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John Mara will be part of Monday’s negotiations

John Mara,  Robert Kraft

We’ve noted from time to time that NFL ownership has not been particularly well represented at a majority of the federally mediated negotiating sessions held between the league and NFLPA over the last two weeks.

PFT can report that one owner will be present at Monday’s talks.  Giants owner John Mara will be in attendance for the negotiations, according to a league source.

We pointed out over the weekend that Robert Kraft would be overseas all week, although NFL spokesman Greg Aiello helpfully points out that phone service is up and running in Israel.

Mara is the only owner scheduled to be there on Monday, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

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14 Responses to “John Mara will be part of Monday’s negotiations”
  1. chatham10 says: Mar 7, 2011 12:24 PM

    It does not matter if the owners are there or not, the Comm. works for these owners and his team of lawyers are there to present the case and last I heard, Washington does have phone service and internet services to update the owners.

  2. chc4 says: Mar 7, 2011 12:29 PM

    Once again you are misleading. The owners have appointed a 10 owner committee handle negotiations. 22 of the owners won’t be at any of the meetings period. And clearly no deal will be made today so does it really matter? Why don’t you also report on how many of the 32 team union reps will be attending? I’m guessing… hardly any if any at all.

  3. jerryloler says: Mar 7, 2011 12:33 PM

    I’ll assume no one is serious about resolving this until I see MC Hammer listed as a participant.

  4. n0hopeleft says: Mar 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    Get it done John. I don’t want to watch UFL.

  5. lucky5927 says: Mar 7, 2011 1:11 PM

    If Hammer can thumb a ride to the meetings for his broke a$$. Hammer aint’t been hurting anyone for quite some time.

  6. lucky5927 says: Mar 7, 2011 1:13 PM

    I feel like this is the 5th posting over the past week of

    “PFT can report that one owner will be present at Monday’s talks. (Insert Team Name) owner (Insert Owner’s name) will be in attendance for the negotiations, according to a league source.

  7. bunjy96 says: Mar 7, 2011 1:17 PM

    chc4 says: Mar 7, 2011 12:29 PM

    Once again you are misleading. The owners have appointed a 10 owner committee handle negotiations. 22 of the owners won’t be at any of the meetings period. And clearly no deal will be made today so does it really matter? Why don’t you also report on how many of the 32 team union reps will be attending? I’m guessing… hardly any if any at all.

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    Because it PFT’s obvious bias against the owners.

    You new here?

  8. coutre says: Mar 7, 2011 1:46 PM

    Makes sense since the league revolves around the Jersey Giants and Jersey Jets

  9. anarchopurplism says: Mar 7, 2011 2:00 PM

    It is always significant when an owner goes to a meeting. It is an oppty for that decision-maker to see with his own eyes/ears on what is going on.

    Because they have a stake in the game, their perspective can change opinions……especially when backed up by a subject matter expert.

    BUT……more than likely this is more about PR signs of good faith at this point in the discussions

  10. chc4 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:02 PM

    bunjy96 says: Mar 7, 2011 1:17 PM
    Because it PFT’s obvious bias against the owners.

    You new here?
    ______________________________

    No, I’m well aware of the bias. I just like pointing it out over and over again. This guy should be in the Obama administration the way he spins “the truth”.

  11. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 7, 2011 2:06 PM

    Hopefully Mara will bring a little of his ol’ man’s old school common sense to the table.

  12. Entropy says: Mar 7, 2011 2:50 PM

    If the union is going to decertify, why would the owners want a lockout?

    In the absence of a union, can’t the owners impose their own rules?

    These rules would be economically favorable to the owners, but designed to survive an anti-trust challenge.

    Any work stoppage would have to be initiated by the players, largely absolving the owners of being the bad guys.

    What am I missing here? Don’t both the owners and the NFLPA recognize this as a possibility?

  13. east96st says: Mar 7, 2011 3:10 PM

    “No, I’m well aware of the bias. I just like pointing it out over and over again. This guy should be in the Obama administration the way he spins “the truth”.”

    You mean like the previous administration’s truth about “weapons of mass destruction”, or the truth about the impending Iraqi “mushroom cloud”, or the truth about how “our soldiers will greeted with flowers”, or the truth about how “the oil will pay for the war”? Turn off talk radio, learn to read, and grow up and understand that they ALL lie. Unless you’re a billionaire and give millions to the campaign. They still lie to you, but at least you get a fat tax break out of it.

  14. covercorner says: Mar 9, 2011 2:24 AM

    Hopefully he will get both sides to give.

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