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Eagles send Goodell op-ed to season-ticket holders

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell leaves a federal courthouse after NFL labor dispute talks in Minneapolis Reuters

Described by some in the media as “scare tactics” and by NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith as “bizarre,” a new title can be applied to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Spam.

The Eagles have sent a copy of the column via e-mail to its season-ticket holders.  Two recipients have forwarded the message to PFT.

“As you may have heard,” the e-mail begins, “Judge Nelson issued a ruling granting the players a preliminary injunction.  The League has filed an appeal in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals which, in part, includes direction as to whether the lockout is lifted during this time period or if the lockout will continue.

“The League remains committed to finding a solution through collective bargaining.  We thought it
would be helpful to share the article below that Commissioner Goodell wrote in this morning’s Wall
Street Journal.”

Though we agree with much of what Goodell writes, we’re not so sure that sending the thing to fans who are getting fed up with both sides is the best way to try to win the hearts and minds of the customers.

Especially at a time when many of the customers are happy to hear that there may indeed be a football season.

UPDATE:  Apparently, the e-mail went not only to season-tickets holders but to everyone in the team’s e-mail database, including folks on the waiting list and those who registered to post on the team’s message board.

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39 Responses to “Eagles send Goodell op-ed to season-ticket holders”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    New title should be “Unvarnished Truth”.

  2. drmonkeyarmy says: Apr 26, 2011 2:41 PM

    Nobody in Philadelphia cares about the Eagles right now. They are more concerned about Boucher in net and the Phillies struggling offense.

  3. snowpea84 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    It seems like most fans grasp that the owners are in the right here. Which is relieving in many ways.

  4. seabreezes51 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    The only “football season” I see happening is the draft.

    Nothing after that until 2012. My yard will look really good this fall.

  5. mick730 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:45 PM

    I don’t think that the average season ticket holder in the NFL, even in Philly, is as mindless and lacking in the ability to think, as are the pro union posters who are beating their chests around here over this supposed great victory of organized labor. Goodell makes very valid points in his Wall Street Journal piece. Why wouldn’t thinking people want to know what’s going on? I’m certain that people with the where-with-all to afford a season ticket package can understand what is at stake here.

  6. richsaint says: Apr 26, 2011 2:46 PM

    I would NEVER say this was a good idea.
    In a best case scenario this will make your players who you will be marketing in 4 months look very bad to your fans, dont send things like this out from the team allow the league to try to make the players look bad.
    As a bengals fan when I read this I thought of Drew Brees, Jay Feely etc the players who have been very out spoken.
    When I get it from my team I begin to think of…well hell do we have anyone? ummm
    Andrew Whitworth and Jerome Simpson and CHASE Coffman and I would then have negative feelings (more so than after a 4-12 season) toward them. Please teams dont send anymore out your cutting off your own nose despite your face.

  7. windowace says: Apr 26, 2011 2:49 PM

    The League thinks all it has to do is say the same thing over and over again, and we like a guppy fish will take the hock line and sinker in our mouths. They think everyone are suckers!

  8. tednancy says: Apr 26, 2011 2:50 PM

    I think it tells you something when one side in a dispute is generally more open and straight-forward about its objectives and tactics, and the other side dissembles, makes outrageous statements, and postures.

    The NFL has been playing this thing straight, and while it may have been naive, it is also admirable.

    The players’ union negotiated in bad faith, calls the NFL’s offers the “worst in sports history,” compares starring in the NFL to slavery, accuses the commissioner of using Nazi tactics, and has decided to use the threat of mutually assured destruction as a bargaining chip.

    Is it any wonder that the plurality of fans polled support the owners and blame the players?

    Goodell is just telling it like it is, which is good, since the union is lying straight to our faces every chance it gets.

  9. crazimitch says: Apr 26, 2011 2:51 PM

    Mike,

    Just wondering are you now or ever been a season ticket holder?

  10. Paul says: Apr 26, 2011 2:52 PM

    Also sent to those on the Season Ticket Wait List (at least that is what I assume as I got it).

  11. wawa33 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:52 PM

    Father of the Year Andy Reid reads the Op-Ed at bedtime to convicts, Garret and Britt Reid.

  12. drgreenstreak says: Apr 26, 2011 2:56 PM

    I know I’m a bit slow sometimes but didn’t Judge Nelson just order an injunction, lifting the lockout? Roger needs to snap the ball instead letting that lawyer caress his scrotum.

