Tag:Jerry Jones
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:57 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 11:49 am

Labor 'resolution' coming in an 'hour or two'?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's the final day of mediation on the current CBA deadline and things don't look good for the immediate future of the NFL.

There was reasonable cause for optimism up to Thursday afternoon that a deal could get done, but then yesterday evening, things took a turn for the worst and various peers from the two sides began sniping at each other in the media.

Now it appears as if there could be a resolution by lunchtime, provided the words from Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, can be taken at face value.

"Hopefully we'll have something for you in an hour or two," Jones said Friday morning while entering the Federal Mediation and Counseling Services building.

Resolution, there, doesn't necessarily mean anything good. Just that mediation might be over without an extension and without a new collective bargaining agreement, which means we're headed for the nuclear option.

That is to say, the players are going to demand some additional financial transparency from the owners in order to agree to an additional mediation, the owners will refuse, and the players will go about decertifying and filing an antitrust lawsuit.

Proof of this likelihood came via some strong tweet-language from Drew Brees, Saints quarterback and one of the big players in the negotiations.

"To our fans - I give you my word that we as players are doing everything we can to negotiate with the NFL towards a fair deal," Brees tweeted. "The NFL brought this fight to us - they want $1 billion back, we just want financial information to back up that request.

"They refuse to give that information to us. They think we should just trust them. Would you? We have a responsibility to our players - past, present, and future, to advance this league forward, not take 3 steps back."

Whether or not Brees' words are a precursor to a legal nightmare we won't know for a few hours. But regardless, it's the worst possible solution for everyone involved. However, if the owners are indeed unwilling to share their financial documents, there's nothing to do but brace and see how this legal nightmare pans out.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 8:31 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 8:31 pm

NFL headed back to mediation building

Posted by Clark Judge

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Stay tuned.

Roger Goodell and executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash reportedly were seen going into the federal mediation and conciliation services building Wednesday evening [Ed. note: this happened after the owner's labor committee meeting broke up] , so what happens next is anyone's guess. While spokesman Greg Aiello said that no decision regarding a possible lockout was taken by league owners, he also acknowledged that a vote of owners isn't required. That authority, he said, belongs to the NFL's 10-man labor committee, and while it may know where it's going, it's not saying.

And why should it? The league and Players Association are supposed to be involved in "good faith" negotiating, and the NFL isn't interested in saying or doing anything that could be construed a compromise of that action. Nor should it. But tell me the exit of owners who comprise the labor committee 24 hours prior to a deadline for a new CBA is a good thing ... because it's not.

"We can get back together in a short period of time," said Dallas owner Jerry Jones as he left here, "so don't read anything into it."

It's hard not to. There's no doubt that a settlement is unlikely by midnight Thursday, but there could be an extension to the deadline. There was in 2006 after owners and the union broke off talks on a new CBA, and the extension resulted in a settlement. I don't know that that happens here. What I do know is that nothing much was accomplished here, other than owners getting the lowdown on what happens next.

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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: February 25, 2011 11:55 pm

Jerry Jones takes responsibility for SB woes

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wanted was to play host to the greatest Super Bowl ever to be experienced and to have his team participate in it. Unfortunately for him, neither circumstance occurred.

Jones hasn’t had much to say since Super Bowl XLV and all of the limitations faced by the Metroplex and (surprisingly) Cowboys Stadium and the fans who wanted to be inside of it.

But on Friday, he spoke to a group of reporters, including the Dallas Morning News, in his Indianapolis hotel room, and he said he and the NFL both share responsibility for the mistakes that were made in regards to the seats that, you know, weren’t available for use (even though people paid good money for them).

“I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue,” Jones said. “Some of the things we would like to improve on regarding the seating issue, informing the fans that were involved, all of those areas, the NFL and I take responsibility for.

“You always like to look at areas you can be better, get better. We certainly intend to and will get much better in terms of the seating and how that is handled. I don’t have a lot of details for you, relative to specifics, but that’s part of the process of the work ahead to do it better.”

Although Jones declined to specifically discuss why the seats weren’t ready, he also said he believe the NFL will give him another shot at hosting the Super Bowl (he, of course, is 100 percent accurate about that).

“While those challenges have been focused on, I think our opportunity for a Super Bowl in the future are very outstanding, very good, because of the venue we have and because of the way the Super Bowl was supported and if you will, worked,’’ Jones said.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:07 am

The NFL still dealing with Super Bowl fallout

Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you thought the NFL’s biggest problem emerging from Super XLV was Seatgate and having to deal with about 1,200 upset fans whose tickets basically were irrelevant for the start of the game, the Philadelphia Daily News has a slightly different take on why the NFL could be in even more trouble than previously thought.

According to columnist Paul Domowitch, it wasn’t just the fans who were screwed by the NFL. It was also the league’s owners and executives, the halftime performers and, most importantly to the league’s bottom line, the game’s sponsors.

Jerry Jones' stadium did not fare well at Super Bowl XLV (Getty). The newspaper writes that the A-list Tailgate party was an unmitigated disaster with some sponsors having to wait in line for more than two hours to get into the event. And that was if they could even figure out where they were supposed to go to get to the party.

Apparently, some of the executives who had to wait in line – including those for FedEx and Castor Motor Oil – have threatened to yank their sponsorship (though you’d have to think having their name associated with the NFL is worth a little more than a little inconvenience for one day).

The owners also were promised gift certificates to Dallas-area stores and the free use of limos, but when Rita Benson LeBlanc – the granddaughter of Saints owner Tom Benson and the heir to the team – arrived in Dallas, she was told that the limos were only for principal owners. That, to say the least, did not go over well with Benson.

