Fran Tarkenton says he’d get labor dispute solved in two minutes

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Former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who last surfaced as a persistent (and ultimately vindicated) critic of Brett Favre, has found a new cause — the work stoppage.

And Fran, in our view, nails it.

Speaking with Dino Costa of Sirius Mad Dog Radio, Tarkenton said that, if he were the go-between in the fight between the league and the players, “We’d get it done in about two minutes.”

“I’m really emotional about this,” Tarkenton said.  “With everything going on in the world, we’ve got the tragedy in Japan and what’s happening in all the Middle East when all these people are wanting freedom, and it’s a wonderful thing.  And here we have the most successful sports franchise in the world, the National Football League, we don’t want to give this up.  And we understand in professional football, teams win, individuals don’t.  And it’s time for these owners and time for these players to sit down together, get the lawyers out of the [room], lawyers don’t help things.  Lawyers muck up things.  Lawyers cause problems, lawyers in divorce suits, they don’t help the people get back together.  And we need to get real people, get the lawyers out of the negotiating room, stop the lawsuits, and let’s get real people, owners and players, who are partners in all this, let’s let them get together and get this thing solved now rather than later.”

So who’s side is Fran on?   “I don’t take the owners’ side.  I don’t take the players’ side.  I take the fans’ side,” Tarkenton said.  “This is not a typical labor situation.  The players are not impoverished.  The players are making the most money of any generation ever.  They’re the greatest players we’ve ever had.  Every generation has gotten better and this generation has gotten better.  The owners, certainly, these are billionaire owners.  And they’ve got great egos.  There’s a big pot of money here.  There’s plenty of money here.  Everybody is doing well.  Let’s don’t jeopardize what we have.  Let’s think of how we can get this together.  They’re not that far apart.”

Despite all the huffing and the puffing, we tend to agree that the two sides are closer than they appear to be.  And they should be talking.  And we fully support replacing George Cohen with Fran Tarkenton.

59 responses to “Fran Tarkenton says he’d get labor dispute solved in two minutes

  1. He’s right. The NFL is thriving. It reminds me of that old saying: “If it ain’t broke, keep fixing it till it is”

  2. Fran’s right. Get the lawyers out of the room, and get a deal done. They are only needed to mop up the details. Whats the old saying? If you have one lawyer in a town, he’ll go out of business. But if you have two lawyers in town, they will never run out of work? The only people who want this to drag out in court is the lawyers.

  3. Tarkenton is a refreshing voice of reason. He is very much right, in that lawyers have a tendency to cloud the water. And what we need now is clarity. I hope that other respected voices on both sides will join w/ Tarkentons call run to seal the deal… and we are at the 2 minute warning.

  4. really, 2 minutes??? Ol’ Twinkletoes must have forgot about the blood-test for HGH. Something I don’t expect the NFLPA* wants to allow.

  5. If you want to keep it out of the courts, don’t elect a lawyer as your leader.

    Why does Tarkenton never go back to Canton for HOF activities?

  6. A couple quick things…..

    Dino Costa has by FAR the best show on Mad Dog Radio (Sirius 123 – XM144). If you have Sirius or XM and you are NOT tuning in to this guy, you are missing out.

    In regards to Tarkington, it’s too bad that you can’t listen to the entire interview. Yes, we’re all “yay Fran, you go boi!” for the above comments, he said QUITE a few things to indicate that he’s just a LITTLE bit out of touch with today’s game. One example, he said that helmets from his playing days were better than the helmets in use today.


  7. But…he didn’t actually say HOW he’d get the labor dispute solved in two minutes. I agree with what he said, but really, it’s just a bunch of fluff right now.

  8. There’s plenty of money here. Everybody is doing well.
    That’s why it will take longer than 2 minutes. Plenty seems to never be enough. Both sides want more…or more accurately, as much as they can get and both sides view the other as trying to take away something that they believe is rightfully theirs. Both sides feel entitled and they are acting as enemies rather than partners. While, I personally don’t buy the “partners” argument in the literal sense, both sides do need each other more than they are willing to admit. The owners need to ditch the “take back our game” mindset and the players need to stop worrying about “respect”. Contempt is a difficlut emotion to overcome…especially when you are unwilling to compromise. The players need to drop the suits and reform the union and the owners need to stop the lockout. Both sides need to get the hell out of the media spotlight and get in the damn conference room to hammer out a deal that is good for the game…past, present and future.

  9. Fran Tarkenton looked at me popping some popcorn in the microwave, and said he could get it done in 1 minute and 43 seconds, none of that 4 minute b.s.

  10. Update: De Smith tweeted: “I could get the labor dispute solved in one second.”
    …continuing to one-up everyone who is (or wants to be) involved in the entire process.

  11. Fran wasn’t right about Favre first season with the Vikes. He just didn’t want any of his records broken. As a kid I enjoyed watching him play. Now he sounds like an old bitter know-it-all. Sad.

