Robert Kraft: NFL owner needs to be a “good partner”

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The slow-simmering feud between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and most of the rest of the NFL continues.

At a time when open hostilities seem to have subsided, messages nevertheless are being sent. The latest came Wednesday from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who seemed to be speaking directly to Jones when making comments about the obligation of an NFL owner during the first-ever Dealmakers in Sports conference.

Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Kraft said that it is “important in every league that everyone is a good partner and no one perceives themselves to be bigger than the league itself.”

He also explained the reason for his franchise’s restraint when the league office targeted the Patriots in a trumped-up football inflation scandal.

“It’s more important that the people running the league do the right thing for the league than for any one franchise,” Kraft said. “And, in our case, we had a situation where the league really messed up big time, and, you know, we were very disappointed, and we decided to step back because we are in this business for the long term and we tried to be a good partner.”

Jones has been accused of being anything but a good partner in recent weeks, culminating in multiple threats of disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the interests of the league in connection with his opposition to a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Last week, Jones abandoned threats of litigation, apparently with an understanding that all owners would have input in the proposed contract. On Tuesday, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said that he is aware of no such deal.

86 responses to “Robert Kraft: NFL owner needs to be a “good partner”

  1. Trumped-up scandal? No, friend. The NFL may be bungling and generally incompetent, but any objective observer can see that the Patriots have been caught cheating multiple times, including by having Brady order that footballs be under-inflated. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?

  2. And that was and remains your biggest strategic error as an owner. Goodell not only thinks he is bigger than the league, he also doesn’t seem to like football as traditionally conceived. He and his cronies are warping the league beyond all recognition, and the owners have a duty to replace him for the good of the sport.

  3. Patriot fan here, and this is complete BS. Sometimes being a good partner means saying what needs to be said, versus saying what your partners want to hear. If the NFL owners don’t have a committee for ratifying the CBA, then why do they need a committee for extending Roger Goodell? And why such a rush after all of the league office debacles that have occurred just since May? The committee putting their heads in the sand isn’t going to change the fact that Roger Goodell has been alienating fans at a record pace over the last several years.

  4. Just as the Patriots have been in a different league completely than the Cowboys the last 10 years.
    Kraft is in another league ENTIRELY than Jerry. This deflategate debackle is still up in the air. Yet Kraft disagreed, stated his opinion, then their QB took his punishment.
    Meanwhile Jerry speaks out every week about his situation. Threatens the commisioner and questions his integrity. Wants him out. And has been calling his own impromptu press-conferences to notify us on Tony Romo’s status and health for 10 years. While also priaising Deflategate.

    The day that Bob Kraft SEEKS OUT reporters to give us updates on a players health, or tell us who the starter is going into next years training camp is when you know the end is here

  5. If you are getting a contract extension in place for a guy hated by 90 percent of your fan base and has overseen the greatest slide in your sports popularity since the color tv…are you really looking at this thing long term?

  6. I agree with Kraft on the partnership comments but I still believe he let his fans down by accepting the fine and loss of a draft pick. Not sure his fighting would have done any good but his team “needed” him to fight for principles. I guess billionaires won’t accept a loss of funds under any circumstances.

  7. There is no case to make to keep Goodell as Commissioner.

    He is not responsible for the rise, but his dumb decisions are clearly responsible for the dip down the last two years.

    The NFL can do better for $40MIL/year. Much better.

  8. So Kraft admits that his team was mistreated in the deflategate aftermath, and is acutely more aware than anyone commenting on this article, of all the failures the league has endured throughout Goodell’s tenure as commissioner, up to and including a disastrous 2017 season, which has included some steep decline in TV viewership, then why is he questioning Jerry’s instance on revisiting a topic, as a concerned owner. The six owners in the compensation committee have blocked every attempt by Jones to get more time to consider if the league should continue to employ Goodell as commissioner, Kraft is a member in that committee. I also question what, if any, additional benefits or leverage the committee members gain from being solely responsible for negotiating the commissioner’s next salary.

  9. “And, in our case, we had a situation where the league really messed up big time, and, you know, we were very disappointed, and we decided to step back because we are in this business for the long term and we tried to be a good partner”

    After you raised hell about it for the longest, until you exhausted all of your legal options. Robert Kraft is the biggest hypocrite in the league.

