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 “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. Ron Correia

    Note to Bonnie Bernstein: Imagine working in an industry where there are no contracts, and the potential exists for you job to be outsourced to India at any moment. Now quite your whining, sign the deal, and get back to work.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Umm...Bonnie Bernstein is a radio/TV person, and a woman. She has nothing to do with signing the contract. And she's right. IF you had that type of contract, you would want to at the very least review it, if not drill down to every paragraph, sentence, word and punctuation mark. And anyone who says they wouldn't is stupid. Period.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      If I worked at a company with "no contract" and the potential for my job to be "outsourced to India at any moment", I would 1. Consider the company not very American 2. Unionize!! 3. Look for other employment (one with a Union where you have workers rights and decent protection.). Otherwise, continue being the whooped sheep.

      July 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Rich – you like unions, move to Detroit.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moman

      Hey Rich, All unions do is allow lazy working hacks to keep their jobs, prohibit hard working people from advancing and due to the high wages for menial tasks being performed by unionn hacks causes the the prices of the product being made to be way to high to compete with the illegal cheap labor in China. Are you blind to what unions have done to this country? Made upper managers and union bosses very wealthy. What happened to the steel industry? What happened to the Auto industry? You must be a loyal union hack. Also known as self destruction job security. Unions killed the manufacturing jobs of this country, and if you don't believe that, then you certainly are a blind union hack at that.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dorkus

      Amen. Take your millions, shut up and go out there and entertain us dammit!
      I want my football back!

      July 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Have to agree that the Union comment fairly ridiculous. Union jobs doing great these days, aren't they? Bet those laid off are getting all the assistance they need for their families from those union dues.

      July 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arrrrgh


    July 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shawn

    WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE MINUTE DETAILS - Both Sides are getting this done so they don't lose any money... not for the fans...

    July 23, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. BrownsBite

    No Bernstein, it is not the same. Owners have the money and the teams. Players have skills. Money + Teams = FANS. Players + Skills = Nothing (without a team, or Money). So no, Tell those players to sign on the dotted line. If they don't I hope the owners follow through and close up shop for a year.

    July 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Without the players and their skills, all that money + teams = a big, fat NOTHING!

      July 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smedley

      Without the current players, there would still be professional football. Without the money and teams there would not.

      July 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Who cares....let them close shop for good. An average family of four can't even afford to see a live game anymore. Screw the owners and the players....I am done with them, and I used to be a football junikie, but really who wants to watch a bunch of murders, rapiest, junkies....get paid way to much to play a game.

      July 24, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tina

    Interesting comments. I am assuming, based on this, that many of the people who post here sign their mortgage agreements without reading anything or understanding what it means. That is what you are asking the players to do...a ten year agreement, without knowing what it means. Can you spell insane? The owners are the ones who locked the players out. I think the players should double down and come to camp, but without signing the contract...let's see if the lockout is actually over, or if the owners say "if you do what we say, we'll let you play." Talk about a feudal system.
    Owner – Player Talent = No Television Revenue or Fans. How's that one?

    July 23, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The owners only forced the lockout to prevent an excess of stupid lawsuits. Now there's only one lawsuit (which the players have no chance of winning, by the way). Players should remember that there are only 32 teams, but there are hundreds of NCAA atheletes out there that would love to sign up to play in the NFL if this group of players won't sign.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LOLZ

    Great. Glad that's over. Now we can get back to the perpetuation of fat people getting fatter while sitting on their butts watching some overpaid meatheads getting their exercise.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stormrider

    If only congress was as interested in reading every line

    July 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdgfn

      Agreed. Too bad it will never happen.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Football Fan

    The players are on the side of the angels. Owners are greedy members of the Lucky Sperm Club. Players often end up with debilitating physical and mental effects of a gladitorial sport.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Makesense

      Nobody forces the players to play. It is the way for them to make money.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dean

    Wondering why an employee who make millions in salary according to his contract feels he also deserves a share of the employers profits also.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • redwood001

      exactly...tehy are employees....tell them if they don't like it.......bring the cash and buy the teams !!!

      July 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RCM

    I wish I could get paid millions then complain like I'm being taken advantage of. NFL Players, sign the contract or risk losing a (misguidely) sympathetic public and find your jobs worth less. You should be thankful for the luxurious life you lead. No sympathy from this fan.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randall

    Who cares if they ever play again. When it became a big business where they are all arguing about billions of dollars and the poor fan has to may $100+ per person to go watch it, it is no longer a sport. Think how much we could all save if we were not paying so much extra for companies to advertise on TV. Let 'em eat cake (or peas as our President would suggest).

    July 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    Who care; its not even a sport, at best a TV show for old ladies...!!! and on top of this ordeal extra time will be added to this already boring TV have got to be kidding...

    July 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    Too Bad, I was hoping they never came back.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick1948

    Too bad that the lockout is over. It would have been nice to see all the spoiled rich kids flipping burgers for a while. It would do them good to see how regular people earn money to pay the outrageous prices for tickets so they can get paid millions a year for working only a few weeks.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. redwood001

    keep em locked out or tell them to come buy the team

    July 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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