  12. This labor dispute is already taking its toll on the communities!!!

    Strip Clubs are experiencing a huge drop off in attendance and “making it rain” parties

    Car salesman show a sharp reduction in Escalade sales with the gold trim package.

    Tattoo shops are closing early due to lack of customers.

    Malls are reporting sharp decline in “pants on the ground” sales.

    Baby mama’s are laying off nannies and babysitters.

    PED and HGH sales are down.

    Dentists are struggling without the gold teeth and grills business.
    Jewelry store owners have closed down due to no “bling” sales.

    Please oh please you terrible, mean, evil owners. Show a heart!!!! The players are in such horrible and dire predicaments. How can you shameful owners make the players live like this!!!

  13. Every time he talks he reminds me more and more of the “Grumpy Old Man” character made famous by Dana Carvey on SNL.

  14. Fran borrowed money from his NFL buddies for his businesses and lost every penny. If he ever went to a gathering of old players he would be lynched.

    He is neither nice nor honest.

    Reminds me of Jurry.

  15. Bunch of cr*p. The players want what they want and the 2006 CBA isn’t sustainable if you’re an owner. Yeah, remind them of the fans. Then duck. The players could care less and the owners have already figured out that the fans can’t sustain higher costs.

  16. Fran’s right. The lawyers are screwing it up, as they do with everything.
    Does anyone else notice that as the number of lawyers increases, the number of ‘reasons’ we ‘need’ them for increases. The cost of doing ANYTHING increases.
    Only thing I would change about Fran’s proposal is to invite the lawyers into the room. Let Pacman, Meriwether, and Harrison take target practice, and then let Vick’s dogs eat the left overs.

  17. I think what will happen is when we get close to the start of the season and this is not resolved, some of the owners that think this is all BS, will quietly go to Jurry & Bob and tell them they’ve had their chance, they’ve failed and to get a deal done asap.

    And it will.

    Owners like Paul Allan and Al Davis.

    Mr Davis is the subject of a lot of abuse here but he’s a huge football fan and he’s not going to let a bunch of greedy, egotistical owners like Kraft & Jones take his season away.

    He’s not got many left.

  18. I love Fran, but he is making the huge mistake that there is a desire (especially by the owners) to be reasonable. It’s not in the cards. The goal is not to reach a mutual agreement. The goal is to destroy the Union.

  19. Fran, it’s called greed. One of the seven deadly sins and these greedy morons are going kill the best thing going.

  20. Sports Illustrated:

    The SEC sacks Fran Tarkenton for his alleged financial faking

    Joseph Nocera

    Since retiring from the NFL in 1978, Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton has portrayed himself as an “entrepreneurial dynamo,” to borrow a phrase from the jacket of his 1997 book, What Losing Taught Me About Winning. As the title suggests, he has built a thriving career by peddling the notion that his “finely tuned business acumen” (that jacket again) is something you, too, can acquire if you heed his pearls of wisdom.

    Last week Tarkenton’s business reputation suffered a big blow. He agreed to pay $154,187 in fines after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused him of helping direct a multimillion-dollar fraud. Tarkenton did not acknowledge wrongdoing, but the SEC alleges that his software firm, KnowledgeWare, claimed $8 million in phony revenues in 1993 and ’94. Toward the end of each quarter, when it became apparent that the company wouldn’t reach its revenue goals, the SEC says, KnowledgeWare sent products to resellers and other customers, then booked those transactions as income even though the customers were told they wouldn’t have to pay unless they made a sale. That’s accounting fraud, designed to hide a struggling company’s true condition from investors.

    Even before this slap on the wrist from the feds, the three-time Super Bowl loser’s reputation as a businessman was wildly inflated. KnowledgeWare, which Tarkenton founded in the early ’80s and took public in ’89, had degenerated shockingly by the early ’90s. “As a software executive, Fran was in way over his head,” says Mitchell Kertzman, the former CEO of Powersoft, a competitor. Industry insiders say KnowledgeWare put out a series of products that simply didn’t work well, something Tarkenton never acknowledged. When Tarkenton had a chance to unload the company in ’92 for $360 million, or $23 a share, he spurned the offer and held out for more than $40 a share. When he was finally forced to sell two years later, he got only $4.77 a share. But Tarkenton took care of himself, negotiating a $300,000 annual consulting fee with the new owner, Sterling Software of Dallas. He also received $6.4 million in Sterling stock options. (He no longer has any relationship with Sterling.)

    Last week Tarkenton’s lawyer said his client was “pleased to have this matter resolved” and had “long since moved on…to other business ventures.” Given Tarkenton’s history with KnowledgeWare, that’s a scary thought.

    Read more:

  21. How can one side negotiate by itself? The players’ “leaders” walked out of negotiations and still refuse to negotiate. The owners have begged to negotiate.

    Everyone says that they need to negotiate and reach an agreement and I agree, but no one can force the players’ “leaders” to negotiate. They believe that there is no way that they can come out ahead in negotiations. And they may be right because the owners apparently believe that they gave too much the last time.

