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NKySteeler
08-26-2008, 04:47 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL:

We had a very constructive 2 -hour meeting today. I think everyone now has an even better understanding of the issues, which focus on the league's gambling policy as it relates to ownership, our 30 percent equity rule for principal owners, and the Rooney family issues.

There are also important league interests that are involved because the NFL owners are partners collectively in the NFL and our rules require that all ownership transfers be approved by three-quarters of the owners. So I thought it would make sense on that basis to have NFL owners involved in the meeting and I invited Tom Benson, Mike Brown, and Jerry Richardson to participate, which they did.

Today was another step in the process. We will continue the dialogue and I am optimistic that we will bring it to a resolution in the near future.

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... Sounds like Goodell wants this cleared-up sooner than later...

fordfixer
08-26-2008, 04:50 PM
So do I

Eddie Spaghetti
08-26-2008, 04:53 PM
wonder who that favors?

maybe SD, since it seems his finances are rock solid.

Jom112
08-26-2008, 05:01 PM
wonder who that favors?

maybe SD, since it seems his finances are rock solid.

I think it favors Dan Rooney, judging by this comment:

posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=20396 (http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=20396)



"I think everyone now has an even better understanding of the issues," Goodell said. Goodell indicated that the league and its owners would certainly prefer that Dan Rooney and his son Art II, who is president of the Steelers, remain in control of the team.

"There's great respect for the Rooney family in the National Football League,'' Goodell told reporters afterward, "and we want to do everything we can to ensure that the Steelers continue to be operated by the Rooneys and the way they've been operated."

Eddie Spaghetti
08-26-2008, 06:34 PM
wonder who that favors?

maybe SD, since it seems his finances are rock solid.

I think it favors Dan Rooney, judging by this comment:

posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=20396 (http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=20396)



"I think everyone now has an even better understanding of the issues," Goodell said. Goodell indicated that the league and its owners would certainly prefer that Dan Rooney and his son Art II, who is president of the Steelers, remain in control of the team.

"There's great respect for the Rooney family in the National Football League,'' Goodell told reporters afterward, "and we want to do everything we can to ensure that the Steelers continue to be operated by the Rooneys and the way they've been operated."



who cares what you think.

you're pathetic.

follow your own team ****brd.

stlrz d
08-26-2008, 06:40 PM
[quote="Eddie Spaghetti":1ksw9ieg]wonder who that favors?

maybe SD, since it seems his finances are rock solid.

I think it favors Dan Rooney, judging by this comment:

http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/po ... =2&p=20396 (http://www.planetsteelers.com/phpBB3/posting.php?mode=quote&f=2&p=20396)



"I think everyone now has an even better understanding of the issues," Goodell said. Goodell indicated that the league and its owners would certainly prefer that Dan Rooney and his son Art II, who is president of the Steelers, remain in control of the team.

"There's great respect for the Rooney family in the National Football League,'' Goodell told reporters afterward, "and we want to do everything we can to ensure that the Steelers continue to be operated by the Rooneys and the way they've been operated."



who cares what you think.

you're pathetic.

follow your own team ****brd.[/quote:1ksw9ieg]

Hold on there cowboy...why all the hostility?

NKySteeler
08-26-2008, 06:50 PM
Hold on there cowboy...why all the hostility?

TL

RuthlessBurgher
08-26-2008, 06:51 PM
The fact that Jerry Richardson was involved is a good sign, because reports are that he and Rooney are virtually inseparable at all of the major league functions like owners' meetings. If Mara were also included (the third member of their little tripod), it would have been a slam dunk.

Eddie Spaghetti
08-26-2008, 06:53 PM
i think it's funny all you spares cuddle up with a bungles fan.

but then it makes me sad.

NKySteeler
08-26-2008, 06:59 PM
The fact that Jerry Richardson was involved is a good sign, because reports are that he and Rooney are virtually inseparable at all of the major league functions like owners' meetings. If Mara were also included (the third member of their little tripod), it would have been a slam dunk.

Very true Ruthless..... They go waaaaay back. It was incredible reading about some of the stories in his book....

I do hope that it's a good sign, but Dan wanted more time to work something out. If Goodell is pushing the issue, it may work against Dan in a "timeframe" aspect....

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As for the comments about a certain Bengal supporter (not by you, Ruthless....), he is a quality poster with alot of good banter most of the time. Personally, I welcome him to the board...

RuthlessBurgher
08-26-2008, 07:33 PM
The fact that Jerry Richardson was involved is a good sign, because reports are that he and Rooney are virtually inseparable at all of the major league functions like owners' meetings. If Mara were also included (the third member of their little tripod), it would have been a slam dunk.