  13. radrhatr says: Apr 26, 2011 3:01 PM

    did you bother to check whether Goodell told the Eagles organization to do that? I haven’t seen it here in KC, so he obviously hasn’t ordered the Chiefs to send that copy via email.

  14. tinopuno says: Apr 26, 2011 3:01 PM

    Sounds like the work of Eagles’ president and self-appointed PR wizard Joe Banner. A true cap genius but also one of the more socially inept humans not enrolled full time in Special Ed classes, Banner could walk throw a field laden with diamonds and rubies and somehow find dog crap to step in.

  15. sonvar says: Apr 26, 2011 3:02 PM

    I received it as well but I’m not a season ticket holder or a ticket holder at all. I’m sure if they sent it out based on being a fan on the nfl.com website or an item I signed up with the Eagles website

  16. kire562000 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:07 PM

    How soon would this be over if 32 billionaires showed up to Marc Cubans office to start a new league? The owners need to solve their internal issues before they start complaining about player salaries. Revenue sharing is the Gorilla in the corner boys, deal with it and get my season started!

  17. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 26, 2011 3:09 PM

    I guess the implication is that most of the folks that attend Eagles games don’t already get the WSJ?

    Shocking….

  18. zizzod says: Apr 26, 2011 3:12 PM

    This is becoming even less interesting and more annoying

  19. jwayne11 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:14 PM

    I would like to see how Demarcus Smith will spin what Goodell said. Clearly Goodell is stating the obvious. I would also like to add that the league can’t tell each team how many Players (employees) it needs to have on its roster, so a team that is struggling at the gate, struggling to pay the bills, can simply lay off 10-15 of the players on their roster. Is that good for the players? Less jobs?

  20. 3octaveFart says: Apr 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    hobartbaker says: Apr 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    “New title should be “Unvarnished Truth”.”

    chapnastier, is that you?
    /chuckle

  21. rew1572 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    Locking players out of practice facilities, sending strength coaches home before players show up, and now forwarding emails.

    The owners are acting like heartbroken little high school girls.

  22. steelersmichele says: Apr 26, 2011 3:28 PM

    I’m getting a little tired of Goodell, the owners and the players vying for fan support. Unless they invite us to the negotiations and/or actually listen to what we have to say, asking for us to choose sides is worthless.

    We can argue and support each other as much as we want on PFT, but when negotiations come down to the wire, owner and player interest (AKA money) will be a heck of a lot more important than the interest of the fans.

  23. drgreenstreak says: Apr 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    tednancy says…
    “…Is it any wonder that the plurality of fans polled support the owners and blame the players? …”

    Which poll? Show the poll. Cite your source, mister intellectual fool.

  24. tednancy says: Apr 26, 2011 3:41 PM

    drgreenstreak says: Apr 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    tednancy says…
    “…Is it any wonder that the plurality of fans polled support the owners and blame the players? …”

    Which poll? Show the poll. Cite your source, mister intellectual fool.
    ================================

    The poll PFT just ran on Sunday – check “Most Commented” and get a clue before you open your mouth again and look like the biggest ass in the world.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/23/heres-your-chance-to-pick-a-side-in-the-labor-dispute/

  25. roceagles says: Apr 26, 2011 3:44 PM

    Unlike myself, Philly is focused on the Flyers and Phillies, not the Eagles draft. Just turn on 610 for 10 minutes. Another futile attempt by Lurbanner to gain attention.

  26. willycents says: Apr 26, 2011 3:51 PM

    drgreenstreak says:Apr 26, 2011 3:29 PM

    Which poll? Show the poll. Cite your source, mister intellectual fool.

    Respectfully, Doctor Green, please check the banner on the right side of the page labelled’ “PFT MOST COMMENTED” and click the link beneath that title named “1. Here’s your chance to pick a side in the labor dispute.”

    No thanks needed for the assistance; but, please, if you are going to make comments insulting those others who comment here, please keep up so you do not look quite so foolish.

