I received this list of questions from NFLPA on Tuesday.
You know, if someone wanted $1 billion back from your savings account, you’d probably have a few questions for them, too.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank wrote a letter to fans, but he also spoke with Jarrett Bell of USA Today down at the owner’s meeting in New Orleans. He stands by the assertion that the owners made a great offer to the players.
Said Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, “We offered a great deal more than has ever offered in the past, beyond what federal law requires, and actually more than we have shared among clubs. I thought it was a substantial ‘give’ by the league.”
For this list of questions, I gather that they polled the players at the recent NFLPA meeting in Florida.
I figured that you all could have some fun trying to answer them.
So, here’s your chance to play NFL Owner:
TOP 11 QUESTIONS FROM PLAYERS TO BOB BATTERMAN & JEFF PASH
1. Why did owners lock out the players?
2. Why did you not answer players’ repeated requests for financial transparency in the form of fully audited financial statements?
3. Why did owners not agree to extend the previous CBA so that players and owners could continue to work through the issues and fans can enjoy their football?
4. Did owners consider the economic impact of a lockout? What do you say to the assistant coaches, team personnel, stadium workers, vendors, security personnel, restaurants and bars that rely on the NFL?
5. Why are owners still soliciting fans for advance payments on season tickets when games may be cancelled during the lockout you imposed?
6. Why were owners absent during the majority of the mediation sessions?
7. Why did Bob Batterman, Jeff Pash and Anthony Noto tell owners that players’ portion of incremental revenues increased by 70 percent when you know that is simply not true?
8. Why did the NFL obtain lockout insurance by renegotiating television network contracts to the tune of $4 billion even if games would not be played?
9. Did you and Roger Goodell have ultimate deal-making authority during mediation or at any point in negotiations during the last two years?
10. Why are you opposing an injunction which would put players back on the field and assure games are played in 2011?
11. What is the justification for this lockout?
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog