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NFLPA’s latest win over NFL was a blowout

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The NFL has gone from losing close cases to the NFL Players Association to getting blown out. And a blowout is precisely what happened in connection with the league’s attempt to remove revenues from the pool of money shared by the league and its players.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that arbitrator Stephen Burbank issued a short and clear ruling find that the league improperly had treated “waived gate” revenue as stadium credit, necessarily reducing the salary cap by funneling cash away from it.

The question was so clear that Burbank made his initial ruling at the hearing on the case, held on February 12. He thereafter decided that the NFL will be required to rectify the situation for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 league years, rejecting arguments from the NFL based on the notion that the NFLPA waited too long to make the claim or otherwise waived it.

As the source explained it to PFT, some teams that intended to make stadium renovations or upgrades unilaterally began to remove amounts from general admission tickets sales, dubbing the amounts “Incremental Gate VTS” (whatever that means). The union discovered the practice during a routine audit, raised it, and thereafter filed for an arbitration ruling under the labor deal.

Because the CBA contains no provision that would penalize the league for getting caught pulling a fast one (whether it was nefarious or not), there’s no clear incentive for the league to not use fuzzy accounting. If the union catches it, the league pays what it already would have paid. If the union doesn’t catch it, the league gets free money.

In this case, the NFLPA caught it — and the outcome is a bad look for the league, justifying any and all suspicions the union would ever have regarding the NFL’s positions and practices and making it harder for two parties that should be working in complete symbiosis to ever have the kind of trust they need to maximize the sport.

In that regard, the league’s behavior fairly could be called conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football. Where have we heard that term before?

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  1. clashpoint says: Feb 23, 2016 1:00 PM

    We see the owners try to steal from the fans and their cities every time they want a new stadium. No one should be surprised they steal from the players too.

  2. steelerben says: Feb 23, 2016 1:00 PM

    Integrity.

  3. It Takes 3 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 23, 2016 1:02 PM

    The integrity of the game is paramount, right Commish?

  4. classicfinder says: Feb 23, 2016 1:06 PM

    I love the game, but I am really starting to despise the NFL, Goodell, and most of the owners.

  5. refswin says: Feb 23, 2016 1:06 PM

    Roger Goodell is all about integrity of the game.

  6. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 23, 2016 1:07 PM

    So little of what they pretend to have… INTEGRITY…I really think they have no idea of it’s meaning.

  7. dewey51 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:07 PM

    Hey, where do you think some Goodell’s salary comes from?

    I am glad the NFL got caught. There is likely more undiscovered fuzzy accounting out there.

  8. 41chacha says: Feb 23, 2016 1:07 PM

    When is there going to be an end to this phony NFL corruption? NFL does what it can to make billions of dollars off of us fans and then sends out Roger Goodell to tell us he needs to uphold the integrity of the league!! What a joke!!!

  9. bigbits2 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:08 PM

    The NFL’s interpretation of the CBA is curious, to say the least. Judge after judge, 1 *neutral arbitrator after another scolds the NFL for thinking the CBA gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want. Words have meaning; maybe not in Goodell’s kangaroo court, but they do in the real world.

  10. intrafinesse says: Feb 23, 2016 1:09 PM

    It was an honest mistake.
    Now the owners should do the right thing, raise ticket prices.🙂

  11. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:09 PM

    How does Goodell survive this? There needs to be an investigation into Goodell and how all of these lies and manipulations behind the scenes go down.

    If Brady was to sue for Defamation, which it appears clear now, he’d win that case with ease with union backing, it would put Goodell and everyone else involved in these things on a federal stand.

    We would see all the texts and emails, etc, back and forth between Goodell and the specific owners like Woody Johnson, Irsay, Bisciotti, all conspiring and working together to undermine the integrity of the game, by doing the cheating.

    They change rules, change wording in the rules, and concoct witch hunts that can be framed as such via ESPN, to punish only certain teams unfairly.

    Spygate and Deflategate are lies. They’re misrepresentations.

    Goodell is a pathological liar. Even his excuse as to why 120 million dollars was attempted to be embezzled from the union is beyond suspicious.

  12. zvikes says: Feb 23, 2016 1:11 PM

    Fabulously rich people trying to steal from their employees. And people wonder why Sanders is so popular with the young people.

