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Roger Goodell: Owners are determined to get there

NFL Commissioner Goodell shakes hands with Steelers owner Rooney on the sideline before the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington Reuters

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said after today’s meeting that the league’s owners are determined to reach an agreement with the players, and that after gauging the owners’ opinions, he believes they’re on the same page about how to go forward.

“We have a very strong view of the priorities, a very strong view of what we need to continue to accomplish in the negotiations, and a determination to get there,” Goodell said.

But Goodell also cautioned against irrational exuberance, saying that there are still plenty of details that need to be ironed out before the owners and the players can agree to a deal that ends the lockout and starts the season.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Goodell said.  “We’ve got to do it right.”

Overall, Goodell said the best thing to take away from recent developments in the NFL is the mere fact that negotiations are underway.

“I think it’s a tremendous positive that the principals are talking,” Goodell said.  “Players and owners are talking to one another, negotiating, and I think that’s a positive step.  Hopefully we’ll be successful in reaching an agreement that’s fair and balanced for everybody.”

Goodell said he hopes that work will continue until there’s a CBA proposal that the owners and the players can vote on.

“All of us are going to work hard for something that we can bring back to our ownership and they can bring back to the players,” Goodell said.

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26 Responses to “Roger Goodell: Owners are determined to get there”
  1. zoxitic says: Jun 21, 2011 5:18 PM

    Deal is done boys.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 21, 2011 5:20 PM

    This is very good news. Hopefully they will have the deal done by the 4th of July. I want training camps to start on time.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Jun 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    Alright. Roger, De, I believe we have a deal here in principle: Arby’s – no more than once a month. In exchange, De comes to your softball game, and doesn’t read a book.

  4. footballfanatic3431 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    After having the owners meeting today, there is no excuse for the owners and players not to put together a complete proposal to take back to their respective sides by the end of this week.

    The Free Agency rules are pretty much done: 4 years
    There is a rookie cap. The details need to be ironed.
    The hard cap is pretty close (90-92% mandatory spending)
    The revenue percentage is close (48%)

    There is no reason this should last for another 3-4 weeks.

  5. Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:22 PM

    First to say.

    GOOD GOOD get her done.

  6. arrogantathlete says: Jun 21, 2011 5:26 PM

    Yeah the greedy, slave owner, racists are ready to get it done. everyone make sure you say nice things because looks like the lockout is going to end. Don’t worry about all the hateful and the JA things you said these past few months because the owners are old and will forget.

    NFLPA

  7. nfl25 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    best thing that ever happened in this was the owners being allowed to continue the lockout. if the courts forced the owners to open the doors, the players would not be sitting down and negotiating.

    please get this ish done

  8. 7370355q says: Jun 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    Yes I too hope that a deal is done around June 30th to July 4th. So I can then celebrate a new CBA and our country’s independence by blowing stuff up.

  9. bearskoolaid1985 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:51 PM

    They need to start talking tomorrow and not finish talking till a deal is done…………….
    24/7

  10. bradjames33160 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:51 PM

    Arrogant athlete, until further notice, isn’t that NFLPA*?

  11. laeaglefan says: Jun 21, 2011 5:53 PM

    Give us something to celebrate on the 4th of July, Roger!

  12. scott8nj says: Jun 21, 2011 6:06 PM

    There’s no reason these compromises couldn’t have started a couple months ago.

  13. tmaczoozoo says: Jun 21, 2011 6:12 PM

    Yay!

    Let’s all go drinking on the special bus!

  14. thephantomstranger says: Jun 21, 2011 6:23 PM

    laeaglefan says:
    Jun 21, 2011 5:53 PM
    Give us something to celebrate on the 4th of July, Roger!
    ______________

    How about the birth of our nation?

  15. ravenator says: Jun 21, 2011 6:35 PM

    Get ‘er done

  16. trbowman says: Jun 21, 2011 6:46 PM

    “How about the birth of our nation?”

    The end of the lockout > the birth of our nation.

    Also, RIP Air McNair.

  17. trbowman says: Jun 21, 2011 6:47 PM

    “Yeah the greedy, slave owner, racists are ready to get it done. everyone make sure you say nice things because looks like the lockout is going to end. Don’t worry about all the hateful and the JA things you said these past few months because the owners are old and will forget.

    NFLPA”

    Dumbest comment I’ve ever read on here and that’s saying something.

  18. riverhorsey says: Jun 21, 2011 6:53 PM

    Time for the millionaires and billionaires to all step up and bite the bullet before they lose a couple bucks.

  19. schemefactory says: Jun 21, 2011 6:58 PM

    sounds like the owners finally came to their senses

  20. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 21, 2011 7:01 PM

    arrogantathlete says:Jun 21, 2011 5:26 PM

    Yeah the greedy, slave owner, racists are ready to get it done. everyone make sure you say nice things because looks like the lockout is going to end. Don’t worry about all the hateful and the JA things you said these past few months because the owners are old and will forget.

    NFLPA
    ———————————————————-

    LMBAO arrogantathlete! You are either a grat commedian or you truly live up to your name!

  21. str82dvd says: Jun 21, 2011 7:04 PM

    I get what arrogant athlete is saying. He’s mocking the players for their myopic, childish response to perfectly normal negotiating tactics. Consequently, guys like Brees and AP will look silly for the reckless things they said once the CBA is announced, and players still make insane amounts of caish to play a game.

  22. brooklynbully says: Jun 21, 2011 7:05 PM

    i liked everything i read until he said “we still have a long way to go ” CMON!!!!!!!!! iam start getting excited when i read ” we are heading upstairs now to sign off on the new cba ,we will take questuions when we done” .. now thats what all of us football fans wanta hear point blank !!!!!!!!!

  23. str82dvd says: Jun 21, 2011 11:13 PM

    “we will take questuions when we done” .. now thats what all of us football fans wanta hear point blank”

    Do you not know how to proofread, or are you just a moron?

  24. thephantomstranger says: Jun 21, 2011 11:26 PM

    trbowman says:
    Jun 21, 2011 6:47 PM
    Dumbest comment I’ve ever read on here and that’s saying something.
    __________________

    Funny you should say that, because the dumbest comment I’ve ever read on here was this one:

    The end of the lockout > the birth of our nation.

  25. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 11:56 PM

    They need to get this done like yesterday….. Pro football is on top of the sports world, and they are gonna blow it with no season. How bad would it look on the 10th anny of 9-11 (week 1) if billionaires and Millionaires cant settle a deal to keep people happy. people who have so much less and still support your product. I think in a recession that would turn millions of people away from pro football. So get the deal done so i can watch Hillis the albino rhino crack some domes!!!!

  26. upperdecker19 says: Jun 22, 2011 2:18 AM

    This sounds to me more like ironing out differences between owners (revenue sharing, etc) than owners verses players?

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