Jets owner expresses optimism that labor deal can get done

The Patriots and the Jets don’t agree on many things, beyond the fact that they hate each other.

Finally, the owners of the two franchises have found some common ground.

On Tuesday, Pats owner Robert Kraft expressed optimism that a new labor deal can be worked out by the end of the year.  On Friday, Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed a similar sentiment.

“I’m optimistic we can get something worked out
because we love our players,” Johnson said, according to Reuters.

Though Johnson didn’t provide a timetable for a new deal, he acknowledged that the owners received word on Tuesday that the league would lose $1 billion with a lockout that didn’t wipe out any regular-season games.  “[The figures] were what was given to us,” Johnson said.  “We have to be
ready for it.”

And Johnson seemed to agree with the notion that significant losses will arises even without a single missed snap in a game that matters.

“Sponsors need to sell transact business so I can
see where they’re coming from,” Johnson said.  “If there’s a lockout, they’re
going to have to go elsewhere for a couple years.  That’s the theory.”

The message is clear.  In the 23 years since the last labor stoppage, the NFL has become too big to even seriously consider the option of shutting down.

And then there’s the fact that the NFL would lose even more money if the union manages to cobble together a successful collusion claim.


15 responses to “Jets owner expresses optimism that labor deal can get done

  1. while i’m all for an equitable settlement for the players, the agreement better not resemble what baseball has or we can kiss this great sport goodbye

  2. The owners really messed this one up.
    Everyone in the NFL is making money hand over fist.
    The owners,players and their broadcast partners.
    The players never made a stink about making more money.
    They were more than willing to play out the contract they have.
    It the OWNERS who decided to get greedy and lockout the players.
    The owners convieniently decided to make this move when the economy went into a historic recession even though profits and popularity in the NFL are at an all time high.
    Thecowners tried to take advantage of a national crisis to push their agenda.
    How could the players win the P.R. battle if people are losing their houses right?
    Well they were wrong.
    They played the wrong hand and now they are being out maneuvered by the new head of the players union.
    They no longer have Gene Upshaw to be their lap dog.
    They actually have to bargain in good faith and they don’t know how to do it because they never had to.
    They’re used to bullying the players to get their way and now that doesn’t work anymore.

  3. “I’m optimistic we can get something worked out because we love our players,” Johnson said, according to Reuters.
    Forgot to add in three little words.
    I’m optimistic we can get something worked out because we love to lie to our players.

  4. All the optimistic quotes are coming from large market owners. If I hear similar optimism from small market owners then I will believe it. Because it is the small market owners that got screwed the most in the last union contract, which provided for cost sharing (player salaries) without revenue sharing.
    Every time a large market owner finds a new revenue source, the salary cap goes up. That means every time a Jerry Jones or Bob Kraft find a new source of revenue, player costs go up for the entire league.
    How would you feel if you were a small market owner who was forced to share the cost of the new stadium in New Jersey. All that stadium is going to do for the small market owner is raise the salary cap some more.

  5. We need to get Inez Sainz to arbitrate the negotiations, then maybe we could get all parties interested to sit down and pound out a deal… to speak. She could get these guys to talk! Bret Favre would want in.

  6. It’s would be very bad timing to do a lockout. The last strike with Hockey almost killed hockey. It took a few years for the sport to get back its fan base. Hockey has a much smaller overhead.
    The NFL would suffer and some clubs may not survive it. There are at least 5 clubs that would fold. Maybe more if you count clubs that need stadium deals.

  7. Oh yeah? Well, I’m optimistic that I’ll get laid tonight by the hottie across hall. It doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen though, in either case…

  8. The real problem is the union is headed by a Barry Soetoro wannabe who also has no concept of economic principles.

  9. They are merely singing to their players, easy to say something publicly and backtrack behind closed doors.
    Nothing more than smart business for these teams to say this publicly.

  10. Bottomline: There is too much money to be made on both sides……and even if there is a lockout/strike YOU KNOW eventually there will be a resolution. It’s not like the lockout will last forever because there is too much MONEY to be made… if these numbnuts have any sense they’ll figure a way to get this done without a lockout.

  11. if you were looking for solid business advice,who would you go to,woody or kraft?
    i’ll take my chances with krafty.
    i think kraft has this gamed out way into the future,that’s what successful people do.

  12. re: Marty says:
    October 16, 2010 10:59 AM
    Marty – Get your facts straight about revenue sharing before you spout off. I would hate for a casual football fan to accidentily think you knew what you were talking about.
    Revenue sharing 101:
    About 2/3 of the NFL’s money comes from the TV deal. The players get about 2/3 of team revenue. So, more or less, the TV contract goes to pay the players. These contracts are typically for about 5 years, and every time they are renegotiated the price goes up. So do player’s salaries.
    The money from the TV contract is share and share alike – the Redskins, Cowboys, Bills, and Packers get identical checks. This money is key to the success of the smaller franchises. Without the TV contract money, there is simply no way on earth that Green Bay could ever field a competitive team.
    There are a lot of other sources for NFL money. NFL licensed jerseys, for example that Randy Moss jersey you put on your kid last Halloween when you dressed him up as a demon, result in license fees going to the NFL. This money is also equally shared.
    When the teams play, there is a “gate,” the money people pay for seats. This is in the neighborhood of about $2.5M per game. This money is split 60-40, with the visiting team getting 40% of the gate. Because of this teams like Jacksonville and Arizona just love it when the Packers or Cowboys come to play.
    The newer stadiums have large box seats which are leased to corporations. This money is not currently shared, which gives individual teams a big incentive to get a new stadium with fewer normal seats and more corporate seats.

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