Domowitch also goes on to describe how poor the sound system was for the halftime show and how league executives were upset they had to give up their seats in order to accommodate the fans who were displaced by the stadium's lack of preparation.

So, what does all of this mean? Domowitch explains:

To make a long story short, you can bet your DeSean Jackson Fathead that somebody, and maybe more than one somebody, is going to be thrown under the bus for the debacle in Texas 2 weeks ago.

If you're looking for likely fall guys, you can start with Eric Grubman, the league's executive vice president/business ventures, and Frank Supovitz, the league's senior vice president/events, who essentially were in charge of Super Bowl XLV, if you don't count the guy who owns the stadium they played the game in, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. And Jerry's not going anywhere, except into seclusion. If Grubman's and Supovitz' names both still are on the league's staff directory in 4 months, I'll be shocked.

But despite all the problems, you can bet the Super Bowl, once again, will return to Dallas.

There’s too much money on the table for the NFL not to return. Even with all the problems – in part because of the snow, the Metroplex’s inability to deal with it and the distance between Dallas, Forth Worth and Arlington – the money is really the only figure that matters anyway.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:46 am

Jerry Richardson gets support from owners

Posted by Andy Benoit

After Michael Silver’s column in Yahoo! Sports about Jerry Richardson’s condescending negotiating tones with Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, the football world may be starting to view the Panthers owner as the chief villain of the ongoing labor negotiations. Richardson’s colleagues don’t share that sentiment (not publicly, anyway). Darin Gantt and Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer passed along the various statements of support for RJ. Richardson (US Presswire)ichardson.

Robert Kraft said, "Since the Panthers joined the NFL, Jerry Richardson has been one of the league's most influential owners, frequently bridging any gaps among the ownership groups on various issues. His unique background as a former NFL player and successful businessman helps form a perfect personality to co-chair the owner's negotiating committee. Anyone who has ever heard Jerry speak at the owners' meetings knows that he has reverent regard for the players in this league.

"He has the full support of the other owners in the NFL who remain hopeful that we will reach an agreement with the players' union by March4."

John Mara, co-owner of the Giants, said, "There is no more respected owner in the league than Jerry Richardson. In his role as the co-chair of the owners' negotiating committee, he brings integrity, the desire to always do the right thing and he has the full respect of all the owners."

Kraft and Mara were both mentioned in Silver’s column as two people who were particularly embarrassed by Richardson’s negotiating style with the players.

Jerry Jones also lent his support, saying, "Jerry's greatest strength is communication. The more that is at stake, the more direct and clear he is with his words. When he speaks with people he cares about deeply - players, business partners, his fellow owners - he is always particularly straightforward and to the point. That is how he shows his respect for the situation and the individuals involved. He is one of the most effective leaders I have ever known because he is one of the best communicators I have ever been associated with."

The NFL has said it has no plans to remove Richardson from the CBA negotiations.

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:06 pm

First lawsuit filed in Super Bowl seat fiasco

Posted by Andy Benoit

The first lawsuit in the fallout from the seat issues at Cowboys Stadium last Sunday has been filed. The man behind the paperwork: Mike Dolabi, one of the 400 fans. According to Thomas Korosec of Bloomberg, “Dolabi, who sued on behalf of himself and other fans, said they had paid at least $100,000 for seat licenses at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and were promised seats at Super Bowl XLV with ‘the best sightlines in the stadium,’ according to the complaint filed in federal court in Dallas yesterday.”

In addition to punitive damages, the plaintiff is seeking more than $5 million in actual damages (which can be tripled under Texas’ trade law). The NFL, Jones and the Cowboys are accused of fraud, breach of good faith, breach of contract and violating Texas’ deceptive trade practices law.

This likely won’t be the last story about legal action taken against the Cowboys and NFL. Keep in mind, if someone has enough money to attend a Super Bowl, chances are they have access to a good attorney.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:07 pm

Goodell, Jerry Jones get their say

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ve been asked over and over again how the NFL and Cowboys Stadium possibly could not have had all the Super Bowl XLV seats set up for the game. The answer: I don’t know why, but I know it was a major screw-up.

Will covered the story pretty extensively today, but let me add in the statements released by Dallas owner Jerry Jones and an important question asked to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at his news conference today.

From Goodell on why the seats were not set up in time: “We are going to do a thorough review of that. We don’t have all the answers to that, but it was obviously a failure on our behalf and we have to take responsibility for that.”

Goodell also said all the blame should be heaped on the NFL and not on Jones.

And Jones’ partial statement:

Cowboys Stadium was designed with the versatility to be fully capable accommodating the number of seats that were scheduled to be in place for Super Bowl XLV. The stadium configuration was part of the Host Committee bid that was approved by the NFL owners in 2007. The NFL, the Host Committee, the Cowboys, and the City of Arlington worked closely to ensure as safe and as enjoyable experience for as many fans as possible.

The incomplete installation of temporary seats left a limited number of sections unusable for yesterday's game. Manpower and timing issues caused inconveniences to some fans. At the end of the preparations, approximately 400 fans attending the game were not able to watch from those installed. We deeply regret their Super Bowl experience was impacted by this error, and we share that responsibility with the NFL.

We will also continue to work closely with the NFL in its complete review of Super Bowl XLV.

At the end of the day, the game on the field, and the stadium where it was played, exceeded the high level of expectation that the Super Bowl presents. It was a great game in a great venue, and it was an experience that will begin the process of bringing future Super Bowls to North Texas.

Our region displayed the type of tremendous commitment of resources, services, enthusiasm, and hospitality that validates our community as a most worthy home to this wonderful event in the years to come.

Our collective goals all along were to ensure that more than 103,000 people would be able to have an enjoyable game day experience on Super Bowl Sunday while also being a part of an event that ultimately produced the largest television audience for any program ever.

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