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


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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. shari

    Give me a break!!!!! I love football, but come on dude!! Seriously? Enough said:)

    July 26, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. CommonSense

    For those that are saying they're overpaid, they make what they bring in. It's the same as in any job. They also have 10 prime earning years if they are very very very lucky. Their talents are in rare and in demand and they are compensated that way.

    July 26, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Thor

    How many US Senators will have difficulty paying their taxes this year? How many US Senators will have difficulty paying medical bills this year? How many US Senators are worried about where their next mortagage payment is coming from this year? How many Senators worry about getting mugged on their way home this evening?

    July 26, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. ja

    we need to stop payment to congress, even sue for funds paid out, over the last two years, their mission is to ruin a president, despite, matter of fact terminate the bulk, the government is for the people, by the people, currently we have to many self serving sobs

    July 26, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. MrManhattan

    This guy should be the Poster Child for higher tax rates on the rich.

    July 26, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. USwatcher

    Those who refuse to bargain for the benefit of all concerned...only want to dictate from a narrow point of view.

    July 26, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Bruce

    Really Mr Kraft? You have the gall to come out with a statement like that? Stick to your cheese slices and football GAMES, leave the running of the country to those elected to do so.

    July 26, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Jaison Biagini

    ummm, i think most of you missed his point. he's just saying both sides gave some to reach a compromise. i thinks that's the only point he's making. washington needs to learn compromise!! desperately!! nothing in washington is about the people anymore. it's about getting elected and staying in power!! even when one party controls everything they never seem to manage to push their entire agenda. they give you a little bit and then run saying we have more to do! it's all a big game and the poor and what's left of the middle class are pawns. both side want to out cut each other but if either plan passes we will suffer with an even slower economy and more unemployment. right now no one is spending, if they cut services even less will be spending. and businesses will cut more jobs. at this point in tie illegal immigration is at ZERO!! it's zero!! you can find better work in mexico so the people are staying there. that truly is a sign we are in big trouble!!!

    July 26, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. olderseer

    Except that if the NFL had gone down the tubes, it would have been a good thing...Comparing yourself to an actual problem, like the debt ceiling crisis further illustrates how useless you are. NFL, please go away.

    July 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Steveo

    What a joke.

    July 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Malty

    The NFL is a private organization. They make money with their product and have the flexibility to expand and contract as needed.

    The Federal government is funded off the backs of only 49% of those that use its services. The federal government has is run by ideologues (especially those on the left and in the White House) whose are trying to push their agenda on ALL Americans (just look at Obama's policies). Obama hasn't really compromised much since he came into power–with his super majority in the Congress. Unions had their place, but are now hurting American (in general).

    Kick Obama, Reid and Pelosi out.

    July 26, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Bob in Pa.

    The owners and the players should be putting a lot of that money back into the community. Without the community, they don't exist.

    At least they are only playing with their money. Washington should however take that second part to heart as the destroy our country with all their spending.

    July 26, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. awol

    yes and while youre at it
    why dont all these brave big tough guys of the nfl tell everyone where they were and what they do while 18 year old kids are getting their legs blown off in our wars
    how about some collective bargaining for the wounded vets coming home to no ticker tape parade and relative obscurity

    July 26, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    The NFL had it easy...they didn't have to negotiate with just say NO conservative GOP/Tea Party politicians.

    July 26, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. AGUest

    We should just fight another civil war over it.

    July 26, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Yates

    It should be easy if we had decent leadership at the top. Instead we got another campaign speech and more blathering about taxes and horrible corporations that employ us all. The funny part is there is not tax hikes in either bill as Reid evidently does not want to endanger the current Democratic Senate seats in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. betterdays

    As if we needed another reason to dislike the New England Patriots. What a dolt.

