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Uncertain offseason begins for NFL
The players think those two extra games will cause an exponential rise in injuries and don’t want to give back any percentage of the revenue pool, a massive slice of which comes from the networks, which combine to pay around $4 billion a year to televise the NFL.
In an interview on Fox on Sunday, Goodell said the owners are committed to finding a solution and that a negotiating session between the owners and players the day before was “beneficial.”
“My focus is on the next three or four weeks,” Goodell said. “I’ve often said, our agreement expires on March 4th. We have to use that period of time to reach an agreement that’s fair for the players, fair for the clubs, and allows our great game to grow for our fans.”
Not doing so could stop the show after another tight, exciting Super Bowl that closed one of the most riveting seasons in recent memory.
Not that everything was perfect.
Christina Aguilera opened the evening by flubbing a line while she sang the national anthem.
Before that, 1,250 fans were told their seats inside Cowboys Stadium — the $1.2 billion shrine to football — weren’t available, the result of weather-related slowdowns in installing extra seating for the game.
It was a rough week for Dallas, where back-to-back snowstorms wreaked havoc and led to six injuries from ice that fell from Cowboys Stadium, which led to the seating debacle. Flights into Big D were canceled, traffic was snarled and some of the pregame parties were scrapped.
Still, there were 103,219 fans on hand and maybe 100 million-plus watching on TV — where 30-second commercials went for as much as $3 million — as they saw the closing chapter to a heck of a season.
It began with the eminently watchable TV program, “Hard Knocks,” that documented the New York Jets and their foul-mouthed coach, Rex Ryan, as they made their way through training camp.
It continued with a contentious debate about player safety, a result of the NFL’s early season decision to ramp up enforcement of rules that restrict helmet-to-helmet hits and other “illegal” tackles on defenseless receivers coming over the middle.
Much as the NFL tries to rein it in, though, the violence certainly draws a lot of fans to the game.
But it’s more than that.
In 2010, there were scandals (the Broncos were caught videotaping an opponent’s practice), soap operas and sad endings (See, anything related to Favre).
There were feuds (Ryan vs. the Patriots), flare-ups (a brawl between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan) and firings (Broncos, 49ers, Cowboys and Vikings).
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- At minimum, a bad deal
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