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As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation

Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 5:13 pm
Judge Arthur Boylan has mediated the incendiary discussions between the NFL and its players. By all accounts, he's done a highly capable job. He's been part peacemaker and part deal broker, calming tensions and mostly keeping the owners and players talking. He's been crucial, if not imperative, in getting the negotiations to the point now where a deal is within reach.

Now, Boylan goes on vacation.


We all deserve one. But isn't there some sort of mention in the Bill of Rights about how judge's crucial to the existence of football can't hop on a plane and go hit the beach until said case is over?

In other words, will everything collapse if a handshake deal isn't made by the time Boylan reportedly is leaving for vacation on Saturday?

The short answer is no. At this point it seems unlikely talks would blow up (at least we hope) and Boylan leaving won't lesad to things regressing. Also, DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell are back at the negotiating table, and those two won't allow the hot heads and extremists to take over.

So while Boylan leaving for some time off is potentially problematic, it nonetheless shouldn't stop a deal from getting done.

Maybe Boylan will get aggravated on his trip and want to come home early.  
Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: July 9, 2011 3:28 pm

As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation

I agree with the sentiment of this story. I have nothing against the guy taking a vacation. What I don't like is the guy taking a vacation NOW. Why not get a deal done and then reward yourself with a well-earned break? No, just take off and leave halfway through getting the job done. It's okay, we don't mind. It's not like there's a billion dollars riding on your ability to broker a deal by mid-July.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:10 am

As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation

If they don't have a deal by next Friday....this thing is going to take a while.

I just hope the owners realize, that since the lockout, I've gone to two Washington Capitals' Games and four Washington Nationals' Games....never would've done that during free agency with Danny Snyder running the show....there's no telling who he would sign...and I didn't want to miss

But...let's look at how the NBA ratings were up this year (partially because of LeBron James) and how Baseball ratings are higher than they've been in years as well. 

MESSAGE:  Fans will go elsewhere if you don't unf*** your sh** and get this thing figured out.  Arthur Boylan is not there to hold your hands for a couple of days....hopefully you guys bring your "grown-up" suits to work and can figure this thing out like men.

I suspect that Boylan would not have left unless this thing was pretty close or beyond repair.  We'll know shortly which is which!

Good stuff, Mike.


Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:58 am

As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation

Hey Nathan. I couldn't be happier if the NFL finalized a new cba tomorrow, next week, or next month. But you're a little idiotic with your NHL comment. The NHL might be the only league come October. And yes, they did miss a season 7 years ago. But they have had their salary cap rise 50% since then, which is correlated to revenue. I don't think the NHL is looking to learn from the bickering that the union and owners continue to show.

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 2:20 am

As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation


Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 8:01 pm

As lockout continues, mediator goes on vacation

Let's all hope the good vibes continue. This is really getting tiresome for everyone. We are all realizing that the people running the NFL are not as stupid as the people running the NBA and the NHL. They have adapted best to where we are in 2011.  We all should learn something from this.

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