  10. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    Trumped-up scandal? No, friend. The NFL may be bungling and generally incompetent, but any objective observer can see that the Patriots have been caught cheating multiple times, including by having Brady order that footballs be under-inflated. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?

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    Any objective observer? Countless scientists have claimed otherwise….but let’s assume you are correct that the Patriots’ footballs were intentionally deflated…..then what about the Colts’ balls? They were also deflate….who deflated those?

  11. Bob says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    “And, in our case, we had a situation where the league really messed up big time, and, you know, we were very disappointed, and we decided to step back because we are in this business for the long term and we tried to be a good partner”

    After you raised hell about it for the longest, until you exhausted all of your legal options. Robert Kraft is the biggest hypocrite in the league.
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    Which legal option did Kraft pursue? He opted to state his case via a website and step away. The NFLPA had to go to court after the NFL League office filed suit in NY. Get your facts straight, but I am certain you never will because it gets in the way of your false narrative.

  12. Kraft should have been the one to stick up to Goodell with the trumped up deflategate. Jerry is fighting for a domestic abuse case that has no chance.

  13. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    Trumped-up scandal? No, friend. The NFL may be bungling and generally incompetent, but any objective observer can see that the Patriots have been caught cheating multiple times, including by having Brady order that footballs be under-inflated. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?

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    You know…you’d have a much more compelling case for “cheating” if Brady’s numbers had plummeted over the last 2+ years. Instead, his performance has proven that this was jaywalking, at worst.

  14. Personally I see nothing wrong with having an outspoken owner like Jones. Most of the owners are going to be sycophants. Doesn’t hurt to have an owner like Al Davis or Jerry Jones oppose the league from time to time.

  15. Kraft sold out Tom Brady and had to apologize for that. Is he saying now that he would do that again? One of the reasons the Patriots have the second highest value of any NFL franchise is 17 years of Brady. Now THAT is a real business partner.

  16. I realize that Jones made similar comments during the ball inflation Rouge, designed to forced parody on the Patriots, and while I have other problems with Jones, on this one I have to say I am in agreement with him. Sorry Bob. Goodell needs to be fired. End of story. I’ve never watched so little football in my life going all the way back to the third grade.

  17. Bob says:

    After you raised hell about it for the longest, until you exhausted all of your legal options.

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    Kraft pursued no legal options, genius.

  18. there are plenty of reasons for Goodell to go but ratings drop is not one of them ,ratings are dropping anyway

    Through week seven, the NFL is down 5% overall from the same point last year. That’s a troubling drop for the biggest ratings powerhouse on TV, but it seems less dire when you consider that the four major networks are down an average 8% in prime time.

    NBC is down 4%, CBS is down 6%, ABC is down 11%, and Fox’s prime time viewership dropped 20% through the first month of the new TV season, according to Nielsen data. And those numbers are down despite the inclusion of live sporting events, which usually bring in big audiences.

  19. The NFL is agreeing to match a quarter of a million of dollars for social justice causes. Trying to buy their way out of their ratings downturn by paying the players to essentially stand for the anthem. That they think donating money to George Soros funded outfits is going to bring people back to football is….stunningly naive.

  20. Wow, all the science deniers are out in full force tonight! As the 21 scientists said so well: “ It is not tampering. It is science “.
    Even the NFL admitted in federal court they had “ NO EVIDENCE “.

  21. If statistics showed that a players skills decreased by 20%, was becoming increasing unpopular, directly involved in numerous controversial incidents AND had 2 years left on their contract……..

    What idiot GM would re-up that players sugary sweet contract?

    These guys squeeze cheerleaders for nickels. Why would they let a highly unpopular Commissioner run them thru this ringer?

    More importantly, why support Roger in this now? Do they really think this move helps them with the CBA negotiations when that expires in 2020?

    Is Roger expecting an even greater ratings decline? Does he have more unpopular tradition dismantling planned?

  22. I’m a Patriots fan but I’m with Jones on that one.

    Roger that. Jones is the only non left wing owner with guts.

  23. .
    Kraft pays Brady 20mil per year. Kraft wants to pay Goodell 50mil per year. Kraft views Goodell as two and a half times more valuable than Brady.
    .

  24. I’m a Patriot’s fan, and I feel like Kraft peed all over his quarterback and the team’s fans, and then told us it was raining.

