Fran Tarkenton keeps pushing for settlement of labor dispute

Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who looks a hell of a lot younger than 71, has embarked on a strong effort to get the NFL and the players to get the labor situation resolved.   Last week, Fran Tarkenton told Dino Costa of Sirius Mad Dog Radio that the former Vikings and Giant (and Viking) could negotiate a settlement in two minutes.

Tarkenton also has taped a six-minute video plea to the parties via his website, OneMoreCustomer.com, and he appeared earlier tonight on CNN to discuss the situation.

“I could be the mediator and I could get Jerry Jones and Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis and Drew Brees and that group in a room and we cannot eat or drink until we get a settlement,” Tarkenton said.

“In any partnership — and they are partners, the owners and the players are partners — you want to make sure your partner has a good deal,” Tarkenton said.  “If you’re partner has a good deal, you’ve got a sustainable partnership.  And the owners have got to make sure it’s a good deal for the players, and the players have got to make sure it’s a good deal for the owners, and come together and get this thing fixed before it’s too late and we have a season delay or cancellation.”

Fran fears a fan rebellion.  The league’s deeper fear should be apathy.  Either way, Fran’s right.  These partners need a deal that helps each side thrive.

It seems like everyone realizes this.  Except, of course, the owners and the players.

39 responses to “Fran Tarkenton keeps pushing for settlement of labor dispute

  1. What angle is old twinkletoes trying to play here? Why is he trying to have a lock in party? *wink wink*

  2. Hell, y not replace the current useless mediator with fran. That would at least show that they are trying to reach a deal

  3. Here’s what you do:

    The players give the NFL their $1 billion and in return, the owners start sharing their palace revenue. I wonder how how many owners would be eager to take that money if they had to give the players a taste of the action that they’re keeping from them (and the other owners).

  4. If one partner pays the other for their services then that does not define a partnership, the players think they are partners but they aren’t.
    they would like to be, but the owners are owners totaly, not co-owners with the players.
    If the players share the expenses and risks the owners do, then you could call them partners but it is all wishful thinking by the players, being partners that is.

  5. It’s so easy to say “they need to make a good deal for both the players and owners” and “I could negotiate a deal in two minutes”.

    But how do you get the players to negotiate when their “leaders” have decided not to negotiate?

    The owners cannot negotiate a deal by themselves and everyone appears to be scared to offend the players and tell the NFLPA* to negotiate. From what I see, the owners will talk, but the players’ “leaders” won’t.

    Here’s an idea. If Fran thinks he can get a deal done in two minutes, why doesn’t he prove it by getting the NFLPA* leaders to talk to him? Because the truth is that the NFLPA* “leaders” won’t talk to him, the owners, the fans, or anyone else until after some form of court decision.

  6. Fran is the 60’s and 70’s version of Brett Favre…. EGO EGO EGO… yet no one truly cares…

  7. Well, I have to like Frans passion about the issue. I like his common sense approach of getting both sides in room and getting it done.

    I doubt we will see this type of effort to remove lawyers from the negotiation process. They would never agree to be outside of the process.

    Somehow, both sides need to figure out a way that everyone can benefit and that the negative trend in team earnings is reversed. I’m not sure that the existing rate of return is sustainable in that a starting QB (such as Manning & Brees) earns more than the Green Bay Packers.

  8. The Strike/Decertification/Lockout is already having a negative effect on our comunities:

    Tattoo shops are all experiencing less clientele.

    HEH and PED supplies are being hoarded

    Car dealers are reporting much lower sales of Escalades with the gold trim package.

    Baby mamas’ are laying off nannies and sitters.

    Jewelry store “bling” sales have dried up

    Strip club “makin it rain” parties have dried up

    BUT, there is a bright side!!!!!

    It appears that mall stores that sell “low rise jeans” and “pants on the ground” makers are still reporting strong sales.
    And lawyers and bailbondsman appear to be on pace for yet another strong year.

    How dare the SLAVEowners treat players so mean.
    Why doesn’t the United Nations get involved to stop the owners from this?

  9. Fran is having a good run, but sooner or later the attendants from Happy Valley Rest Home will track him down and bring him back.

  10. This is another example(farve) of the master marketer just trying to get more exposure for his failing businesses. He could care less about the current labor situation as long as he gets pub out of it.

  11. It will end up being fan apathy…….i can feel it coming on now and we haven’t even hit the draft yet…..

    This is all very tiring…..

    I bet MLB is hoping for a lllloooooooooonnnnnngggggg lockout – at least until the 1st week of Novemeber.

  12. Anyone that knows Fran Tarkenton has to wonder what his angle is. He is nothing but a scam artist. Just google FT and FRAUD

  13. BTW, in the first year of operation, Jerry Jones estimated that he would get 1.5 million people to come in and take tours of the stadium for the price of $15 per person. Well, you’d think that was enough BUT they’ve upped the price to $35 per head. That means that he went from making $22.5 million to $52.5 million – JUST IN TOURS ALONE.

  14. After listening to Fran on his website , I’d have to say he is very passionate about the labor dispute . As an eighteen year NFL veteran I truly believe he cares about the NFL and wants to see this end as soon as possible . If this should linger into the season , or worst case scenario the season would be cancelled , Fran is right , the fans will rebel . This is a tough economy were living in today and the familys all across this country that are living paycheck to paycheck will have ZEROE sympathy for billionaires arguing back an forth with millionaires . They will find other ways to spend their Sunday afternoons and life will go on . They will miss the NFL but at the end of the day their thoughts will be , what have you done for me lately ? The owners will lose and the players will lose and ultimately the league will lose . For the casual fan , life goes on .

