Angelo fears lockout will taint game


Despite three days of negotiations featuring an unknown amount of progress (or possibly no progress), some still are concerned that a lockout is looming.  And some in the business fear that a lockout will do serious damage to the game.

Count Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo among those who are concerned about the impact of a work stoppage.

“We’ve got a great game and I’m sorry when things get to this point — for the game,” Angelo told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.  “Not for me.  Not for the players.  Not for the owners.  For the game.

“This game is special.  It brings people together.  It galvanizes cities.  And during the tough times in this economy . . . I’m not saying sports is the elixir, but it kind of helps people just have some fun in tough times.”

Angelo, who is only a few months shy of being on the job for a decade, has a hard time envisioning a work stoppage that could wipe out one or more regular-season games.

“This game has been everything to me, personally,” Angelo said.  “I love this game.  I’ve done everything I’ve could to respect the game, to make it better, like you want to do with anything you’re a part of in your life.

“That’s the part that’s bothersome.  It’s not about people losing jobs.  It’s not about anything other than we’re in an entertainment world.  It’s a business.  I know it’s a big pie.  How that pie is distributed, people will determine that.  But I’m more concerned with our game and that it doesn’t get tainted.”

Suddenly, we really like Jerry Angelo.  Hopefully, Angelo and others in the league who share his feelings will make those feelings known to the owners, many of whom haven’t devoted decades of their lives to the game and view their teams as just another asset.

26 responses to “Angelo fears lockout will taint game

  1. Greed on both sides is already ruining the game. When a player gets 1 million a game thats excessive. As a offensive/defensive player plays half the game that means he is getting 1 million for 1/2 hour of playing time and in my book that is excessive. The owner charge a fortune to attend these games. I really don’t care any more.

  2. “I’m not saying sports is the elixir, but it kind of helps people just have some fun in tough times.”

    In tough times the fans should be saving money, not paying exuberant costs to go to games to fill the owners/players wallets. But you’d never know what tough times are like with your salary, and yet you all expect the fans to sympathize.

  3. The game is made of Teflon. The only way the game takes a hit is if a video gets out showing the owners and players laughing at the fans a la Austin Powers’ Dr. Evil and concocting plans to screw them over. Otherwise, the fans will be on board as soon as the first camp practice opens up. I don’t think the fans are on the minds of the owners nor the players right now, especially since I will pony up $5k for my season tickets without hearing of any contingency plans

  4. Jerry,

    If how to split up $10 Billion plus is a problem, you need to visit some 3 world countries. The only business problem in the NFL is how to fairly pay thousands of people versus just 32 billionaire owners, it’ll work itself out.

  5. Foolish, Childish, and Ridiculous when men with the level of education and/or creativity involved on both sides can’t figure this out.

    How utterly disappointing.

  6. The owners have tons of money, and the players make tons of money. For the good of the game, they need to share it (not such an easy sell to owners with big egos who use their money to play in their very expensive sand boxes). Everyone should be able to emerge as winners here.

    The big danger is the Major League Baseball model. Cancelling a few months, or even the entire season, will not wreck the NFL, but giving up the competitive balance will. Fans like to identify with their team, and that includes most of the players staying with the same team.

    MLB settled on too much free agency, and it led to a concentration of money in the big markets. The players should have some options, not just be stuck with a team and no power to move (how would you like to have no chance to change employers?), but too easy movement destroyed the competitive balance. I used to watch games. Not anymore, and it’s not because some games were cancelled. Making it all about money is what ruined MLB.

    The NFL owners (the NFLBA — NFL Billionaires Associatiion) and the NFLPA need to sit down and find a solution that does not destroy the NFL’s competitive balance. There is room to improve the chance for players to determine their own future by relaxing the free agency rules. The players’ careers are short, and some of them take a beating that lasts a lifetime. As long as a tight salary cap is maintained to limit how much is spent, there should be ways for a player to move, without it being all about money. Come on, NFLBA, do you really need to keep all those profits and keep raising our ticket prices?

