Big week ahead for Roger Goodell

AP

There has been significant progress in labor talks lately.  This week in Chicago, many of the owners that have not directly been involved with the negotiations will find out just how much progress there has been.

That’s one reason why Tuesday’s meetings mark such a critical time for Roger Goodell, according to an excellent summary of the labor situation by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.

“Your first reaction to most deals is to poke holes in it.  It’s human nature,” one owner told Cole. “You always want the perfect deal, everything to go your way, and you have to think it through to figure out what’s acceptable.  In this case, you have to multiply that process by 32 . . . when we sit down and look over this deal, I’m curious how the room is going to react.  We’re at a critical stage.”

The big question is whether there will be a large faction of owners that could derail the progress once they start to learn the details.

A few owners couldn’t stop a potential deal, but nine of them coming together could.  Cole reports that the players “have come a long way” from the simple 50-50 split in revenue they offered in March, including what sounds like a compromise on the issue of “true up” money. (Check the details here.)

“There’s a lot on the line [next] week,” another owner told Cole. “I don’t envy Roger’s position because he has to make a lot of people happy. I think there’s enough common sense out there that we’ll get something done, but there are also some [owners] who still want to fight.”

Goodell will need help from the moderate owners to help push the hardline owners toward compromise.  These types of meetings are where former Commissioner Pete Rozelle built his legacy.

As difficult as the last few months have surely been for Goodell, his most challenging and important work remains in front of him.

21 responses to “Big week ahead for Roger Goodell

  1. “Actually we’ve got a nice little Saturday planned. Were going to Home Depot to pick out some wallpaper, then maybe well hit Bed Bath and Beyond… I don’t know! I don’t know if well have enough time!”

  2. Hardline = The Buffalo Bills owner for having to spend $ on his team. Try naming the stadium something other than your name, that’ll be a good start for extra income.

  3. “…when we sit down and look over this deal, I’m curious how the room is going to react.”

    This sounds as though the deal is finished, barring approval?

    If so, and sure it could fall through, that’s still the best news we’ve had all summer.

  4. I don’t see why the browns would block this, Randy Lerner can not be losing money on the browns. He has shown a willingness to spend money. The Browns backers are one of largest sports clubs in the world. They spend money.

  5. If the owner wants a deal done in 10 days here is the proposal:
    57% for the NFL owner- 43% for The Players Take or leave it. If the Players do not accept, next season will be play with replacements like in the 1980’s.
    When the players know their big salaries are flying away from them, I’m 100 % sure they know what Path to Choose, and will send Mr. Dee ( 3/4″ lips ) to the hell

  6. The Browns were doing great until 2006, with the new stadium and the initial surge of fan support after they got an NFL team again.

    Things have not been as good lately according to Forbes. The Browns have kept ticket prices low but the season ticket list has evaporated over the last 3 years. The luxury boxes leases expired in 2009 and they’ve had trouble finding takers for a lot of those also.

    The Browns were the 9th most valuable NFL franchise in 2007 and they rank 15th now. They’re basically on a steady decline and as the stadium ages that will get worse and worse. If they keep on losing they’ll be a bottom third team in very short order.

  7. nookers says:
    Jun 19, 2011 11:23 AM
    He does license the stadium, to himself .. its a tax write off
    __________________

    Explain.

  8. Nutsacks. they are all a bunch of nutsacks. every last person involved in this dispute. just get the f ing thing done!!!!

  9. Guys, there will be no football this year. Get use to it and get over it. Greed does not compromise!

  10. Cole reports that the players “have come a long way” from the simple 50-50 split in revenue they offered in March, including what sounds like a compromise on the issue of “true up” money.
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    You make it sound like the players made a offer in March to split league revenue 50-50. That would have been news, as most of the complaints against the players have been they haven’t made any counter-offers at all to the owner proposals.

    The article in the link said the 50-50 offer WAS the offer on the true-up” money. And that now the players have conceded 60%.

    Anyway, it’s the first player concession I’ve heard of and that tells me there is real progress toward a new agreement, and that there is a real chance the owners would approve whatever is coming out of the negotiations. Without some player concessions, I’m sure at least 9 owners would oppose going back to the old CBA. With some player concessions, I think this has a much better shot at getting through.

  11. I am warning ownership now, if they take a deal that their own hired commissioner and fellow owners negotiated and agreed to and blow it up, causing a season to be missed, they will not be able to whether the storm economically. It will set the league back 10 years, easy. Many already think they are greedy, but some still side with them n it’s a realistic argument right now. If they blow it up there will be no arguments, no blasting the lawyers, it will 100% be greedy owners stole football.

  12. It still irks me how the owners being heavily divided was not the big story on this site for months. Everyone who reads sites that aren’t PFT knows this. It’s the only newsworthy part of the lockout. I don’t understand why De Smith was lambasted on this site.
    He was only doing his job of finding consensus and holding the players together. It takes Goodell until June to get consensus.

    Bud Selig and David Stern may be bozos, but uniting the owners is the number one job of the commissioner.

    I bet no one knows that MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement ends on September 30th. Why? Because Selig has done a brilliant job of keeping the owners on the same page for years and thus, making it easier to work with the players. It doesn’t shock me that Goodell hasn’t figured out. He’s borderline incompetent.

  13. Some owners are finally allowing us to sort of get a peek behind the CBA curtain. Business is business, negotiations are always going to be back and forth, give and take, and we are all going to ride emotional ladders any until this is behind us – so – why in the H— doen’t somebody act as spokeman and be a little more forth coming as to what’s transpiring, good, bad or indifferent since none of us on the outside can influence their final decisions anyway. It is our money they’re after, so keep us somewhat more informed as a courtesy.

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