NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith appeared together today and made the following comments to members of the news media that found the location of this week’s talks between players and owners in suburban Boston.
Commissioner 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.”
DeMaurice 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.”
Following these comments, Goodell and Smith shook hands and departed along with the other attendees at the meeting. They included players Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, and Jeff Saturday plus owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, John Mara, and Dean Spanos. The talks will continue.