NFL Lockout: Goodell, Smith issue joint statement

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (right).  AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (right). AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

The NFL labor meetings concluded today outside of Boston.

There are multiple media reports that the talks were fruitful, but that there are still many more miles to travel before a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Falcons president Rich McKay left the meeting without commenting, according to a tweet from Mike Giardi of  Comcast Sports Net in New England.

#Falcons President Rich McKay blew outta here like his hair was on fire. Suffice to say “no comment” was best he could do.

However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith stood together and made statements to media.

Commissioner Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

DeMaurice Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it.  Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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48 comments Add your comment

Northern Bird

June 23rd, 2011
7:35 pm

Get it done !!


June 23rd, 2011
7:46 pm

A press conference needed to be held to make those statements?


June 23rd, 2011
8:17 pm

I think they should split up evenly one of their nine billion between everyone that participates in this blog and call in a day. RIght now my cut is $333,333,333.33


June 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

Larry, your cut just got smaller. Give me my share, lol!!!!


June 23rd, 2011
8:59 pm

It’s the fact that they had joint press conference that is significant. GEAUX Saints!


June 23rd, 2011
9:12 pm

You guys are taking my money fast!


June 23rd, 2011
9:31 pm

I’m tried of hearing about what they think! guess what every damn fan has continued to work hard through out this how sham. I am real close to launching my own preemptive shot by canx my NFL ticket and not playing Fantasy Football I’ll make do Playhing Gokf and watching College football on Sat. This BS has gone on long enough, if they want my hard earned dollars, houw ’bout they go earn some from me!!


June 23rd, 2011
9:38 pm



June 23rd, 2011
10:05 pm

“rich mc kay blew outta here like his hair was on fire”– sounds like the failcans fans at halftime of the packers game!… hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe


June 23rd, 2011
10:08 pm

Hiramsaint, at least we made it that far and lost to the SB winner you lost to the 7-9 Seahawks??? WTF


June 23rd, 2011
10:21 pm

in two more weeks I will not care and I will never buy another Falcon Ticket again. It is like the billionaire owners vs the millionaire players. A bunch of spoiled people!!

I will watch more college football, golf and baseball. I am sick of the whole NFL!!!

Big Ray

June 23rd, 2011
10:23 pm

Told us nothing new.


June 23rd, 2011
10:41 pm

kieth- we lost to a div winner by 5 points- you , on the other hand as the #1 seed got annihilated by the # 6 seed wildcard team in your own tent. thats WTF !

The Falcon Jedi

June 23rd, 2011
10:47 pm

Theyve been saying “we’re working hard” for months and months. Why is this news?


June 23rd, 2011
11:59 pm

“We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated.”
Translated. “We are no where close to getting it settled.”


June 24th, 2011
12:09 am

I agree, get this done. This is getting just plain…..stupid!


June 24th, 2011
12:11 am

…I hate it when they say..”we understand the fans frustration” they don’t…they don’t understand one thing about it…we pay to watch these spoiled brats and support the even more spoiled owners with our money…WE WOULD PLAY THE DANG GAME FOR FREE!…don’t tell me you bunch of ingrates who never worked a day in your life that you understand my frustration…football is a perfect game made imperfect by the silliness of owners and professional players…collectively, it is isanity…it is a 9 BIllion dollar pie your fools are risking everyday..I sincerely hope I NEVER have to hear one of them say they understand my frustration again…and hiramsaint, I would normally have a retort to your commesnts…but, I now cheer for the team from Atlanta because they are my home team. I don’t care who the players are or who owns them…Matt Ryan can play quaterback or John Doe its all the same to me…Blank can stay or sell…I don’t care…I will never again be a fan of any individual who was involved in this mess…be them saint or falcon


June 24th, 2011
12:37 am

hiramsaint yes we lost to a #6 seed, that ended up winning the Championship, whihc btw every prognosticator said was the most dangerous team, we came out flat and got beat by a better team. You on the other hand came to seattle, thinking that they were lucky to even be in the playoffs, 7-9
?? The Saint thought it was a walk in the Park, and did not take the Seahawks seriously. I was at the Falcon game up here and watched the Seahawks beat themselves. So yes we were the Numebr one seed, and got beat, I freely admiot that, The Saint on the other hand were the defending Champions, who got smoked by an inferior team becasue they thought, they;re reps would win the game!!

yo mama

June 24th, 2011
2:40 am

can we ban the damn aints fans from this site? the nfl rigged your super bowl, can you just crawl under the rock you came out from “seenthisb4″? being stupid, and redneck is no way to live loser. go eff yourself idiot!


June 24th, 2011
3:35 am

When does college ball start?

But seriously, this crap is going to lead to the worst year for NFL player injuries if a deal is struck.

Ustabee Fan

June 24th, 2011
6:54 am

I’m DONE with this crap!!! I promise you there is enough top prep and college sports in this country to satisfy the most hard core football nut. Try a couple of local Friday night games, you will see what I mean.

Falcon Bill

June 24th, 2011
7:09 am

They can say they’re working hard, and that they understand the fan’s frustration. It’s hogwash! What they need to understand is that every single dollar they’re fighting over ultimately comes from the fans! TV money comes from advertising products purchased by fans! Ticket sales and merchandising dollars come from fans! Sponsor dollars come from fans buying their products! I’m not siding with the owners or players; I’m siding with the fans! Get off your backsides and get this deal done!

Big Dude

June 24th, 2011
9:07 am

You fell for his trap. Don’t respond and he will go away. He’s like a bad sore. keep picking at it and it gets worse.


