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Posted at 2:25 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Obama: I won't intervene in NFL dispute

By Perry Bacon Jr.

President Obama on Thursday dismissed any suggestion he would get involved in the labor dispute between NFL owners and players, which could result in a lockout as soon as midnight Friday.

"You've got owners, most of whom are worth close to a billion dollars. You've got players who are making millions of dollars," he said in response to a question at a press conference.

"When [most] people are working to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kids' college education . ... the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States."

He added, "I'm a big football fan, but I also think that for an industry that's making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. My expectation and hope is that they will resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I've got a lot of other stuff to do."

Negotiators for the league and the players' union are meeting with a federal mediator in Washington this week, but a quick agreement seems unlikely.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 3, 2011; 2:25 PM ET
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Comments

I agree with the President on this one. He truly does have "other stuff" to do. In fact, in a real sense, the true bosses of the NFL are the fans. If they don't support teams......teams will fail to exist.

Posted by: rdominguez42 | March 6, 2011 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Why not?
He has saved the world and won the Nobel peace prize. Just think of how his community organizer skills would solve the problem and redistribute the wealth.

Posted by: gfhoward258 | March 5, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer POTUS intervene in Wisconsin than in Libya or the NFL.

Posted by: lifelongdemocrat | March 5, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer POTUS intervene in Wisconsin than in Libya or the NFL.

Posted by: lifelongdemocrat | March 5, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Why does Kenya Boy think he's expected to stick his inexperienced nose in anybody's business? He's never had a real job in his life, a community agitator, 141 days in the senate most of which campaigning make him a real economic prize! His out of control ego leads him to think that the NFL WANT'S him to butt into their business? Give me a break! Let the NFL lock the doors; they own them! (That is except where they conned the locals to cough up the bucks to build the stadiums for them) IDIOTS!

Posted by: TexRancher | March 5, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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Hey Democrats,

Yes he will. It's a union thing.

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | March 5, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

...too many submissions in a short period of time? Prove it. Liberal rag.

Posted by: Barry17 | March 4, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not Christian. He's not white and he's not black. He isn't American and he isn't Kenyan or Indonesian and he's not governing our country. He's got his feet up on the oval office desk, laughing his a-- off. He's lazy, passive and gay.

Posted by: Barry17 | March 4, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama won't intervene in anything. He does nothing. Obama is not Christian. He's not white and he's not black. He isn't American and he isn't Kenyan or Indonesian and he's not governing our country. He's got his feet up on the oval office desk, laughing his a-- off. He's lazy, passive and gay.

Posted by: Barry17 | March 4, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Exactly who was the zit-faced moron who asked Obama the question?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | March 4, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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