  13. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:11 PM

    In the Constitution and ByLaws itself, there is a statement in there that says “The commissioner will be someone with UNQUESTIONED integrity.”

    Umm, errr…….umm…….hmm.

  14. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Feb 23, 2016 1:16 PM

    Fire Goodell.

  15. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    Time for a strike, NFLPA.

    I will join you on the picket line. You have made me a union man. Go get the corrupt Goodell and his stooges.

  16. kevster02 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:18 PM

    Let the NFLPA feel good about this. The owners completely won the last CBA and the overall rules (franchise tagging, non-guaranteed contracts) makes this very inconsequential.

  17. collectordude says: Feb 23, 2016 1:18 PM

    Justice is served. Make those billionaires pay through their nose.

  18. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 23, 2016 1:19 PM

    Would be fun to see the NFLPA refuse to sign the next Collective Bargaining Agreement until they get guaranteed contracts. That will probably also destroy the NFL as we know it forever.

    Problem is the league just can’t be trusted and that is all on Goodell. No leadership whatsoever.

  19. chargertab says: Feb 23, 2016 1:20 PM

    Fuzzy or non-transparent practices only found through auditing? How original.

  20. jthenny says: Feb 23, 2016 1:23 PM

    Great! All we need…another “-gate.”

    smh

  21. sambaughslingers says: Feb 23, 2016 1:23 PM

    It’s only a matter of time before Goodell is going to legitimately perjure himself. He has grown so used to lying and having to face no consequences, (in fact geting a raise in one case) he is eventually going to do it in the wrong situation.

  22. j0esixpack says: Feb 23, 2016 1:35 PM

    Goodell has already effectively been accused of lying under oath to U.S. District Court judges Jones and Berman.

    The first time for asserting he had no idea Ray Rice hit his wife in the elevator and the 2nd time when he asserted he had evidence Brady had cheated (and had to admit there was NO evidence.)

    How the owners can assert Goodell has “unquestioned integrity” per their rule in Article VIII I have no idea

    But unless the NFL makes a change, the NFL is going to get blown out again in the next CBA negotiations when the NFLPA will be happy to go up against an impotent Roger Goodell

  23. ampats says: Feb 23, 2016 1:36 PM

    And next Thursday March 3rd the NFL loses AGAIN when Brady once again prevails.

  24. patsbrat says: Feb 23, 2016 1:37 PM

    OMG, now we have gate-gate?

  25. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 23, 2016 1:38 PM

    Goodell the hypocrite right at work……Intergrity my backside……Hes disgusting and the fact that hes still employed by the NFL is a insult and the owners who employ him should be ashamed……

  26. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:38 PM

    @SamBaughSlingers

    That is why Brady must sue with union backing.

    Even the threat of it, would rattle the NFL’s cage.
    Imagine Goodell’s emails, texts, etc, witnesses testifying, maybe some flipping outright, all on a federal stand in court with his hand on a bible?

    Are you kidding me?

    He would in NO WAY want this to happen.

    Brady needs to sue. He has a very strong case for Defamation. And, from there, a storm of other corrupt actions would be seen by the public.

    Every time he speaks, he’s lying. So, yes, considering all of these lies are in print, he’d be brought up on perjury charges with ease.

    He’s already had a federal judge tell him he lied (Ray Rice case).

    How can the owners keep doing this and expect it NOT to affect their long term growth?

    Investors in London should trust the future with Jaguars and Goodell/The NFL?

    Why?

  27. iamapatsfan says: Feb 23, 2016 1:39 PM

    Gategate?

    I feel this is a good name for this farce.

  28. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:41 PM

    @JoeSixPack

    You nailed it. This is as much as the union now looking to regain footing for the next CBA as much as anything else.

    They could use Brady’s Defamation case agains the3 NFL as the springboard in securing Goodell’s ouster and a treaty of sorts to avoid a disastrous next round of CBA discussions, pre 2020.

    The union has a great chance to start seizing leverage back in their direction.

    I am not even a union guy, but this is a good example as to why it’s needed here.

  29. bstngrdn says: Feb 23, 2016 1:42 PM

    If he were heading an organization that had government oversight or regulation associated with it he (and probably some of the owners too) would be sharing a jail cell with Bernie Madoff.

