Tag:Bob Kraft
Posted on: July 20, 2011 11:08 am
Edited on: July 20, 2011 12:12 pm

Bob Kraft's wife dies after battle with cancer

Posted by Will Brinson

Some sad news from the NFL world today as Robert Kraft's wife Myra died Wednesday morning at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer, the team announced.

"Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel in learning of the passing of Myra Hiatt Kraft," the Patriots said in a statement released by the team. "Myra passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. We are all heartbroken. The global philanthropic community and the New England Patriots family have suffered a great loss.”

Mrs. Kraft's tragic passing juxtaposes the current labor negotiations with the NFL in that it reminds us, quite clearly, how unimportant football really is in terms of the grand scheme of things.

It's also a testament to the dedication of Kraft to his organization in that he spearheaded many of these negotiation sessions despite his wife's serious illness.

"On behalf of all NFL players, I want to offer my deepest sympathies to Bob and the Kraft," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. "I know how much he loves Myra. We mourn her loss and my heart goes out to a great man and his family. Myra will be missed."

Mrs. Kraft was well-known for being heavily involved in philanthropic causes, serving on the boards of the American Repertory Theatre and United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Brandeis University.

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Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:46 am

Mediation resumes Tuesday with new faces

Posted by Will Brinson

Mediation in the Brady v. NFL matter resumes Tuesday, and there will be some changes in the people present for the two parties.

For starters, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith won't be present at the mediation, due to "a family medical emergency," per Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the NFL's negotiating team will feature Commissioner Roger Goodell, lead counsel Jeff Pash, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and Packers CEO Mark Murphy.

Out of the owners present, only Richardson -- considered perhaps the lead negotiator for the owners -- is a holdover from last week. And it's interesting that the group heading into the second week of court-ordered mediation is in stark contrast to the group (Bob Kraft of the Pats, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs and Art Rooney of the Steelers) that was in Minnesota last week.

Jones, as you'll recall, allegedly had a bit of a confrontation with the players when the two sides mediated before George Cohen in Washington, D.C. That's not to say this will end poorly, because however the two sides act over the course of the mediation ends up reflecting on their position to Judge Susan Nelson.

And maybe it's a good thing that a new group of owners gets to see the proceedings and gauge the NFLPA's position at this point in time through an in-person experience.

Smith's absence is regrettable, certainly, but a family illness is one of the things that get you excused from almost any mediation. It probably also means that we're unlikely to see any settlement on Tuesday.

But that was likely to be the case anyway -- as our own Mike Freeman wrote recently, this second round of mediation might theoretically hold more water because it's court-ordered, but it's just about as likely to produce a happy ending to this labor dispute as the UFL is to produce football that will satisfy America come the fall.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 6:01 pm

Kraft will miss the owners meetings

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots owner Bob Kraft won’t be attending the annual owners meetings this week in New Orleans this week due to a “private family medical matter,” the team announced this evening.

Kraft is influential on both sides of the labor negotiations. He’s a voice of respect on the owners’ side while serving on the 10-member Management Council Executive committee, and the players have said he’s one of the owners with whom they directly want to negotiate a new CBA.

According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, team president Jonathan Kraft will take Bob Kraft’s place in New Orleans. Coach Bill Belichick also has been spotted around town today.

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Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 4:45 pm

Hot Routes 3.20.11: Light upset with Kraft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Here’s an update on former Patriots DE Jarvis Green and whether he’s going to continue playing football. Right now, he says he’s “in between.”
  • Should Broncos QB Tim Tebow (or Kyle Orton, for that matter) be worried that Denver’s front office – which holds the No. 2 pick in next month’s NFL draft – is checking out Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett? Maybe, but probably not.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:59 pm

Another reason owners might be screwed

Jerry Jones has a big mortgage payment on his new stadium. Posted by Pete Prisco

You pay your mortgage, right?

It's easier to do with money coming in, right? Now imagine you're an NFL owner with a huge mortgage on a stadium you helped finance. That owner pays the mortgage on that debt, just like you.

