Tag:NFL Lockout
Posted on: February 13, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: February 13, 2011 12:27 pm
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Richardson insulted Manning, Brees in CBA talks?

Posted by Will Brinson

Last week, negotiations between the NFL owners and the NFLPA fell apart. The primary reason for that was -- we believe -- a tremendous gap in the wants and needs of the two sides.

There's also, apparently, a little vitriol between the groups. That's not shocking. But Jay Feely's mention -- on the Michael Kay Show via Pro Football Talk -- of the way Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly spoke to NFL icons Peyton Manning and Drew Brees during a Dallas negotiating session is terrifying for anyone who thinks a peaceful ending to labor talks is coming soon.

"Jerry Richardson, the lead negotiator for the owners, he's going to criticize Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and their intelligence in our meeting Saturday?" Feely said. "And sit there and say dismissively of Manning 'Do I need to help you read a revenue chart, son? Do I need to help break that down for you because I don't know if you understand how to read that?'"

If that sort of thing was said, verbatim, to Manning at a meeting, it's an absolutely terrifying prospect, because it means that there's far less forced pleasantry occurring between the two sides than anyone could have possibly thought.

And Manning may be a Southern-looking fella with a bit of a drawl, but goodness gracious do you have to be the most crotchety old man on the planet to think he's not intelligent. And Drew Brees, well, what on Earth would make anyone think he can't fathom a revenue chart?

Then again, when Richardson addressed the media following Carolina's disastrous 2010 season, he behaved much in the same way. He embarrassed several reporters with smart-alecky comments and at one point he drew a revenue "chart" on a piece of paper and holding it up to the assembled media. (Note that it was really just a terribly-drawn, one-dimensional pie chart.)

Feely also pointed out that there was no "kinda" walking out by the owners during the bargaining session last week.

"It's not true that they 'kinda' walked out," Feely said. "They did walk out."

"Logical minds can sit there and come up with a deal, but once you bring up emotion, then you get in the way of logic," Feely said.

The silver lining to come out of all of this is that there's no football being played right now -- it's a sad first Sunday without it in quite some time -- and that means these issues are at the forefront of public discussion, instead of being buried behind box scores.

That's still less fun than watching football, but it at least means there's a focus on trying to move the labor discussion, however unpleasant it may be, forward.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Jimmy Johnson talks Super Bowl, Dallas SB scene

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Jimmy Johnson doesn't live in Dallas -- he's too busy diving in the Keys, natch -- but he knows a little bit about this city, having won a game or two for the Cowboys back in his day.

I sat down with Jimmy on radio row to talk about the Steelers-Packers matchup, and get his thoughts on the impending lockout, Dallas weather and scene and the best way to get home from Dallas parties (hint: have friends at Crown Royal). 

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 2:43 pm
 

NFL at midseason: 'Most watched season ever'

Posted by Will Brinson

Guess what occupies each spot of the 14 most watched shows on television halfway through the season? An NFL game. The most watched television program every single week this season? An NFL game. Guess what 175 million people have tuned into this season? An NFL game.

Yes, folks, the NFL is pretty popular -- and, according to a press release from the NFL, more so now than ever, as the NFL is enjoying its most-watched season in history.

According to the release, NFL games are averaging 18.3 million viewers, a seven-percent bump from 2009 midway through the season.

Five years ago at this point, none of the 15 most-watched shows on television during the NFL season were games; last year at this point, only six games made the list. Now, it's almost entirely comprised of NFL games -- only an episode of "Dancing With the Stars" cracked the list as well (and that even featured Kurt Warner).

So what does this tell us? It's pretty obvious, really -- the NFL is more popular than ever and the league is a cash cow/ratings bonanza perpetually in bloom.

This realization would be fantastic were the NFL and NFLPA not staring down the cash-strapped barrel of a lockout before next season. It's easy to stick the labor strife in the back of our minds when we're enjoying Sunday after Sunday of NFL action, and that'll continue until February. But the NFL reminding everyone just how well the sport's doing on television should actually serve as a warning to both sides that the faster they resolve their issues, the sooner the sport can go back to growing and making money without fear of interruption. 

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