  30. paunch41 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:42 PM

    Getting harder and harder to be a fan of any NFL team. It seems the owners are getting greedier, the commish is a clown, the ‘dean’ of officiating is a complete and total moron and I get the feeling that the owners believe firmly that they can do anything they want. And we’ll just keep watching. Maybe Mark Cuban was prescient? Looks like I better become more of a college football fan…..

  31. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Feb 23, 2016 1:43 PM

    “My first obligation, as you know Rich, is to uphold the integrity of the game. That’s to uphold the rules of the game and make sure all 32 teams are operating under the same rules, all players are operating under the same rules, and you do that on a consistent basis.

    I have to make sure that we continue to do the things that are necessary to protect the integrity of the game and I will do that without compromise.”

    -Roger Goodell to Rich Eisen, 2-2-2016

  32. inbillwetrust says: Feb 23, 2016 1:46 PM

    ITS ALL ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  33. ebdug says: Feb 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    So the sidewinding owners tried to lift some money from the pot, and all we can do is grab their wrist, call them a lousy cheater, and shake the money back into the pile. Their was a day they’d all be hangin’ in the town square.

  34. 191kfd says: Feb 23, 2016 1:48 PM

    Do the Cowboys and redskins get extra cap space after losing cap space for a few years ago

  35. DavieO says: Feb 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    The owners control the office of the commissioner, he works for 32 bosses (well 31 since Green Bay is publicly owned). If the majority of the teams were doing this Goodell would be able to do nothing about it. Team OWNERS were pulling money from ticket sales to put toward stadium upgrades/renovations.

    It would be the same thing with the legal action against Brady, if 17 owners banded together and told Goodell to drop the case he would, but they won’t do that. Goodell is nothing more than the NFL owner’s very highly paid spokesman/1st line of defense against the media. Nothing more, nothing less.

  36. hgamatt says: Feb 23, 2016 2:00 PM

    Be comforted by knowing that the NFL owners don’t impact your life in any way… other than being among the richest people in the country and running businesses in dozens of fields that directly impact us.

    I’m guessing football is not the only venture these guys are trying ambitious accounting techniques.

  37. streetyson says: Feb 23, 2016 2:01 PM

    We call it fraudulent accounts – billionaires call it “financial imagineering”.

  38. johnc44 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:11 PM

    All Goodell does is talk about integrity and “protecting the shield” but the ‘integrity of the NFL has taken blow after blow during his “leadership”. It`s never been lower.The owners keep him because their too busy counting their money to care.They think they can just wait until they see it effect their bottom line and then make changes but the fact is by the time they see the effect on their bottom line it will be too late to put the toothpaste back in the tube and they will never make the same kind of money again.If they would fire that clown now and hire someone who can see ahead instead of that idiot just trying to react to whatever reaction the public has they could keep this gravy train going so much longer but if they keep him they deserve what`s coming.

  39. xinellum says: Feb 23, 2016 2:13 PM

    For all the people pounding on the NFL, why do you watch? You whine and cry about Goodell and the league and if the NFL passes gas on TV, you are the first group to tune in. Stupid comments like owners conspiring and I will strike with you, is all comment bravado. If you want to solve the problem that you obviously so hate is to stop supporting the entity that you sit and criticize and throw childish temper tantrums about. If you want to do something about the NFL then stop buying jerseys, stop going to games, don’t watch the combine and avoid the draft like a plague. Otherwise shut up and filling the comments section with false bravado. I am sure all those people bashing the league are texting bullies, twitter bashers and live in the basement of their moms house. Get a life, the NFL has one, and it is killing you.

  40. Surf Bandits says: Feb 23, 2016 2:16 PM

    This may be it for me, being an NFL fan, after reading and hearing about this today. Three (3) years that we’ve been told about, how many years has this really been going on?

    Just off the top of my head, since Goodell has been Commissioner of the NFL, I came up with these:

    Spygate – Now I’m not so sure about that!

    Adrian Peterson

    Ray Rice – Remember Roger said he was going to do better!

    Deflategate – I’m convinced now that NOTHING outside of natural conditions lowered psi in the footballs! (I’ve apologized on these threads to NE fans) for believing ESPN, NFL, and all the National media outlets that first ran with this story.

