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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared on NFL Network, where he basically said the lawyers should get out of the way and let the business people get the CBA done. "We could get a deal done in the next week if business people sat down on both sides and we tried to get the lawyers in the background,” Kraft said. “We just had a situation where we were sued that we didn’t get enough money from the networks,” Kraft continued. “I know as chair of the Broadcast Committee, I worked with the committee and the Commissioner, we generated revenue at a very serious time in our country and extended contracts. We were just sued that we didn’t do a good enough job. The players wind up paying $15 million in legal fees for something that is nonsensical. We have got to stop this legal maneuvering and get business negotiations going on. If we do, I’m confident we can close a deal.”The question is, is either side done maneuvering and posturing. If the lawyers can milk $15m for "somet...

Video of the day: Patriots owner Robert Kraft talks Brady, Mankins, and labor

Patriots owner Robert Kraft held court for 20 minutes yesterday at the Sheraton downtown in Dallas, which you read about here, here and here. Want a little more? Check out my video:

Patriots owner Robert Kraft answers what was missing from the playoffs: “I don’t know… a good game plan.”

Just finished a 20-minute talk with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who offered opinions on a variety of topics — labor, football, Tom Brady, a potential New England Super Bowl and otherwise. But what was kinda eye-popping was his comments on what was missing from the loss to the Jets. Without a hesitation and with a slight chuckle… This is what he said: “I don’t know… a good...

Kraft Says We Need To Get Lawyers Away From Negotiations; But Goodell & D. Smith Are Lawyers

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says they could get a deal done in a week if everybody sat down and met for a week until they got it done. He said he wants them to get the lawyers away from the table.  He said lawyers are deal breakers not deal makers. Maybe Kraft doesn’t realize [...]

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who will be in the room for labor negotations, explains…

When labor negotiations take place tomorrow, Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be in the room. So that’s cool. And he was clear in what must happen. “We gotta get the lawyers out of this and get business people on both sides of the table,” Kraft said. “There’s no reason for us to have a lockout, I’ll say it again. There’s enough elements there that we can do a deal and...

Kraft blames lack of CBA agreement on the lawyers

Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke with reporters here in Dallas media center, and brought his fastball on a variety of issues. Let’s start with the collective bargaining agreement.  Kraft says the lawyers are mucking it up: “In my opinion, we could get a deal done in the next week,” Kraft said.   “If business people…

How the Patriots are trying to use the Steelers and Packers are the model…

When Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked about Tom Brady’s foot rehab, he immediately turned the conversation to the future. No surprise. He’s pretty pumped about it. “We’re privileged this year to have five of the first 75 picks, which has not happened in 20 years,” Kraft said. “If you take ’09, ’10 and this year, we will have had 12 picks in the first and second...

Robert Kraft Feels Draft Will Keep Patriots Among NFL's Elite

The NFL draft is more than two months away, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft is already anticipating it. The Patriots spent a resurgent 2010 season with half of their snaps being played by first- and second-year players. Sure, there are the veteran stalwarts such as quarterback Tom Brady and nose tackle Vince Wilfork. But they are surrounded by kids. After the draft, the team will...

Owning up to the pain

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not over his team’s playoff loss to the rival Jets .

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Thinks CBA Deal Can Be Done In A Week

Corralled by the media following NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke frankly about negotiations towards a new collective bargaining agreement. Kraft thinks a new deal can be done relatively quickly. "In my opinion, we could get a deal done in the next week," Kraft said. "If business people sat down on...

Robert Kraft Hopes That Logan Mankins Will Stay With Patriots for a 'Long Term'

Don't count out the New England Patriots in the Logan Mankins sweepstakes. Not just yet anyway. Patriots' owner Robert Kraft spoke with the media in Dallas on Friday, addressing a multitude of issues surrounding his team, primarily the status of their most important offensive lineman, reports. "Logan Mankins is one of the best players on the team,"...

Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses the futures of Tom Brady and Logan Mankins

Slaying the team for its woeful playoff performance wasn’t the only thing Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed in his state-of-the-team meeting with reporters today. He also opined on two of the team’s most important players — Tom Brady and Logan Mankins. Brady is recovering from foot surgery, while Mankins is facing the likelihood of being franchised. As for Kraft… “We...

Catching up on Super Bowl XLV stuff after a busy yesterday…

Yesterday was a busy day over at the media center at the Sheraton, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and other assorted people taking our attention from the Super Bowl. What did we miss? Let’s catch up… – First, the most scrutinized high-ankle sprain in recent memory has given out. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the pool reporter after practice...

Patriots Owner Says QB Tom Brady Threw "Lazy Interception" In Loss Vs. Jets

Patriots owner Robert Kraft gently criticized likely league MVP quarterback Tom Brady's interception thrown to New York Jets linebacker David Harris in New England's 28-21 divisional-round elimination. "Tommy was unbelievable,'' Kraft said. "He had seven, eight, 10 (actually, 11) games without an interception and then threw that lazy interception.'&...
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