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Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

Posted on: June 23, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 6:57 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL meetings from Thursday wrapped up this afternoon and, somewhat surprisingly, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith appeared together, shook hands, and talked to the press about what went down.

Well, not specifically what went down or anything, but both leaders issued similar-sounding statements about the various negotiations that have occured over the past few days.

"You obviously know we met over the last couple of days," Goodell said following the not-so-secret meetings. "We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days.

"De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we're working hard and we understand the fans' frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it."

The key parts there, of course, are "working hard" and "fans' frustration," so it's no surprise that Smith echoed a similar sentiment.

"Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we're both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we're talking about the right issues and that we're working hard to get it done," Smith said. "It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we're committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it.

"Just to wrap up, we're working hard, we understand the fans' frustration, I know our players' frustration. We're going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done."

Oddly, fans' frustration is probably reasonably low right now, despite the lockout finally hitting it's 100th (!) day.

After all, while there may not be many other sports on television to distract from the lack of football, there's a sense among many people that the two sides are close to acheiving what seemed impossible just a few short weeks ago: striking a deal and getting the season rolling by the middle of July.

While that's obviously not the ideal scenario (that would involve no lockout and a "normal" league year, natch), it's still a far better outcome than what seemed possible a month ago.

That's progress, and progress always helps to ease frustration a little bit.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:55 am
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

Who cares.  Te can stay locked out forever.  Saves me money during the season and time year round.  The NFL has lost me as a fan and I will not waste my Sunday afternoons even if they do come back.  Thank you players and owners for opening my eyes. 



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

I wish they would stop involving the fans.  They could care less about the fans.  They just want more money.  then they want the fans to pay mmore taxes to have thier new stadiums built, and, then want to rent it for cheap.  I'm done.  I will never pay for a ticket agian.  I also think the sponsers for TV should sy we are not paying this much for comercials.  Things might change



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:55 am
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

I did cancel my NFL Ticket, so that is over $300 of my money they will not get this year...lol



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:54 am
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

Used to be such a thing as a boycott.   Now you cannot get anyone on the same page long enough to do such a thing...so you are 100% right.   We just keep doing the same things over and over, expecting different results...



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:23 am
 

Smith, Goodell statements: 'We're working hard'

The bad thing about pro or college sports is its a buisness,and us fans are going to get screwed no matter what.MLB did not have a world series and everyone thought baseball would not come back and the teams are making more than ever,NHL the same thing.NBA will be the same thing.We love sports they know it,gas is almost 4 dollars a gallon and we still buy it, politicans lie and we still vote for them nfl,mlb,college players ,hollywood stars break the law and we still cheer.Until we have no more money or time to give them it will always be this way.So the next time you want to bicth dont watch or cheer because they will never care about us dumb ass fans,or just be like me and keep giving money and time because at least on a few occasions they do suprise you.



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