Goodell, Richardson and Kraft address the media, appologizing to fans for the turmoil and crediting members of the negotiations process.
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Well I still longtime coming and the ball back that's great news for everybody. I want to thank the and all the players for their leadership. And for securing a long term future of the game having ten year agreement is externally great for our team. The most importantly our fans and everybody works hard everybody had a passion. And everybody believes in this game of football. And what we can do maker him better and I think this agreement is going to make our game better so. We're grateful for all the work. They've both parties it. To make sure that we came to this day today and make sure for the fans. We can sit in here and -- Football's back -- may have our chairman mr. Richardson just a few words. This is a long time coming. I would like decide what a pleasures man. Who are -- flyers in this regard stations. As. As a former player myself. Relationship. Countless sessions we've developed thanks to -- serve us well for a long time. We're delighted that we have an agreement just served them well. Top players that James and our fans for many years ago. -- -- liked them both sides. Of apologized for the fans for the last 56 months we've been talking about the business of football and not what goes on on the field them. -- that teams in the -- each market. But the end result as we've been able have an agreement that I think sisco this sport to flourish over the next decade. And we've done that in a way that's unique among the majors voice that every team in -- league all 32. Will be competitive. We've improved player safety and we remembered the players who have played in the past. You know I wanna give a special compliment commissioner Goodell and and because the commissioner as the deal with the -- tough and demanding owners and he's been able to keep that balance. The Maurice Smith has come in. And he's managing 19100 players a bunch of different professionals. It's -- C news media it would tricky language. And He was able to keep all those things going and come up with -- agreement that Ian Rogers did. Together together with the two teams. And lastly. What kept -- the table last four and a half months was seeing the players. Who represented. The player representatives who represented the league's players. You know they just look at the short term interests. Of their own playing careers but but it looked long term especially Jeff Saturday. And dominate. It's worth I was so impressed with them that they activists principles of the table looking out -- is good for the -- So I believe legitimacy of it great and it fell over the next decade. And I hope we get a little lesson to the people in Washington because with that crisis has a lot easier to fix them this deal was bank.
that our fans and my hope is that we with a deal. That seem to group will be back here again on Wednesday morning and Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts told me to get back out. Indy Joe Thornton Comcast sports net.
know they just look at the short term interests. Of their own playing careers but but it looked long term especially Jeff Saturday . And dominate. It's worth I was so impressed with them that they activists principles of the table looking out