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June 29, 2011

Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith meet rookies

BRADENTON, Fla. -- A golf cart pulled up near the batting cages at the IMG Academies on Wednesday carrying NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

A few minutes later, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith showed up after his own tour of the renowned training facility.

And then Goodell and Smith were off, whisked away to the airport to fly to Minneapolis to resume labor negotiations. That the two adversaries in the 105-day lockout have become traveling companions can only be taken as a sign the two sides are progressing toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

"We're working at it," Goodell told the Observer.

Could there be a deal in principle before the start of the holiday weekend?

"We're going to work to do it as fast as possible," Goodell said.

Earlier in the day, Goodell and Smith addressed the 155 first-year players attending the rookie symposium organized by the NFLPA. Goodell attended at Smith's request, and the two spoke with and fielded questions from the rookies for nearly an hour at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.

"It was a great opportunity for us to be able to sit with the rookies. They obviously have a lot of questions. We answered the questions the best we could," Goodell said.

"We were taking a break (from negotiations) because we felt it was important to be down here with the players. This is an important few days. We're going to get back to work." The NFLPA decided to put on the symposium after the league canceled its annual rookie event due to the lockout. Smith said he was pleased Goodell agreed to join him.

"We're continuing to work hard (on a deal)," Smith said. "Both of us thought it was important to come down for this event.

"This event was important to ensure our young men appreciated how important we think these few days are. I'm thrilled Roger could come down with us and talk to the rookies in a very good, direct way."

Smith and Goodell also met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whose players are holding a three-day minicamp at IMG.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 29, 2011 at 12:55 PM | Permalink


Yet another pathetic waste of time article. Jeez guy. Whatup wit dat?
Has the Disturber thought about moving this guy to some better suited higher level position like janitor cleaning dirty restrooms that would clearly be something more to his ability?
Person is not the only one. We suggest the others on the staff plus some pretend pro players such as Newton along with his supporters since collectively their IQs couldnt possibly reach anything close to 100.

Go Eagles

Posted by: philly transplant | Jun 30, 2011 8:28:13 AM

The overall dooshiness of the posters here never ceases to amaze me.

Posted by: John | Jun 30, 2011 8:16:42 PM

Typical Eagles fan. Go back home. We don't want you here! :p

Posted by: Revshawn | Jun 30, 2011 11:21:43 PM

Do you really think anybody give a good rats ass about all these scamming union thugs? They are like commies. Self emplosion. Couldnt happen to a nicer bunch.
America is so much better off without them all. Lets keep amateur sports and keep pro sports are all in the shitter where they belong.

Posted by: pro athletes suck | Jul 1, 2011 11:54:44 AM

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