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Goodell, Smith comment together after negotiations

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA* Executive Director DeMaurice Smith didn’t say much when they appeared together after today’s negotiating session in Boston. But the fact that they stood together has to be considered a positive sign.

Standing next to each other and addressing the assembled media, Goodell and Smith both vowed to work hard toward getting a deal done to end the lockout.

“Obviously we’re all working hard,” Goodell said. “The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

Although Smith isn’t saying a deal is close, he is saying that having everyone together talking is a reason to feel good.

“Look, someone asked me whether I was optimistic,” Smith said. “I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done.”

The right people in the room included Smith and Goodell, as well as players Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson and Jeff Saturday and owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, John Mara and Dean Spanos.

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29 Responses to “Goodell, Smith comment together after negotiations”
  1. saintsrdabomb says: Jun 23, 2011 7:44 PM

    Little less talk and a lot more action.

  2. mattsffrd says: Jun 23, 2011 7:46 PM

    they both need to be punched in the face.

  3. jacksaysfu says: Jun 23, 2011 7:47 PM

    Im over being optimistic , just get a freaking deal done !

  4. RaiderMight says: Jun 23, 2011 7:49 PM

    “Standing next to each other and addressing the assembled media, Goodell and Smith both vowed to work hard toward getting a deal done to end the lockout.”

    I hate stupid “vows” like those. As if the reason that we don’t have football is because the rest of the time leading to today, they’ve just been slacking off.

  5. nnagi says: Jun 23, 2011 8:09 PM

    why the hell is goodell even speaking to dedumbass smith, the players chose to decertify their union, he shouldn’t be included in any discussions…

  6. frostymugobeer says: Jun 23, 2011 8:15 PM

    “Obviously we’re all working hard,” Goodell said. “The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also.”
    WOW….way to sacrifice your precious time for us poor fans !
    that’s both your jobs ….to get a deal done and so far you are both woefully lacking !!!!
    get it done !

  7. derekjetersmansion says: Jun 23, 2011 8:17 PM

    Deal by June 30th.

  8. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jun 23, 2011 8:18 PM

    You actually posted a thread that these two, these two who are the main reason there is no CBA, you want us to believe that its a good thing they are standing next to each other????????….seriously???????….one doesnt want a deal,..and guess what, neither does the other one!!!!!…them standing next to each other is horrible!!!!!….theres only one way for there to ever be a deal,..get rid of Smith, the guy with a phony education,..and get rid of Goodell, the guy whos going along with the owners wishes in not wanting football in 2011,…get a commish in there whos a commish of the league, not an employee of the owners…a new low for this website.

  9. duanethomas says: Jun 23, 2011 8:59 PM

    Nice move to DeMaurice Smith to have goodell appear with him, let the players know he gets along with the dummy. This thing is playing out perfect for The NFLPA, and it will be over soon.

  10. joemcrugby says: Jun 23, 2011 9:13 PM

    The “right people” doesn’t include Jeffrey Kessler.

    I’m sure that the players have an attorney or two on retainer not named Kessler whom can draft the CBA. Get him the hell out of the way until it’s time to draft the dismissal papers for the two cases being litigated after all the i’s have been dotted and t’s crossed on the finalized CBA document.

  11. blackdb says: Jun 23, 2011 9:19 PM

    I really do not want to hear how hard they are working. Show me! Meet more than two days before taking a week break. I am glad they seem to be working together but lets put more time in.

  12. tommytd says: Jun 23, 2011 9:50 PM

    tweedle-dee and tweedle dum (in no particular order).

  13. sdboltaction says: Jun 23, 2011 9:54 PM

    Spanos needs to get the Chargers a SB win is what his punk a** needs to do. Stupid tool.

  14. trbowman says: Jun 23, 2011 9:56 PM

    So another week break before they meet again?

  15. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 23, 2011 10:08 PM

    This is a damn good sign, in my opinion.

  16. disapointeddallasfan says: Jun 23, 2011 10:14 PM

    I say big Ben takes them both into the washroom stall and doesnt let them out until a new deal is good to go!!

  17. jc1958cool says: Jun 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    the owners opted out of the deal they had! then get roger pinnochio to lie a new deal in place, they need new owners bargaining!

  18. jdbaker1860 says: Jun 23, 2011 10:22 PM

    Bite me. Shut up.

  19. imjinbrdgr says: Jun 23, 2011 10:28 PM

    ““Obviously we’re all working hard,” Goodell said. “The players and owners were here over the last two days.”

    The guy is so full of sh*t he make me sick just looking at him.

    TWO DAYS TWO DAYS!!!!!!!! Wow maybe they’ll work a whopping 3 or 4 days next week.

    There is no way the season starts on time. no way.

    “kill them all, then see who talks” Bunny

  20. raiderapologist says: Jun 23, 2011 10:52 PM

    These guys must have access to a calendar. July is just around the corner, and that’s when things get serious.

  21. chatham10 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:02 PM

    They were discussing who was going to pay for lunch since the Comm. is only making a $1 and Smith is making .67 cents and that is more sense then bringing Kessler back into the meetings,one cent is money and the other is common sense which is missing in these meetings.

  22. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 11:08 PM

    I guess D-Smith is selling out to the ‘cartel’

  23. jutts says: Jun 23, 2011 11:45 PM

    Before July 4th is my guess. We all want to have a feel good holiday and the NFL bean-counters are no different. That way, ole Roger can be the conqeouring hero and owners can look like just the greatest.

  24. vahawker says: Jun 24, 2011 12:32 AM

    Nice move to Goodell to have DeMoron appear with him, let the players know he gets along with the dummy. This thing is playing out perfect for The owners, and it will be over soon.

  25. tmaczoozoo says: Jun 24, 2011 3:03 AM

    I really hope they’re working hard at this.

    If they work hard at this then it’ll be obvious that they’ve been working hard at this all along.

    I really hope they’re working hard at this.

    Working hard.

    Hard work.

    Wow…

  26. tumsman2 says: Jun 24, 2011 6:05 AM

    there is zero reason to settle this case before the hearing. someone will win the legal battle and the winner can dictate term. Then we’ll all know whose right and whose wrong and we don’t have to go thru this BS again in 10 years.

    i’m more interested in seeing the outcome of the legal battle than watching the outcome of the actual football games.

  27. str82dvd says: Jun 24, 2011 7:27 AM

    Do you really think either side would accept a losing verdict as objective Truth? Very naive of you.

  28. davem23 says: Jun 24, 2011 7:42 AM

    Whatever……

  29. mavajo says: Jun 24, 2011 8:39 AM

    I’m starting to hate everyone in the NFL.

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