NFL and NFLPA are at it again; 2011 NFL Lockout sequel

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Aug 5, 2011; Canton, OH; USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and NFLPA executive director Demaurice Smith hold the new CBA in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Like most sequels to a movie, the second one is rarely better than the original.  This is what seems to be the case for the NFL and National Football League Players Association.

Last year at about this time, football fans awoke everyday to the hope that a lockout because of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement would be averted and that teams would carry on as normal during the off-season.

Instead, we were treated to scenes of players in suits, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith streaming in to endless meetings that went nowhere from March 11, 2011-July 25, 2011.

Players that were drafted in April 2011 were lucky to be able to visit their new team facilities for only a few hours and Goodell was booed on several occasions during the event.

During the lockout, both the NFL and NFLPA threw blame at each other over who was causing the problems in trying to end the lockout and “get back to football.”

In the end, it took New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to be the main bridge between the two.  All while, his wife was dying and then died of cancer during the negotiations.  A sacrifice that made the NFL and NFLPA hang their heads in shame or should have.

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  • larryjames836

    The problem is the NFL Commissioner wants to be the Judge, Jury, and the Hangman when you have another organization also part of the NFL that really don’t know who right nor who wrong. I’m wit NFLPA if you can’t give me what I,m asking you for then my hands closed that is fair, somebody must stand up to Roger Goodell just because you have a little power I’m not one you must have facts when every teams in the NFL saying they hand out rewards for what the same things you guys have shot the Saints down for everybody wants a fair hearing.

  • larryjames836

    I thank the NFL need to find another NFL Commissioner because Roger Goodell is no good for the job he over. To me it’s make me think he covering up something me myself I really don’t believe its all about pay-for-performance scandal. It’s all about who hosting the Super Bowl New Orleans Saints is hosting so in other words you can’t have your cake and eat it to, I don’t think it’s Roger Goodell by himself I think it’s the NFL teams also that is behind it all they always have been complaining about the Saints doing something. All because they don’t want to accept that the New Orleans Saints are not the team they call the ain’ts they are the best team in the NFL theirs a lot of NFL teams out that don’t want the Saints to go no where and also be trying to put they players out of the game sometimes they put them out like THOMAS when they played the 49er’s Saints didn’t complaint because they know this is what football all about I see it like this if you can’t handle it you in the wrong place of business.