    Greg Hardy – ‘Nuff Said!

    Now Tony Romo’s suing the NFL, Randy Gregory, Joseph Randle, Shady McCoy, and Johnny Manziel are in the sites of law enforcement…And I’m sure I’ve let a lot out.

    That’s one helluva resume there Roger…And the owners have paid you over 180 million dollars…SMH.

  41. celticsforever says: Feb 23, 2016 2:17 PM

    And the NFL argument was that the union waited too long to protest? Wow. So the working theory of the NFL is that if we can get away with it for X number of years then it’s all good. By that logic, I’m going to go rob a bank. Hide out for 3 years, then emerge and be scott free. The NFL is as crooked as a 1 year old’s scribbling.

  42. bobsnygiants says: Feb 23, 2016 2:18 PM

    I heard that word integrity before, Nice job Goodell.

  43. yooperman says: Feb 23, 2016 2:31 PM

    When an employee steals, they get fired, pay back what they took, and pay a fine and or go to jail. When an employer steals it just a mistake, sorry here’s you pay.

    It’s no wonder the owners welcomed Haslam with open arms. The NFL needed fresh ideas and leadership.

  44. solo681 says: Feb 23, 2016 2:32 PM

    All of Goodel’s actions over his career can be summed up to one thing = FRAUD-Gate

  45. stanklepoot says: Feb 23, 2016 2:42 PM

    Actually, it could be argued that this represents an organized effort to defraud employees, and to redirect a large stream of income away from them and into the hands of a group of individuals working in concert. If those responsible weren’t deemed to be so “upstanding”, their actions could most likely be considered racketeering.

  46. pylrulz says: Feb 23, 2016 2:43 PM

    Yet the NFL will give no damns. People will flock through the turnstiles, and turn on their TV’s

  47. RegisHawk says: Feb 23, 2016 2:48 PM

    Wait’ll they find out that DeSmith got half of that money as a finder’s fee…

  48. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2016 2:49 PM

    The league can fine players for transgressions. Why not put it into the next CBA that the owners can be fined for this sort of transgression. How about 32 mil goes into the players pension fund?

  49. troy43mvp says: Feb 23, 2016 2:54 PM

    It’s obvious that intelligence and integrity are not qualification’s for the Commish poze-ish. As long as the owners have a scapegoat for the fans to vent about with Goodell, they will go along with business as usual. Once the fans start holding all of the owners responsible and start putting them in a bad light for enabling the illegal things that Goodell does and they approve.

  50. bstngrdn says: Feb 23, 2016 3:01 PM

    I notice in the text of the article that it says “some owners began unilaterally diverting funds. That means that not all owners were doing it. I wonder if the ones that were not doing it were aware that others were and if not how ticked off they will be with the guilty ones? Could this be the kind of thing that ultimately divides ownership and results in Goodell’s demise?

  51. bigbits2 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:10 PM

    Wasn’t it Goodell who said “Ignorance is no excuse” to players and select teams when you know, integrity and such to upholding the rules and whatnot?

  52. trina16 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:31 PM

    “some teams that intended to make stadium renovations or upgrades unilaterally began to remove amounts from general admission tickets sales, dubbing the amounts “Incremental Gate VTS” (whatever that means).”

    What teams? I want the names!!! I swear the NFL is becoming worse than FIFA. I think this calls for an investigatiotn for fraud and corruption.

  53. redsghost says: Feb 23, 2016 3:32 PM

    Every single reporter should follow the below example EVERY time when speaking with Goodell.

    Reporter A- Mr. Goodell, would you please explain to us how this fuzzy accounting happened?

    Goodell- Yada yada yada yada etc..

    Reporter A- Are you lying again?

    Reporter B- What color is the sky?

    Goodell- Blue

    Reporter B- Are you lying again?

    Reporter C- How much did you pay for that haircut?

    Goodell- 45 dollars.

    Reporter C- Are you lying again?

    By ALWAYS following up with a “are you lying again”, the owners will get the ,message about Goodells “integrity”.

  54. intrafinesse says: Feb 23, 2016 3:38 PM

    I agree.

    I like to watch the NFL games on TV.
    I don’t attend them nor do I spend money on any NFL product.
    If I had to pay to get the NFL I’d probably not subscribe, out of principle.

    —————-
    xinellum says:
    Feb 23, 2016 2:13 PM
    For all the people pounding on the NFL, why do you watch? You whine and cry about Goodell and the league and if the NFL passes gas on TV, you are the first group to tune in. Stupid comments like owners conspiring and I will strike with you, is all comment bravado. If you want to solve the problem that you obviously so hate is to stop supporting the entity that you sit and criticize and throw childish temper tantrums about. If you want to do something about the NFL then stop buying jerseys, stop going to games, don’t watch the combine and avoid the draft like a plague. Otherwise shut up and filling the comments section with false bravado. I am sure all those people bashing the league are texting bullies, twitter bashers and live in the basement of their moms house. Get a life, the NFL has one, and it is killing you.

  55. oiler1980 says: Feb 23, 2016 3:43 PM

    Goodell says he’s all about the integrity of the game yet with this latest example he’s attempted to steal from the players and diminish the product on the field for the fans just to put more money in his and the owners pockets.

    I am a Pats fan and hope Brady sues Goodell for millions and I hope Kraft sues the league for our draft picks back.

    All the other owners and Goodell can (place multiple graphic curse words here).

    Go Pats!!

  56. smasonsmith says: Feb 23, 2016 3:48 PM

    For all the people pounding on the NFL, why do you watch?
    ===
    For the players and the game, not the league.

  57. bigjdve says: Feb 23, 2016 3:59 PM

    You know, you hear quite a bit about how Goodell will stay because he makes money – losing them 100 million in a go might have an adverse effect on them.

  58. jgedgar70 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:10 PM

    With all this corruption, and people like me who make a little below median income long since priced out of every NFL stadium, I’m getting a vision…..

    CBA expires. Players, having learned from 2011 to hoard cash, demand fully-guaranteed contracts and a list of reforms required to make 345 Park Ave look more like a place of business instead of a compound occupied by Mafia bosses and goons. The games stop. Fans turn their attention to college football and the MLB playoffs, and when the NBA season starts, find out how enjoyable it is to watch Stephen Curry jack up 3s and Golden State score 150 points a game. The entire NFL season gets wiped out, 25 team owners file bankruptcy, and Mark Cuban walks around NBA All-Star Weekend with a big grin on his face, saying, “I guess I’m not so stupid after all, huh?”

    Thanks to RG1 and his goons, this vision looks better and better all the time……..

  59. cinzano08 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:13 PM

    I trust Bill Cosby serving me a drink more than I do the nfl

  60. rcali says: Feb 23, 2016 4:16 PM

    And just think, there are plenty of sucker cities that have to pay for the upgrades as it is so here is stolen money…..which probably gets pocketed…for that same reason!

  61. luxinterior78 says: Feb 23, 2016 4:34 PM

    “Investors in London should trust the future with Jaguars and Goodell/The NFL?

    Why?”

    Really? Even after the story on here and multiple outlets quoting Shad Khan stating his intent and desire to stay in Jacksonville, the 60-plus millions of his own money put into stadium improvements, and the coverage of the new indoor practice facility and amphitheater he’s building, and this still comes up?

  62. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 23, 2016 4:35 PM

    i think the word integrity is the color brown, like a turd, thanks to ol RODGE!

  63. ebdug says: Feb 23, 2016 4:46 PM


    stanklepoot says:
    Feb 23, 2016 2:42 PM

    Actually, it could be argued that this represents an organized effort to defraud employees, and to redirect a large stream of income away from them and into the hands of a group of individuals working in concert. If those responsible weren’t deemed to be so “upstanding”, their actions could most likely be considered racketeering.

    Believe me, if some enterprising youngster in the justice department would spend a single day in his cubicle investigating this group of schmoes he’d be running the FBI in a year. It just takes a little guts to do the right thing.

  64. qdog112 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:10 PM

    bigjdve says:
    Feb 23, 2016 3:59 PM
    You know, you hear quite a bit about how Goodell will stay because he makes money – losing them 100 million in a go might have an adverse effect on them.
    ****************
    $100 million over 3 years? That’s pocket change and don’t think for a second, Goodell didn’t go through ownership before taking the risk. They approved of this action.

