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Goodell says facilities can open Saturday, league year can start Wednesday

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Although the NFLPA* hasn’t accepted anything yet, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says today’s vote of NFL owners means that team facilities can open in less than 48 hours.

“We will be prepared to open the training facilities beginning on Saturday — this Saturday,” Goodell said at the NFL owners’ meeting. “We will then be prepared to start the new league year next Wednesday, subject to the full membership of the players ratifying the agreement and re-certifying as a union.”

So from Goodell’s perspective, the ball is squarely in the players’ court: The owners will be ready to go ASAP, but that depends on the players ratifying and re-certifying.

For his part, Goodell seems to think the players agreeing should be smooth sailing.

“The clubs approved an agreement that was negotiated with the players,” Goodell said. “We also approved a supplemental revenue sharing system for the next 10 years.”

Goodell said he’s been in regular contact with NFLPA* Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.

“I just spoke to DeMaurice probably 20 minutes ago,” Goodell said. “He’s going to go take care of his business.”

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47 Responses to “Goodell says facilities can open Saturday, league year can start Wednesday”
  1. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:35 PM

    The players better recertify or else.

  2. nola4eva says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. supashug says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    Chester Pitts might be off a bit

  4. evilfonzie says: Jul 21, 2011 7:36 PM

    I CAN’TS TAKES NO MORES!!!!!!

  5. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Jul 21, 2011 7:37 PM

    THANK YOU LIL BABY JESUS

  6. darthvader89 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:37 PM

    If the players don’t approve this thing pronto they will get hit by the kind of blunt force PR trauma they’ve worked over a year to avoid and they’ll be no opportunity to shed it for years.

  7. dapell says: Jul 21, 2011 7:37 PM

    “We also approved a supplemental revenue sharing system for the next 10 years.”

    Now we know why the Raiders abstained.

  8. contra74 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:37 PM

    Im still holding my breath on this one. Im sure some BS will happen where its all back to square one again :(

  9. theripster30 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    are you ready for some football!?

  10. firerogergoodell says: Jul 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    FINALLY! This whole process made me realize how much we took Paul Tagilabue for granted. Thanks for 130 days of hell Roger.

  11. wwwfella says: Jul 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!!!!

  12. cincinnasti says: Jul 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    I feel like a proud parent watching my son go potty for the first time..

  13. londonbengal says: Jul 21, 2011 7:38 PM

    Praise the Lord…..

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?????????!!!!!!!

  14. raiders44 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    So PUMPED! ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??!!!

  15. wet4football says: Jul 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    So you’re telling me I should take wednessday off work?

  16. davekiid says: Jul 21, 2011 7:39 PM

    Lets get this thing done!! WE WANT FOOTBALL!!!

  17. footballfanman says: Jul 21, 2011 7:40 PM

    So FA would start Wednesday depending upon an NFLPA re-unionization?

  18. peester15 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:40 PM

    My gut feeling says the Players will screw up tonight’s possible excitement.

  19. echoplex89 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:41 PM

    demaurice smith comes out looking like a hero, he finally kicked out the lawyers and started talking to goodell privately.

  20. kusheadpotman says: Jul 21, 2011 7:41 PM

    This just gave me a chubby

  21. drindt says: Jul 21, 2011 7:41 PM

    Ball is in the players court now. Ratify this beast and lets get it goin. Free agent frenzy comin’ up quick!

  22. dbellina says: Jul 21, 2011 7:42 PM

    FINALLY!!

  23. indycolt45 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    BRILLIANT move by the owners. Now the players will take a MASSIVE PR hit if they reject this.

  24. eastsideballa says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    You know what, im not even gona get excited this time because last time I got excited that fat F___ logan mankins ruined my buzz.

  25. djaehne says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    #1 or #2 ?

  26. hunter300win says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    D Smith burn in h##|

  27. daburgher says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    De Smith is a worthless bum

  28. mattsffrd says: Jul 21, 2011 7:43 PM

    ITS OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. jcg23 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    Awesome!

  30. goodandfast says: Jul 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    when you wish upon a star…

  31. eagiants says: Jul 21, 2011 7:44 PM

    “I just spoke to DeMaurice probably 20 minutes ago,” Goodell said. “He’s going to go take care of his business.”

    If that means anything other than voting and ratifying…I’ll cry.

  32. mikevicksdoggydaycare says: Jul 21, 2011 7:46 PM

    about time

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jul 21, 2011 7:48 PM

    Don’t let them in until they ALL agree to the new CBA. That way the league can sue DeMo and Keesler as individuals rather than their decertified union for screwing this thing up.

  34. foreverblake says: Jul 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    Signed up just to say the Bengals Facebook broke this before you… that is kinda sad. Good news though!

  35. sasquatchery says: Jul 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    I can’t wait to see the WE HAVE FOOTBALL headline…

    SO GREAT!

  36. kenboslice says: Jul 21, 2011 7:50 PM

    Your move players. I would pass the bill, or Else.

  37. kenboslice says: Jul 21, 2011 7:51 PM

    Not bill, epic fail.

  38. tramonisland says: Jul 21, 2011 7:51 PM

    Dom Perignon 2002 just popped!

  39. schemefactory says: Jul 21, 2011 7:51 PM

    good thing the pft already informed the packers in advance, eh? (wink, wink)

  40. oaklandfaider says: Jul 21, 2011 7:52 PM

    It’s about damn time….

  41. crunation says: Jul 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    Thank god

  42. bigdinla says: Jul 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    Longer they wait the worse the players look! I hope Kessler gets a horrid case of the crabs from his 4 buddies.

  43. icu84bs says: Jul 21, 2011 7:55 PM

    It will be fantastic to see the players duking it out instead of the lawyers.

  44. mr4thand1 says: Jul 21, 2011 8:09 PM

    Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!

    “Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!”

  45. TIM says: Jul 21, 2011 8:10 PM

    What a loser D. Smith is !!!

  46. schemefactory says: Jul 21, 2011 8:22 PM

    fail

  47. bcjim says: Jul 21, 2011 9:00 PM

    Can someone explain this phony decertify certify nonsense? If there is no union, who is haggling? And why is that clown D Smith doing anything? If they aren’t a union, he has no role, right? Oh, right it it’s a sham.

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