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Goodell, Smith sign new CBA

Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, AP

It didn’t quite have the grandeur of a White House Rose Garden ceremony, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Executive Director met in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame today and signed the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“It’s a great day for our fans,” Smith said on NFL Network afterward. “Any time you can be in a place like Canton and be surrounded by the men who made our game great, and to do it on a day where we’re celebrating the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement is special.”

Goodell said his feeling at signing the new CBA was, “relief.”

“We know how much the game means to our fans,” Goodell said. “People want football and football is back.”

Today’s signing officially allows the NFL’s owners and players to put all of this year’s unpleasantness behind them, and it ensures that the NFL will have 10 years of labor peace. That’s the part NFL fans should really celebrate: We won’t be talking about negotiations and mediations and ratifications and decertifications for the next 10 years.

We’ll be talking about football.

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21 Responses to “Goodell, Smith sign new CBA”
  1. pacash80 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:38 AM

    Leggo!

  2. colonelcamp says: Aug 5, 2011 11:39 AM

    Amen to that!

  3. 6ringsofsteel says: Aug 5, 2011 11:42 AM

    WOOHOO!!! One step closer to more Steeler glory. Yet another Lombardi? Yes, another Lombardi…

  4. thephantomstranger says: Aug 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    “Is it September 27 already?”

    - stairwayto7

  5. whodeyn832 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    I wonder how many times D. Smith will say “sober” today?

  6. ampats says: Aug 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    Great day for all of us.

  7. iamgoodkid says: Aug 5, 2011 11:44 AM

    finally, finally after 5 months if not 3 years

  8. dolphins1121 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:46 AM

    YES! IT’S OFFICIAL!

  9. upperdecker19 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:52 AM

    Great day for their accountants…….Goodell and De get to draw a salary of over a buck again.

  10. phillyisinvading says: Aug 5, 2011 11:53 AM

    now all the bird’s shiny new additions can start to gel into a team.

  11. dolphins1121 says: Aug 5, 2011 11:55 AM

    Hey where is “lovesurfingandsports” or what ever that dude’s name was that kept saying there would be no football this year?
    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (pointing straight in his face while choking because I am laughing so hysterically) BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  12. spottedviking says: Aug 5, 2011 11:57 AM

    Now it is time to pop the cork on the champagne!! 10 years of uninterrupted NFL!! 10 more years of uninterrupted Favre watch (Man I hope not).

  13. rugdog100 says: Aug 5, 2011 12:00 PM

    I hate lawyers…

  14. axespray says: Aug 5, 2011 12:16 PM

    Ryan Clark: “Boooo!!!”

  15. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 5, 2011 12:43 PM

    This is the day the Lord has made!

    Your turn, NBA.

  16. deadeye says: Aug 5, 2011 12:53 PM

    This is good obviously. Now the question is “Can small market teams make it under these new terms?” Only time will tell, but if the revenue sharing doesn’t work out as hoped, small market teams are still going to get pinched out.

  17. 3octaveFart says: Aug 5, 2011 1:11 PM

    And still, the idea that Goodell still has his job puts a damper on it just a little…

  18. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 5, 2011 1:12 PM

    10 years of labor peace (at least)!

    At least 34 years of missing no games because of Strike/Lockout …NBA, MLB and NHL can’t say that.

    Good job by all!

  19. steelersmichele says: Aug 5, 2011 1:41 PM

    Since football is back, I would appreciate if Goodell and Smith stayed out of the spotlight for a while. I’m a bit tired of seeing and hearing from both of them and would rather hear and see the players, coaches and analysts from now on.

  20. kidzaround says: Aug 5, 2011 1:52 PM

    justwinbaby29 says:
    Aug 5, 2011 1:12 PM
    10 years of labor peace (at least)!

    At least 34 years of missing no games because of Strike/Lockout …NBA, MLB and NHL can’t say that.

    _______________

    Does the hall of fame game count? You’re probably just talking regular/post season.

  21. CKL says: Aug 5, 2011 5:19 PM

    dolphins1121 says:
    Aug 5, 2011 11:55 AM
    Hey where is “lovesurfingandsports” or what ever that dude’s name was that kept saying there would be no football this year?

    ___________________________________
    Losing all those “labor dispute only” posters was almost as good as getting football back.

    I saw the Smith-Goodell joint interview and there is still, IMO an awkwardness between them. Like coworkers who fought in the parking lot but made up so they could do their jobs and now have this whole weird “awkward friendliness” vibe going on.

    Should I laugh at his joke now???
    Wait, was it a joke?
    Yeah I think it was a joke..ahahaahha good one!
    Should I high five him?
    Should I do some random act of personal touching like patting him on the leg or reaching over for a handshake in the middle of the conversation???

    It was palpable.

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