Cowboys’ struggles could make Jerry push for a labor deal

The effort to negotiate a new labor deal continues to languish.  On Monday night in Cincinnati, Commissioner Roger Goodell offered a sobering assessment regarding the lack of progress.

“We continue to have discussions, but we’ve got to focus on having
productive discussions where there’s actually progress being made,”
Goodell told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’re getting closer and closer to that March deadline,
and I think for the good of the game, for the good of the fans, for the
good of the players, we need to reach an agreement that’s fair to
everyone.  We have a lot of work to do and we’ve got to sit down and work
on it.  We owe that to the game.”

There’s also another reason for urgency.  As Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports explains it, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may not be able to afford a truncated offseason of labor uncertainty.

“Jones will need every bit of the offseason and the manufactured
excitement that goes with it to market his suddenly moribund franchise,” Cole writes.  “To put it another way, if Jones expects Cowboys fans to take those
grocery bags off their head and instead use them to buy Dallas apparel
and, more importantly, tickets, he better keep the business open this

It’s a good point.  If a deal isn’t done by March, who knows when free agency will begin?  Even if the union decertifies, it could take weeks if not months for the NFL to impose across-the-board rules that would be designed to withstand an antitrust challenge.  It will keep Jones from using the full offseason to properly market his team to an increasingly fickle fan base.

But there’s a small glimmer of hope in the comments from Goodell.  By saying “the March deadline,” Goodell is signaling that the league views March 1 as the moment by which a deal needs to get done.  Though we’d prefer both sides to view the end of the regular season as the point at which the clock strikes 12, it’s good that one side is willing to recognize the time for action.

Now, if the two sides can agree on the “March deadline,” we could be getting somewhere.

Meanwhile, we’ll keep the eggnog on ice until February.  They’re going to need every drop of it.

30 responses to “Cowboys’ struggles could make Jerry push for a labor deal

  1. why do we only get comments from the owners and not the players association? it sounds like the players will hold out because i have not read or heard from anyone what the players want.

  2. “I think for the good of the game, for the good of the fans, for the good of the players, we need to reach an agreement that’s fair to everyone. We have a lot of work to do and we’ve got to sit down and work on it. We owe that to the game.”
    Hey Rog…why no mention of ‘the good of the owners’?
    Just who the flock do you think you’re bull shitting here, you pretentious puppet dick head?

  3. Florio, you are a lawyer. You don’t think the league already has swarms of your kind drafting the “rules to withstand an anti-trust challenge”? Any business leader worth his weight in fecal matter plans for contingencies. The “billionaire boys club” isnt a bunch of idiots.

  4. I don’t understand. Please tell why all players not under contract aren’t free agents when the union is decertified? At that point, Jerry Jones would be able to sign anyone not under contract to another team. Seems simple to me.
    BTW, when your contract is up with MSNBC, won’t you be able to sign a contract with anyone you want to?

  5. I would think 99% of the cowboys fans who know that Jones does nothing but ruin this team would be fine with this..
    The rest of us can’t wait for him to bring John Fox or Jim Fassel in and have them struggle to go 5-11 for the next 3 years!

  6. The players have over $250 million in a strike/lockout fund and the owners want more of the gross.
    Sorry, but I smell work stoppage.

  7. Why is there any more urgency for Dallas? Debt service on JerryWorld? It seems that you could make the same general argument for any franchise that’s struggling.

  8. Jerry is the most solvent owner in the NFL. You are an idiot if you don’t think so. If you are his banker and know otherwise let me know. In addition, Florio you have conveniently forgotten that the owners are protected by insurance for all games not played so I think you need to do more research before you post lies or maybe you just do it on purpose.

