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Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 8:08 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The offseason is all about hope. Fans hope that their teams will finally make the playoffs. GMs and coaches hope that the guy they traded up for last April pans out. And this offseason in particular, owners and players are hoping that Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith can solve the labor impasse, end the lockout and give fans all they really want: football.

Various reports suggest that there could be a new collective bargaining agreement by mid-July, which will make for a frenzied, abbreviated free agency period, but means that training camps and the season start on time. Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports that we're one step closer to that reality.

"DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA executive director, asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium, and Goodell agreed," King wrote Tuesday evening. "The commissioner's appearance is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Fla. The symposium, titled The Business of Football: Rookie Edition, is being held at the IMG Academy in nearby Bradenton, Fla."

Smith and Goodell were both in Minnesota Tuesday, meeting one on one without players or owners present. It was the first of four days of labor meetings. According to King, Smith and Goodell left town on the same flight Tuesday night, headed for Florida.

"The plan is for Goodell to speak at the symposium around 8 a.m. Wednesday, then Smith and Goodell immediately will fly back to Minneapolis and reconvene meetings with Judge Arthur J. Boylan after lunchtime," King said.

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It's the latest indication that Smith and Goodell, adversaries at various stages of the labor proceedings, have found common ground and are genuinely working to end the lockout.

King adds that "None of this should mask the fact that the two sides still have significant progress to make after multiple meetings in different parts of the country. One player representative told recently that he'd been told by the union that a deal is not imminent. But the signs continue to be good with meaningful dialogue and concessions from both sides apparently happening."

While's Mike Freeman wrote Tuesday that "This coming week, various league and player sources have told me, might be the most important of this fight. This week could determine when this labor fight finally ends." Freeman added that "There is one difference about this week of negotiating, I'm told, and it's an interesting one. Both Goodell and Smith feel like they've been handed more respective authority to make an agreement on behalf of their constituents; Goodell on behalf of the owners and Smith on behalf of the players."

At the very least, it's progress. And progress means hope.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:22 pm
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:22 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Goodell's a mouthpiece for the greedy company owners they will one day work for.


Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:08 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

We can all piss and moan all we want.  We can add our own two cents into the overall conversation. We can choose sides and spout how bad the other side is, but none of it makes any difference.
The bad news is: we are still in lock out mode without football.
The good news is:  Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are talking.

DeMaurice asking Goodell to speak to the Rookies is a very good idea.  He is the Commissioner, and will have an impact on them at some point in their careers.

No matter what you think about either person or side of this disagreement, the only way anything is ever going to get done is for them to communicate.  Get the lawyers out of the room, and get a handshake agreement done.  After that, they can bring the lawyers in to do the necessary paperwork.


Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:43 am


why is the  union letting goodell speak at their meeting with the players.  Goodell's a mouthpiece for the greedy owners.  De Smith needs to keep him away.

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:49 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

I remember when this all started Goodell said he would work for $1 until it is resolved.  Does anyone have info on this?  Is he actually being paid $1.  My guess is no.  Goodell is all for the owners and keeps pooping on the players.  The owners want to take more and more and leave the players with less when revenue keeps increasing.  I really hope once this all gets resolved the owners get served a couple shit sandwiches.

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:10 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Good thinking, geniuses--blame the owners' decision to opt out of the final year of the CBA, and then lockout, on player greed.
The owners are demanding:
1. 2B of the top, instead of 1B (An additional 10% off the top).
2. An additional 10% of yearly revenues (Gene Upshaw made it clear the player must NEVER give up any of their revenue percentage, because the owners will always come back for more in the future).
! In reality, #1 and #2 mean the owners are demanding an additional 20%, for a total of 30% off the top.
3. Price-fixing for the marketable services of rookies (Rookie cap).
4. Effective elimination of free-agency (6-year rookie contracts easily exceed the length of the majority of NFL careers).
5. 25M+ per year in reduced player salaries across the board (Salary cap).
6. Option to pay veterans no longer under contract to take what they give them, or sit out (Tags-see Vincent Jackson 2010).

These franchises enjoy tax breaks and stadium subsidies, and yet make it too expensive for 95% of the REAL FANS too attend a game.
Now the owners, who already make hundreds of millions of dollars each year, are holding countless individuals and businesses hostage while they wait for players, who have nowhere else to market their skills, to choose between sacrificing their livelihoods and challenging statutes designed to benefit the robber-barons two-hundred years ago.

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:03 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Nice to see signs of things getting back to normal. I feel most confident that we will not miss a snap of regular or pre-season football. Getting to close for comfort as far as training camp goes, and there is no way they are going to miss out on a single dollar generated. Could this off-season finally be drawing to a close?  Who's got next.....NBA!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:30 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

So I take it that as of right now, we're still 50/50 if there's going to be football or not right? In another words, nothing has change, nothing new except that now we all know what Goodell and Smith will be at and what they'll be doing on Wednesday morning and what they'll be doing after lunchtime on Wednesday. Thanks for the heads up, now I can sleep better knowing we're still at square one.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:22 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals have signaled in their prelimninary rulings that the union decertification is likely a sham, contrary to the District Court Judge. Both courts have required or urged both parties to find an agreement outside of court. Only after the 8th Circuit Court had ruled did the players and the NFL become serious in returning to the negotiations.

The union selected and is paying for the attorneys for the individual players in the case. The union is putting on the symposium for rookies because the lockout cancelled the NFL Rookie Symposium. Should the two parties come to agreement the union will recertify in short order to sign the agreement as a CBA.

I do think it is a positive sign that Roger Goddell and DeMaurice Smith will fly together to Florida and return. Chances are high that after the CBA is signed the NFLPA will be reimbursed for their costs in putting on the symposium.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:29 am

Goodell to speak at NFLPA rookie symposium

Wow.  This just in, you know nothing.  The NFLPA decert concerned their Union status only, not the association itself.  Smith is representing the association, which is live and well.  Since I see you are a Dallas fan, I suppose your level of understanding is well, understandable.
Deadskins fans. Go figure Undecided. When the NFLPA decertified as a union, they basically said, "okay, we're no longer a union, so the nfl is no longer under anti-trust excemptions. in return for that, we have given up the ability to negotiate for the players." By going from union to trade association, what they did was give up the collective bargaining power and set themselves up as frauds. The fact that Smith is now bargaining on behalf of the players tells me that the decert was a complete sham, and it WAS blackmail. "Do it our way or we'll stick it to you in court!" It just didn't work that way, because other than libtards nelson and doty, the 8th circuit actually followed the law and what's best for this country: IE, business. That being said, go cheer for the deadskins and enjoy many, many more last places finishes.

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