NFL meeting produces ‘better understanding’
June 21, 2011 4:48PM
Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, arrives at the NFL football owners meetings in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Owners begin a critical meeting to discuss progress from recent talks with players. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: June 21, 2011 7:32PM
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell left today’s meeting with the owners saying he feels the ownership has a “better understanding” of the proposed collective bargaining agreement.
Goodell and the owners met for about five and a half hours at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont. Goodell said the purpose of the meeting was to update the owners and team representatives on the parameters of the proposal and ask them for their input.
“I think it’s a tremendous positive that the principles are talking,” Goodell said. “Players and owners are talking to one another, and I think that’s a positive step.
“We have a very strong view of the priorities, a very strong view of what we need to continue to accomplish, and a determination to get there. I think the ownership is unified on that basis.”
Under the proposed CBA, players would receive a 48 percent share of the revenue, according to an ESPN report. The players received approximately 60 percent of the revenue in the previous agreement.
There was no vote taken today because the meeting was simply “informational.” Goodell said the owners will meet again soon, but would not give a date.
With only a month remaining before training camps are scheduled to open, Goodell also said he hopes the frequency of meetings with the NFLPA increases.
“Is there a drop dead date? There isn’t,” he said. “But obviously time is moving quickly and we’re fast approaching training camp period. I think there’s an urgency for everybody to get this done.”