  25. SeekTheTruthInHim says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Kraft should have been the one to stick up to Goodell with the trumped up deflategate. Jerry is fighting for a domestic abuse case that has no chance.
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    Jerry is fighting mad because he believes he was lied to. Kraft had angry words after Brady was suspended for much the same reason

  26. sportoficionado says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I also question what, if any, additional benefits or leverage the committee members gain from being solely responsible for negotiating the commissioner’s next salary.
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    Obviously none. In fact it could be viewed as asking to be harshly punished for minor or imaginary misdeeds. Benson, Kraft, Ross and Hunt were on the committees that did at least one or both of Goodell’s previous contracts. Do bountygate, deflategate, bullygate and the preposterous tampering punishment the Chiefs took ring any bells with you? Goodell has no reservations about biting the hands that feed him. I’ll be shocked if this gets through since it is factual and intelligent.

  27. u4iadman says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    One big reality here Bobby….you were proven guilty and are a repeat offender.

    4 13 Rate This

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    false. kraft’s team was framed twice, so yes he is a reapeat victim from collusion coming from very jealous owners that want his team weakened

  28. Robert Kraft is a VERY good business man. Good businesspeople let blowhards blow, then take care of it at a distance – not emotionally. This is Jerruh’s last stand – don’t see it working out well for him

  29. “It’s more important that the people running the league do the right thing for the league than for any one franchise,” Kraft said. “And, in our case, we had a situation where the league really messed up big time, and, you know, we were very disappointed, and we decided to step back because we are in this business for the long term and we tried to be a good partner.”

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    “WE decided to step back”? Speak for yourself, Bob; Jonathan Kraft and Pats fans were dug in. You lost us on this one.

  30. The Compensation Committee is out to spite Jones and preserve its authority, when it should be focused on one issue and one issue only: Does Roger Goodell deserve a contract extension with a year and a half left on his current deal? The answer to that question is clearly no, no, no!

  31. pastabelly says:
    November 29, 2017 at 7:48 pm
    Kraft sold out Tom Brady and had to apologize for that. Is he saying now that he would do that again? One of the reasons the Patriots have the second highest value of any NFL franchise is 17 years of Brady. Now THAT is a real business partner.
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    Wait until he dumps Brady for a Geno Smith at the end.

  32. To Bob Kraft,
    Pick up the phone and call Jerry. The two of you could do wonders for the league in the future.
    In 1989 Steve Ross picked up the phone and called Gerald Levin. They figured out a way to tell Paramount to go screw themselves….. and TimeWarner was born, a media powerhouse for 3 decades. I was there.
    Roger needs to go, and the NFL owners need to step outside their white brick towers and breathe some fresh air.
    Do it Bob.

  33. What Kraft doesnt understand is that garbage coming from Goodell is NOT good for the league. -Deflategate was an insult to most people with basic knowledge of science.
    -Fining the cowboys and Redskins for skirting the salary cap, when there was no salary cap.
    -Throwing Incognito under the bus, when it was obvious that he was a meathead that thought that Martin was his friend. Incognito thought his texts would clear him!
    -Suspending Elliot 6 games, knowing the accuser tried to blackmail him.
    -Giving Josh Brown a 1 game suspension, when the abuse was obvious….etc

    These things are hurting the league. Get rid of Goodell, and his obvious New York bias. I am a Bears fan, if anyone is wondering.

  34. Kraft clearly (if you read his statement – big if) thought he had a quid pro quo with Goodell by taking the picks and fine in exchange for Brady being left alone. When that didn’t happen, he made the statement about being mistaken for putting his faith in the league. He was not going to sue the league, which would be his only recourse, especially with owners like JJ telling him to take his medicine. So who’s the hypocrite?

  35. false. kraft’s team was framed twice, so yes he is a reapeat victim from collusion coming from very jealous owners that want his team weakened

    Kraft’s teams weren’t framed, both cases were a smoking gun. Spygate was covered up by Goddel immensely. Deflategate was much more publicized.

  36. Someone should mention to Kraft that what is good for the League is for people to keep watching and buying the product. Many CEO’s and corporations have protected their status quo as the business model declined. Kraft isn’t the first by any means.

