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Rooney confirms that mediation is, for now, worthless

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The resumption today of court-ordered mediation is meaningless because, for now, the NFL and the players have picked leverage over compromise.  Steelers owner Art Rooney, II, essentially confirmed that reality on his way in to the mediation session.

“We’d like to make progress, but it’ll be hard to do,” Rooney said, per Albert Breer of NFL Network.  “We have to wait to see what happens June 3.”

On June 3, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit will consider oral arguments in its review of Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling that the lockout should end while the Tom Brady antitrust litigation proceeds.

It’s unclear whether the NFL has consciously decided not to use the inherent uncertainty of litigation to work out a new deal, or whether the NFL is simply resigned to the fact that the players have decided to wait until the Eighth Circuit rules on whether the lockout will be lifted.  Either way, Rooney’s comments confirm that there’s no reason to pay attention to today’s proceedings.  There’s also no reason to even have them.

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32 Responses to “Rooney confirms that mediation is, for now, worthless”
  1. kyleortonsarm says: May 16, 2011 10:35 AM

    Speaking of worthless, how are Harrison, Roethlisberger and Ward doing?

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: May 16, 2011 10:36 AM

    There is a reason to have them. If the rest of us have to be burdoned by lockout bs, then so should the people directly responsible.

  3. vahawker says: May 16, 2011 10:36 AM

    surprise, surprise, surprise!

  4. chazzmon says: May 16, 2011 10:43 AM

    9 billion dollar business & they can’t figure out how to divide that up, get back to work, don’t screw the fans we’re reason you have a league. This is like the official under the hood for 3 months make the call already!

  5. robmargo says: May 16, 2011 10:44 AM

    Is it unheard of to make these proceedings available to the media and/or public?

    This may force the sides to start to work towards a deal.

  6. b7p19 says: May 16, 2011 10:48 AM

    You will, however, be paying attention to them none-the-less. Right?

  7. readimgram1 says: May 16, 2011 10:48 AM

    Of course it is worthless, they want to see their legal garbage play out.

    BOTH parties need to realize that they are affecting the product they are going to put on the field NOW.

    As a fan and consumer of that product you are devaluing it.

    To all those saying “This does not matter till we miss a game”!!

    Tell that to the stadium workers who will be missing their summer vacations.

    Tell that to the UDFAs missing opportunities in camp to prove themselves.

    Tell that to the coaches missing their first installs of their program(specifically new coaches)

    Tell that to the free agents that are going to change teams and need to learn a new system.

    Tell that to the owners who have had people like me not willing to spend 12,000 dollars on season tickets for 2011 for a product bound to be less then “NFL standard”

    Players and owners – you are lowering the quality of your product, are you going to charge less for the vanilla offenses and defenses that will need to be implemented on a short schedule?

    Will you both be taking a smaller cut of the “pie” as you so love to call the fans hard earned dollars or the TV money gained through our viewership?

    Keep it up and you will…..

  8. clownburger says: May 16, 2011 10:50 AM

    It’s worthless because THE PLAYERS HAVE NO DESIRE TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT!!!

    Until the Players actually want to work out an agreement, this will continue to drag on.

    As soon as The Players decide they want to work out an agreement, an agreement will be worked out.

    It really is as simple as that.

    The Players are holding it all up.

  9. southmo says: May 16, 2011 10:51 AM

    It’s always good to be at the table. Someone might accidentally wake up with some sense. You never know.

  10. kcfanatic says: May 16, 2011 10:51 AM

    disapointing

  11. freddyfelder says: May 16, 2011 10:52 AM

    white folks greed runs a world in need

  12. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 16, 2011 10:54 AM

    Not news. I have been saying this for weeks

  13. willycents says: May 16, 2011 10:56 AM

    Remember, this mediation is strictly for terms ending the lockout; nothing to do with negotiating a new CBA, actually. The new CBA negotiations will be part of the Brady anti trust litigation. If the players get the lockout lifted, they will feel that they can dictate the new CBA, and the owners will be faced with either blowing up the league or surrendering to the players. My guess is the former. Not a good scenario in any case.

  14. endzonezombie says: May 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    I bet clownburger was named by his mother, and his wife sadly agrees.

  15. buffalohogan says: May 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Thank You DeBag Smith for f*cking up the NFL as we know it.

  16. redstar504 says: May 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Said it before and will say it again I don’t care about any of it. I used to but not anymore. They are never going to come to an agreement. They are going to both ruin football out of selfishness.

    We pay the bills, as in we fans. The folks that buy the tickets, jerseys, and watch the games giving the NFL the ratings to drive up ad revenue.

    We do all of this because the product is good. They are destroying the product and assuming we will be there at the end. I can tell you this if there is no product for long enopugh folks wont be there. If they change the NFL into a leauge where Jerry Jones wins the Super Bowl every year folks outside of Dallas won’t be there.

