Titans owner promises NFL will play in 2011
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is predicting the NFL will play
the 2011 season, even if it takes a few months to work out a new
In fact, he guarantees it.
”It’s going to be a few months here, but we’ll be playing this
year,” Adams said Monday night. ”I guarantee we’ll be
Adams spoke to reporters Monday night before being honored with
a lifetime humanitarian award by the T.J. Martell Foundation with
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on hand to help present him the
award. The 88-year-old owner used a walker on the red carpet but
moved around well.
Asked what he would say to fans who want football and are sick
of all the talking, Adams said he wants football, too.
”It’s one of those things that they haven’t been very (much)
wanting to work out a deal with us, but we’ll be playing football
this year,” Adams said. I’ll tell you that for sure.”
Adams founded the Titans as the then-Houston Oilers as part of
the AFL. He took part in the merger and relocated his team to
Tennessee in 1997.
Goodell said he would put his money down for season tickets
because the NFL is doing everything to make sure the league plays
football in 2011. He said the league wants to get back to
negotiations, which is the fastest way to make that happen.
He hasn’t talked to DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the
NFL Players Association, and he said that the NFL is prepared to
negotiate when asked if there might be talks before a hearing April
6 in Minnesota in the lawsuit filed by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning,
Drew Brees and six other NFL players.
”It’s probably easier to count the nights that I’ve had a good
night’s sleep,” Goodell said when asked how many sleepless nights
he’s had in recent weeks.
”The reality is you know how important this game is to our fans
and to the players and coaches and the clubs, and you want to make
sure that you do this right. You want to make sure we address the
issues that are necessary and to get the right agreement. You want
both sides to feel they have an agreement that they can live