    With all due respect, of course

  27. tombrookshire says: Apr 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    Well then, it would be exactly what I would expect from the tone deaf Eagle$ front office. They have a palpable contempt for, and a shocking inability, even after all these years to “get” the Philly fans’ identification with the team. It doesn’t stop them however from financially exploiting it with virtuoso aplomb. Those people at the NovaCare continually leave me scratching my head at the ludicrous things they do and say. If it’s not little Joe Banner boasting that the Eagles have a better record over the last decade than the Steelers, it’s owner Lurie proclaiming the Eagles as the NFL’s “gold standard.” They are embarassing! Look, we loves us some Eagles, but the arrogant, penny-pinching ownership and management including HC Andy Reid long ago jumped the shark in Philly, which will come as a shock to Mike and Mike and the rest of the national media.

  28. janvanflac says: Apr 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    Goodell is being completely disingenuous.

    The players seeking none of the things he warns of. They just want to negotiate a better deal, as is their right.

  29. east96st says: Apr 26, 2011 3:56 PM

    “New title should be “Unvarnished Truth”.

    A better one would be “Opting out of the CBA just blew up in our face” or “Crap! I guess we should have paid attention to the Supreme Court ruling.”.

  30. nfl25 says: Apr 26, 2011 3:59 PM

    wawa33 says:
    Apr 26, 2011 2:52 PM
    Father of the Year Andy Reid reads the Op-Ed at bedtime to convicts, Garret and Britt Reid.

    ————————————————-
    seriously? dude nobody cares that wawa33 thinks andy reid is a bad father. find something else to do, you wait all week waiting for a chance to write the same stupid line over and over.

    also there may be some cheerleading positions opening up on some teams. some of the posters on this site should apply.

  31. cappa662 says: Apr 26, 2011 4:00 PM

    The owners are some funny guys… they threaten to move their teams to some other city if they don’t get a new stadium. Now that they have sucked the tax payers dry. They now want the players to play for the stadiums. lol.

    It made me sick to that the Chicago politicians were strong armed (it rarely happens) into giving the Bears a 500 million facelift on Soldier Field.

  32. nfl25 says: Apr 26, 2011 4:00 PM

    drgreenstreak says:
    Apr 26, 2011 3:29 PM
    tednancy says…
    “…Is it any wonder that the plurality of fans polled support the owners and blame the players? …”

    Which poll? Show the poll. Cite your source, mister intellectual fool

    ————————————————–

    uuh…the poll on PFT last week. u can still see it today

  33. thebaldbull says: Apr 26, 2011 4:00 PM

    The NFL has been playing this thing straight, and while it may have been naive, it is also admirable.
    —————————————————————–

    But a backdoor broadcast contract with the networks to create illegal lockout insurance is not “playing this thing straight.” Nor is arguing, IN COURT, that the SSA does not require the owners to act in “good faith,” then complaining about bad faith on the part of the players.

    I really don’t understand how folks don’t see this as a dirty game on the owners side (at least as well).

  34. jfr11 says: Apr 26, 2011 4:02 PM

    At this point who really cares?

  35. wallyhorse says: Apr 26, 2011 4:11 PM

    I still think in the end, if the Judge’s ruling from Monday doesn’t hold up, the networks are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the NFL and players to get a deal done before the May upfronts. They have the most to lose if a deal isn’t done, and I suspect the will be trying to force one on everyone.

  36. snowpea84 says: Apr 26, 2011 4:19 PM

    @drgreenstreak

    How about the polls this site has conducted? But what a valid point too call someone an intellectual fool. Really drives your points home….

  37. moochzilla says: Apr 26, 2011 4:54 PM

    I hear the players want “death panels” to kill your gramma.

  38. ehatem says: Apr 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    If, in fact, all the players want is to negotiate a deal, then why aren’t they negotiating? There is a very nice federal employee who has successfully helped negotiate several labor deals for sports leagues who the players walked out on. Its hard for them to argue the guy is completely on the owner’s side when you’ve got hockey and soccer players praising the guy for what a great job he did on their behalf. That’s where they lost me. I’m pretty convinced they’ve been wanting to do this lawsuit for two years and are convinced they can get the most money by doing it this way. If they put in a system similar to baseball I’ll be done with this sport.

  39. giablommi says: Apr 26, 2011 9:02 PM

    “The poll PFT just ran on Sunday – check “Most Commented” and get a clue before you open your mouth again and look like the biggest ass in the world.”
    ^^^^^^
    How about a scientific poll that doesn’t have a margin of error of +/- 75%?

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