    Bottomline, a loss is written off, as the cost of doing business. Makes me wonder how many other “mistakes” are hidden in “plain sight” over the era of NFL dominance.

    They are the organization that owns Sunday, also Monday and Thursday nights. Pretty soon, NFL 24/7. Matter of time.

  65. forthegoodofthegame says: Feb 23, 2016 5:38 PM

    Clearly the owners are able to terminaate Goodell for cause on this one (theft). If they don’t terminate Goodell, this basically confirms that the owners were part of it all along. Maybe the district attorney in NY should look into it.

  66. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:53 PM

    @LuxInterior78:

    How can you be so stupid in buying Kahn’s sell job about staying in Jax?

    Owners usually spruce up the product before selling it off. His attempts at duping the Jax fans to gain momentum before taking the London deal, is just what a good businessman would do.

    It’s a horrendous market with poor share, he’s hemhorraging money at the moment and London would clearly be a better market for the hotshot Chicago businessman.

    His posturing to up the London deal is just that…Posturing.

    Gee, I am so confused why Jax has played the MOST games in London and is the first to re-up for 5 more years. LMAO

    Worst franchise in the league and they’re being showcased over by coincidence? bawhah

    The darkness always comes before the dawn.

    Shahid Khan also owns Championship side Fulham and calls London “the centre of the universe”

    Yep! But, he’s staying in bustling Jax long term!

    abwaabahwahah

    Why are people who are so vocal not that intelligent?

  67. tylawspick6 says: Feb 23, 2016 5:58 PM

    @SmasonSmith:

    Believe it or not, the NFL was just fine in the Rozelle and Tagliabue eras, save for a couple of minor work stoppages that were slighty annoying but not completely detrimental at the time (1982 and 1987).

    You Millennials are funny….You want to be all politically correct all the time, not learn anything or learn about history or what came before you, and then sit there and defend Goodell’s antics ruining my beloved league and sport?

    Go play tiddlywinks and your video games, do Instagram and Snapchat with Pinterest and Facebook all day long and the leave the NFL and big boy topics up to the adults who love the sport and see Goodell trying to ruin it for greed and money, with corruption.

  68. insider7 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:08 PM

    Goodell and the owners were caught blatantly cheating. This guy doesn’t know the meaning of the word, “integrity”.

    Another big loss for Goodell.

    See you in court next week, smart guy!

  69. drunkraider says: Feb 23, 2016 6:28 PM

    the nfl politics is no different from our own government.

    a bunch of rich people who look for every angle possible to stay in power and get more money.

    no amount of money is ever enough.

  70. neilpountney says: Feb 23, 2016 6:51 PM

    As a Patriots fan I would love to see Brady sue the NFL and many others for defamation but I highly doubt that will happen.

    A) That is not what Brady sees this case about.

    B) The standard of proof for a famous person is so very much higher than it would be for the likes of me and many other posters.

    The biggest thing is Roger Goodell and the NFL has grossly mislead people and for sure his, Flag of Integrity is a joke. This is a very exclusive club there are only 32 members and who knows what these people decide behind closed doors. Corporations and big money/power people have way too much control over our world today and the NFL is no different. It preaches one thing and does what it feels like!

  71. mmack66 says: Feb 23, 2016 6:54 PM

    forthegoodofthegame says:
    Feb 23, 2016 5:38 PM

    Clearly the owners are able to terminaate Goodell for cause on this one (theft). If they don’t terminate Goodell, this basically confirms that the owners were part of it all along. Maybe the district attorney in NY should look into it.
    ———————–

    The linked article that most people didn’t read stated that the owners were the ones that created the exemption that screwed the players out of money. Goodellbot isn’t involved with financial matters of the individual teams.

    And FYI, Goodellbot doesn’t do anything without the owners consent.

  72. toybkshr says: Feb 23, 2016 7:07 PM

    @
    cinzano08 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 4:13 PM
    I trust Bill Cosby serving me a drink more than I do the nfl ————————————————————————–
    LOL – I needed a good laugh – thanx!

