Atlanta meetings could host official end to NFL lockout

Maybe if Jerry Jones (right) and NFL owners get out buffet line, they can finish agreement.

Maybe if Jerry Jones (right) and NFL owners get out buffet line, they can finish agreement.

Atlanta is host to one of the most dysfunctional and combative ownership group in pro sports history (Atlanta Spirit). But it appears we may get a closeup view of what NFL peace looks like.

I predicted the other day that the NFL and the Players Association likely would have the structure of a new collective bargaining deal in place in the next seven to 10 days. The thinking was, if it goes longer than that, a significant loss of revenue will follow.  Now AJC alum and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that there is a “growing belief” an agreement will be in place in time to be ratified at the July 21 league meetings in Atlanta.

ESPN quoted one owner as saying, there’s “no reason to believe it won’t get done” and reported that others familiar with the talks “now think an agreement in principle will be put in place in the next seven to 10 days.”

So it’s probably safe to start speculating on some of the movement in free agency — the Falcons are considering Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards — and to begin preliminary work on your Fantasy League draft.

The original list of NFL training camp dates has the Falcons opening in Flowery Branch on July 29. Their preseason opener is Aug. 12 against Miami at the Georgia Dome and the regular season starts Sept. 11 at Chicago.

Finally, some good news.

By Jeff Schultz

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JackDennis

July 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Surprised these guys didn’t have someone go thru the line for them.

PMC

July 11th, 2011
9:15 am

If only the Gold Club were still available for this momentus occasion.

Jamaaliver

July 11th, 2011
9:26 am

Hooray, responsibility!!

Pete

July 11th, 2011
9:39 am

Greedy spoiled players led by a lunatic union leader against filthy rich owners who could close down the league for a year and start over with decent, logical players who would play for HALF of today’s obscene contracts.

I say DO IT………………..and bring the world of pampered pro sports back to the real world.

The ATL...

July 11th, 2011
9:43 am

Where the players play, then get arrested…..

Texas Falcon

July 11th, 2011
9:45 am

The free agency guidelines in the new CBA will have a great effect on the Falcons, Should be interesting…

JB

July 11th, 2011
9:50 am

Most of these NFL types are broke after earning 4-10 million dollars during a 10 year NFL career. You can live pretty reasonable on 5-6 thousand a month, so you’re dealing with some not very bright people.

Danny O

July 11th, 2011
9:51 am

They are welcome to do their negotiating here. But if Roethlisberger shows up, he should not be allowed within 10 yards of a women’s restroom.

afan

July 11th, 2011
9:54 am

They can eat all they wish Jeff…just get it done.

agree Pete!

Ra'mon

July 11th, 2011
9:54 am

Pete, that would only make sense if the owners were going to make HALF of what they’re making now on the TV contracts. If the league make more, why shouldn’t the players make more and see sizeable increases in their contract to reflect the growth of the brand? UFL didn’t fail because they didn’t have the game of football being played? The UFL failed because they didn’t have the star players and coaches/personnel (who a great majority of are FORMER players also) that the NFL has. If it was just about the love of the game, Canadian league would be playing weekly on ESPN.

There’s no way you’re going to tell me that if your present employer doubled their market value in 10 years, 10 years later you wouldn’t expect your salary to have doubled as well. How many businesses are bringing in 9.1 billion annually? So the laborer’s doesn’t deserve to get approximately half of that?

Also, when have you ever seen a player sign his own contract? Player X can only sign for a contract of $7 million a year, if General Manager Y gets approval from Owner Z to offer Player X this amount of money. So if the owners doesn’t want the contracts to be so high, then stop offering so much on the contracts, and only play with the players who are willing to sign for your discount prices. The fact is the Jerry Jones’ of the world changed the free agent market, which eventually changed the amount players make. Do you remember Deion’s record breaking contract that he signed? Which would NOW be just an average first round pick rookie’s contract. If Jerry doesn’t offer it, guess what, either Deion plays for less, or he’s retiring as a baseball player.

elviskl

July 11th, 2011
10:05 am

let em all go to hell

Glenn

July 11th, 2011
10:13 am

Put all gate, TV, apparel, memerobelia, personal appearance, and personal endorsement revenues in a single pot then split 50/50 between all the owners and all the players evenly. Then the owners divide their 50% evenly and the players divide their 50% evenly and let’s get this show on the road.