Very true Ruthless..... They go waaaaay back. It was incredible reading about some of the stories in his book....

I do hope that it's a good sign, but Dan wanted more time to work something out. If Goodell is pushing the issue, it may work against Dan in a "timeframe" aspect....

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As for the comments about a certain Bengal supporter (not by you, Ruthless....), he is a quality poster with alot of good banter most of the time. Personally, I welcome him to the board...

Yeah, at least I'd know how to spell ****bird. :lol:

Jom112
08-26-2008, 08:26 PM
who cares what you think.

you're pathetic.

follow your own team ****brd.

:wft

Last I checked I wasn't a Ravens fan...

stlrz d
08-26-2008, 08:29 PM
i think it's funny all you spares cuddle up with a bungles fan.

but then it makes me sad.

Some of us aren't afraid to associate with people who like other teams. After all, if there were only one team there would be no NFL. :)





Now before all the "there IS only one team" posts show up, you guys know what I meant! :P

Flasteel
08-26-2008, 08:40 PM
i think it's funny all you spares cuddle up with a bungles fan.

but then it makes me sad.

What in the hell is a spare and who is cuddling? Jom comes on here and acts with civility, so he is welcome by the community with open arms...there's nothing new or wrong with that.

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt there Spaghetti due to your newb status.

NKySteeler
08-26-2008, 09:35 PM
Here's a follow-up article from today that I found on this issue...
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Goodell meets with Rooneys, says NFL 'fortunate' to have Dan Rooney

NEW YORK (AP) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn't issue any ultimatums after meeting with the five Rooney brothers about the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He did emphasize that three-quarters of league owners must approve any potential sale, and team chairman Dan Rooney happens to be very popular among other owners.

Dan Rooney and his four brothers each own 16% of the franchise. Dan and son Art Rooney II, the Steelers' president, are attempting to buy enough shares to become primary owners, but the brothers could receive more money selling on the open market.

"They've run a model franchise, and I think everyone in Pittsburgh recognizes how proud they are of the Steelers, and we in the NFL recognize how fortunate we have been to have Dan Rooney's leadership and now Art's leadership," Goodell said Tuesday after meeting with the brothers for 2 hours at league headquarters.

"That is certainly a consideration the ownership (of other clubs) wants to make sure this team is going to be run consistently with those principles, and if Dan Rooney wants an opportunity to continue to run the franchise, I think that's an interest that some of the owners have."

Three other owners the Saints' Tom Benson, the Bengals' Mike Brown and the Panthers' Jerry Richardson attended the meeting at Goodell's request.

Complex is how Goodell described the various issues swirling around the future of the Steelers' ownership. There is the desire of some of the brothers to sell to avoid costly future inheritance taxes for their children and grandchildren.

Then there is the need to comply with two NFL rules. One restricts owners' involvement in gambling enterprises, and the other requires that one person own at least 30% of a team. Some of the brothers own shares of racetracks that now offer casino gaming.

The Rooneys left the NFL offices without speaking to reporters after they and Goodell agreed the commissioner would serve as spokesman.

Asked if he believed the situation would be resolved by the end of the year, Goodell said, "I would hope so."

"But I think these are issues because of their complexity and because there's clear emotional issues here, we have to be patient but firm with respect to getting these resolved," he added.

The Rooneys' late father, Art Sr., founded the Steelers in 1933. Dan Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2000. He has served on many influential league committees over the years and earned a reputation as a peacemaker in labor disputes.

Goodell noted that he, too, is one of five boys, so he can relate to the challenges faced by Dan, Art Jr., Tim, Pat and John Rooney.

"They have a love for one another and a respect for one another," Goodell said. "I'm sure they have differences, but I'm confident they're going to do what's in the best interests of the Rooney family, the Steelers and the NFL."

Steel Life
08-26-2008, 11:42 PM
who cares what you think.

you're pathetic.

follow your own team ****brd.

:wft

Last I checked I wasn't a Ravens fan...
Great comeback.... :lol:

Everyone knows that Jom, like Sea Oracle, contributes to the discussion & brings an appreciated counter or outside opinion.

RuthlessBurgher
08-27-2008, 12:05 AM
[quote="Eddie Spaghetti":ykppbode]

who cares what you think.

you're pathetic.

follow your own team ****brd.

:wft

Last I checked I wasn't a Ravens fan...
Great comeback.... :lol:

Everyone knows that Jom, like Sea Oracle, contributes to the discussion & brings an appreciated counter or outside opinion.[/quote:ykppbode]

...and Hardliner (Chiefs)