June 24th, 2011
9:46 am


June 24th, 2011
10:00 am

Rich owners and rich players complaining neither are rich enough! I don’t care if you play. Try finding a real job. I’m about tired of hearing the whining from both sides. The owners can lose their investment and the players who actually bothered to get their college degrees can go out and look for any job that pays like playing a GAME!

Stay on strike!


June 24th, 2011
10:04 am

a “division winner” by 5 points… WOW… talk about rationalization. Seahawks had the worst record for a playoff team in HISTORY. 7-9. But go ahead, keep telling yourself that you lost to a “division winner.” That’s much more respectable than losing to the eventually Superbowl champs. Oh yeah. Totally.


June 24th, 2011
10:53 am

We also beat the eventual SB winner. The saints came in second to the falcons and that makes it tough on the aints trolls.


June 24th, 2011
11:20 am

Yeah yeah yeah you know what they care about? money money money..hell with every body else!

Seen (Sean Payton) This (cross picket lines and play as a scab) B4

June 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

McKay’s hair was on fire??? He definitely should see Sean Payton about getting some pain killers.
HiramSaint, you’re better off just throwing the 2009 Championship in our faces. The loss in last year’s playoffs to Seattle is indefensible, yes, even worse than us losing to GB.

Seen (Sean Peyton) This (Win a super Bowl ) B (And the Failcans can't ) 4

June 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

really? worse than the most lopsided defeat a # 1 seed has taken in nfl playoff history?. we all know what game had more viewers , hence more laughers!

Stevie B

June 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

REPORT: The NFL and Players Union representative took time today to update the fan’s on the non-progress of the CBA negotions. Oddly enough, there was absolutley no progress and both sides gave a statement and said absolutley nothing. In a statement made by an inconseqencial participant in the meeting “Both sides are working very hard at accomplishing very little. Both sides will continue to work hard to accomplish very little. Should the sides to come an agreement on any one issue, they quickly agree to disagree. The only purpose of these meetings is to tell the judge “we tried but we both maintain our positions and are not willing to budge. Further, we will have no further comment to comment about.” A report started to ask a question, when the Commissioner quickly interupted and said “Ask me no questions, I will tell you no lies” then followed with “no comment.”

Stevie B

June 24th, 2011
3:21 pm

In an unrelated story “Plaxico Burress Returns Home To His Family, Accidentally Shoots Them”

Klim Kadiddle Hopper

June 24th, 2011
3:41 pm

Hiramsaint — I’ll be at the Hiram Coffee House at 12:00 noon tomorrow. I’ll be in the Matty Ice jersey. Come say something to me if you think you’re all that.


June 24th, 2011
3:45 pm

Hey why don’t the players and the owners give all there money to the goverment to pay down the debt.Then both of them can get out and find a real job.Thank God for high school and college football.

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Brain Trust

June 24th, 2011
3:55 pm

sorry can’t make it at noon. some bored atl failcan fans housewife has already invited me over , said something about her lame old man wasn’t gonna be home.


June 24th, 2011
3:56 pm

that was my post kkh


June 24th, 2011
4:04 pm

Hey Klim whatever , Are you asking that turd out on a date. Don’t waste your time man,surely you have something better to be doing. Or is it something else?


June 24th, 2011
7:04 pm

I wish I didn’t love fooball as much as I do!!! I know I will cave and wathc it once its here. But at least my SDSU Aztecs are improving, and making it at least somewhat exciting.
Douche Smith just needs to shut up. He has to be the most condesending(sp) piece of Sh!t ever. Trying to act like his players aren’t in the least being the greedy scum they are. His pompous statements about”football is in good hands” just killed me. Every man I know would be glad to play for 10% of that total revenue. These players act like they’re the only ones who are on the club’s pay rolls. As far as I’m concerned, the owners don’t have to tell anyone, including the players how much they make, let alone give up half of it. Where in society does that happen? No where.

Both sides are to blame, but the audacity of that D. Smith to act like these players are even remotely getting araw deal is absurd. I’m completely appreciative I have a job, and thank my employer for it.

True Falcon Fan

June 25th, 2011
8:17 am

Is there any honor amongst thieves??

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falcon 4 life

June 27th, 2011
5:10 pm

IIt’s sad to see football torn apart by greed. 9 billion up for grabs, give me a break.

falcon 4 life

June 27th, 2011
5:12 pm

I’m with you BOLTHEAD


June 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

This pathetic “it’s complicated” posturing jargon is enough to make one puke !! All it is, is code for………….we’re all greedy, spoiled American billionaires (players DEFINITELY included)who won’t give in if it means we lose one dollar.
While the rest of America is going down the economic drain due mainly to an arrogant, incompetent, immoral, and corrupt federal government…………..these arrogant, spoiled, out of touch BABIES sit by as if they live on another planet.
All we all can do is PRAY that this whole silly artificial thing called professional sports implodes and vaporizes from their greed and arrogance.
It’s time our young people start focusing on REAL life issues. Like surrival in an all new global world economy.
Good riddance to it all.


June 28th, 2011
10:38 am

Old Dawg

June 28th, 2011
6:06 pm

So long, fair well. The NFL can go to hell!

Colorado Bird

June 29th, 2011
8:58 am

Can’t wait for the College Football Season.

D man

June 29th, 2011
9:10 am

END THE LOCKOUT… Play Ball…both sides of you guys make a ton of money for what you do anyway. Be happy, you’re blessed…