  15. Yes Fran, get the top players (Manning, Brady, Brees, etc) in a room with owners with a brain (not JJ, Richardson, etc) with no food, drink or bathroom breaks and lock them in until the reach an agreement.

    It will require level headed players, not a bunch of hot heads with a personal grievance and owners that don’t have a personal agenda.

  16. Fran can scramble his way out crap, but this is serious bullsh*t! I, for one, very appreciate the gesture, but let’s face it, GREED is in Demand!

    The owners want more and so do the Players………….as an NFL fan, I’m waiting for the NCAA’s college football………….more exciting and less business-like! The kids play for the name on the front of the jerseys, while the players in the NFL play for the name on the back of the jerseys!

    I won’t lose money either way!

  17. With those 5 in the same room you would have the following:
    Tarkenton: a Super Bowl loser and grumpy old man
    Jerry Jones: a guy who put peoples lives at risk at the Super Bowl to sell tickets
    Brees: broken shoulder and got traded
    Manning: always throws teammates under the bus
    Ray Lewis: would kill someone and blame it on someone else!

  18. Stabby & Jurry Jones locked in a room would be fun.

    Got my vote.

    For the player haters, if you hate the players so much why do you watch football?

    Oh that’s right, you guys don’t.

    For thefiesty1, those level headed players sat in rooms for hours during mediation waiting for any owner to show up. All they got was Jones & Richardson for a combined less than 30 mins. Pathetic.

  19. Yeah what a tragedy. Heaven forbid people have to go without their favorite entertainment product for a while and find a new one to occupy their time. Seriously, if we lose an NFL season it’s really not a big deal. People will just find something else to do on Sundays……which would actually be a good thing given how so very far out of whack people’s priorities are in this country when it comes to sports.

    The NFL wasn’t always the top dog, and won’t always be the top dog. The league’s popularity will run its course anyway, a lockout will simply help speed the process. They’ve been doing a good job of turning off many fans anyway when it comes to the constant tinkering of the game every year for the purpose of driving ratings.

  20. If one partner pays the other for their services then that does not define a partnership, the players think they are partners but they aren’t.
    they would like to be, but the owners are owners totaly, not co-owners with the players.
    If the players share the expenses and risks the owners do, then you could call them partners but it is all wishful thinking by the players, being partners that is

    ————————————-

    Without the players the owners have no business to run. The league found out the hard way in 1987 how little fans care to watch scrubs wearing NFL laundry. Every penny the owners put into their pockets that is associated with their NFL business is driven by the players. Fans pay to see elite NFL caliber players, not owners sitting behind their desks. It is absolutely a partnership.

    Owning an NFL team is a license to print money. The NFL has never been more profitable or popular. And there has never been more parity in the NFL. There is no risk involved unless you’re building ridiculous billion dollar palaces like Jerry Jones did or unless you’re running an absolute disaster of an organization.

  21. edgy says:
    Mar 27, 2011 8:42 PM
    BTW, in the first year of operation, Jerry Jones estimated that he would get 1.5 million people to come in and take tours of the stadium for the price of $15 per person. Well, you’d think that was enough BUT they’ve upped the price to $35 per head. That means that he went from making $22.5 million to $52.5 million – JUST IN TOURS ALONE.
    ===========
    That’s over 4100 people a day 7 days a week not counting days when tours could not occur.
    If they took 50 people per tour they would have to run around 100 tours per day, pretty damn unlikely in 8 to 10 hours.
    Someone’s blowing smoke

  22. Fran wants to lock himself in a room with al those big, strong mens? I bet he’ll tell them how naughty he has been and that he needs a spanking.
    Is he sexting Rog, Dee and Jer-uh?
    Sounds similar to another former Vikings QB…

  23. interesting question at the end… fan rebellion or fan apathy? even though i watch every game the nfl throws up on tv during the season, i assure the players and owners – i can live my life without the nfl? (by the way, if there were no nfl games, does anyone know if college would or could reschedule games for sundays? that sure would put some pressure on the league.)

  24. Like anyone is going to agree to meet with Fran other than those nice men in the white coats with leg restrainers.

    Just another delusional Viking, talking when he should just be shutting up. I prefer to think that Fran has a master plan of not playing the 2011 season so the Vikings can’t finish in last place in their final year in Mpls. Just delay things till the moving vans can get out to LA.

  25. 1pjw says:

    edgy says:

    ******************

    That’s what Jones claims and you do realize that there ARE places that have more people than that show up for tours each year, right? For example, more than 2.4 million people visit the Vietnam memorial each year and it’s been around longer than Jerry’s World.

    BTW, having taken a tour of several stadiums around the country, I can tell you that they don’t run just ONE tour at any one time. They split us up and took us in different directions and while each group saw the same things, we saw it from different directions and there were more than 50 people in each group. That’s probably why they have more than one tour guide on staff, don’t you think?

  26. Since I have probably the longest interest term of any pro football fan, an interest that goes back to Baugh and Hutson, includes seeing Unitas actually play and a friendship with Kyle Rote, I would be glad to have Fran help me with the settlement. Am I joking? No. It is the procedure that is killing the goose of golden egg fame. I have more longevity than any owner, probably, and have a viewing record unmatched in numbers until recent years, when I have been driven away by Motorola ads being shown in lieu of play or related action.

    Just let Fran, Smith and Goodell know I am available at no cost.

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