  9. we’re a slimy, greasy organization that plays football in an entertainment complex with stripper poles. We bought into the notion that despite winning one playoff game in over a decade, that we were some super-talented team that merely had to show up to win. We’re quitters….our owner is an enabler….but we don’t care because we’re still getting paid. As a matter of fact, we don’t mind our owner pacing our sidelines like some micro-managing harbinger. Our preseason was a spectacle of a traveling circus; paraded around like we were the Superbowl champs; charging kids for autographs and pictures. We sucked in the preseason, but “preseason doesn’t matter because we’re the Cowboys”. When asked about preseason concerns, the answer was always, “Meh, have you seen our new HD screen….it’s so big!”. When we lost in week one to the Redskins, it didn’t matter because beating the Cowboys is an opponents “Superbowl” and every team plays harder against us because we are the gold standard to which other teams try to be.
    In other words, WE ARE FAIL and are the best 1-7 in the league; talent will win out in the end because apparently the Cowboys are more talented than any other team in the league (?).

  10. DAN, players did launch a lockout site a little over a month ago; and are posting to it, saying stuff like, why the owners care about concusions so much, when they want to cut out olders player from insurance in march!

  11. The owners got stuck with a bad deal last time because the panicked and decided any deal was better than no deal. You can bet they won’t let happen again. There is nothing you present in your story that even remotely convinces me that Jerry Jones would risk signing a bad CBA in order to get a jump on next season. All owners are prepared to take a small financial hit this offseason, including Jerry Jones, they aren’t focused on how well they do next season, but rather how well the set the business up for the next decade or so.
    In fact, I would go so far as to say the Cowboys poor performance on field will make Jerry Jones even more determined in CBA negotiations as he wants to get his pound of flush to compensate for the anger and frustration he has over his team’s poor performance!

  12. DontbeEMO,
    Multiple teams have lawyers working on anti-trust proof rules. The difference is that the teams’ interests are in conflict with eachother. The Bills, for example, would be trying to find some way to save the draft, while the Giants and Steelers, who are looking like late 20’s picks, might be more willing to sacrifice the draft to save some other restrictions on absolute free agency for everybody.
    Take Peyton Manning as an example. His contract expires, the union decertifies, and the Colts slap the franchise tag on him. He says, “Sorry, no CBA, no franchise tag, I’m signing with the Bengals. I’ve always admired Mike Brown’s management style.” Polian says, “Screw you, no CBA, the old rules still apply.” So he goes to court seeking an injunction against the Bengals, it goes to court, and the Bengals win.
    But until there’s a court case and a verdict, there’s going to be legal uncertainty about the precise status of everybody and everything, from the draft, to UFAs, RFAs, and everything else.

  13. If Jerry could stop thinking he was a mastermind at player personnel and building coaching staffs, he could become the next Art Rooney in the league. Jones excels at wheeling and dealing. You can bash his business sense when it comes to building a team, and I do, but you can’t bash his overall business sense that has made him a very rich man in life. He gets along well with players and is a driving force behind the economics that the owners are trying to get into place. Jones could be the bridge here and get things done if he’d just stop screwing around with his team and hire an actual general manager. I thought maybe this fiasco taught him that. But its looking more and more like he’s looking for a scapegoat to explain away his failures. Kind of sad really.

  14. Pffttt, whatever.
    As a Viking fan, I’m sure Jerry Jones will be just fine with that rediculous new stadium and the ‘star’ of the Cowboy merchandise cashflow thanks to how loyal their fanbase is.
    If you look at caesers palace, i mean cowboy stadium, you’ll understand why jerry jones will be just fine financially. All he wants from the new labor deal is to irradicate the revenue sharing that has made it possible for other teams to exist.
    If jerry jones could have his way I’d bet 4 teams would be contracted from the NFL, that way there’d be less money extracted from ebineezer scroo… er, jerry jones’ megathon stadium and revenue streem of the cowboy’s brand franchise preventing him from making a profit.
    And, as a Viking fan needing a new stadium, I’ll take ‘Ziggy Hood’ with an expansion of concourses/bathrooms any day over that rediculous stadium in Arlen, not Dallas, as there is no intimacy between the team and the fans.
    Watching a few cowboy games and you see ‘fans’ that have to pay 20K just to sit in the lower level and they’re just using their blackberry while sitting in a leather seat as a football game is played on the field. I’d be embarassed as a cowboy fan of how much a capitalist nature has sucked the passion of the game from the cowboys all in order to make money or have the biggest stadium.
    Hell, I’d even take the cold metal bleechers of Lambeau over that waste of a billion dollars in texas. Sure does look nice on TV though, for a megamall with a football field in the middle.

