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Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:08 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 6:46 am
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Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About a week after full-blown owners meetings in Indianapolis, a few of the NFL’s top money men met secretly in a western suburb of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

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Among the owners spotted by the newspaper or revealed by its sources were New England’s Robert Kraft, Dallas’ Jerry Jones and Carolina’s Jerry Richardson – all major players on the NFL labor bargaining team – and apparently, commissioner Roger Goodell flew in as well.

Which leads to the obvious question. Were these owners and Goodell in Chicago for a double-secret meeting with (fingers crossed!) NFLPA representatives in an effort to solve the lockout?

The obvious answer is that we have no idea – the NFL office declined comment to the Tribune, and DuPage Airport officials cited confidentiality rules in not disclosing any information – but that theory makes plenty of sense, doesn’t it?

Besides, it doesn’t get much more suspicious than a couple of owners and the commissioner meeting at some out-of-the-way airport as they try to slip in and out of one of the biggest cities in the country while trying not to be spotted.

Unless, on their way to St. Louis for the latest Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Friday, a few owners decided to stop in Chicago so they could pick up a case of Old Style for the ride up and back.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:32 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:18 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

All of the players can and eventually will be replaced, even the top tier ones. Initially the NFL product would suffer somewhat but 2 or 3 yrs down the road there would be new superstars. There are plenty of fans that would keep the league going, regardless of whether "scabs" played or the lockout ends and current players return. First year of "scab ball" would probably be pretty ugly but would improve with time. There are replacements for employees in all occupations (ie: doctors, lawyers, world leaders, and yes even athletes). They may not be all-stars in year one but with experience they learn the ropes and improve. Soon the previous employees are forgotten and the world moves on. All that said, I just want to see NFL football this fall. Y'all have a great day!



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:52 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

I agree with mauxdeverite.  If they weren't replaceable we wouldn't have a draft, only the best of the best stay around - the rest last 3.2 years.  That's a non-discript player.  How many times have you heard that the NE Pats "plug players into their system?"  That's non discript, but still



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:21 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

How is it "secret" if there is a news story on it? 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:03 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

mauxdeverite: "The NFL players, and "professional" athletes in all sports, are nothing more than a replaceable and renewable commodity. They are an assembly of nondescript people  who like monkeys tied to organ grinders, dance solely for our entertainment. The public is willing to pay to watch the dance, and it matters not which monkeys are dancing. They come and they go. We're addicted to the dance. It's the dance we pay to see, not the monkeys. In a down turned economy, entertainment still ranks further down the ladder of heirarchal needs than food, shelter and other basic needs. Perhaps the NFL could use a season off. Then we would all discover that we really don't need it anyhow. We would simply fill the void in entertainment with something else."



"Replaceable?" "Nondescript?" These people are the best athletes in the world; that's why we watch them -- and why we WON'T watch semi-pro or scab football.

Can we do without the NFL for a season? Of course. But your argument that we're "addicted to the dance" and that the "dancers" don't matter is demonstrably false.

 



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:01 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

While I agree with Max that the NFL might not be missed so much if they took a year off, I highly disagree with his opinion that "any ol' guy/gal will do".
Not hardly my friend. Who in the hell wants to pay any kind of money to watch some guys/gals who were NOT good enough to make it to the pros in any sport? That's like saying you'd pay money to witness a Saturday afternoon pick-up game.

If were gonna compare the NFL to the regular joe working stiff, it would be like paying some guy off the street to build your house, because at one time he built a dog house in his life, he was never skilled enough to become a home builder, but hey he built a dog house.

Take a look at pros vs. joes.......young wannabees going up against old, retired pros in skills competitons and they're laughable at best in their attempts. To say that a pro athlete can be replaced by any ol' joe, is comical and incorrect.

Alot of pro athletes may be greedy, but greed is everywhere there's money to be made in the world, don't hate the playa, hate the game.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:52 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

The NFL players, and "professional" athletes in all sports, are nothing more than a replaceable and renewable commodity. They are an assembly of nondescript people  who like monkeys tied to organ grinders, dance solely for our entertainment. The public is willing to pay to watch the dance, and it matters not which monkeys are dancing. They come and they go. We're addicted to the dance. It's the dance we pay to see, not the monkeys. In a down turned economy, entertainment still ranks further down the ladder of heirarchal needs than food, shelter and other basic needs. Perhaps the NFL could use a season off. Then we would all discover that we really don't need it anyhow. We would simply fill the void in entertainment with something else. 



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:15 am
 

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

Let's see a few owners met in Chicago with their employee.  Big deal.  It's only June.  On a normal year, training camp wouldn't even open up until mid-July.  Their is no incentive for either side to cave until August.  Talk about non-stories.




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