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February 15, 2011

League, owners have Richardson's back

    While he's being pilloried in other corners for an alleged antagonistic approach to negotiations, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has the support of his side.

    Richardson has been criticized for being condescending toward players during CBA talks, but the league made it clear Tuesday they supported the Panthers owner.

    Asked if the recent reports had changed the league's perception of Richardson and his place in the hierarchy (he co-chairs the negotiating committee), league spokesman Greg Aiello's reply was: "No, absolutely nothing has changed."

    The 74-year-old Richardson also chaired the 2006 negotiations, which gave away much of the ground the league seems intent on winning back.  And while there have been reports critical of his handling of high-profile players, specifically Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, owners clearly support his stance.

    "There is no more respected owner in the league than Jerry Richardson," New York Giants president and CEO John Mara said Tuesday. "In his role as the co-chair of the owners’ negotiating committee, he brings integrity, the desire to always do the right thing and he has the full respect of all the owners.”


-- Darin Gantt 

Posted by Observer Sports on February 15, 2011 at 02:17 PM | Permalink

Comments

Jerry is all about making the $$$ that for sure. Too bad he's not as concerned about winning.

Posted by: James | Feb 15, 2011 2:50:29 PM

In my opinion, Jerry Richardson is a big, fat, old turd. I can't wait for the day when he doesn't own this team anymore. The Charlotte Fans deserve better than this cheap A-HOLE.

Posted by: Gary | Feb 15, 2011 2:55:20 PM

In my opinion, Jerry Richardson is a big, fat, old turd. I can't wait for the day when he doesn't own this team anymore. The Charlotte Fans deserve better than this cheap A-HOLE.

Posted by: Gary | Feb 15, 2011 2:55:20 PM

I think Jerry's personality, desire to win, and overall attitude were left in his old heart!

Posted by: stickyd | Feb 15, 2011 2:58:28 PM

And why wouldn't they(sharks extend the same professional courtesy to their own). I'm sure the Gestapo had Hitler's back too. Richardson forgot he was once a player. Now he's a Greedy Owner just like the rest of them.

Posted by: wilsurto | Feb 15, 2011 3:03:53 PM

Question for you Grandpa (Richardson). What do you know about winning football games or even better, Super Bowls?

Enough Said!

If my team just went 2-14 last season I would definitely keep my big freakin mouth shut.

Just remember something, "What you do speaks so loudly, people can't hear what you say."

You haven't done Jack sh_t! So please keep your stupid mouth SHUT!

Posted by: Ken | Feb 15, 2011 3:04:35 PM

I think all of you are off base; Jerry believes it's time to get a handle on players salaries. What's wrong with that?

I keep hearing grumble that athletes are overpaid, then they grumble when an owner tries to fix it.

Perhaps Peyton Manning shouldn't take almost 1/6th of the salary cap if he's concerned about the other players. It's funny that he's at the negotiations...he's one of the highest paid players. He's agreat player, but no one player is worth that much.

The owners aren't going to give away the farm; a deal will get done, but you have to draw an initial tough line as a starting point.

I support JR in this regard; remember, we had one of the highest salaried teams a few years ago and it got us nowhere. We were the lowest this year and it got us nowhere.

Somewhere in the middle will be where they end up.

Posted by: AB | Feb 15, 2011 3:08:42 PM

I'm so tired about hearing how Jerry Richardson is the owner to play pro football. The man only had 15 career catches in 22 games played for 170 total yards.

I'm just surprised he hasn't made it into the Hall of Fame with numbers like that.

He must of been a real Super Star when he played

Posted by: Frank | Feb 15, 2011 3:12:38 PM

A player is worth what a person pays them. The owners started this mess, let them eat hay. This is not a normal business. The players are the product. They deserve 75% of the profits. The owners are just leaching off themen who's bodies are actually in harms way. F the owners, and especially F RICHARDSON!!!

Posted by: SUCKTHISJR | Feb 15, 2011 3:12:38 PM

Wow. You people are crazy. It's a business and it's HIS business. Successful Business owners are always going to take care of #1 first and do what is right for HIS employee's 2nd. We fans, have no idea what is going on except for propaganda reported in the media. Winning cures everything so I'm sure many of you will be back on the bandwagon once we start winning again.

~ embarrassed Panthers Fan due to ignorant Panthers Fans

Posted by: Virgiltab | Feb 15, 2011 3:14:40 PM

I'm available if you need me, Jerry.

Posted by: Keanu Reeves | Feb 15, 2011 3:14:42 PM

When did Jerry Richardson become Ebeneezer Scrooge? You would think a man who recently got a new lease on life wouldn't be so bitter and spiteful.

