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All eyes will be on October ownership meeting

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Earlier today, we speculated that heads could (gracefully) roll within 345 Park Avenue now that the dust has settled on the officiating debacle.  An informed insider with a feel for the dynamics of the league office points out in response that the upcoming ownership meeting in October could get interesting, on that specific point.

As the source explained, an increasing number of owners are grumbling, and it’ll be the first chance for all owners to get together since the major embarrassment created by the replacement officials.  Factoring in the reversal on technical grounds of the bounty suspensions imposed on the players, the owners may decide that someone needs to pay for these circumstances with his or her job.

The Commissioner undoubtedly is safe.  Apart from having a contract through the end of the decade, he took the heat for owners who wanted to break the union — and who gambled (and lost) on third-tier-and-worse replacements.  Still, this has the look and feel of a situation in which, once the dust settles, someone is getting fired.

Of course, the NFL doesn’t really fire anyone with a high-profile position.  Instead, the person ends up taking a high-profile position with one of the teams.  That’s what happened after a “wardrobe malfunction” occurred at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII, and it should surprise no one if that happens here.

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20 Responses to “All eyes will be on October ownership meeting”
  1. huskersrock1 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:10 PM

    Let the scapegoating begin!

  2. bluebongzilla says: Sep 28, 2012 4:18 PM

    The embarrassment wasn’t created by the officials. It was created by the media and the players.

  3. clusterfu says: Sep 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    Jerry will read about it via a “little” blurb in the paper.

  4. tombradyswig says: Sep 28, 2012 4:22 PM

    you can’t fire God… God-ell!!!

  5. kattykathy says: Sep 28, 2012 4:26 PM

    bluebongzilla says: Sep 28, 2012 4:18 PM

    The embarrassment wasn’t created by the officials. It was created by the media and the players.

    *****************************************

    And a whole lot of Packer fans.

  6. bluebongzilla says: Sep 28, 2012 4:30 PM

    I think it’s great that instead of just footing the bill for highly tuned superstar players we now get to foot the bill for highly tuned superstar referees as well. Maybe the cheerleaders should form a union, too. Let’s see if we can get the average ticket price above $150!

  7. kattykathy says: Sep 28, 2012 4:35 PM

    I for one think the major embarrassment was not the officials……….it was how the Packers players and fans acted in defeat.

  8. kane337 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    I doubt anything happens.

  9. upperdecker19 says: Sep 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    Can the owner’s fire themselves?

    Firing one “yes man”, and hiring another to implement your poor policies, collective bargaining strategies, etc. will lead right back to the same person hired to cover for you.

  10. glac1 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:10 PM

    It takes two sides to fight. The union also should be getting some scrutiny.

  11. cowboyhater says: Sep 28, 2012 5:12 PM

    I’m interested in them revisiting the salary cap penalty that was put upon the redskins, and discussing removing it immediately. I think this year’s $18mil penalty was enough, and do not need to pile on another $18mil next year, but I’m sure Mara will stand up and continue to cry unfair competitive balance. Hmmm…… let’s see, we are 1-2 with one of the worst defenses in the NFL. How is that unfair competitive balance. Get real!!

  12. transamterryj says: Sep 28, 2012 5:57 PM

    According to:
    kattykathy says:Sep 28, 2012 4:35 PM

    I for one think the major embarrassment was not the officials……….it was how the Packers players and fans acted in defeat.
    __________________________________

    Packers fans can and do handle defeat. What happened on Monday Night Football was a debacle! Ask a NASCAR fan how they would feel if their favorite driver was in the Lead ( and on the Lead Lap ) only to see the guy behind him get the Checkered Flag and be declared the winner. What Packers fans ( and I would hope ALL NFL fans ) can’t handle is losing a game because the NFL decided to employ the Three Blind Mice – rather than pay for Professional Football Referees!!

  13. larryjames836 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:01 PM

    The owners need to change the CBA ruling go back to real NFL football. Because right now you owners trying to stop something that is unstoppable like hard hitting pay-for-performance this always been in the NFL. Bounty always been in the NFL this what owners looks for in a player how hard they can hit, this how a defensive players get a roster spot. The owners and the commissioner need to be honest with themselves that they pays players to injury, and stop pushing the blame on the coaches and players for what all you owners pays these players to do.

  14. mazblast says: Sep 28, 2012 6:09 PM

    I hope that once the scapegoat is chosen and he/she/it leaves “for personal reasons”, “to pursue other professional opportunities”, etc., etc., etc., blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda, PFT will look closely at what that person is alleged to have done.

    Any bets on which team whose owner is one of Goodell’s pals will find a position for the scapegoat?

  15. skolvikesskol says: Sep 28, 2012 6:17 PM

    I already miss replacement refs… Finally bad calls went both ways. Now the Steelers, Patriots and Packers have their pet zebras back the NFL will be back to predictability again.

  16. seahawks4alltime says: Sep 28, 2012 7:23 PM

    “An informed insider with a feel for the dynamics of the league office”…

    Well, we know it’s not Roger Goddell. He has none of those characteristics.

  17. geniusfan says: Sep 28, 2012 7:42 PM

    “I already miss replacement refs… Finally bad calls went both ways. Now the Steelers, Patriots and Packers have their pet zebras back the NFL will be back to predictability again.”

    Working on excuses already eh? You must be used to your team getting beaten by the Steelers Patriots and Packers. Don’t worry little fella, the NFL is a league of parity your team will get their chance in the sun one day.

    Or not.

  18. rocketdogsports says: Sep 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    Whine Whine Whine.

    Shut up and watch the greatest team sport in the world.

    The owners will always be arrogant asswipes. So what? The unions are the only protection all the workers in the NFL have and very much needed.

  19. footballchic777 says: Sep 29, 2012 12:11 AM

    Those of you saying GBP players and fans were the embarrassment are just Packer haters. Mist of a nation took the side of a CLEARLY ERRONEOUS CALL, and sided with the Pack….fan or not!

    cluster

    Great Jerry comment! Loved it!

  20. bleed4philly says: Sep 30, 2012 2:48 AM

    The money is rolling in, why are they complaining? Seriously!

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