “[t]here’s phone service in Israel.”

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26 Responses to “Robert Kraft will be out of country during next week’s talks”
  1. dryheaveone says: Mar 5, 2011 2:08 PM

    Krafty Bob knows what he’s doing, don’t worry about him.

  2. tubal22 says: Mar 5, 2011 2:10 PM

    So 1/32nd of the owners, who don’t even attend the negotiations anyway, are leaving the country for a week.

    I’m glad we have this breaking news. This is super relevant.

  3. hobartbaker says: Mar 5, 2011 2:11 PM

    The owners got bored. They were watching the little fellow in the colorful suits, expecting him to break into a Bojangles Bill soft shoe, or perhaps a slapstick routine. But he just sat there and glowered the whole time flapping his finger against his lips.

  4. dryheaveone says: Mar 5, 2011 2:16 PM

    and don’t forget, his son Jonathon “Thanks Dad” Kraft will be around to take his place

  5. citizenstrange says: Mar 5, 2011 2:26 PM

    ” Robert Kraft will be out of country during next week’s talks …. ”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Getting tricked into giving away another Super Bowl Ring?

  6. mrcowpatty says: Mar 5, 2011 2:29 PM

    Bob is going on a cheese wiz tour.

  7. nflrulz says: Mar 5, 2011 2:31 PM

    Krafty is recruiting scabs from the Israeli Football League…

  8. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 5, 2011 2:37 PM

    Mr. Kraft seems like he’s the only owner truthly concerned by the labor dispute and I am saying this as a football fan not a Patriot fan.

  9. ajaxonford says: Mar 5, 2011 2:42 PM

    OR, you could read into the owner’s absence in the room that an eventual lockout is a foregone conclusion, and that the NFL putting on a dog and pony show to make it appear to the public that they’re trying to reach a settlement.

  10. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 5, 2011 3:01 PM

    So, the lawyers are getting in the way.

    Give me the old days when owners like Rooney would sit down with the NFLPA over lunch and work this out.

  11. randolph32 says: Mar 5, 2011 3:05 PM

    I’d be willing to bet that he has access to a phone at all times…maybe even a ‘text’.

  12. ndgarretjax says: Mar 5, 2011 3:16 PM

    He’s in the hunt to finding a very expensive video camera….mark it down

  13. hobartbaker says: Mar 5, 2011 3:58 PM

    When Mo showed up wearing a helmet yesterday, Bob Kraft thought it might be a good time to remove himself from the war zone. Go somewhere safer, like the Middle East.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 5, 2011 4:36 PM

    hobartbaker, what kind of meds are you on exactly, so I know to avoid them?

  15. mrcmos says: Mar 5, 2011 4:41 PM

    I am guessing he will have all of the communication toys with him

    Phone
    Text
    Go To Meeting
    etc.
    etc.

    Nothing to see here…move along, move along

  16. cappa662 says: Mar 5, 2011 5:04 PM

    It’s good to see that he cares about the NFL.

  17. BanGODdell says: Mar 5, 2011 5:06 PM

    He can just have Bill Video tape it.

  18. xtb3 says: Mar 5, 2011 5:25 PM

    Kraft Family Football Stadium needs players for Israel Football League now. Video.

    http://www.ifl.co.il/

  19. 8man says: Mar 5, 2011 5:26 PM

    Kraft is the man! As a Patriots fan, I can tell you that things for our franchise got better almost the instant he took over.

    He’s smart. He’s insightful. And he has a vision for his organization. And no he isn’t a part of Kraft Foods. His company makes boxes. He’s a Columbia and Harvard grad. And he’ll tell you this about football, “Since I’ve owned the Patriots I’ve had two coaches, two quarterbacks and one wife.” He’s immensely loyal.

    Before him from 1960 to 1994: One AFC title and a loss in the Super Bowl.

    Since him: Five AFC titles, Three Super Bowl victories, a 16-0 regular season, a new stadium(funded by him) and a mall experience around the stadium unparallelled by any other.

    Wait. How many L’s in unparallelled?

  20. thetooloftools says: Mar 5, 2011 5:31 PM

    Go Bob.
    This whole thing is focused on the “have not” owners. The ones who are stupid.
    I’m not Jewish… but enjoy Israel.
    I hear it’s great this time of year.

  21. Canyonero says: Mar 5, 2011 5:55 PM

    He’s looking more and more like William Shatner.

  22. siggy00 says: Mar 5, 2011 6:05 PM

    Yeah Kraft funded his own stadium by taking out huge loans. Loans he can’t pay and why he’s now spearheading this lockout to get more money.

    Ditto for Jones, Richardson, and Bowlen, they all took out huge loans to build their stadiums, now they want the players to pay their debts.

  23. profootballwalk says: Mar 5, 2011 6:09 PM

    FoozieGrooler says: Mar 5, 2011 3:01 PM

    “So, the lawyers are getting in the way.

    Give me the old days when owners like Rooney would sit down with the NFLPA over lunch and work this out.”

    The first player who brought an agent to deal with Vince Lombardi was asked to wait a minute. When Lombardi came back in the room, Jim Ringo had been traded to the Eagles. Ah, the good old days!

  24. turgidsen says: Mar 5, 2011 7:42 PM

    Canyonero says:
    Mar 5, 2011 5:55 PM
    He’s looking more and more like William Shatner.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    Damn….Your ……..right….. He does …….look….like me.

    William Shatner

  25. patpatriotagain says: Mar 6, 2011 2:40 AM

    sigyoo you should know your history a little better. aside from the paper business, kraft’s fortune also came from real estate. he owned the patriots property long before he was the owner of the team.

  26. bunjy96 says: Mar 6, 2011 10:03 AM

    What’s the big deal if he is there or not?

    Goodell has his vote in his pocket.

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