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Goodell Praises Art Rooney, Spanos For Roles In CBA Negotiations
Published July 29, 2011
BROTHERLY LOVE? In N.Y., William Rhoden writes the NFLPA "gave owners the pound of flesh they wanted by effectively selling out their little brothers," and veterans "must now look rookies in the eye in training camp and explain how they could do such a thing." Rhoden: "There was one seat left on the bus and the veterans snatched it." Late NFLPA Exec Dir Gene Upshaw once said that he "did not represent retired players," and current NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith "is all but saying he does not represent rookies." Rhoden writes, "But hey, we have a deal and a season and no one misses any money -- except the rookies. ... Someone had to be sacrificed for this deal, and the veteran players sacrificed their younger brothers" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/29). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes, "Think it's just coincidence that the NFL and NFL Players Association settled in time to ensure that there'd be a full preseason game schedule, just in time to again force ticket holders to buy preseason games at regular-season prices?" (N.Y. POST, 7/29).