Jeff Pash: “We are going to have a deal”

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal featured a Q&A with NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (left) in today’s issue, writing under the header “NFL’s Pash: ‘We are going to have a deal.’”

“I know we are going to have a deal; I know we are going to have an agreement,” Pash told Kaplan.

“There is no reason we can’t have a deal by March 3,” Pash continued. “What we need is to have sustained engagement. We need to be meeting regularly; we need to leave meetings not worried about how we are going to characterize meetings, whether we are gloomy, whether we’re upbeat, whether we are excited, whether we are exhausted. Characterizing [negotiations] on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis, as though you are doing a weather forecast or a weather report doesn’t accomplish anything. We need to get past that. … But it has got to be a shared commitment. One side cannot do it alone.”

Kaplan also asked Pash about sharing financial information: “The union has asked for the audited financial books of NFL teams, which the league rejects. Has the union made this an issue in the negotiations?”

Pash replied: “Not really with us…We have said all along we are prepared to make disclosures that document and justify what our bargaining proposals are,” Pash said. “I think you don’t have to look any further than the basketball negotiations, where they did produce, as I understand it, all of their financial statements, that document losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and the union’s response was quote, it’s baloney, close quote.”

For the complete Q&A, click here.

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