KornDawg

July 11th, 2011
10:17 am

The preliminary work on my fantasy league draft consists of me logging into to the site about ten minutes before the draft, which could explain why my team usually (inhales vigorously). Otherwise, let’s hope they get this thing done, I agree that the threat of a significant loss of revenue will likely trigger a sense of urgency. Don’t wanna miss out on those ultra-important preseason games. I mean, they must be important because they charge full price for them, right?

Ra'mon

July 11th, 2011
10:18 am

Glenn, wouldn’t that make some teams become super teams? I mean if every one make the same amount, why wouldn’t 15 great defensive players sign together on the same team? lol.

PMC

July 11th, 2011
10:27 am

I don’t really care whatsoever how they decide to get a deal done, provided it is set up to last for at least 4 to 6 years and they get it done prior to missing games.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

July 11th, 2011
10:28 am

Are those beenie weenies on the buffet? When I think football I don’t think lockout – I think lockup. We sure have a lot of players getting locked up lately. A good thing about the meeting being here is they can get some great speakers without leaving town. Beverly Hall would be a good one to start out. We hear she’s looking for a new gig.

Jeff Schultz

July 11th, 2011
10:30 am

JackDennis — Hard times among NFL owners. They can’t afford buffet line assistants any more.

Jeff Schultz

July 11th, 2011
10:32 am

Russ, the Temporary Mascot — Beverly Hall may be clearing tables in that restaurant before long.

Roy

July 11th, 2011
10:39 am

I got an idea give the 2 billion back to the fans and lets move on. Greedy owners and players!

ToccoaBird

July 11th, 2011
10:42 am

Who cares. We still have college football that wont go on strike. Or should I say semi pro football where players get paid under the table.

JB

July 11th, 2011
10:44 am

I’m on the side of Management……It’s not like these guys are making $12 bucks an hour. They make great money and get a NFL pension for like 6,7 or 8 years in the league. Yes, owners take in Millions. So? So does Wal Mart. Don’t see them spliting that loot.

Greg Mendel

July 11th, 2011
10:46 am

Love the buffet line. A Guillotine Moment if there ever was one.

JB

July 11th, 2011
10:46 am

Jeff, of subject, but lot’s of rumors about Auburn going around. Do you guys have any reporters left on staff over there?

JB

July 11th, 2011
10:46 am

s/b off subject

Shotyme

July 11th, 2011
10:50 am

who is responsible for all the expenses, jerseys ,training staff, tv time, stadium costs, labor, and all the other overhead, etc. There is no way you the owners can give up half the profit, unless the players are willing to participate in financing some of these expenses.

PMC

July 11th, 2011
10:56 am

I wish they would divorce the preseason from season ticket’s but yeah, I know that ain’t happening.

BuzzKill

July 11th, 2011
11:07 am

Looks like Jerry Jones is taking a shot of tequila

ToccoaBird

July 11th, 2011
11:24 am

Maybe Mr. Blank will take a more hands on approach at the Atlanta meetings and sit Jerry Jones down.

SeenThisB4

July 11th, 2011
11:43 am

Looks like they’re serving up a mix of both fried and broiled falcan’t! Seems appropriate.

Get use to Atlanta, your team is going to be served up, chewed up and beat up, all season long.

BFS

July 11th, 2011
11:44 am

@ Greg Mendel

“Let them eat Belgian Waffles”!

Greg Mendel

July 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

@ BFS

I think they’re actually eating Al Davis.

rock

July 11th, 2011
12:25 pm

Is any one still following the Hawks? Writers like Cunningham, Schultz and Bradley has led to fan unhappiness which shows at the turn styles and low numbers in the AJC Sales department.

