Here’s What Was on the Agenda for the N.F.L. Owners’ Meeting
What began as a meeting of the owners of the N.F.L. at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Saturday has resulted in a decision that is still being debated on Sunday. The NFL owners voted to reject the proposal, but the outcome of the discussion still has many owners frustrated.
“I think it will hurt the league,” one owner said Sunday on the owners-only conference call.
But some owners said they had already decided to support a deal, which would come in the form of the NFL and the players’ union announcing it would go to court to try to stop a lockout. Another owner said he’d already had a meeting with the players’ union on Sunday, but that he wasn’t sure if what would be signed before the weekend still made sense.
When asked what this meeting had meant, N.F.L. commissioner Roger Goodell gave a one-word answer: “Impending.”
The meeting, which began at 4 p.m. on Saturday, was the last one the owners of the 10-team N.F.L. have before the deadline to accept or reject the proposed new collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner Goodell said he wanted to discuss the deal because he felt there is urgency in the issue.