  37. kraft screwed up in believing the league and goodell would follow the evidence in a botched entrapment scheme. when jones and other under performing franchises put on political pressure to ignore the fact that NO balls were under inflated and pursue character assasination on the greatest player in league history, kraft regretted it. no problem, belichick and brady proceeded to cram it in sideways on goodell, jones, et al. TWICE!

    Now let’s put the petty differences and childish jealousy aside and clean out the league office starting at the top. jones is all talk and bluff. kraft needs to get over jones screwing him and help jones solve the bigger problem.

  38. No, you don’t have to be a good soldier, especially not when your leader wants to lord it over you. The thing these owners are missing is how much power they have placed in Goodell’s hands without any check and balances on his power. If they continue to let him do that, Goodell will in effect feel like he’s indispensable. There is danger in letting one individual exert that much power and maybe that’s what the NFL is feeling now, with the low ratings.

  39. Goodell is a puppet, and all these comments from Pats fans disappointed in Kraft don’t see the big picture and he does. Do you think for a second that Kraft, who made his money on his own hard work and his own moral code doesn’t understand this whole game? You’re fools. He’s a fan at heart but sees that what he was fighting through the whole deflate gate BS was the other owners, not the commish. It was a hopeless fight that he was smart enough to squash and move on. I respect the man immmensly and am thankful he’s the owner of the team I grew up rooting for.

  40. As a long time NFL fan, I am just stunned at what Goodell has done to this league in just a few short years. The owners are just as culpable because they seem incapable of understanding what he is doing to it. Unless they are playing with old money, most of the owners should be pretty bright. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t make stupid decisions. There is an Achilles heal when it comes to many bright and successful people and it brings down many of them. The problem is that they are often overconfident in themselves, they always need to be right and they have a hard time accepting feedback. In a nutshell, this describes why Goodall and the owners can’t see the train coming to run them over. It’s like watching someone taking a classic sports car out and driving it into the ground.

  41. The greatest evidence in DeflateGate came from independent labs on the ideal gas law. The second greatest piece of evidence was Brady winning those two recent Super Bowls. As Judge Bermann said, it was “settled on the field.” Now if there had actually been some evidence to the contrary … but

  42. Kraft pays Brady 20mil per year. Kraft wants to pay Goodell 50mil per year. Kraft views Goodell as two and a half times more valuable than Brady.

    Goodell oversees 32 teams.
    Brady oversees 1/3 of 1 team.

    Goodell has 96 times the responsibility of Brady at 2.5 times the salary. That’s a savings.

  43. Good partners don’t cheat.

    Bob didn’t look like a good partner when he stepped off the plane in AZ and stammered his way through a boozy dressing down of the league and Goodelle over deflated footballs.

    I’m with Jurrah.

  44. Why assume that Kraft was referring to Jones? The quote applies equally to Goodell and his exorbitant contract demands:

    ….Kraft said that it is “important in every league that everyone is a good partner and no one perceives themselves to be bigger than the league itself.”

  45. mzew233 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    The day that Bob Kraft SEEKS OUT reporters to give us updates on a players health, or tell us who the starter is going into next years training camp is when you know the end is here_——————————————-

    Ok except Bob Kraft isn’t the GM of his team….so why would he?

  46. They are al billionaires, and billionares don’t like getting told what to do. Even though Jerry is right, his reasons are vindictive. He doesn’t own the NFL and he’s acting like he does.

  47. I can’t wait for when Brady and B.B. retire (they’re going to leave at the same time, Belichick doesn’t want his legacy tarnished. Why do you think he was totally cool with shipping out the heir apparent to SF?) the Patriots willgo back to irrelevance and Kraft will be left trying to figure out the answers.

  48. medialovesthecowboys says:
    November 30, 2017 at 8:33 am
    I can’t wait for when Brady and B.B. retire (they’re going to leave at the same time,

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    LOL! Have you been having dinner with Bill or Tom? If not, how exactly do you know this?

    Regardless, even if the Pats do “go back to irrelevance” as you claim, will this somehow make your Cowboys a better team? No, I didn’t thinks so. As long as Jerry Jones owns and operates the Cowboys (and there is no end to that in sight), the Cowboys will remain a mediocre team on the filed that is mired with off-field drama.

  49. patscheat15 says:
    November 29, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Kraft’s teams weren’t framed, both cases were a smoking gun.
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    Clearly you have no idea what is meany by the term smoking gun. Not only was there no gun in framegate there wasn’t even a body.

  50. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    Kraft had angry words after Brady was suspended for much the same reason
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    So angry, he admitted cheating by accepting the punishment.

  51. Kraft threw Brady under the bus. Kraft is soft. Before any Patriot homer apologist says “well he wanted to pay up so Brady would get a lighter sentence” nonsense crap. Brady is Kraft’s biggest cash cow. Without him the Patriots wouldn’t be half the worth they are today. You protect your money maker to the end, Kraft went soft. His whole life has been soft, he married into money, threw his father-in-law under the bus when he took over his business he built up.

  52. crush22 says:
    November 30, 2017 at 9:26 am
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 29, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    Kraft had angry words after Brady was suspended for much the same reason
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    So angry, he admitted cheating by accepting the punishment.
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    If that was true, the Colts would have hung a banner by now.

  53. papathorson says:
    November 30, 2017 at 12:38 am

    As a long time NFL fan, I am just stunned at what Goodell has done to this league in just a few short years. The owners are just as culpable because they seem incapable of understanding what he is doing to it. Unless they are playing with old money, most of the owners should be pretty bright. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t make stupid decisions. There is an Achilles heal when it comes to many bright and successful people and it brings down many of them. The problem is that they are often overconfident in themselves, they always need to be right and they have a hard time accepting feedback. In a nutshell, this describes why Goodall and the owners can’t see the train coming to run them over. It’s like watching someone taking a classic sports car out and driving it into the ground.
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    These owners must think that Goodell getting booed off the stage at the draft and at the Super Bowl is a good thing. They must also think that dragging the NFL through federal court after federal court is a plus as well. The fact that Goodell is a known compulsive liar must give them warm fuzzies.

    There’s simply no rational reason why they support that clown.

  54. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    Trumped-up scandal? No, friend. The NFL may be bungling and generally incompetent, but any objective observer can see that the Patriots have been caught cheating multiple times, including by having Brady order that footballs be under-inflated. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?
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    If you can read, you’d already know the nfl admitted under oath they had no evidence that brady ordered or knew anything about letting the air out of footballs. Also, the nfl told brady they no longer needed his phone. That’s in the court documents. He provided text messages. The nfl had no right to his personal phone under the collective bargaining agreement. If I were brady, I wouldn’t want anything leaked that they could have found. Oh look, brady’s text about manning being done in 2 years was leaked. Thank you for your integrity nfl. You know all this yet you create a username as a direct shot at the patriots(probably not your only one) because new england is so far in your head, you can’t handle it.

  55. rogergoodellmyhero says:

    November 30, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Kraft threw Brady under the bus. Kraft is soft. Before any Patriot homer apologist says “well he wanted to pay up so Brady would get a lighter sentence” nonsense crap. Brady is Kraft’s biggest cash cow. Without him the Patriots wouldn’t be half the worth they are today. You protect your money maker to the end, Kraft went soft. His whole life has been soft, he married into money, threw his father-in-law under the bus when he took over his business he built up

    Let’s have a simple lesson on NFL economics;

    The TV money, which constitutes the majority of cash received by a franchise is divided equally so whether the Pats are 14-2 or 2-14 has no effect on it.

    Another source is that Kraft owns his own stadium, which enables a cash flow outside of football (concerts, MLS etc.) that are independent of any sharing that would come with a stadium authority. It was opened in 2002 after the first SB well before any thought of the championships to come

    He has also developed a retail and entertainment complex around the stadium that others are trying to emulate (Philly, GB etc.)

    So both the cash flow and asset value determine the franchise value but TB’s and BB’s impact in this area (unlike the football field ) is limited

  56. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?
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    So, you’re the person who, when they trade in their old phone for a new one, doesn’t erase all the data from their old phone. You have no issue with letting strangers have access to all your personal information, passwords, emails, contacts, etc. Let me know how that works out for you.

  57. cheetasnevaprospa says:

    November 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Trumped-up scandal? No, friend. The NFL may be bungling and generally incompetent, but any objective observer can see that the Patriots have been caught cheating multiple times, including by having Brady order that footballs be under-inflated. Also, who destroys a phone for fun?

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    Too bad all scientific outlets not paid by the NFL agreed with the Patriots. And the NFL had all communications between Brady and the equipment guys with no smoking gun showing balls were to be deflated after ref inspection. Also the Colts admitted to tampering with the Patriots balls but were not punished, as did the Giants last year against the Steelers. And where are the PSI logs after Roger promised “transparency”?

  58. I’m with Jerry Jones. This “go-along to get-along” Goodell management style has failed. Goodell embraces POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and LIBERALISM. He’s AFRAID of the the players. He allowed the PLAYER PROTESTS to go on too long. He’s allowing teams to relocate, to “take their footballs and leave.” The Chargers move is a disaster for the league. The Raiders move will be a disaster for the league. The Bills are up next. Goodell has taken the fans for granted for too long.

  59. RegisHawk says:

    November 30, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Kraft pays Brady 20mil per year. Kraft wants to pay Goodell 50mil per year. Kraft views Goodell as two and a half times more valuable than Brady.

    Goodell oversees 32 teams.
    Brady oversees 1/3 of 1 team.

    Goodell has 96 times the responsibility of Brady at 2.5 times the salary. That’s a savings.

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    Not really, Goodell has contractual guarantees, Brady, in theory, can be cut at any time. If Brady tears up his knee and is forced to retire, he loses money. If Goodell gets hurt, he probably just works from home more often. And Brady’s advertising draw for the league is exponentially larger than Goodell’s. Goodell’s salary is merely a reflection of the CEO payscale for a major industry, not a reflection of actual value he provides.

  60. guyjuneguyjune says:
    November 30, 2017 at 10:53 am

    He’s allowing teams to relocate, to “take their footballs and leave.”
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    If you had been paying attention, you would know that the owners voted on the team moves.

    Roger only does what the owners tell him to do, or so I’ve read.

  61. Joe Lockhart re:owner discussions. “there have been no discussions about it.” Joe Lockhart re: the Charger relocation mess.”there have been no discussions about it.” Joe Lockhart re: the Raiders bail-out to Las Vegas. “There have been no discussions about it.” Joe Lockhart re: League relocation strategy: “there have been no discussions about it.”
    JOE, WHAT IS THE LEAGUE DOING ABOUT ANYTHING? JOE, YOU LIE! Goodell is a phony. He’s a political animal with a “go along to get along’ manner. He’s politically correct tho.

  62. Goodell: “I PREFER (wish) the players would stand for the National Anthem.” What the hell does that mean? That’s not league leadership. It’s POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. How this guy got admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, where the Masters is played is beyond understanding. He’s a phony.

  63. provpats says:
    November 30, 2017 at 10:27 am
    rogergoodellmyhero says:

    November 30, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Kraft threw Brady under the bus. Kraft is soft. Before any Patriot homer apologist says “well he wanted to pay up so Brady would get a lighter sentence” nonsense crap. Brady is Kraft’s biggest cash cow. Without him the Patriots wouldn’t be half the worth they are today. You protect your money maker to the end, Kraft went soft. His whole life has been soft, he married into money, threw his father-in-law under the bus when he took over his business he built up

    Let’s have a simple lesson on NFL economics;

    The TV money, which constitutes the majority of cash received by a franchise is divided equally so whether the Pats are 14-2 or 2-14 has no effect on it.

    Another source is that Kraft owns his own stadium, which enables a cash flow outside of football (concerts, MLS etc.) that are independent of any sharing that would come with a stadium authority. It was opened in 2002 after the first SB well before any thought of the championships to come

    He has also developed a retail and entertainment complex around the stadium that others are trying to emulate (Philly, GB etc.)

    So both the cash flow and asset value determine the franchise value but TB’s and BB’s impact in this area (unlike the football field ) is limited

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    I agree with all of this other than the “threw his father in law under the bus”…That part is not true at all.

    He helped grow the company once he started there and his father in law got old and died.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    But, yes, as a diehard of 35 years, I would tell Kraft right to his face that he is 100% wrong, needs to step down if he’s too old to care, and let Jonathan assume full ownership to stand up to the corruption.

    It’s highly ironic that Kraft’s fellow owners who have been caught cheating his team twice, so concerned about image, don’t care that the NFL customer KNOWS about the institutionalized cheating, administered by Goodell and the owners that collude with him.

    If Kraft has a fault here, it’s straddling the fence and playing politician. No good leader can straddle the fence when principle is at stake.

