Archive for March 7, 2011

March 11, 2011

Dear NFL Fan,

When I wrote to you last on behalf of the NFL, we promised you that we would work tirelessly to find a collectively bargained solution to our differences with the players’ union. Subsequent to that letter to you, we agreed that the fastest way to a fair agreement was for everyone to work together through a mediation process. For the last three weeks I have personally attended every session of mediation, which is a process our clubs sincerely believe in.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that earlier today the players’ union walked away from mediation and collective bargaining and has initiated litigation against the clubs. In an effort to get a fair agreement now, our clubs offered a deal today that was, among other things, designed to have no adverse financial impact on veteran players in the early years, and would have met the players’ financial demands in the latter years of the agreement.

The proposal we made included an offer to narrow the player compensation gap that existed in the negotiations by splitting the difference; guarantee a reallocation of savings from first-round rookies to veterans and retirees without negatively affecting compensation for rounds 2-7; no compensation reduction for veterans; implement new year-round health and safety rules; retain the current 16-4 season format for at least two years with any subsequent changes subject to the approval of the league and union; and establish a new legacy fund for retired players ($82 million contributed by the owners over the next two years).

It was a deal that offered compromise, and would have ensured the well-being of our players and guaranteed the long-term future for the fans of the great game we all love so much. It was a deal where everyone would prosper.

We remain committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process until an agreement is reached, and call on the union to return to negotiations immediately. NFL players, clubs, and fans want an agreement. The only place it can be reached is at the bargaining table.

While we are disappointed with the union’s actions, we remain steadfastly committed to reaching an agreement that serves the best interest of NFL players, clubs and fans, and thank you for your continued support of our League. First and foremost it is your passion for the game that drives us all, and we will not lose sight of this as we continue to work for a deal that works for everyone.

Roger Goodell


On Sunday, March 13, 2-4pm in The Fridge Gallery, DJ EYE AM will share his experience through hands-on workshop. The workshop is all ages and open to everyone who is serious about learning something new.

Born in Chicago to Jamaican and Belizean parentage, DJ EYE AM bought his first record at the early age of 8. He is a writer, ethnomusicologist, scholar, DJ and record collector of 20 years with vastly diverse musical knowledge and skills. He is also a producer, photographer, and founder of two blogs, Hey Young World! and weed & white, addressing topics ranging from literacy and literature to social commentary and Black and urban music and culture. DJ EYE AM is a lifelong student and hip-hop head and the Editor-in-Chief of Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture.

The Fridge Gallery is located on 516 8th Street SE, rear alley in Washington DC. For the full schedule of workshops visit Albus Cavus Classrooms.