SBD/March 4, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NFL Labor Watch: President Obama Weighs In, Expresses Hope For Deal

Obama hopeful NFL owners, players can reach deal without his involvement
President Obama during a press briefing Thursday was asked whether he would consider intervening in the ongoing NFL labor dispute. Obama said, "You've got owners, most of who are worth close to a billion dollars, you got players who are making millions of dollars. My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kid's college education is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening." Obama noted he is a "big football fan," but said, "For an industry that's making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way and be true to their fans who are the ones who, obviously, allow for all the money that they're making." Obama: "My expectation and hope is that they will resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I've got a lot of other stuff to do" ("Power Lunch," CNBC, 3/3). Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) Thursday "urged owners to provide players with financial information for the second time in two weeks." Rockefeller said in a statement, "A lockout is completely unnecessary. It has the potential to harm not just the players, the league and the fans, but all the Americans whose livelihoods depend on a football season" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/4).
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