    Most things are grey in life, but sometimes things truly are black and white.

    If they aligned with Jones, it would probably be enough power and money between the two of them to finally realize Goodell has failed and they need to find a new figurehead, while realizing they all failed with this bizarre, insulting approach to the NFL customer.

    The idea they actually sat in a room back in 2005, looking to replace Tagliabue, and picked the mail boy out of 345 Park Ave because they thought the indirect manipulation of the league with rule changes galore, asking refs to call games in certain ways it can help drive ratings, etc, AND see owners use Goodell to cheat teams, namely ours, is so far gone, it’s hard for the average fan to understand how something so calculating can even be conjured up and achieved without the fans knowing about it at some point.

    It’s backfired on them because the entire approach lacks principle and is fundamentally wrong.

  64. 315judman says:
    November 30, 2017 at 5:58 am
    Good partners don’t cheat.

    Bob didn’t look like a good partner when he stepped off the plane in AZ and stammered his way through a boozy dressing down of the league and Goodelle over deflated footballs.

    I’m with Jurrah.

    5 20 Rate This

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    Didn’t look good? Laughable.

    The players all personally thanked him and it set the tone for the week, totally unified the team up against the cheating and distraction, and the rest is history.

    May I ask a question? Why should any owner have to put into that position? Why should any team or player/coach be framed?

    These are very simple questions, but you won’t have the balls to answer them.

  65. And smart buisness means you have to stand up for what you believe in, even if it isn’t always popular.

    Only a fool would stand on a ship he believed was sinking.

  66. 6ball says:

    November 29, 2017 at 8:39 pm

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    Kraft pays Brady 20mil per year. Kraft wants to pay Goodell 50mil per year. Kraft views Goodell as two and a half times more valuable than Brady.
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    Clueless………………the salary is paid by owners which means it is divided by 32…..hence each owner pays 1.5 million towards his salary….. Brady is worth every dam dime we pay him…. get a clue man……

  67. Here is my take on Bob Kraft. He is an opportunist first and foremost. Marring Myra was his first brilliant move. Marry into dynastic wealth and getting handed the keys to to kingdom. Successfully run a business that was already established and use her families money to buy land in Foxborough, Ma and thereby lock the Sullivan’s into a lease preventing them from moving the Patriots. He never really built anything that wasn’t funded with his wife’s family money. was able to buy the team and jacked ticket prices to pay for the stadium.

    His next brilliant move… Hired Bill Belichick.

    He folded to the NFL, and sold out Brady.

  68. gisellichek says:
    November 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Here is my take on Bob Kraft. He is an opportunist first and foremost. Marring Myra was his first brilliant move. Marry into dynastic wealth and getting handed the keys to to kingdom. Successfully run a business that was already established and use her families money to buy land in Foxborough, Ma and thereby lock the Sullivan’s into a lease preventing them from moving the Patriots. He never really built anything that wasn’t funded with his wife’s family money. was able to buy the team and jacked ticket prices to pay for the stadium.
    His next brilliant move… Hired Bill Belichick.
    He folded to the NFL, and sold out Brady.
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    Wow, except for the fact he married Myra and hired Belichick absolutely none of that is true.
    His wife’s upper middle class father having risen through the ranks was president of Rand Whitney, he did not own it and they had no ‘dynastic wealth’. Kraft took control of the company that had plateaued in the marketplace through a leveraged buyout. The Sullivans wrote their own lease to their own stadium so that they could borrow against the value of it. The Sullivan’s sold the team to Kiam, Kraft bought the stadium out of bankruptcy court, Kiam sold to Anheuser-Busch heir Orthwein who wanted to move it to St Louis. The lease the Sullivans had written that Kraft got when he outbid Kiam for the stadium was ruled binding and as a result Orthwein couldn’t move the Pats. The Rams moved to St Louis. Orthwein having accomplished his objective of having a team in Anheuser-Busch’s home town sold the Pats to Kraft for what was then a record amount for a team.
    Facts can be troublesome things for a troll but thanks to the internet many of them are not hard to come by. Only Shahid Khan ranks higher than Kraft among NFL owners on Forbes self made index.

  69. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    November 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    Also, who destroys a phone for fun?
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    The same person who supplies 10,000 log entries from that phone that never got looked at? Why would somebody with everything to hide do that again?

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