Meeting with members of the U.S. media who have made the trip to London for Sunday’s game between the Broncos and 49ers, Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a variety of topics.
Among other things, he spoke about the topic of the ongoing labor negotiations.
“There are discussions going on,” Goodell said, via NFLLabor.com. “As I keep saying,
it’s not just about discussions. It’s about progress, and I would like
to see more progress. I think everyone has an interest in getting it
done sooner rather than later.”
So if the NFL wants to get a deal done and if the NFLPA wants to get a deal done, why not gather all of the principals for a fortnight at a five-star resort and get a deal done? (Our offer to provide the eggnog still stands.)
Though no clear deadlines have been set, Goodell’s comments indicate that time is of the essence.
“We’ve been very clear about the fact that the longer it goes, the
harder it gets,” Goodell said. “We’ve also made the point that revenue
will start decreasing. It probably already has in certain categories.
As that revenue decreases, it’s less money to be able to negotiate
over. So it will be harder to get a labor agreement at some point.
Plus, and I think you’re seeing it already with the decertification,
they’ll pursue litigation strategies. I’ve often said this is going to
be about collective bargaining.”
So let’s have some collective bargaining, guys. Get together, get serious, get down to business, and get it done.
Just let us know where to send the eggnog.