    July 26, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. A True Centrist

    "Really, Tell it to Wisconsin, who took away collective bargaining rights,"

    Are you kidding? The results speak for themselves with thousands...yes thousands of teachers jobs saved after the law was signed. You need to do a little research before you spew your union bull. The ONLY teachers cut in Wisconsin were those in Milwaukee who had a separate contract with the state and did not fall under the new law. They refused to chip in and pay a fair amount for their pensions and health care so several hundred lost their jobs. The superintendant said if they would have agreed to abide by Act 10, those jobs would have been saved.

    July 26, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. A True Centrist

    "Not if one side of the bargaining table says "NO!!!" to anything you ever say, sometimes before you even finish your thought in an effort to oppose you at all costs, even if it's detrimental to our country."

    Couldn't agree with you more Sid. Time for someone to tell President Obama to stop threating to veto every bill that comes across his desk trying to bring some fiscal sanity to this country.

    July 26, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. AZ DEM

    Remember when the lockout started and the President said...the NFL is a billion dollar entity and they should be able to make an agreement without the president getting involved...well this SHOULD be true for our Representatives and Senators in COngress unfortunately our Democrats and Republicans care more about ousting the other party in the next election. Well news flash the people are going to vote in 2012 based on many things and from what the people are seeing they aren't feeling confident in either side. The last 3 elections have seen a change in leadership in Washington and 2012 will be no different if the people currently there don't get their act together and start getting things done and not just SYMBOLIC gestures people want results and if we don't see that then we DON'T need people holding up progress elected to office.

    July 26, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    The country's horrendous financial situation is not the same as the NFL's. They are swimming in money and they are trying to decide how to split it up. The USA is broke and spending money we borrow from our adversary, China. Democrats want to drive the country into bankruptcy, the Republicans are trying to prevent that.

    July 26, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Here is some food for thought – Eric Cantor (House Majority Leader) supported every debt ceiling vote during the Bush Presidency. Seems strange that all of a sudden he has a problem with the debt ceiling now that there is a Democrat in the White House. Same with John Boehner and Mitch McConnell! Could they possibly be playing politics? Nah. They are way above that sort of thing. By the way, anyone out there wanna buy a bridge I have to sell?

    July 26, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Kris

    Yeah Washington could learn something. But their is a major difference. Republicans won't budge. Democrats have offered up everything but the kitchen sink. Republicans have given in on nothing. You were willing to give a little. Republicans are so greedy they aren't even willing to give $10 extra a month. $10. Its quite pathetic and pretty evil if you ask me. But thats who they are. The party of Me Me Me. Even though the me, me, me is doing just fine, mansions, yatchs, cars, boats, planes, buildings, $25,000 bottles of wine. The average American not so much. But who cares right. Give away tax breaks, watch them write bonuses with them and do it all over again. Praise the republicans for their last 12 year plan that has not even come close to working. LOL. And the dumb people who still think that party stands for them. They are not raising the Average Americans taxes. In fact they are not planning on raising taxes at all. They plan on putting them back to what they were when America was making money, the economy was good, and jobs were strong. Whats the problem with that?

    July 26, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Kris

    The NFL at least tried. But again. Republicans are not going to budge. Their greed is alot stronger then yours. Heck most milionaire and billionaires are willing to pay more in taxes. Only the republicans and lower earning families that are so nieve to believe thier taxes are going to be raised are opposing the correction. Nothing like a bunch of retarded poor hillbillies who wish they could reach their dreams standing for the people who don't want them to reach their dreams. Lol.

    July 26, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Lindsey wrote:
    It took you guys 4 months to find an agreement. The Congress has had this debate for only about one month. Let's give them a temporary debt ceiling raise and then set a deadline for a few months from now. If no deal then, then Shut'er down!!!!!!!!
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    4 months. The Congress has been going at this since January when the "Gang of Six" first convened. The debt debate has been raging for months.

    I think the comparison to our debt crisis runs deeper than people think. The NFL owners chose to "default" on the players by instituting a lockout. Locking out the nation's currency would be a premeditated disaster. Only the misinformed would assign blame on the President for a default.

    July 26, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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