  73. imodan says: Feb 23, 2016 7:09 PM

    We’re only a few weeks into the off season and we already have a slew of absolutely horrible public relation hits to the NFL. I can’t wait for the next shoe to drop. Actually, I can. Today’s NFL leaves so much to be desired as an organization. I can’t think of a single aspect of the game that isn’t questionable. League office, officers, owners, player’s, referee’s, suspect media partners. They all have their issues. If not for love of the game of football I dare say I’d find something else. The NFL has a lot of work to do to rebuild the public’s trust and it’s obvious to most the guy at the top isn’t nearly qualified to accomplish it.

  74. townie1266 says: Feb 23, 2016 7:35 PM

    The Patriots did, Belichick knew, Brady was in on it, take more draft picks!! They blame them for everything, why not heap this on and we can watch guys cry on Sportscenter and listen to Marshall ” Crybaby” Faulk go on and on about them cheating!!!!

  75. smasonsmith says: Feb 23, 2016 9:08 PM

    Believe it or not, the NFL was just fine in the Rozelle and Tagliabue eras, save for a couple of minor work stoppages that were slighty annoying but not completely detrimental at the time (1982 and 1987).

    You Millennials are funny….You want to be all politically correct all the time, not learn anything or learn about history or what came before you, and then sit there and defend Goodell’s antics ruining my beloved league and sport?
    ===

    I think you saw red and typed that out before you understood what I was saying. We are in violent agreement.

  76. dejc421 says: Feb 23, 2016 9:39 PM

    The NFL has us fans by the short hairs, every team has passionate fans and it’s the best spectator sport on earth. Goodall and the owners will do whatever they want and charge whatever they want and we will watch because we love the game and our teams. For the most part I’ll always stick up for the players … it sickens me to see people trashing Manning for an incident 20 years ago and Brady for 0.2PSI, while the owners and Goodall all but own you.

  77. rootpain says: Feb 23, 2016 9:53 PM

    DavieO says:
    Feb 23, 2016 1:51 PM
    The owners control the office of the commissioner, he works for 32 bosses (well 31 since Green Bay is publicly owned). If the majority of the teams were doing this Goodell would be able to do nothing about it. Team OWNERS were pulling money from ticket sales to put toward stadium upgrades/renovations.

    It would be the same thing with the legal action against Brady, if 17 owners banded together and told Goodell to drop the case he would, but they won’t do that. Goodell is nothing more than the NFL owner’s very highly paid spokesman/1st line of defense against the media. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    Sorry but that right there is a bunch of hooey. The NFL enjoys substantial antitrust exemptions that require adherence to a fairly strict set of regulations. Losing those exemptions would cost the owners billions of dollars. And quite probably land someone in jail. And surprisingly, although wealthy, not many of the owners have actually built their companies or know what it took to build it. And while they talk big at press conferences, many would soil their Depends if the potential of jail time showed up on a board meeting agenda. No, very few of the owners are actually making many of the detailed executive decisions. They vote in favor of them, yes, but only a small number are actually involved.
    But there are plenty of stories of how intimately involved Goodell was in the negotiation of the last CBA. And how very appreciative the owners were of Goodell’s accomplishments. And while it would probably only take three or four influential owners to sack Goodell, there are not three or four owners that see eye to eye. And Goodell knows that and keeps it that way. So it is fairly certain that while Goodell certainly acts the yes man, he is constantly building, feathering and fortifying his own nest. And there’s the rub.
    Most of the owners are probably only aware of the overall details of the CBA and the team accountants even less so. In companies this size, head office makes up the accounting templates and passes them around. And there probably are three or four or as many as ten or fifteen owners that know some of the details just as in both privately and publicly traded companies of this size, a small number of operations people know the details of the general accounts. While it would be surprising that the position of commissioner would control this type of manipulation, the structure of NFL ownership perfectly supports that type of subterfuge. And I can’t think of anyone more suitable at devising and implementing such a plan. Perhaps that’s why the commissioner’s job is so unassailable. I’d love to know if Goodell ever commissioned a report titled something like, “The Life of J. Edgar Hoover and how he stayed in power to the end.” Regardless, a well executed audit by a government committee intent on eliminating the NFL’s antitrust exemptions would easily identify many other similar “unfamiliar accounting codes.” Perhaps it’s time. The owners certainly don’t have the will to do it. And Goodell is definitely not their yes man. Perhaps it’s time.

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