Tag:Art Rooney
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:21 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:35 pm

Dan Rooney will return to Ireland as ambassador

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For those hoping (praying?) for Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney to get involved in the NFL labor dispute (he’s been a voice of reason in the past), don’t hold your breath.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney plans to keep his job as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland for another year.

Obviously, he’ll stay out of the labor talks, but he said he’s happy with the role that his son, Art, has played on the owners’ executive committee.

"Art's involved," Dan Rooney told the paper. "He knows what he's doing."

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 7:00 am

Harrison: Rule-makers at NFL 'are idiots'

Posted by Will Brinson

Roger Goodell took to the podium at the NFL owners' meetings in Indianapolis on Wednesday to address the lockout. He also talked about the new rule changes in place to improve player safety.

Unfortunately, no one asked him specifically about James Harrison hopping on Twitter Tuesday night and calling the NFL's rule-makers "idiots."

"I'm absolutely sure now after this last rule change that the people making the rules at the NFL are idiots," Harrison tweeted.

Harrison was referring to the new "club accountability" rule the NFL announced Tuesday. Under that rule, teams with a certain number of players (currently undetermined) who violate player safety rules will be fined a certain amount of money (also currently undetermined).

Harrison wasn't the only Steeler who took umbrage to the NFL's recent decision.

"Thoughts on "the Steelers rule"??? lol im sorry that im not sorry we hit 2 hard," LaMarr Woodley tweeted Wednesday morning.

Referring to the NFL's implementation of club accountability as the "Steeler rule" probably won't win Woodley any fans on Park Avenue, but it's probably pretty accurate.
Safety Rules

After all, Art Rooney acknowledged that the Steelers would have been one of the "three or four teams" who received a fine in 2010 had the rule been in place.

And you can expect Steelers fans to get upset, and Steelers players to accuse the league of targeting their franchise. The reality is, though, that you'll be hard-pressed to find a team that more flagrantly violated the helmet-to-helmet and defenseless receiver rules than Pittsburgh in 2010.

Many people will call that "just playing real football" or some other cliche. But it won't matter if the league doesn't agree.

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 6:26 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Posted by Will Brinson

Three new NFL rule changes relating to player safety were approved Tuesday at the owners' meetings in Indianapolis. Also, the NFL is close to rolling out a "team fine" system for fining franchises if they have multiple players who are fined throughout the season.

League vice president Adolpho Birch referred to the system as a "notion of club accountability,"  but said that details of the plan are not final.

"As a club's total (number of fines) increases to a certain threshold, we will enforce some ... payback to encourage clubs to stay below that threshold," Birch said. "We're looking at a system similar to one we instituted a couple years ago with off-field conduct.

"We're still working on specifics. Let's just say it would be significant and reasonable," he said.

Birch did not identify which teams likely would have been fined had the system been in place during the 2010 season, but did say that "three our four teams would have been subject to penalties."

Art Rooney, speaking at the owners meetings, said that the Steelers would have been one of the teams that would have qualified for such a fine, according to Dan Parr of Pro Football Weekly.
Safety Rules

NFL VP Ray Anderson, also speaking in Indy, said that suspensions will again be considered for the coming season. In 2010, the NFL threatened players with the possibility of suspensions based on hits that were considered flagrant violations, but no player was suspended.

Fines and suspensions will presumably be easier to come by in 2011, as well.  The 32 owners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve rules that increase player safety, including a measure aimed at preventing a player from launching himself into a defenseless opponent.

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:56 am

Mediation has resumed...not that it matters

Posted by Andy Benoit

For what it’s worth, the owners and players went back to the negotiating table Monday, but only because it was already scheduled as part of the court order. Neither side is particularly interested in making a deal given that the issue will go to court June 3.

In fact, Steelers president Art Rooney admitted as much, telling Albert Breer of NFL Network on his way in, "We'd like to make progress, but it'll be hard to do. We have to wait to see what happens June 3."

No active players were in the negotiating room, though Mike Vrabel was scheduled to be on hand (his flight got canceled). The mediation is scheduled to last two days.

Meanwhile, Colts owner Jim Irsay took to Twitter and chimed in on the issue (Irsay has not directly taken part in the negotiations thus far). “Jeff Saturday and I could get this thing done, on cocktail napkins, over a long lunch at Rick's Boatyard..it's not that hard!”

He also added, “Everyone's so damn serious, suits, briefcases, lawyers! Let's put on jeans n golf clothes, players/owners remembering we're friends, hang a little.”

Hear, hear!

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Category: NFL
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 9:23 pm

NFL, NFLPA will continue mediation Friday

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After nearly 10 hours of negotiations today, the mediation session between the NFL and the NFLPA in the presence of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan has ended. And, as we suspected, not many people are saying much of anything.

Although NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said the two sides would return to the courthouse in Minneapolis on Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We pledged confidentiality.”