That's why the ruling Tuesday that NFL owners can't have access to the $4 billion in television revenue they were expecting if there's a lockout next season is huge.

District Judge David Doty, who has been a thorn in the league's side in the past with other rulings, overruled special master Stephen Burbank in declaring the league couldn't have access to the TV money next season.

The reason that ruling is a big is because many of the big-power owners, men like Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Bob Kraft (Patriots), John Mara (Giants) and Woody Johnson (Jets), have big debt service on their stadiums.

They have monster mortgage payments.

Without that money, it becomes tough to pay those notes.

The NFL will appeal the ruling to a higher court, but for now this is big win for the players and maybe a big hit for the fans.

A survey of a handful of players showed them to think this was important for their push.

Without that money, you can bet the owners will want a quicker resolution to these talks.

The lockout insurance -- the TV money -- was a bullet in their gun.

Now they have more empty chambers than they thought.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 8:43 am

New CBA primary obstacle to NFL in Los Angeles

Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- The chatter surrounding an NFL team moving to Los Angeles has been heavy in recent months.

Magic Johnson is on board with bringing football back to the City of Angels, Bob Kraft's waxed optimistic about the move, and at least two NFL teams (the Chargers and the Vikings) have suspect stadium situations that make them prime candidates to move.

However, don't expect news on the LaLa front any time too soon -- Roger Goodell stated in his press conference following the owners' meetings that the primary obstacle to professional football in Los Angeles is currently the lack of a labor deal.

"I've said the No. 1 thing to make the economics work in Los Angeles is a new collective bargaining agreement," Goodell said. "I don't think it's a coincidence that we have not had a new stadium built since we entered into this collective bargaining agreement in 2006.

"The Giants and Jets stadium, the Dallas stadium and Kansas City were all far along in the process or at least along in the process that it couldn't be reversed. The economics of trying to build a stadium in the Los Angeles market are challenging and part of that challenge is the collective bargaining agreement so we have to get that resolved."

Goodell makes a salient point -- it's often assumed that once a group can find the funding there will eventually be a team that wants to jump into the nation's second-largest market.

But with the possibility of no football at all looming large in 2011, can it be assumed that there'll be football in Los Angeles soon? Of course not.

In fact, Goodell's words may serve as a nice (albeit not direct in any way) warning to any groups that want to try and pack up a club and drag them into downtown L.A. -- it's not going to be as easy as it looks, unless the relationship between a city and a club just completely dissolve in a quick fashion.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:08 am

Goodell tops SBJ top-50 list

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Sports Business Journal released its annual top-50 most influential list of the movers and shakers in sports today.

Not surprisingly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is No. 1 on the list. The SBJ explains why:

Put aside the sheriff of the NFL tag, stratospheric TV ratings and his laserlike focus on the in-stadium experience, Roger Goodell has in part the fate of America's most popular game in his hands. The NFL commissioner must hash out a new labor deal to save the 2011 season — in other words, he has the primary influence in what the entire industry is watching most closely.

I wonder, though: if the NFL finds its season canceled next season, will Goodell still be No. 1 next year?

A few other NFLers on the list:

DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, is No. 5, and this will be a big next six months for him. Can the union outflank the owners, get (most of) what the players want and keep the game going? Or will the owners stick to their principles and make this a tough fight?

Rounding out the top ten is Patriots owner Bob Kraft at No. 9 and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at No. 10. Just think where Jones would be if he didn’t have the Wade Phillips albatross weighing down his ranking.

And finally, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is No. 15, but it’s got nothing to do with how well his organization has performed this season. It’s all about the labor fight. 

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:03 pm

Donald Trump's Hair attempts to start 'The Wave'

Posted by Will Brinson
Donald Trump is in Foxboro on Monday, and he's hanging out with his toupee and Bob Kraft in the Patriots owner's box.

Midway through the second quarter, the cameras caught the two sitting there, and also caught The Donald's domepiece doing something funky that deserves to be seen over and over and over again. Thankfully, Jimmy Traina at SI.com captured it. In other news, the Pats are beating the tar out of the Jets.

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