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'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:20 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

There's been some mention that the NFL, if it lost it's appeal on the lockout ruling, could completely shut down for business. Roger Goodell, the only real person who can answer that question, didn't deny the possibility recently.

Speaking with Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live!, Goodell might have even forwarded the possibility of such a shutdown.

"The only thing I’m going to say in regards to any of these rumors — there’s all kinds of reports — is that we're considering a variety of different alternatives based on the court decisions," Goodell said. "We’ll have to do that, and we’re prepared to do that, and we’re going through that process."

Of course, shutting down the NFL would go against everything Goodell and the league have pushed towards fans (caring about them, feeling confident about having a season, etc).

Which is probably why it makes sense to listen to Chris Mortensen of ESPN's report on Thursday morning that such a shutdown is not likely happening.

“As prominent NFL man says, please ignore concept being floated that NFL could shut down business if lockout lifted,” Mortensen tweeted. “Not a chance, he says.”

If correct, that's great news for everyone involved, including the NFL.

That's because trying to sell a complete shutdown of football would be an absolute public relations nightmare. Can you imagine trying to take the stance of "Well, if a lockout won't work, we're just taking our toys and going home!" and spin it in a positive fashion? It'd be impossible.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:42 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:46 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

Great Post Airforce1.
If the players don't like what they are being offered then they are more than welcome to go and play in the CFL, UFL and/or Arena league.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:41 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

AIRFORCE ........well said.....anyone one of these sportwriters who think that these owners who have made billions in all their other lines of businesses are going to take it in the a................s from employees who are going to tell them how to spend their money, pay them, ditatce league rules...etc etc etc,,, and how this league will operate after 100's of millions of dollars have been invested by the owners to start and  create this league  we all love to watch every sunday...doesn't know a damm thing about human nature...these men won't take this lying down and frankly if the players don't watch themeselves they are going to get unemployed and absolutely NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  these men will consider strongly shutting down this league even f ts for 4 or 5 years if necessary to get their point accross to these idiots...................the players just suit up and play .....they have been given to much leeway in all of this already............

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:18 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

Amen, brother, I agree

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:44 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

It wouldn't surprise me if the NFL did shut down. After one judge ruled against them twice they ran to another like a little kid that just got shot down by daddy so they ran to mommy for permission. Im not sure what side to take because i don't know the specifics, (no one does except the people in the meetings, so all the "experts" and general public are just writing anything to support there arguements.) But i do know that the owners should get way more than the players otherwise whats the advantage of being an owner. The players sign individual contracts with each team and if there contracts arent being paid then they have a legitimate complaint. I know that there is a medical and retirement program setup for these players as well. If the players dont feel its enough maybe they should set up a seperate retirement fund and an additional medical program with the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars there making. A good portion of the general public pay for there own medical and retirement out of there own pocket because the companies they work for dont offer anything. And these people do it on a base salary of a tenth of what the league minimum players are making. Also They dont ask the players to chip in for advertising, marketing, concessions, building maintenance, staff funding, ect.  Alls the owners ask is that u honor your contract. Once again i dont know what percent of tv or anything like that is supposed to go into this player pool i keep hearing about. But then again i dont understand why they even get a piece of that. Do the owners ask for the players to repay what ever money there losing when the team is doing poorly and not selling jerseys or getting tv airtime? What this comes down to is players have become extremely greedy in the fact that they feel there owed something instead of remembering how lucky they are to even be making millions of dollars to play a sport. I guess i am on the side of the owners. I think if u payed hundreds of millions of dollars to own a team u should get the majority of the money coming in from your investment. Otherwise whats the point of being an owner. So if the owners do decide to shut down i will be extremely dissapointed but i will understand completely. U cant let your employees dictate how u run your company.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:10 pm

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

No matter what happens, Roger Goodell has proven himself to be the worst commissioner in the history of the NFL.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:47 am

'Not a chance' NFL shuts down if lockout lifted?

Whoa Ravens1113 I think you missed some updates on the original negotiations.

First of all the Owners offered enough financial data for the Players to see that the Owners were making less money.

Secondly, the last deal the Owners offered, that the Players did not even take the time to consider before they walked away from the negotiating table and decertified the Union, had a lot of compromises in it.

The Owners offered to take only wanted $500 million more off the top instead of $1 billion.  They offered to scratch the increase to 18 regular season games.  They offered big increases in medical coverage and pensions for current and retired players.

The Owners were negotiating in good faith and the Players were not.  The Players wanted to decertify the Union and did so the Owners had no choice but to lock them out.  The NFL can not operate the way it has with out a CBA between the Owners and a Players Union.

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