As NFL.com's Albert Breer wrote earlier this evening, “I've been told talks upstairs have been ‘tough’ and there's lots of ‘fence-mending’ to be done.”

Still, it sounds like something productive occured.

"We had a full day. It was constructive to get together," said Pash, who was joined by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, Steelers owner Art Rooney and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "The chief magistrate judge is working very hard, and I give him a lot of credit for really trying to move the parties toward a solution."

OK, that sounds fine. But how long will this mediation attempt last? Until (fingers crossed!) there’s a resolution?

 "The court has indicated it wants to continue with everyone talking as long as it makes sense," said Michael Hausfeld, one of the attorneys for the players.

Hmm, that doesn’t really tell us much, does it?

Actually, the fact that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (who was joined by Vikings LB Ben Leber, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel and Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller) and Goodell – who had to step away from part of the bargaining session to join in on a conference call scheduled with 5,300 Browns fans – attended the mediation is a pretty good sign.

"I can tell you that it's a positive step when the parties are talking," Goodell told the Browns fans. "We saw the March 11 proposal as responsive to issues raised by the players and there are many attractive elements in it. ... Our entire focus is on getting a deal done."

Though these sessions were mandated by Judge Susan Nelson – who will eventually rule on the Brady v NFL case – it’s obviously positive that the two sides, once again, are meeting. And hope for an agreement of any sort between the two sides continues.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: April 14, 2011 11:49 am

Mediation underway; four owners attending talks

Posted by Andy Benot

Thursday is the start of the court-ordered resumed mediation between the NFL and NFLPA (kickoff time 10:00 a.m. EST). This time the talks are taking place in Minnesota in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

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According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, four NFL owners are attending the Thursday session: Robert Kraft of the Patriots, Jerry Richardson of the Panthers, Clark Hunt of the Chiefs and Art Rooney of the Steelers. Also in the room are Roger Goodell, NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Falcons president Rich McKay.

Judge Susan Nelson, who ordered this mediation, has required that whoever is on hand must have the power of full authority. In other words, the individuals in the room must be able to work out whatever (if any) deal their side is willing to do.


UPDATE 10:19 a.m. EST: Breer reports that two of the plaintiffs in the Brady v NFL case are in the mediation: Mike Vrabel of the Chiefs and Ben Leber of the Vikings.

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:11 pm

Rooney not loving potential new replay rules

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been some talk today from the first day of the NFL owners meetings about the potential new kickoff rules and if the proposals needed tweaking before the owners actually vote on whether to implement them.

Steelers owner Art Rooney II has a slightly different point of contention: potential new replay rules.

The rules committee has proposed tweaking those rules by eliminating coach’s challenges on scoring plays and, instead, going more toward the college game by making all those plays subject to a booth review.

Rooney, for one, isn’t a fan of that idea.

"The fans are going to sit there and wait and, 'OK, is that a touchdown or not? Are they going to review it or not?'" Rooney said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"And the other thing is, the first time we did replay it was basically sort of the eye in the sky thing where any play could be reviewed. That's how it was. The negative I think from that -- and I think one of the reasons we kind of went to the system we have with the coach's challenge -- was the effect it had on the officials. They basically started to be hesitant to make a call because they knew everything they were going to do was going to be reviewed. I think that could be one of the effects of this, guys not wanting to make a call because they know it's going upstairs no matter what they call.”

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Category: NFL
Tags: Art Rooney
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:13 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 2:39 pm

NFL/NFLPA exec committees in mediation Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Wednesday's mediation session between the NFL and NFLPA has a different tone, just based on attendance -- the entire 10-man owner executive committee, including lead negotiators Jerry Richardson of the Panthers and Pat Bowlen of the Broncos, is in Washington.

Art Rooney of the Steelers, John Mara of the Giants, Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, Dean Spanos of the Chargers, Mike Brown from the Bengals, Robert Kraft from the Patriots and Mark Murphy, Packers CEO, are the additional members of the executive committee.

Also in Washington are players like Kevin Mawae, Drew Brees and Tony Richardson. All of that's to say that there's a significantly greater number of movers and shakers in D.C. for the next-to-last day of mediation.

Per usual, though, that doesn't necessarily mean much for those seeking optimistic news out of the mediated talks.

Per Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal, Jeff Pash, the VP of Labor for the NFL, told the media it was possible for the two sides to "stop the clock" on the expiring CBA and elect to extend the deadline for negotiations.

Pash also reiterated the league's statement that Tuesday's decision from Judge Doty doesn't affect their plans for spending at all (even though that's fairly difficult to believe, if only because $4 billion is a lot of money and taking it in or out of a budget typically makes a difference for anyone.)

But the end source for optimism for anyone rooting for no lockout is an extension of the CBA past the 11:59 deadline on Thursday night. And even that seems like too much to hope for right now.

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