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NFL Labor Negotiations: Roger Goodell Not Terribly Pleased With Ruling

You could say that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't a big fan of the ruling put forth by Judge Susan Nelson today in Minneapolis. You could also say that Kirstie Alley is slightly larger than the size six that she claims to be. Both of these things would be grossly understating the obvious, if Goodell's op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal is any indication.

In the column, Goodell paints a pretty grim picture of what the NFL will be like if the players get their way.

Is this the NFL that players want? A league where elite players attract enormous compensation and benefits while other players—those lacking the glamour and bargaining power of the stars—play for less money, fewer benefits and shorter careers than they have today? A league where the competitive ability of teams in smaller communities (Buffalo, New Orleans, Green Bay and others) is forever cast into doubt by blind adherence to free-market principles that favor teams in larger, better-situated markets?

Read the whole thing. . .it's like a Depeche Mode album put into print.

Meanwhile, the NFL has already filed their appeal, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow (at the earliest) to see whether or not the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse appear to destroy the league or whatever Goodell will come up with next.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.