  15. @Dan,
    Holdout, are you crazy or simply uninformed? The threat to next season is a lock out (initiated by the owners) not a strike (initiated by the players). The players want to play next season. If there’s no cba next year, but games are still being played (won’t happen, I know) the terms under which the players played would most likely be based on the current agreement.
    He probably didn’t mention the owners because everyone knows that’s who he works for. It kind of goes without saying that he’d like to see a deal that’s good for them. Then again, considering how upset the fans are about the situation already, he probably felt it might not be a good thing to throw that in their faces.

  16. What happens to players not under contract if their is a lock out will undoubtedly be a big issue. Personally, I don’t see any legal basis for keeping them from being free agents. If they’re not under contract, and there’s no cba to empower teams to use a franchise tag or force players into restricted free agency, it would seem that there’s no legal way for the league to keep a player from signing with whatever team they want to.
    There’s another question, however, that I find more interesting. What happens to players who are under contract if a lock out occurs? If teams don’t pay these players during a lock out, then couldn’t the players in question hit the team with a breech of contract lawsuit? If the team is found to have breached the contract, then they’d have to pay a settlement fee and the contract could be made null and void. Now, it’s possible that recent contracts were written with such a possibility in mind, and payments were structured so that they’d only be due when games were being played. Would the older contracts, however, be worded with a lock out in mind? Wouldn’t that have tipped off the NFLPA earlier than the owners wanted? I’d really like to hear a discussion and/or clarification of this issue.

  17. Hope everybody walks. I swore off baseball when they went out and I’m still standing…maybe the No Fun League is next. Let the CBA expire…the sun will still rise tomorrow! Who cares.

  18. seahawkhuskyfan says:
    November 10, 2010 12:38 AM
    “I am sorry but Paul Allen is the most solvent owner in the NFL”
    Yeah, what he said. In fact to take it even further Jerry Jones’s whole net worth is whats in good ole’ Paul’s wallet on any given day of the week.

  19. This move by JJ is because he is a loser and a greedy owner. He was willing to hold out as long as his cowbites were on top of the world. Now he’s getting his shoes dirty being in the nfc east basement. GR-EE-DY!

  20. @jordan
    then you really are not a “die hard” cowboy fan.
    people will always support their teams, whether there is labor unrest or not. some front runners may not know which flavor of the month hat to wear for a couple of months, but teams with solid fan bases like dallas, green bay, pitt, will always have their merchandise bought.

  21. ” It will keep Jones from using the full offseason to properly market his team to an increasingly fickle fan base.”
    Typical Dallas fans. They all jump ship the moment the going gets tough. At least we won’t have to see them mouth off for a season.

  22. Pffttth! No football next year for the Cowboys. Whatever. Anything to give Jerry more time to come to his senses.
    Anything short of a ill health. I would never wish that upon anyone. Nope. Nope. Nope.

  23. Are you kidding?? Jerry Jones is the guy leading the charge towards a lockout.
    And here’s a scary thought – Jerry wants to do to the NFL what he did to the Cowboys.

  24. Hey Jordangarnett,
    Hopefully you felt this way for the past decade with only ONE playoff win for the overrated cowboys. HOW ABOUT THEM C’BOYS?

  25. Also, doesn’t Jerry Jones need events at that stadium to help pay for it? That debt load has to be staggering.

  26. @east96st, not so fast my friend. BANDWAGON Cowboy fans who have no knowledge or history with this team jump ship. The thing is, there are Cowboys fans everywhere. We hate bandwagon fans too where their knoweldge of the team STARTS with Quincy Carter, not with Roger Staubach like us older fans.
    Jerry will be very motivated to get something done, because lets be honest, the NFL is a business and team owners want to make money. All owners would be crazy to just own a team and take losses every year, monetarily speaking as well as football wise. This year was a disaster of his own making. But the Cowboys are a team that people love and hate, almost nothing in between. No matter what happens in the NFL, people are always talking about the Cowboys,whether the press is good or bad. That’s why people have always hated us, and I’m OK with that. There has to be “that team” in every sport. We’re the Yankees of football. So when you aren’t winning, it’s magnified.

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