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NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:25 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:41 pm

The call came from an NFL player Monday morning.

The message: Don't believe the hype.

He was talking about reports of a labor deal between the NFL owners and the league's players getting close to being done.

"That's not true," the player said. "All that is hype coming from the owners side to try and put pressure on us to do a deal. They want to make us look bad. It's simply not true. There is a lot of work to be done. They are not close."

Amid reports that a deal could be done by July 21, the player said that is far from the information he is getting from his representatives.

"Consider where that information is coming from, it's the owners," the player said. "Their reason is to try and create all this false hope to put more pressure on us."

The player said there are still a lot of hurdles to overcome to get a deal done. He has one wish to help make it come true: Get everybody out of the room, except for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the players association.

"Do it one-on-one like their predecessors used to do," the player said. "When Gene Upshaw and Paul Tagliabue went into a room, they got it done. That's what needs to happen now. The players in there are smart, but they don't know how to close a deal. As for Goodell, he needs to drop his nuts. He needs to have the power to do a deal. It needs to be two guys in a room."

Asked if he expected a deal to be done by July 21, the player said, "I'd be shocked."

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Labor

Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:41 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

"this is our final offer, agree by X or we're in for a long strike."
"this is our final offer, agree by X or we're in for a long strike lockout."

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:51 am

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

" Bottom line is this: Roger Goodell is an awful commioner who needs to be canned before he does any further damage. "

NO the bottom line is that he was HIRED by the OWNERS and he WORKS strictly for them and their interest! And as long as he's doing HIS job, which IS to do what THEY TELL him to do he WON'T be fired!

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 10:25 am

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Yeah, I used to be a huge baseball fan.  When they went on strike, I simply lost interest.  Other things in life quickly filled in the time I previously spent following baseball.  When they got through their strike and came back, they had lost me.  Now, I can only name a few current baseball players, like Jeter and Pujols but I haven't actually watched a game in years.  And I know I'm not alone.  Right now football is the only sport I follow.  But if they strike, I might just be lost.  I'm a Lions fan anyway, so it won't be like I'm really missing out on much.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:39 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Already cancelled my Sunday ticket before the beginning of last season. Didn't miss it one bit. Tired of all the bull from the players and their "union" goons, the owners and the media. If there is a season and I can catch a game from my team out here in Nevada, I'll watch it, but won't go out of my way to catch games anymore. Probably will also skip the fantasy leagues this year as well. Just tired of it all. Will eventually come back on my own timeframe, but just really don't care at this point. Probably care less about them than they do about me spending money on their product and merchandise.

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:18 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Bottom line is this: Roger Goodell is an awful commissioner who needs to be canned before he does any further damage. I remember telling everyone many moons ago when he did essentially nothing about the Patriots cheating and letting QB Dog Killer back into the league that this guy was a disaster. Bill Belichick should have been kicked out of the NFL forever and Michael Vick should never have been let back into the league. I also love how Goodell says he worries about player safety but then wanted to add on two more games to the regular season. The idiot just doesn't realize that we want everything back to the way it was before all his moronic rule changes. The only difference being is season ticket holders didn't want to pay full price for the home exhibition games which I can't blame them for one bit. Roger Goodell is nothing. He's just the kid down the street who always got picked on and now that he has some power, has turned into a huge egomaniac who is making changes but really doing absolutely nothing at all to improve the game.

Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett is 100 percent correct. Goodell is a joke and a blatant liar. Legends such as Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor and Ray Nitschke (if he were alive today, R.I.P.) are/would undoubtedly be shaking their heads seeing what this loser is doing to the game of football. Jack Lambert got it half right. QBs do indeed need to wear skirts. He just forgot to mention that Roger Goodell needs to put his skirt on as well.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:35 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

It's not so much that he's a schmuck, though I wouldn't disagree, but since I don't know him personally, he was hired by and works for the NFL owners NOT the players! He's just doing his job! They're(the owners) dictating what's going on from thier side and he's doing what his bosses are telling him to do. As far as Upshaw and Tagliabue. Prisco's right, they would've had this thing done by now. But what he should mentionalong with that staement is the fact both Tagliabue and Upshaw are NFL lifers! They played the game on the highest level and understood where the players were coming from which made Tagliabue like a quote/unquote player's coach! And instead of working solely for the owners' benefit he tried to make sure that his football fraternity brothers past, present and future were/would be fairly compensated!
Neithr Roger Goodell nor Demaurice Smith have ever played professional football, forget the NFL, they've NEVER played professional football ANYWHERE! So neither can truly relate to the player's situation.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:58 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Goodell is a schmuck and I had a feeling he'd be involved in running the league into the ground if it was possible to do so.  It should have been impossible to screw it up, but he very well might be able to. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:05 am

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Asked if he expected a deal to be done by July 21, the player said, "I'd be shocked."

I had a feeling these announcements might be the Owners trying to instill hope in the fans and trying to look like they are ready to sign but the Players are holding it up.

The Owners can afford to lose the money if part or all of the season is missed.  The Owners are thinking about the money over the next 5, 10 or 15 years so they will lose some money now to get a deal that benefits them over the long term.

They do not email all the players with the details and specifics because the information would get leaked so quickly the fans would know before some of the players even opened the email.  The NFL does not want us fans to know about the stupid little details that the Owners and Players are fighting over because we would be disgusted.

I bet a lot of what is going on as far as info given out and info not given out is all part of the damage control that they are trying to do.  They know a lot of fans are getting really upset and disenchanted.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:32 am

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Yeah this WHOLE THING stinks to high heavens. What guy has gone out with his girlfriend and told her that "sometime next week I'll have a ring and a few days after that I should be able to propose."???

There's a deal or there's no deal. This is a complicated negotiation but this isn't balancing the freakin' budget! You're telling me in an internet age you can't get these documents to every owner/player within 35 seconds? If they're that close. Agree to the principles and ratify it at 10 AM tomorrow. This whole thing smells of pressure tactics and "this is our final offer, agree by X or we're in for a long strike."

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:59 pm

NFL player: Don't believe the hype

Don't worry, I'm not buying anything these owners are selling.  Nor the players, for that matter.  My anticipation for the new NFL season is nill.  Imgine plenty of that is going around and it is pretty much of a lose-lose proposition for both owners and players at this point.  And it'll only get worse if this stalemate goes into August.            

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