Has Horford been traded yet? Another boring azee what till next year season is in the forecast. What ever happen to the Momentum that Mike Woodson had with this team?

Seen (The Aints) This (Get destroyed) B4 (by a sub.500 team in the playoffs)

July 11th, 2011
1:00 pm

I hope New Orleans’ defense of their second place finish goes better than their attempt at repeating did last year. GEAUX PAINKILLERS! ANY TIME!

Brendan

July 11th, 2011
1:10 pm

Jeff, if the event allows for the Atlanta Spirit, LLC, to participate, you can be sure litigation and clogged court dockets will follow.

I hope the NBA is on strike, too. This way, the Spirit Group gets nothing! If they’d just kept the NHL franchise, they could at least see some revenues from that. Had they ever decided to run it properly. Don Waddell still has a job, doesn’t he? Or has he, at long last, cleaned out his desk. Or had his secretary do that for him.

Seen (The Falcan'ts) This (get eviscerated) B4 (in every playoff game)

July 11th, 2011
1:12 pm

Pain Killers? What Pain Killers?!

PreyDawg

July 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

Jeff, Are those shots they are doing? What are those little cups. Jerry Jones is draining one. I wants to know cuse weuns up here in Kantucky don’t get nothin but possum on the half shell for our dinner.

KakNiqueTree

July 11th, 2011
1:48 pm

Love that caption to the photo…”Y’all can’t eat, Y’all can’t sleep, it’s negotiations, all day, all night!!” haha

PreyDawg

July 11th, 2011
1:52 pm

On a more pressing note. I am worried about the DE position. We have GOT to generate more quarterback pressure. We had pressure in the playoff game and we wiffed FIVE different times. I hope Weatherspoon will be healthy this year. I still think if he and Jerry were healthy we could get much more push up the middle.

PreyDawg

July 11th, 2011
1:54 pm

Where is the Thunderchief this year. I am ready for some good comments and he always brings them.

TheFalcon'sTalon

July 11th, 2011
2:01 pm

I noticed there have not been any television or billboard ads for the upcoming season. Is that a result of the Marketing dept not wanting to spend the money out of fear of a canceled season or did the lack of a CBA actually preclude any advertising? And my final question, as a result, are we stuck with “Rise Up” for another season?

Matt Skole

July 11th, 2011
2:12 pm

Money trumps stupidity seven days a week

Ive heard that one before. Back in 95 with Baseball.

I still there is no or at best a extremely shortened season.

sportsgrinder

July 11th, 2011
2:13 pm

Just get the whole thing finalized already! This has taken way too long…

For those interested, check out our NFL Team Recipe Series starting this week:

http://sports-glutton.com/2011/07/11/philadelphia-eagles-cheesesteak-recipe/

nfl bling

July 11th, 2011
2:24 pm

will the league and the union have separate pressers to explain the details of the deal including all the new benefits and stipulations? If so, will both be televised online?

Reid Adair

July 11th, 2011
2:40 pm

Hey, Jeff, maybe you can take Roger Goodell, Jerry Jones and company out for a beer to celebrate.

dallas cowboys

July 11th, 2011
3:12 pm

the falcons will never when a superbowl hahahahahahahah

GO FALCONS!!!

July 11th, 2011
3:25 pm

Hey Dallas Cowboys, learn how to spell moron.

The Spirit of UGA VII

July 11th, 2011
3:27 pm

All I got to say is the NFL owners and players got it made. They can pay the players right out in the open. Let’s see how they do when they have to deal with college play and slide $80,000 or so under the table for a star QB.

Gob

July 11th, 2011
3:30 pm

It’s cute how the NFL pretends like Atlanta matters.

Kane337

July 11th, 2011
3:48 pm

Looks like Jerry Jones and his son Stephen are drinking shots.

Delbert D.

July 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

A pox on both their houses! Let’s go back to the leatherheads era.