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. Mike

    i used to love watching the nfl every season, however with everything that's going on, i'm really turned off. Players are being fined for making good hits???? Goodell seems to be the jury, judge and executioner for any decisions made in the NFL, no appeals! That's a huge turnoff. And now this labor dispute. None of the rookies are able to practice and get ready for this season. They don't know the plays, they aren't in top shape, it's a disaster. I already canceled my DirecTV Sunday Ticket. It's just not worth watcing any more. I'll stick to college ball.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      I agree. Collage ball

      July 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fins4ever

      Agree with Mike and Don on college ball. They are the ones with the heart anyway. The salaries are just absurd and yet they fight for more and even complain about being "modern day slaves". GET REAL!

      The spoiled brats of the NFL have made it unaffordable for a regular guy like myself to take the family to a ballgame. I gave up baseball when they went on strike, I can quit the NFL as wel and hope u do 2.

      July 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candace

      You people know that most of the players don't get paid the really big bucks, right? For a lot of them, if they get hurt too badly they're out, with not much money to show for it. Maybe we should think about them, instead of the biggies.

      As for the "good" or "bad" hits, I think maybe we need a bit more oversite on them. I met Dave Duerson awhile back, my brother does/did business with him, and his death hit a lot of people hard. He was certainly not alone in the price he paid to play football and entertain us. For him and all the rest like him, let's make sure the teams are forced to take better care of their players.

      July 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brad

    Over the past few years I have been watching less and less NFL football...from the player getting away with murder (Go Ray Go...stright to riversticks), to hearing from owners and players "I deserve more money" it has become a complete turn off. I am a family blue coller type and when it cost me over $200.00 to see a game, that is just to much....I don"t believe how the NCAA runs their football, but I'd rather be off on Saturday than Sunday...The NFL and the players are pricing themselves right out of a job.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. DIANA

    It all boils down to GREED.... "I want more, more, more" , in the meantime, it costs us more money to watch or go see. MOST of these players are paid Way too much as it is...however, as long as we , the public, pay they will get it...
    and again every one will always want more, more and more... because there are people out there that will continue to pay , pay , pay.... I hope there is a football season.... GREED never pays in the long run! 🙂

    July 24, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. WasAFan

    I agree with Brad. The only people who can afford to go to an NFL game are what the politicians call "The top 2%". At $200 a seat, I could take my family to 5 (also heavily over-priced) movies, rather than going to a game alone... I'll watch it on TV.
    I also think that most of these players with their "Bling" and their growing criminal records need to get over themselves. They get paid to entertain us, and they're not that entertaining any more. Until real football fans stop buying $200 tickets and $200 jerseys to wear to the game, this won't end...

    July 24, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeremy

    The public complains about high taxes, a tough economy, decreasing benefits, etc. and yet they still support football teams by attending sold out games that cost $100 – $500 for a ticket and parking, not including overpriced food and drinks. Many players and owners are making millions (some in the tens of millions)... A YEAR! The middle class is being decimated. The value system in America is completely skewed! We value the things that have little impact on the future and prosperity of America: sports, movies, music, fashion, etc. What would America be like if we prioritized and really valued improving education, truly reforming the health care system, strengthening the family, increasing employment with meaningful and productive jobs, etc. Sadly, I guess we will never know.

    July 24, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anne

    Football is a major event at our house with all age groups! It's a family love! It's very frustrating for true blue fans to see that these owners and players get more money than most of us can even imagine and the perks of being famous, etc etc and it seems to never be enough! Very frustrated with the greed and manipulaton of this whole thing! It would serve them right if all the true blue fans boycotted their events and they lost alot of money to see that although we love football, it's not the be all end all.....

    July 24, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    First of, it is complete nonsense about giving the players extra time to read the CBA, as if their lawyers and reps have not been working with the Owners laywers side by side. 95% of the players would not be able to understand the legal and technical jargon of the 200 page contract. Many can't read at a high school level, despite being given a free college education. So all that is nonsense.

    Secondly, the changes to the CBA have been outlined and the issues that needed to be fixed have been fixed and outlined. The new CBA is highly in the players favor, as well as solving the issues of retired players and medical benefits.

    The players think they have some leverage and are crying about "media spin", yet attempt to use the media for their own purposes, but apparently cry when someone does it better. They cost families of regular working class people who don't get contracts to protect them, and they cost the league and themselves millions of dollars already. Once they cost the owners enough, then they might find out their life would be like without football and with the angst of NFL fans over their heads. Any problems with not having a football season are not all on the players. Greed + Arrogance = NFL player.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      "Any problems with not having a football season are not all on the players. Greed + Arrogance = NFL player."

      should read as

      Any problems with not having a football season are NOW ALL on the players. Greed + Arrogance = NFL player.

      July 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    I love reading all of these angry posts from people who will be more than ready to watch the NFL this season and for years to come. They're all greedy, I hate both sides, college ball is better...makes me laugh. None of your "outrage" is real at all. All of you hypocrites will watch and spend and buy tickets and you know it. You're not fooling anyone.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 40Mack

    The one last, great, get-away-from-your-problems-for-a-while, American sport going to itshay! What's left? Thanks guys!

    July 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE SAYING ATHLETES ARE OVERPAID:

    1. I would love to see you hit a baseball 400 feet, or throw a football 70 yards on a dime, or block a shot from a 7 footer

    However, most of you CANT, which is why you dont make millions. Anybody can work hard, go to college and become a banker, or a doctor, or a police officer...ANYBODY How many people can run 20 mph and tackle freakishly athletic 250 pound men like its nothing?

    MILLIONS of people pay to watch sports at its highest level, because its ENTERTAINING, and because the skills possessed by pro athletes are rare. Thats why they make more money in a year than most of you will ever make in your life.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Well I'm finally glad someone said it. My younger brother is a NFL player, and we play together most of our lives. He was just a better athlete than I'll ever be. He works very hard at it, and I'm happy he is using his talents for people's enjoyment. This is a modern society we have evolve from our athletes being slaves used solely for our entertainment to people working for a living. I find it hard to say there greedy when they just seize an opportunity that a lot of people wish they could have. I'll admit there are bad apples, but there are bad apples everywhere in aspect of life.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. JT

    Give the players nothing, they are lucky to make millions to play a game. If that's not enough I like to see them do better at a real job like the rest of us. Most of these guys won't even make it to college in real life. If there is no season this year let see how long it takes these morons to end up on skid road.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rednyellow

    GO KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stockton97

    NOTE TO OWNERS: Bring in replacement players. They have more heart anyway.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    I AM SO SICK OF THE OVERPAID NFL PLAYERS!!! All of their egos are too big and half of them can't even construct a sentence. They are the most overpaid ungrateful, "athletes" in the USA. Now listen to them all whine about getting hurt! You freaking play football. A 250lb guy is running at you that can bench press 400lbs. YES YOU ARE GOING TO GET HURT!! If you couldn't figure that out before you started playing then maybe you're in the wrong field. Pay the NFL players what they're really worth. 300k a year each. That is a fantastic living! They don't need this 15M a year crap!

    July 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    JT, I couldn't agree with you more!! You are spot on!

    July 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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