NFL Muzzles Owners with Fine threat!
NFL | Owners not allowed to talk about CBA
Sun, 12 Feb 2006 10:12:32 -0800
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent out a letter telling NFL owners they are not allowed to talk about the lack of agreement on the new collective bargaining agreement. When asked about the lack of agreement in an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said, "I'm not allowed to talk about that because the commissioner has sent out a letter and I'd be risking a $500,000 fine."
I wonder what they would say if they were allowed to talk?
Why would Tagliabue send out such a letter? What is he afraid of?
Maybe the public would agree with the Owners who are being Muzzled.
But I guess we won't know.
Tag finally does something right.
I'd expect that owners on both sides of the issue might want to explain their position, as some people just don't seem to "get it".
But that type of infighting among the owners isn't good for the NFL's image, let alone their position in negotiating with the Players Association.
Most owners would abide by the honor system but as we all know, there are a few loose canons among the owners as well.
do not know what is going on either. You're guessing. Since we can't hear
both sides we can't know to any extent the issues. The NFL appears determined to keep it that way. But you believe without
question the good intentions of men who have at stake enormous amounts of power and money. I may be naive but not so much so that I don't at least
question things especially when a powerful organization is exerting tremdous
pressure to keep things hidden.
This is such a tremendouly important topic not only to player and owners but
to fans who spend thousands on dollars every year. It should be public not
concealed. Just maybe you and many of us would be distrubed if we knew
what was really going on.
For example we might find out that there is an effort by a group of owners
to control who becomes an owner of an NFL team and that group has a
agenda that is NOT in the best interest of Players and Fans.
But we can't know, at least not until the ban on information is lifted, if
it ever will be.
I give you credit JR4, for you're aptly closing in on the conspiracy theory that Lord Taglibue is trying to hide.
While I'm not at liberty to divulge exactly what the truth is, let me just suggest that the rise in reports of UFO activity at the same time the NFL began its rise to prominence is not the coincidence it would seem.
I TOLD Lord Tagliabue that no one would believe the excuse that a ban on discussing contract negotiations with the press was just "good common sense".
After all, leaking information to the press worked perfectly for the Red Sox - as evidenced by the fact that Theo Epstein's back with the team now, making the Red Sox management look like geniuses!
You, JR4, put all these other fans to shame with your inquisitive insight and conspiracy theories. You've got it all figured out.
Well done and Bravo!
This is somehow big news? David Stern does this every time he negotiates a CBA. The commish wants ownership to speak with one voice - his.
Think for a moment, before you start yet another thread of conspiracy theories. What do you want from the NFL?
It is a legal cartel (caveat emptor, I'm not a lawyer, I use these words loosely).
It is one of those rare groups of organizations where the public benefits from a conspiracy designed to reduce competition. They call it parity, forcing mediocrity on the winners by giving losers unfair advantage. They use economics, scheduling and other means, part of which is in the CBA.
Tagliabue is enforcing the cartel's silence during the negotiations. He is within his rights to do so, as the representative of all the owners. It is in their interest, not ours. It is their cartel.
So there is a conspiracy. It's not just a theory. And it's what we want.
I'm sure you can find things you don't want, you've proven to have a vivid imagination. (sorry, I couldn't resist the dig)
But remember, we are consumers. We have no more right to be privy to their discussions than to sit in on a meeting where Colgate designs a new toothpaste and negotiates with its suppliers. It doesn't matter how many thousands of dollars consumers spend on toothpaste. Remember, the cartel is legal.
You could argue that we do have a right to know since they use public money, but Robert Kraft financed his own stadium, and will you look at it that, we're right back at the other thread, and once again, Kraft is not the villain. ;)
JR4, please tell us, what's your point?
Sides CANNOT speak their mind. You would be the first to jump down the throat of anyone sho said anything that made it sound like a conspiracy theory. The next day, the next year, whenver, when things are going in a different direction, you'd be, "Yeah, well XXX showed his true colors back in 2006 yadda yadda yadda"
Sorry, but I agree with teh guy who said "Tagliabue finally did somethign right" and I can tell you that I am NOT a Tabliabue fan!
Perhaps they are at an impass and one group see's public exposure as the
only way to break the dead lock. Another group fears the public exposure
as it would not be good for them. Not too difficult to understand.
I, for one, would at this point of stalled negotiations, like to hear both sides.
Time is running out.
I just don't come up with off the wall assertions. You've got Google ... spend
sometime and do a little research.
- There is a power struggle going on
- The group that wins may change the NFL from here on out.
Don't be one complaining years down the road crying in your beer
wondering how it all happend.
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