Sadly, Richardson is a bully - someone who tries to bulldoze and intimidate anyone who doesn't agree with him. Yes, labor negotiations are tough and hard-nosed. But that's no excuse to act like a jerk.

And given the pitiful product Mr. Richardson put on the field last season, he's the last person who needs to be lecturing anyone about business.

Posted by: GSO Cats Fan | Feb 15, 2011 3:16:42 PM

Richardson is a useless piece of human flesh and Marty Huwwwwwwwrney is right there with him in my humble opinion.

Posted by: Jeff | Feb 15, 2011 3:20:16 PM

Amazes me how people read (or hear about) one article and it is golden and everybody jumps on the bandwagon. This whole story started with a KICKER giving an interview who wasn't even in the negotiation room. Even Peyton himself called kickers "stupid" (either 2007 or 08 Pro Bowl). None of us know for sure what was said and how it was said except the men in the negotiation room. This is a business involving a lot of greedy people owners and players included. Don't make the owners to be the only bad guys in this. The players are just as much at fault.

Posted by: justafan | Feb 15, 2011 3:23:15 PM

I see ignorance runs rampant in these parts...

Posted by: Pantherengr | Feb 15, 2011 3:34:11 PM

2nd justafan's comment.

Posted by: Brandon | Feb 15, 2011 3:36:17 PM

"This whole story started with a KICKER giving an interview who wasn't even in the negotiation room. Even Peyton himself called kickers "stupid""

Because Jay Feely is known to be a complete moron with a chip on his shoulder, right? *rolls his eyes*

Posted by: Bobby | Feb 15, 2011 3:38:03 PM

Can't argue with Mara's comments about the "desire to always do the right thing". Like raising ticket prices after 1-15 season, then raising ticket prices and tossing the entire next season in the crapper. That's the right thing, Jerry. Keep it up, Buddy.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 15, 2011 3:41:17 PM

It seems to me that Richardson is basically right, but that doesn't justify him acting like that. He needs to be respectful and cooperative, not bullying and ignorant. Of course, both sides are being greedy; otherwise they wouldn't have even gotten to this point. But I'd have to say the owners have a right to fight for a bigger piece of the pie - their risk is the potential for profit OR LOSS, whereas the players don't have the LOSS side of the risk. Can you imagine a deal where the players would have to give back their salaries and even pay out of their pocket to cover team losses? Could you imagine being a Jaguar player in that case? No, players are strictly fee-for-service whereas the owners are running full risk big businesses. The players have no right to expect the majority of the income. And that's why Richardson is right to feel indignant about the situation. But if he can't conduct himself as a professional business person, then he should stay out of it, and keep his grumpy old man routine to his private life.

Posted by: Wayne D | Feb 15, 2011 3:41:38 PM

these oners need to stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about the fans, remember us , the ones whose money pays the bills and funds the teams.

Posted by: cel | Feb 15, 2011 3:46:24 PM

Hey Jerry, 'Do I need to help you read a score card Gramps, do I need to help break that down for you, because I don't know if you understand how to read that?' Look all the way to the bottom of the list, in last place. That is where you will find your team. Looks like you obiously don't know how to win in the NFL.

Posted by: Holmes | Feb 15, 2011 3:46:32 PM

Drew Brees said in an interview this morning that Richardson was not, in fact, condescending. That was a rumor started by Jay Feeley, an "idiot kicker" (to borrow a phrase from Peyton Manning) who WAS NOT EVEN PRESENT AT THE MEETING! I'm amazed that all these highly successful business experts and titans of industry have the spare time to post criticisms of how Richardson runs his business.

Posted by: jeff | Feb 15, 2011 3:55:23 PM

Drew Brees said in an interview this morning that Richardson was not, in fact, condescending. That was a rumor started by Jay Feeley, an "idiot kicker" (to borrow a phrase from Peyton Manning) who WAS NOT EVEN PRESENT AT THE MEETING! I'm amazed that all these highly successful business experts and titans of industry have the spare time to post criticisms of how Richardson runs his business.

Posted by: jeff | Feb 15, 2011 3:55:23 PM

People are questioning Richardsons commitment to winning

Panthers Win/Loss record 119-137. That is about a .87 percent winning percentage. Nuff said!!

Posted by: AJ | Feb 15, 2011 4:03:31 PM

If you don't like the way Richardson runs his business, don't contribute to it. Don't watch the games, don't buy merchandise, and STFU.

Posted by: Marc | Feb 15, 2011 4:09:11 PM

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