    I would love to see the number of fans the NFL is loosing as this nonsense and greed grab goes on. I would love to know what they are going to do when the TV rattings are down, ad revenue drops and as a result the networks dial back some of that TV pie. I would love to see what they are going to do when every NFL stadium looks like Tampa Bay.

    Is the 5-10% of the pie they are quarreling over now going to seem like a lot when the pie is cut in half by self inflicted revenue losses. I don’t maybe the great know it all Roger Gooddell or the hollier than thou Drew “Saint Bresus” Brees can answer that one for me (note I am from New Orleans and talking about Brees that way). Wake up ownership and players you are destroying this thing over scraps.

  17. bydabeach says: May 16, 2011 11:18 AM

    As the attorneys’ bill keeps getting larger and larger.

  18. truvikingfan says: May 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    Worthless? really? and your telling us something we didnt already know?

  19. willycents says: May 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    freddyfelder says:May 16, 2011 10:52 AM

    white folks greed runs a world in need
    ——————————————–

    What the hell does this have to do with mediation???? I suppose what you are saying is that there are no greedy people of the non-white category? Hmmmm, let me think about that for a nano-second….Yup, you’re wrong.

  20. panther17 says: May 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    freddyfelder says: May 16, 2011 10:52 AM

    white folks greed runs a world in need

    _____________________________________

    Seriously? You look at the NFL and only see Greedy White Folks? You look at the world in general and you only see white folks with greed?

    I look at your comment and see racism runs deep in you.

  21. jtfris says: May 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    The owners have no reason to try to end the lockout. The players have no reason to try to do anything that would fall outside a court order. Did I miss something?

  22. duanethomas says: May 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    clownburger says:
    May 16, 2011 10:50 AM
    It’s worthless because THE OWNERS HAVE NO DESIRE TO WORK OUT AN AGREEMENT!!!

    Until the Owners actually want to work out an agreement, this will continue to drag on.

    As soon as The Owners decide they want to work out an agreement, an agreement will be worked out.

    It really is as simple as that.

    The Owners are holding it all up.

  23. olcap says: May 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    What is clear is that the NFL plans to use to the fullest, the 8th Circuit Court of Corporate lapdog judges to see them through this thing, like all good little lapdog judges do for their various causes.

  24. recoveryboys says: May 16, 2011 11:33 AM

    Speaking of worthless, how are Harrison, Roethlisberger and Ward doing?

    Staying busy polishing the 2 superbowl rings each one owns.
    How about you?

  25. realitypolice says: May 16, 2011 11:50 AM

    @readimgram1 :

    I don’t think anyone is saying it doesn’t matter to ANYONE until they miss a game.

    But unless you are in one of those groups you list, or represent them in some way, it doesn’t really effect you.

    The point that I continually make is that the FANS don’t lose anything until regular season games are missed. Sure, following mini-camps and free agency is fun, but in reality those are league business matters and not something you have some sort of inherent right to.

    But I agree that there are people being harmed by all this, especially the UDFAs.

    One other thing- could you explain the “stadium workers missing their summer vacations” thing? I’m missing something there.

  26. kyleortonsarm says: May 16, 2011 12:00 PM

    Adam Morrison is probably polishing his L.A. Lakers Championship items also but that doesn’t make him any less worthless.

  27. cruells says: May 16, 2011 12:01 PM

    Has the mediations been worth something in the past?

    Clearly neither the League or the players care about getting a deal done.. They’re so caught up in this pissing match..

    If the NHL, NBA and MLB gets a deal done within time.. It will make the League and players look like the stubborn idiotic baby’s they are..

  28. kyle90 says: May 16, 2011 12:08 PM

    Of course the players aren’t interested in working out an agreement – the last time they talked they offered a WORSE deal according to PFT than they did before the lockout.

  29. detsteve says: May 16, 2011 12:22 PM

    Well DeMaurice Smith will go down in hirtoey as the Man most responsible for killing the NFL and the Golden Goose. Any idiot that claims they are “going to war” was never interested in making any agreements. He will take the whole NFL down…just watch.

  30. warchild132 says: May 16, 2011 1:27 PM

    @recoveryboy

    Speaking of worthless, how are Harrison, Roethlisberger and Ward doing?

    Staying busy polishing the 2 superbowl rings each one owns.
    How about you?
    ———————————————
    Harrison is thinking about retiring again —cuz the rules make it so hard to play football

    Ben is thinking about how to not get caught in the bathroom again.

    And Ward is dancing with the stars.

  31. vahawker says: May 16, 2011 1:45 PM

    detsteve says: May 16, 2011 12:22 PM

    Well DeMaurice Smith will go down in hirtoey

    Wow, you type like me and that’s not good a thing.

  32. bronco1st says: May 16, 2011 1:57 PM

    I hope both sides go into lockjaw mode and The NFL goes out of business — forever. Something will replace it and guaranteed, it will be better and more fan friendly than the current daisy chain of money mongers.

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