    I don’t think the NFLBA is stupid enough to let greed shut down the season, but it is better than destroying the structure of the game, as MLB did. I hope the two parties come together with a true win/win outcome. In my view, it is on the owners’ shoulders.

  7. Ask the NHL how their strike in 1994 worked out. Hockey was on the verge of becoming huge, and it took them years to make up the lost revenues.

  8. ioplanic says: Feb 19, 2011 5:59 PM
    MLB attendance 2010—73M people

    OR 403,315 per game

    NFL attendance 2010—17M People

    OR 1,062,500 per game

    Do the math ioplanic! If the NFL had 181 games per year they would draw 192,312,500 people

    MLB killed themselves with the last strike and refusal to add technology like instant replay.

  9. The NFL needs to be careful. If a lockout shortens or eliminates the 2011 regular season they’ll definitely lose fans that they may take a while to regain.

    Major League Baseball was damaged by the 1994 strike, and at that time the game was popular and featured some interesting storylines. Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants had a legitimate chance to break the single-season home run record that year, but no, that was ruined when play stopped. A lot of fans quit following baseball for good over what they perceived was greed by the players.

  10. Keep things the way they are except implement a rookie pay scale. DO NOT RUIN A GREAT THING! The players are overpaid to begin with. Try working a 9 to 5 job at 35 grand a year. Let’s see these players buy a lamborghini with that kind of money.

  11. After this mess gets fixed the next thing is for us NFL package owners to battle it out with Direct TV so our rates quit going up

  12. I wish Jerry was as insightful on draft day as he was in this interview.

    Looking back at the draft after their super bowl appearance makes one wonder how he still is employed.

    Bears trade Thomas Jones to Jets and swap 2nd round picks. Jets package up the Bears pick to draft David Harris.

    The Bears trade down with the chargers who draft safety Eric weddle.

    The bears end up with Dan Buzuin, Garrett Wolfe, Kevin Paine and Marcus Harrison – and hand the starting job to Cedric Benson.

  13. There is nothing so good that greedy, whiny, billionaires can’t screw up. It’s what they do. It’s their raison d’etre.

  14. I am organizing a voice for the fans in regards to the lockout. In Facebook go to Fans Against Looming Lockout and join.

    We have to remember that we are the customer! We may be willing to pay over $300 for the Sunday Ticket or $8 for a beer at the stadium, but we won’t just sit quietly while the owners decide whether they want to allow football or not. If we all get together we can definitely have an influence. It’s no big deal! Go to Fans Against Looming Lockout and join. The goal is to make sure there is football in the fall.

  15. Taint the game? Isn’t already tainted by Commissioner Goodell and his fine police. The No Fun League is just that. Not even the slightest in personal expression by the players. They have to control the image even if it kills the league.

  16. Isn’t that special. The taxpayers are snookered again for a playpen for the rich and famous. At least Jerry Jones didn’t hold out his tin cup for money when he built Jerrys World.

  17. taint? how do you taint the rep of these guys?

    the owners make billions and do nothing but complain and jack prices and lower quality … I forgot the average price for 2 to go to an NFL game but I think after all is accounted for we are talking $450+…. on top of that their stadiums are subsdized by our tax dollars in a serious economic downturn.

    the players exhibit the worst behaviour and arrogance in our society while in the 99.999 percentile in income and whine constantly that they don’t make enough and don’t get the ball…

    I’m sick of this crap and I’m OK with the NFL getting whacked up side the head with a major work stoppage….. I’ll figure out something to do with my kids that is a better example for them and doesn’t waste thousands of dollars a year….

  18. The fans paying big dollars for tickets so that rich owners and players can get richer is like my schoool taxes going up so those teachers don’t have to pay for medical benefits and can have a cushy retirements. Except, there are millions of people we could plug into those teaching jobs. Fire’em all!! They don’t care about education, they care about their own asses. Don’t let them fool you.

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