The talks between the union and the owners on the inside of that little room are just as intense as the talks going on outside the room to the press, at least I assume. With the lockout already in place and a lot of banter from either side, Goodell's most recent try at a peace treaty between the owners and players seems to have backfired.
If you are not familiar with it, Roger Goodell sent out a letter to players in an attempt to inform them and clarify what was offered to the NFLPA. It seems like a pretty good spirited effort to calm the storm brewing. Unfortunately for Goodell, a lot of the players on the receiving end do not feel that way, specifically San Diego Chargers linebacker Kevin Burnett.
According to ESPN.com, Burnett called Goodell a "blatant liar" in a radio interview and criticized how intensely the commissioner is fighting for things that are not in the players' best interests, but says that he has their best interests at heart. You have to agree with him though. How would an 18-game schedule, less play and little to no health insurance be good for the players?
Burnett also chastises how the commissioner fines and penalizes players for their roles outside of the football field and how much help is given to players in need of some type of treatment, as far as drugs and other things of that nature.
I agree with the entire statement that he made. Every time the NFL steps forward to plead their cases, they make it more and more clear how selfish the owners are being in the negotiation process. To even go as far to say that decertifying was the ultimate goal of the NFLPA and that they were not negotiating in good spirits is outright dismissing the concerns of the union as a whole.
The players have some very important concerns that need to be addressed, and to expect someone to play more for less money, you have to be able to produce more than numbers written on a piece of paper for third-party review.
Hopefully, each side will come to an agreement and the battle will not get any sloppier than it already has. However, litigation usually ends that way.