NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash today said that he agrees with Jets linebacker Bart Scott’s recent comments that the labor dispute is on the “verge of really irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game.”
“I really thought he put it very well, that we’re getting to the point where we’re really putting our fans at risk,” Pash said in an interview with NFL Network’s Albert Breer in Indianapolis, site of this week’s NFL Spring Meeting. “We’re getting to the point where people just can’t understand why there’s not a deal being made. And I think in many respects the best thing for all of us to do is get out of court, get out of the media, and get together, and I think Bart Scott is right.
“We’re getting to the point where we’re putting our business at risk, and it’s our shared livelihood,” Pash continued. “We have a shared responsibility to get this done. We can’t do it ourselves. They can’t do it themselves. And so we really need to put the litigation aside, we need to focus on negotiations. I think there’s a deal to be made, I really do. I’ve thought that for a long time.”
Scott’s comments came in an interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantanio. “I think we’re bordering now on the verge of insanity,” Scott said. “Fans don’t want to hear about lockout, they don’t want to hear about people arguing over $9 billion. They want the bottom-line because at the end of the day, these guys are saving up throughout the entire year to come out and spend their hard-earned money to see football, and we’re telling them that they can spend their hard-earned money but we’re not playing until we figure it out. I listen to [Robert] Kraft – and I don’t agree with the Patriots on a lot of things – but I agree with him that we’re really on the verge of really irritating our fan base and damaging the fabric of the game.”
“I think Bart Scott’s right,” Pash reiterated. “That’s the kind of attitude that we need, and I think a lot of other players feel that way as well. And if people come to the table with that attitude, with that sense of commitment, with the recognition that the best way to solve the problem is to solve it ourselves, not to wait for some judges to solve the problem for us, which they can’t do, then we’ll come out better. All of us.”
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