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08:37 AM ET 01.05 | Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson met formally with the media Tuesday for the first time in nine years, and he discussed -- among such topics as the team's decision to fire John Fox, why his is not a penny-pinching franchise and that it is unlikely move the No. 1 pick -- the Panthers' approach to their free agents. He said he would not sign any of the team's pending free agents until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place, which he predicted would not be any time soon. "I'm not optimistic we're making a lot of progress," Richardson, co-chair of the owners' negotiating committee, said.

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January 5, 2011  09:51 AM ET

"Gloom, despair and agony on me...
Deep dark depression, excessive misery..."

January 5, 2011  10:11 AM ET

Disinformation diarrhea.

January 5, 2011  10:17 AM ET

thanks Jerry

January 5, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Just give the NFLPA 100% of revenues and throw in a bit more from your personal savings. I think the best thing that could happen is a lock-out. A jolt of reality might help the NFLPA (I doubt it though). The poor, overworked, underpaid guys. Can't even afford their texting charges, or even ammunition any more.

January 5, 2011  10:41 AM ET

Just raise more money by upping the cost of NFL Ticket on Directv. Done it the past 10 years. Cripes, I might as well get tickets to the actual games- all of them.

January 5, 2011  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"Gloom, despair and agony on me... Deep dark depression, excessive misery..."

Why in the world is the co-chair of the negotiating commitee the owner of one of the smallest market teams in the league? Carolina is in the bottom 3 percent for market share and revenue. Of course he isn't going to be a fan of more roster spots or more salary..

January 5, 2011  10:52 AM ET

What do Jerry care? It's not like his stadium fills to half-capacity anyways.

January 5, 2011  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why in the world is the co-chair of the negotiating commitee the owner of one of the smallest market teams in the league? Carolina is in the bottom 3 percent for market share and revenue. Of course he isn't going to be a fan of more roster spots or more salary..

Wonder how he feels about an 18 game schedule?

January 5, 2011  11:25 AM ET

I didn't know Newt Gingrich owned an NFL team.

January 5, 2011  11:39 AM ET
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Wonder how he feels about an 18 game schedule?

That's an interesting question. I haven't been following the threads here very closely, or even the news about it. I know there has been concern expressed about injuries. I lean toward that side myself. When I started following the NFL it was a 12 game season, then 14, now 16 plus potentially 4 more in the play-offs. I think the risk of serious, career-ending and even life-changing injuries is just too much by adding more regular season games. The reward just doesn't exceed the risk in IMO.

But, it will be what it will be I guess. Nobody here can influence that decision.

January 5, 2011  11:46 AM ET

It took 9 years for this guy to come out of his cave? LMAO! No wonder his team fell into the crapper.

January 5, 2011  11:48 AM ET

And btw Jerry (nice name), you're not telling the fans anything they don't already know.

January 5, 2011  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I didn't know Newt Gingrich owned an NFL team.

I was thinking the same thing...is that a picture of Newt Gingrich? Separated at birth?

January 5, 2011  03:08 PM ET

The owners can outlast any NFL player but only the fans will suffer. Perhaps its time for the "Fans" to turn their back on pro sports and let them slide into the past.

January 5, 2011  07:37 PM ET

Am I the only one who thinks lockouts in the NBA and NFL would be good things?

January 5, 2011  07:48 PM ET

Open the books or shut the **** up and play football, you miserable fat *******.

January 5, 2011  09:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Am I the only one who thinks lockouts in the NBA and NFL would be good things?

Nope. I'm with you. it sure helped hockey. At least for a while.

January 6, 2011  12:32 AM ET

The NFLPU is forgetting who has the most to lose. Owners pay mega millions for the teams and players have 1 or 2 good years and demand massive increases in salaries. Maybe the owners should pro rate the decline in production. Lower output, lower salary what does the NFLPU think about that. 18 games why not, the average salary is 2 mil a year. How many of us make that in a lifetime???????

January 6, 2011  01:19 AM ET
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Disinformation diarrhea.

Absolutely. If he is not a penny pincher why did he let Julius Peppers go to Chicago and make them contend for the super Bowl while NC in bottom of teh trash can. It was a stupid move. Can you imagine Baltimore let Ray lewis go, or new England let Brady go or Indianapolis let manning go and all because of the money. There are certain players on the team you have to keep them no matter what. They bring in 10 times what they make. Advertising, Tickets, $6 a paper cup of Coke an d$7 hot dog. Not to mention the team appreciation in value.

 
January 6, 2011  07:25 AM ET

all about money these days. on both sides of the table. The sport itself is secondary

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