    If the players’ “leaders” wanted to reach a settlement, they would determine what is important to the players other than more money and then negotiate a swap of slightly less money in exchange for other benefits that are important to the players.

  22. Do you know what’s a hoot during this stupid lockout? You follow as many NFLPA* idiots as you can on Twitter and you tweet vitriol at them. I’d much rather have the lockout end right now but if they want to be moronic pieces of garbage, you get under their skin, blast them every chance you get and make them crawl away with their tail between their legs. Of course, you stupid tools, I’d rather have my football. Quite literally, the choice is yours.

  23. Tarkenton is a butthole!!!!

    I love how a guy who never won a Superbowl claims that he can be a champion in something out of his league!!!

    I lost respect for him as a person when he told “97.5 The Fanatic” in Philly that Brett Favre caused the Vikings to not have a young franchise QB in place for 2010 and 2011 because you’re not a respectable person when you feel like making stuff up to prove a point. It makes you story fabricator (or Mike Wise of the Washington Post) and a liar!!!

  24. I get the feeling that he brags about how large his private parts are.

    But if one asked the women he’s been with, they would tell you the opposite … which happens to also be the truth.

  25. This work stoppage is about greed pure and simple. And, by the way, consideration for fans (other than their $$$) has never been an issue because there’s never been any.

  26. Fran, these are not “partners”. It’s owners and employees.

    The players will never let negotiations happen without lawyers, the courts will side with them and they know it. The union wants all the lawyers involved that they can get.

  27. I take the fans’ side,” Tarkenton said.

    Good. Then part of the agreement should be the players and owners must provide the fans FREE BEER until the 4th quarter 2-minute warning.

  28. My opinion of Sir Francis is not what it used to be.
    He forced his way out of Minnesota and then came back.

    He was jealous of Favre’s success in the first year.

    He never cared if the Vikings won a super bowl without him.

    Fran is all about Fran.

    Fran has all the answers and is a bitter old man.

    He still can’t get over his tv show “That’s Incredible” being canceled

  29. First off , Fran may be a little off base on the two minute fix , however hes dead on the money on every other issue . The NFL is hands down the biggest sport in America today . It is making more money right now for the owners and players than at any time in the history of the sport . Tarkenton is right when hes says get the lawyers out of the room . They dont own teams and they dont play on Sunday . Get em out of the room . These are grown men on both sides and theres no reason they cant set down , make some consessions on both sides and get an agreement done . As far as Tarkenton commenting on anything relating to the NFL or the CBA I have no problem with it whatsoever . This man played in the NFL for eighteen years . Bottom line , he more than paid his dues .

  30. @iknowfootballandyoudont

    You forgot about the Entourage getting laid off and going on unemployment.

    But the market on Pimp Daddy suits and hats is through the roof!

  31. Fran’s way off base here. If I am going through a divorce it isn’t because I am trying to get back together, it’s over. I have a lawyer to protect my interests.
    If I am going into a bargaining agreement where there is the potential fo rme to overlook something or not understanding, that may result in a loss of millions, I want an expert by my side. So I hire a lawyer.
    Lawyers aren’t the problem, they are just representing the interests of their clients. It is the clients that are creating the mess.

  32. “…lawyers in divorce suits, they don’t help the people get back together.” Fran, I was kinda with you until you said this, and I’m a lawyer. Please explain to me how divorce lawyers are supposed to help people get back together? More evidence of the need to stop head shots.

  33. Aren’t Godell and De Smith both lawyers? hmmm.

    And deadeye its the owners who failed to show for most of the negotiations sending their lawyers instead. The players were at least present with their representation. Its great how people just sees things how they want to even if they ignore the facts. The owners, at least in theory, are legally supposed to recognize the players as partners in ownership of the league. That’s the whole basis for collective bargaining. Your situation at your job is completely different then this situation so stop making that comparison. It reeks of ignorance to the situation.

  34. Since Fran has always ben outspoken, I had never seen his point of view but baby he has said it all in his latest comments. The players have truly become so hung up on themselves makes you wonder why you support the NFL.

  35. After getting Fran Tarkenton’s advice on how to solve the labor dispute, PFT should solicit Joe Namath’s response.

  36. Most of us could solve this situation in about five minutes. Problem is, the ones who are responsible for negotiating care more about “saving face” and “defeating the other side” than actually compromising and getting a deal done.

    And, as always, we, the fans, are the only ones screwed.

  37. I say do it the mafia way…. When lawyers start disappearing, I’ll bet a deal gets worked out real quick. the only question is which side to start with…..

  38. dchuwo says: Mar 25, 2011 9:38 AM

    “…lawyers in divorce suits, they don’t help the people get back together.” Fran, I was kinda with you until you said this, and I’m a lawyer. Please explain to me how divorce lawyers are supposed to help people get back together? More evidence of the need to stop head shots.

    All he is saying is lawyers don’t do anybody any good. He’s saying take them out of the equation…take them out of the room. I couldn’t agree more.

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