“You don’t make money by shutting down your business,” Goodell said on Sirius NFL Radio, according to USA Today. “The idea that the owners want to lock out and not play football is absolutely not the case. That’s just not good for anybody.”
Some of Smith’s nearly hour-long question-and-answer session during Super Bowl week was spent reiterating past claims, such as team values increasing “almost 500 percent” over the last 15 years. There was also a call to have all 32 NFL teams open their books to show who was losing money and how much.
“We’ve told them, ‘Don’t go out and buy a new boat. Don’t go out and buy a new car. Pay off whatever debts you have,’ ” said Jeff Saturday
of the Indianapolis Colts
. “These are things we’ve been learning from history.”
Smith and Mawae said that if next season goes forward with no salary cap, it would be highly unlikely to have a new CBA with a cap reinstated.
“Virtually impossible,” Smith said.
“A very difficult task,” Mawae said.
Asked about the owners’ assertion that the 18 percent pay cut request was false, Mawae said did not hold back:
“That is not true,” he said. “That is absolutely true they’ve asked for 18 percent.”
Meantime, the union is increasing dues for now with the idea of returning the money as income to players, if needed, during a lockout.
“Our guys get it,” Mawae said. “Our guys understand.”