Archive for June, 2011

Bennett: ‘All the Guys Want to Do Is Play Football’

June 28th, 2011

While serving as Chairman of the NFLPA’s Board of Former Players, Cornelius Bennett has taken on an important leadership role to help former NFL players.

“That’s what I get joy from now,” Bennett told The Birmingham News in a recent interview. “I’m helping others, and I can honestly say I enjoy doing what I’m doing now more than when I was a player, because then it was only about me.”

As Bennett lobbies to help former players secure better benefits, he stresses that active players all want to play football—just as he did when he entered the league as a legend from the University of Alabama.

Read more about Bennett’s charity golf tournament, role in the labor negotiations and more on The Birmingham News website here.

Free Agents Stuck in Limbo During Lockout

June 27th, 2011

“Stuck in limbo” might be the most suitable description for a free agent during this NFL lockout. Technically unemployed, free agents don’t have contracts and aren’t part of a team, putting their status for the next NFL season—whenever that season starts—up in the air.

Eric Smith, a safety who played for the New York Jets last season, is one of many free agents who face uncertain futures. While exploring his options, Smith is working out individually as well as with others at Michigan State, and he earned his master’s degree in criminal justice during the lockout. Coaching football might be his future calling.

Realizing that a career playing football is not a sure thing, especially while being locked out, Smith has taken extra steps to prepare himself. He’s wisely signed up for COBRA health insurance, an option for all players during the lockout.

As part of an ongoing series profiling people impacted by the NFL’s lockout, The Washington Post published an in-depth profile on Smith in Monday’s editions. Read the story here.

Statements from Smith and Goodell Following Meetings

June 23rd, 2011

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the following statements after today’s meeting:

Smith: “Someone asked me whether I was optimistic. I think we’re both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know we’re talking about the right issues and that we’re working hard to get it done. It is extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but we’re committed to getting something done and we’re going to keep working at it. Just to wrap up: we’re working hard, we understand the fans’ frustration, I know our players’ frustration. We’re going to keep working hard and try to make sure we get a deal done.”

Goodell: “You obviously know we met over the last couple of days. We are under court order as far as what we can discuss so our comments will be brief. But obviously we’re all working hard. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here for the entire meetings also. And it’s complicated and it’s complex, but we’re working hard and we understand the fans’ frustration. But I think both of us feel strongly that we’re going to continue to work hard at it.”

Revenue Impact of Lost NFL Season on Maryland

June 22nd, 2011

If the entire NFL season is canceled, the state of Maryland will lose approximately $40 million, according to one study.

Both the Redskins and Ravens play their home games in Maryland. Direct and indirect activity from the two teams’ home games would bring in an estimated $40 million in tax revenues for the state. If the season is canceled, that money would be lost. Maryland is one of many U.S. states needing increased revenues as it endures the road to economic recovery.

The study states, “Maryland, which hosts two NFL teams, could see a measurable impact on its economy and state and local tax revenues if the NFL season is cancelled or shortened.”

It adds, “Maryland will face a significant revenue shortfall from lost income tax revenues in the event of a full-year lockout. The state could lose between $11.01 million and $12.31 million in direct income tax, while counties could lose between $6.75 million and $7.54 million.”

Read the entire report for yourself here: Revenue Impact of Lost NFL Season (PDF).

Read a recent news story about this topic here.

Restaurant Chain Wants Season to Be Saved

June 20th, 2011

Two recent posts on NFLLockout.com (here and here) have examined the economic impact the NFL’s lockout has on constituent groups beyond just players and owners. Businesses that depend on the NFL are rightfully concerned about America’s favorite sport—and whether it will be saved.

Buffalo Wild Wings, which launched a “Save Our Season” petition containing nearly 17,000 signatures, wants NFL owners and players to come to an agreement soon. It has written an open letter to both sides, urging them to have a deal by July 20—one month from today.

The popular restaurant chain has even promised free wings to each signer of the petition if the parties come to an agreement and return to football by July 20.

As estimated by The Sports Networker, approximately 1.25 billion wings were eaten on Super Bowl Sunday this year, amounting to nearly $250 million.

Count Buffalo Wild Wings among the many voices that want to see the lockout lifted, and players return to the field.

The Economic Impact of the Lockout

June 17th, 2011

The economic impact of the NFL’s lockout is far-reaching, with many groups being affected: individual cities, small businesses, stadium workers, staff, local hotels, restaurants, seasonal jobs, taxpayers and more—in short, anyone associated with the game. In addition, many industries depend on the NFL season such as sports betting, sports bars, food industries, video games and fantasy football. These are some of the businesses that will be the hardest hit if the lockout interrupts the 2011 season.

An infographic posted on The Sports Networker examines the wide impact and points to many interesting figures fans might not know.

For example, did you know that $400 million in gate receipts may be lost per week during the regular season? Or that 3,000 jobs could be lost in each NFL city if the lockout continues? How about that 28 of the 31 NFL stadiums were built thanks to public funding, and 11 of them were 100 percent publicly funded?

Go here to view the entire infographic. (With the hovering magnifying glass, click on the image to see the full-sized version.)

Boston-Area Businesses Hurt by Lockout

June 16th, 2011

Boston, a city passionate about its professional sports teams, has seen each of its teams in the four major sports claim championships in recent years. (The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a Game 7 win Wednesday night.)

But if the NFL’s lockout persists, many Bostonians and sports fans will feel the pinch.

Patriot Place becomes a hub of activity during the football season, as Patriots fans flock to the area surrounding Gillette Stadium to support their team. Businesses such as restaurants and motels are feeling rightfully edgy about the lockout affecting their bottom line—and their livelihood.

“If the stadium wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here,” the owner of Tastings Wine Bar & Bistro told The Boston Globe.

Click here to read an article in The Boston Globe about the economic impact the lockout is having on those who rely on the Patriots playing football.

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