SBD/October 27, 2010/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Ravens' Cass Latest To Express Optimism Regarding New CBA

Cass Claims Ongoing CBA Talks Will Not Impact April's NFL Draft

Ravens President Dick Cass last night said that he believes the NFL Management Council "will be able to resolve collective bargaining issues with the Players Association in time to head off a potential lockout for the 2011 season," according to Ken Murray of the Baltimore SUN. Cass, while filling in for coach John Harbaugh on his WBAL-AM radio show, said, "There's a great deal of work to get done, but I think we'll get it done." Cass added that the CBA negotiations "will not affect the draft in April," and that the Ravens will "work as usual on scouting college players." But Cass "sounded a note of caution" on the subject of an 18-game regular season. Cass: "When you add two games, you do expose players potentially to more risk. We are addressing those issues with the union." Meanwhile, Cass said that "in the event that there is no CBA by late January or early February, he 'would not anticipate raising ticket prices this year'" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 10/26).

QUESTIONS FOR THE COMMISH: TIME magazine, as part of its "10 Questions" feature, ran a fan Q&A with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The following are excerpts from the article:

Q: How would you make the NFL more appealing to the rest of the world?
Goodell: By bringing our game to you. Our international series of regular-season games is giving people that opportunity. Second is technology. That's going to allow us to bring our games to all of our fans worldwide.

Q: What can be done to make tickets more affordable?
Goodell: We have to make sure we're providing great value for what we're offering fans. It's a constant (effort) to try to improve on that value. There's nothing like being in a stadium with 80,000 people cheering. We would love to see more people do that.

Q: What do you think will be different about the NFL 10 years from now?
Goodell: You have to be relentless about quality, and the NFL will continue to do that. But we will also innovate and (continue to use) technology. We let players tweet an awful lot. It's a great example of wanting to be involved with our fans (TIME, 11/1 issue).

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