NFL LOCKOUT: Week two, top questions for the NFL owners

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has written a letter to the fans, but has not been as vocal as some of the league's other owners during the labor dispute. (Curtis Compton/

Falcons owner Arthur Blank has written a letter to the fans, but has not been as vocal as some of the league's other owners during the labor dispute. (Curtis Compton/

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:

Answer away.


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

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11 comments Add your comment


March 23rd, 2011
11:17 am


March 23rd, 2011
5:03 pm

I agree with the owners. no one loves football more than me. palyers are over paid. Did Sam Walton have the share his financial statements with his employees, hell no, how much he makes is his business. players should have to live like normal people for a year, then see if they want to get payed good money to play a game.


March 23rd, 2011
9:47 pm

The answer to each of those questions goes back to one answer, which is the same answer to this Question:

12. Why did the players premeditate a union de-certification and file a subsequent lawsuit?

Answer: Greed.


March 24th, 2011
1:48 am

For once, SeenThisB4 is right about something. No pity for either side here. Maybe after we get a few court rulings, they can get back to business and sort this crap out… no moral high ground to be found.

Falcon James

March 24th, 2011
9:13 am

Rikus is right. SeenThis B4 actually put an intellegent, well thought remark up on the board. Way to go Seen!

Greg from Marietta

March 24th, 2011
11:30 am

I was going to compose a long and drawn out discussion of business modeling, investment outlay and risk factors that owners have to deal with that players don’t. Then discuss the premise of employer-employee dynamics. But it is easier just to say that I agree with ‘dollarfalconfan’ and (I never thought that I’d be saying these words) I also agree with ‘SeenThisB4′. It seems that the players forget that they are just ‘Employees’ and equals to the owners. If they were smart they would be trying to negotiate the redistribution of wealth bye eliminating the obscene amounts of money payed to ‘unproven’ rookies and have it redistributed to ‘proven’ veterans.

Greg from Marietta

March 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Correction: ‘ Employees’ and equals to the owners.
Should read: ‘Employees and NOT equals to the owners.


March 25th, 2011
12:13 am

It is hard to understand the players position in this matter, and that is true of any sport. These are grown men getting paid more money a year than most teachers, police, fire, or even politicians make (not counting what politicians steal of course). Owners put up money to make money, players sell their skills to the owners. All the money made by both groups is obscene. Here’s a thought, take 10% of owners profits and 10% of players salaries and pay teachers, police and fire dept out of that money. Nope I don’t work in any of those professions, but teachers are having to take unpaid days off, and fire and police personnel are having benefits cut. We have a socialist President I’m sure he’d approve of this concept, ha.


March 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

Comparing NFL ownership to Walmart is like comparing open-heart surgery to a pedicure. That might be the stupidest thing I’ve seen all day.

Not to mention Sam Walton did very well for himself at the expense of the American middle class. How many family businesses were wiped out by his greed?

Robert Payne

March 25th, 2011
3:22 pm

non sense dollarff im a bigger fan i dont agree with the owners they shouldve work through it i hate that they did that it was stupid football is my life wat um a do wen i cant watch it and wen my season is over all games been played they couldve let us have a season it makes me very emotional fa real i love football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Jefferson

March 26th, 2011
9:14 am

Hey Paulitick, Sam built a huge business by grit and determination, planning and vision. Sadly these are qualities most progressives (socialists) lack and they are envious of those that have it. Heaven forbid someone actually achieve something of merit here in America. As for the owners of NFL franchises, if they are required to open their books, maybe the players should invest some of their dollars into running the team day to day.