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Art Rooney set to join mediation Wednesday

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We could turn back the clock forty years, and the names of the NFL owners heavily involved in important league negotiations wouldn’t really change:  Mara, Hunt, and Rooney.

On Wednesday, Steelers president Art Rooney II will join the mediated negotiations with the NFLPA, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.   Rooney will join Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and Giants owner John Mara in the talks as generational stewards of the game.

Things don’t look particularly optimistic at the moment, but that was often the case when a previous generation of Rooneys, Hunts, and Maras were in the room with a deadline approaching.  They always found a way.

Negotiations begin again Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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24 Responses to “Art Rooney set to join mediation Wednesday”
  1. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    Thats right.

    You have classy folks dedicated to the game and respectful of it’s past (Rooneys, Maras, Fords, Packer stakeholders, etc).

    And then you have the slick hustlers like Jones and Snyder who seem to be determined to let their egos and greed prevail over their duty as stewards of the game. Oh yeah–throw in old fool Jerry Richardson too.

  2. jw731 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:07 AM

    The only difference is back then those men had the backing of a commissioner who built the game, and these men have the commissioner who is ruining the game…..

  3. ampats says: Mar 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    I may not like the Steelers but I think having a quality and respected owner like Art Rooney is nothing but a positive sign in getting a new CBA.

  4. tweener8292 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    Agreed. They don’t want the NFL to turn into MLB in helmets, with only the “big-money” teams (substitute Cowboys for Yankees, Redskins for Red Sox) dominating everything, especially ESPN coverage.

    Analogy – Richardson as Marge Schott?

  5. mick730 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:14 AM

    The Rooneys, Maras, Fords and the Packer shareholders are truly the stewards of the game and I would throw in the McCaskey-Halas family as well. I hope that the players understand and appreciate what these people and their families have meant to the game and to the players over the decades. If they do, I would think that this group can come to an equitable agreement. If not, the game is in danger.

    I also would agree with the statement that Jones and Snyder, along with a few others are slick hustlers who think they can buy anything and everything. Although I was never a fan of granting Charlotte a franchise, I would not throw Jerry Richardson in the same boat as the other two. He is a former player from a time when the average player in the NFL earned less than 50k per year. He’s a self made man and does not deserve anybody’s denegration simply because he doesn’t agree with the union position or with pampering what are already the most pampered group in American society, profossional athletes.

  6. justthepeanutgallery says: Mar 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    Sounds like they are calling in cavalry. These owners care about not only the franchises but also the players. Their words carry weight. To what end that will be used I think we’ll see by the end of the day. The union has no equivalent for these men.

  7. SteelTown6 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:18 AM

    While this may be good news, I’d still feel better if the old man would get his butt back here from Ireland…

  8. ubummer says: Mar 9, 2011 9:23 AM

    It’s no coincidence that Rooney is jumping in right now. With the Rooney’s ties to organized crime (if you think owning tracks and slots doesn’t put you in with the mob you’re laughably naive) the Rooney’s will do anything to keep the lid on their books. A deal will get done and it will happen by the owners making concessions and keeping their books closed. That’s why Rooney is there.

  9. angrycorgi says: Mar 9, 2011 9:27 AM

    How do you try and sneak “Ford” in there? Seriously?? The same family that took a collective dump on Barry Sanders’ career??? When you place you’re own interest (selling tickets) ahead of the interests of your players/fans (success), people stop referring to you as “classy”.

  10. raiderinpa says: Mar 9, 2011 9:29 AM

    Shephards pie & Guinness for everyone!

  11. kingjoe1 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    Shouldn’t he be focusing on more important things like preparing for St Patricks Day?

    Forget the NFL crap, let the players decertify.

  12. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    justthepeanutgallery says: Mar 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    Sounds like they are calling in cavalry. These owners care about not only the franchises but also the players. Their words carry weight. To what end that will be used I think we’ll see by the end of the day. The union has no equivalent for these men.

    ———————

    Poor analogy. It isn’t the union that decided to end the CBA. That was the owners. It wasn’t the union that can’t decide how to split revenue. Thats the owners too.

  13. krow101 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    It’s like bringing in Paris Hilton to discuss the future of the hotel industry.

  14. chapnastier says: Mar 9, 2011 9:43 AM

    Yay!!! The Rooney’s will save the day!

  15. JimmySmith says: Mar 9, 2011 9:47 AM

    The last thing Rooney wants is the Union opening the books and finding a line item expense showing what the Stealers paid the refs for the Superbowl victory over the Seahawks.

    The single worst ref called game in NFL history and Rooney would like to kept the dollar amount he paid for it under wraps.

  16. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    immySmith says: Mar 9, 2011 9:47 AM

    “The last thing Rooney wants is the Union opening the books and finding a line item expense showing what the Stealers paid the refs for the Superbowl victory over the Seahawks.”

    No wonder it always “rains” in Seattle.
    It’s not really rain, it’s tears…

  17. billygoat says: Mar 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    “The last thing Rooney wants is the Union opening the books and finding a line item expense showing what the Stealers paid the refs for the Superbowl victory over the Seahawks.

    The single worst ref called game in NFL history and Rooney would like to kept the dollar amount he paid for it under wraps.”

    Let it go. The Seahawks lost.

  18. holeinone09 says: Mar 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    Frankly, the Seahawks didn’t even deserve to be in that Super Bowl. They were a good but not great team, and did not have the talent the Steelers had that year. And, they were fortunate that the Steelers didn’t play their “A” game that day, otherwise the Steelers would have won in a huge blowout. Steeler’s own mistakes kept the game close. The refs had nothing to do with it, other than making bad calls on both sides of the ball like they normally do.

    I still find it hilarious that people are moaning about that game so many years later. Are all of you named Holmgren or something?

  19. rmm1984 says: Mar 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    I saw that Forbes recently named Seattle the most miserable sports city. It’s easy to see why when their fans do nothing but whine. But hey maybe your team can go 7-9 and win the division again next year so there is hope.

  20. bluepike says: Mar 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    holeinone09

    Just in case you missed it – the referee for that Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl recently apologized to the Seahawks for handing the game to the Steelers. Not that the refs were bought – but that they were just awful.

  21. thedudesnotin says: Mar 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    Goodell: Art Rooney, could you please come join the talks and use your Irish magical powers to help settle this new CBA?

    Art Rooney: Sure, but only if you give us 3 more Super Bowls this decade with the help of the refs

    Goodell: Done and done!

    just a little humor there for a Wednesday morning..

    Even I have to admit if he gets it done, I don’t care if he is associated with the Evil axis or not.

  22. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 9, 2011 11:26 AM

    Seahawks didn’t deserve to be in the Super Bowl, but they deserved to win it. I’m pretty sure even Big Ben has acknowledged that fact.

    Not that I care now, even though I lost a butt load of money on that game.

    As far as Art Rooney joining the mediated talks:

    Oh snap.

  23. geemoney713 says: Mar 9, 2011 12:13 PM

    Wish the Kent Cooke family had never sold the skins.

  24. rmm1984 says: Mar 9, 2011 3:24 PM

    bluepike:

    Mike Pereira (Former head of officials) also made a statement after that

    “Did Leavy’s calls determine the winner of Super Bowl XL? Absolutely not! In truth, there were missed calls that went against both teams.”

    “Let’s all put aside our allegiances and go back four years and look at the game objectively. If we do, we will see that the Seahawks did not play well and neither, actually, did the Steelers,” Pereira wrote, “The officials also did not have a great game. In the end, however, the team that deserved to win won.”

    There were bad/missed holding and pass interference calls against the Steelers that game too. The difference is that our head coach wasn’t a whiny loser after the game crying about the refs.

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