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NFL Lockout Watch, Day 3: Spanos, Other Owners React Strongly To Union's Actions
Published March 14, 2011
ULTIMATE GOAL APPEARED TO BE LITIGATION: Bengals Owner Mike Brown, a member of the owners' negotiating committee, said, "We have a union that, unlike unions elsewhere, seems not to want to collectively bargain; rather it wants to go to court." Brown added, "In our opinion they have the intention of reconstituting at some point and that the decertification is a gambit to gain entry to the federal courts system with a lawsuit and leverage us with that threat" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/13). Steelers President Art Rooney II, who is also a member of the committee, said, "When we got the extension last week, I thought maybe we'd get something done. Unfortunately I think the players chose to throw everything into the lawyers' hands at this point, and unfortunately that's where we're going to be for some time period" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/12). Broncos President Joe Ellis said team Owner and committee member Pat Bowlen "certainly believes they had no real good intention of negotiating and their goal all along was to go down the path of litigation." Ellis: "It's extremely disappointing and it frustrates Pat. It makes him angry" (DENVER POST, 3/13). Chiefs Owner and committee member Clark Hunt: "It seemed to us the union was very eager to get to its litigation strategy" (K.C. STAR, 3/12). Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, who did not take part in the labor negotiations due to prior commitments in Israel, said, "The actions of the union to end the mediation process and walk away from Friday's offer clearly showed their true intentions to take this process to litigation all along" (Patriots). Giants President & CEO John Mara and Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch in a letter to fans wrote, "Where we are today serves no positive purpose for you, for our players and for the National Football League" (Giants).
did not even consider their last proposal