NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?
July 25th, 2011
07:20 PM ET
7 years ago

NFL owner to Washington: Are you taking notes?

Washington (CNN) – Congressional leaders could learn a thing or two from the National Football League. At least, according to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington because the debt ceiling is a lot easier to fix than this was," he said Monday at a presser announcing an end to the months-long stalemate between owners and players.

A committee of league players met in Washington to finalize a new collective bargaining agreement following a weekend of communication between representatives for owners and players. It was ratified Monday. And though President Obama also met with congressional leaders Saturday, no deal was reached to raise the amount of money the nation can borrow.

The president will address the nation on the debt ceiling late Monday following the introduction of two competing plans by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The difference is that the GOP has been controlled by groups other than the people who elected members of the House. The ideas that allow for compromise have been seen as wrong by many more on the right than the left. This is a bad thing for the country. We need compromise all the time.

    July 25, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    This is laughable...

    July 25, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. mitch

    seriously... silly billionare take 18 weeks to work out a deal... then talk tough to others... whatever

    July 25, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Buck Knuckler

    No it isn't Robert Kraft. Then NFL is millionaires and billionaires fighting over a chunk of money where the debt is how not to spend money since we don't have any.

    July 26, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, because of course this disagreement between millionaire players and billionaire owners over how to split all the money generated by the game their income revolves around is exactly like these arguments over extending the deficit limit.. which we kinda have to do to stay solvent.

    July 26, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  6. Dave perks

    Guy's mouth could give ochocinco's a run for it's money. What a joke.

    July 26, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  7. Gerald (Tampa, FL)

    Here boys and girls is another case where the rich gets richer.

    July 26, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  8. Deb

    "The debt ceiling is a lot easier to fix...than this was"...undoubtedly you've been dropped on your head one too many times.

    July 26, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  9. Noko

    You've got to be kidding me! The argument over how to split the profits from an over-hyped game somehow is "a lot easier to fix" than the nation's economic/debt relief plan? Get over yourselves, I certainly have.

    -Dude who will no longer watch the spoiled greed association games (sorry, "NFL")

    July 26, 2011 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  10. Jokesterer

    Are you ready for some government?

    July 26, 2011 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  11. Ohio man

    .. Now thats a funny 1.. thats like Apples to Oranges ..these guys .. but i'm glad they settled it , because TV sucks right now, and this will be good since its to HOT to step outside and if i have to watch Iron Man 1 more time .. lol.. great movie but gezzzzzzz

    July 26, 2011 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  12. Mark

    The NFL, aka a big glorified union. They make way too much money, abuse their bodies (steroids and the hits), and overcharge on everything. Somehow we have fanatics who follow. So exactly how are they like the government? Oh yeah, strike, delay, demand more money.

    July 26, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  13. Oxheadlives

    Resolving a dispute between overpaid athletes and overpaid team owners is harder than solving the debt ceiling dispute? This guy needs to get more fiber in his diet.

    July 26, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    I agree that football is many things to many people, including myself and I am glad to see it back. But there is a big flaw in this theory. The players and the owners would have lost real money if they did not settle but those idiot Tea-Baggers and their stooges in the House of Representatives will continue to make money hand over fist whether the US has a AAA rating on our bonds or if we reach junk bond status. There is no incentive for them to compromise. Other politicians form both parties have an incentive called re-election. That is why our system works. The Tea Party is not a party at all or it would know that it must compromise. The Tea Party is a business interest group disguised as a party. In a business you can just screw your share holders declare bankruptcy and start a new business the next day. Govenment does not work that way and we are paying the price for their greed and huberus.

    July 26, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  15. Dennis Pence

    "I hope we gave a little lesson to the people in Washington because the debt ceiling is a lot easier to fix than this was".

    What planet is this guy from? If he thinks that it is easier to fix the budget issues, let's see him set up a plan. It is somewhat similar – you have a bunch of prima donas on both sides acting like kids.

    July 26, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  16. grownup124

    this guy can't be serious. can't believe he's acting all high and mighty for coming up with what essentially is some employment contracts (HR job), and comparing that against having to deal with federal budget.

    July 26, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. Charles

    Get over yourself, NFL. Politicians are at least as childish as NFL prima donnas and the robber baron owners. I, for one, would have been smugly pleased to see a fall without NFL. Maybe people would have actually done something productive for four hours every Sunday.

    July 26, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz VA

    Thanks for the encouraging words Mr. Kraft. But ask yourself this. Are you willing to pay more taxes you fat cat?

    July 26, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. ABM

    Who are they to talk?

    July 26, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  20. Chipster

    How bad can the economy be if the American people can still afford to fill stadium seats at such ridiculous prices and take out a loan to buy a hot dog and soda? The GOP has made it clear that they won't agree to anything until Democrats agree to dismantle Social Security or at least chop, chop, chop until it "withers on the vine." Senior citizens have voted overwhelmingly for Republicans so Democrats have just about decided that it isn't worth fighting for Social Security and Medicare anymore. Give Seniors what they voted for.

    July 26, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. s

    This is the dumbest headline I've seen by CNN in a while. The NFL is a socialist entity, based on a system of profit sharing. They knew all to well (both sides), that no profits = no sharing...for anyone.

    July 26, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Matrix

    All of you foolish people who hate on the Tea Party and the Republicans, do you honestly believe that the Democrats are there to help you? If you do, I have a bridge to sell you. The two parties are both greedy and have only their own interests in mind. They don't care about you. They may throw you a bone every now and then to make you think they still work for you, but they work for the people who give them money as well as working for their own wallets. Just keep chanting for Team Blue, and they'll keep you little slaves down in a pit.

    Folks, government is not going to help you. You'll have to do it yourselves. But you won't listen. Keep chanting Team Red or Team Blue... keep thinking they will look after you. Keep putting your faith in unions and law enforcement.

    July 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    some how I don't think that billionaires in dispute with millionaires is going to resonate with some family on food stamps, someone on unemployment or even middle class working famlies trying to make ends meet. They didn't even need to make such a statement.

    July 26, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. TSRVT

    Bob Kraft is a good man. He was doing these negotiations last week just after losing his wife Myra to cancer. She was one of the greatest people I have ever met. The pettiness of these republicans in the House is disgusting.

    July 26, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. csm

    I hate to break it to you but this fine accomplishment by the NFL was done on the backs of the citizen. Be it higher ticket prices or tax breaks for stadiums and/or revenue. Neither the players nor the owners took a hit in the wallet or got less perks. I think it is safe to say that the NFL followed the D.C. model of spending money not yet in the bank.

    July 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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