NFL lockout 'over', but labor dispute still on
The NFL is prepared to open training facilities Saturday, Commissioner Roger Goodell says.
July 22nd, 2011
11:58 AM ET

NFL lockout 'over', but labor dispute still on

NFL owners have approved a proposed labor deal. Game on, right? Wrong, several players said Friday.

One day after NFL owners trumpeted the ratification of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement that would end the stalemate, players from several ballclubs expressed contempt for the way it was being portrayed.

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted that the owners were benefiting from "ridiculous" media spin.

Wide receiver Donté  Stallworth, who did an on-air interview with ESPN on Friday, pleaded for fan support. "Fans PLEASE understand we received the deal late last night," he said via Twitter. "Stayed up late & up early today reviewing 200+ pages... We are on top of it!!!

Other players weren't so gracious.

"The owners tried 2 slip many things n2 the CBA 'they' voted on that were NEVER agreed 2!" tweeted New Orleans fullback Heath Evans.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, in response to a fan’s tweet about the lockout being done and football on the horizon, tweeted: "Not quite. Don't believe the hype."

ESPN radio and television personality Bonnie Bernstein empathized with the players late Thursday, tweeting: "Imagine getting a lengthy contract detailing ur job for NEXT 10 YRS . Wouldn't u be analyzing every line?"

On Thursday, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith was less than optimistic in an e-mail to the group's 32 player representatives on the owners' approval of the labor deal.

"As you know, the owners have ratified their proposal to settle our differences,” he said, according to SI.com. “They apparently approved a supplemental revenue sharing proposal. Obviously, we have not been a part of those discussions."

"We will be prepared to open training facilities Saturday," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday, effectively ending the lockout that NFL owners voted for months earlier. Players at that point would be free to come and go - and train - in league buildings (thus, they'll be no longer physically locked out), although they would not be signed if they didn't do so before the labor dispute.

"It is time to get back to football. That is what everyone here wants to do," Goodell said.

The ante was raised considerably Thursday when it was announced that the August 7 preseason Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams had been canceled due to time constraints.

The regular season is scheduled to begin September 8.

But that's on paper. In reality, gamesmanship is in play more than ever.

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  1. BlackDynamite

    The Owners outfox the Players in the PR battle, leaving them holding the bag. I'm sure the owners like their own proposal. Let's see if the players do. Looks like the weekend will be spent negotiating the CBA, not player contracts
    BD

    July 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. THINKthenType

    Time to demand my money back on those season tickets!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Good luck with that. They already can't agree on how to split the $9 billion that they have. I doubt that they are going to give you your $1000 back.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rock Hard Bizkit

    Yawn.. No discount for fans I see.. Just a bunch of millionaires and billionaires trying to gouge the fans for all they're worth. Good luck on getting your season tickets money.. It will take a very expensive lawyer and a bunch of class action suits to get back a fraction of what you paid. Little guy loses while the big guys take what they can from you.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      Just like America in general.

      July 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ted

    Every player has his own selfish motives to be for and against the proposal. And some can make demands to see fi they can cash in on the owners desire to make the preaseason. But if they fail, and the game is off, the players would be to blame.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    I say F the owners and F the players! Us fans should go on strike!!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Heh, in an idea world yes. In reality, Americans are as much mindless zealots as Chinese nationalists. You guys will continue waddling to the football stadiums to worship your deities.

      July 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • IceT

      Geez Joe, I like a little football & now I'm a mindless, waddling, deity worshipper. So what does that make you for reading & commenting?!

      July 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bennyandthejets

    i agree with jason.. if the fans don't go to the games.. no money for any of these millionaires... we the people need to stand up to these bullies who overcharge for games, popcorn, beer ,and anything else they can bleed us for...go back to the old days where guys who played in the league had night jobs and were average citizens.. bring these high paid players back to our level, their job is hard.?. i wish i only had to work 6 months out of the year.. how bout doctors and policemen and women who risk their lives everyday and make minimum wage? we the people need to unite...

    July 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • whodathunk

      So far, neither the players nor the owners have done anything to hurt me. No games have been missed, and even if they are, am I supposed to hate them for not entertaining me for a few hours a week? As long at they don't turn the NFL into MLB, all is well

      July 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Queen

    And the beat goes on....

    July 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mile Hi Dave

    My family has had season tix since 1963... We're done!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArrowheadAddiction

      Assuming your name means your a Broncos fan, I can't believe you didn't them sooner!

      May not be any football right now, but the smack talk never dies!

      July 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave from GA

    Players, please take whatever the owner offers. You are making a lot of money unlike us.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. david

    So what's going on? there gonna be football or what?

    July 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bucsfanFL

    When the players start eating some of the up-front guanteed cash that the JaMarcus Russells, Ryan Leafs, and any number of big busts get, then I may sympathize a little. But in the NFL, a guy can sign a multi-year, multi-million dollar CONTRACT, have a big year, and decide it's time to "re-negotiate". Players are employees, not owners. They carry none of the burden the owners do. I'd love for an owner to tell a player" when we signed you, you had just run for 1300 yds and 14 TD's. This year, you aren't going to get those numbers, so we are going to renegotiate your deal". Bet you'd hear some crying then!

    July 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. george

    Please someone tell Goodell every sentence does not end with "ah".

    July 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Darrell from Florida

    In the 21st century it is amazing to me how sports has not really advanced past the 20 Century:
    To make a long story short I am a Tulsa (Oklahoma) Oiler Fan. Up until the first football and basketball strikes I was addicted to basketball and baseball. As far as football as soon as I was old enough it was a family requirement to play peewee football. Don't cry when you get roughed up on the field. Why because the big goys playing professionally don't!

    My Dad would give me $5 in 1960 to go to Tulsa and watch double-header ball games. It would buy me a ticket for both games and a drink and hot dog.

    Now we have owners ( that have the money and hold it) and the players (gifted) (willing to go to any lengths to get their fair share). I mean what an example for the future of America!

    For that reason the fans should boycot any sport where the players feel they must strike and have labor disputes.
    A few empty stadiums and that would get the attention of owners and players alike!
    After all with a bad enconomy who can afford many sports venues which charge an arm and a leg.
    Find something to do during the strike...and don't feel to bad when you team loses this year!

    July 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Adam

    Can someone please explain to me why Donté Stallworth is saying anything at all. Didn't he get into an accident and kill a man? He should be in jail.......not tweeting!

    July 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. IceT

    Did the owners add a clause yet where the players share in any financial losses? So what are the players complaining about again?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
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