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Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:45 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

After the disappointing conclusion to Friday's labor talks, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to fans. Here it is (via, of course):

Dear NFL Fan,

When I wrote to you last on behalf of the NFL, we promised you that we would work tirelessly to find a collectively bargained solution to our differences with the players' union. Subsequent to that letter to you, we agreed that the fastest way to a fair agreement was for everyone to work together through a mediation process. For the last three weeks I have personally attended every session of mediation, which is a process our clubs sincerely believe in.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that earlier today the players' union walked away from mediation and collective bargaining and has initiated litigation against the clubs. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, our clubs offered a deal today that, among other things, was designed to have no adverse financial impact on veteran players in the early years, and would have met the players' financial demands in the latter years of the agreement.

The proposal we made included an offer to narrow the player compensation gap that existed in the negotiations by splitting the difference; guarantee a reallocation of savings from first-round rookies to veterans and retirees without negatively affecting compensation for rounds 2-7; no compensation reduction for veterans; implement new year-round health and safety rules; retain the current 16-4 season format for at least two years with any subsequent changes subject to the approval of the league and union; and establish a new legacy fund for retired players (US $82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years).

It was a deal that offered compromise, and would have ensured the well-being of our players and guaranteed the long-term future for the fans of the great game we all love so much. It was a deal where everyone would prosper.

We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately. NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.

While we are disappointed with the union's actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our league. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.


Roger Goodell

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Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:49 pm
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Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:23 pm

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

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Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:13 pm

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 6:56 pm

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

     UndecidedIs it just me, or does anybody else get the impression that Roger Goodell is just a touch smarter/older/slicker version of Eddie Haskell?  Come on Roger, don't piss on my head and tell me its raining!  Whenever, one side has to play their trump card to get the other to finally listen, then you know you've taken it too far!  Shame on you Roger!  You basically had ONE job to do, and you pulled a Buckner on ALL of us that treasure the game.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2011 11:01 pm

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

Players and Owners you all SUK you are all nothing but greedy punks! Not my dollar, not my time not this year and maybe for many to come.

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:13 am

Fan locks out players and owners

Dear NFL,

You have been locked out.


Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:34 am

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

I generally use sarcasm and irreverence  in my responses, but I do think Godell is sincere.  He has a lot of credibility and goodwill to lose if he is acting dishonestly.  Roger Goodell strikes me as a good man and he wants to do what is best for the NFL and its fans.  He is not as slippery as Pete Rozelle or Paul Tagliabue.    On the other hand, he does represent ownership and he is expected to carry out the wishes of his employers.   He should have presented the letter live in a press conference, yet he did not.  However, he shares a portion ownership's position and all we have heard from the players is complaints of ownership's side.  I would welcome a reply from the former NFLPA that does share their position and explains why the two sides could not compromise.

Alas, I wish I had gone to law school and earned a JD in labor relations so I could get my share of the $9 billion...

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:21 am

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

Go to hell, Goodell, and take DeMaurice Smith with you.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:23 pm

Roger Goodell writes letter to fans

I'll be disappointed if ONE NFL fan believes that Roger Goodell cares about the fans in this negotiation. If his side truly wants to cry hardship, they must show the numbers to the players to justify it.

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