In Lap Of Luxury, NFL Owners Meet

The NFL owners, suits, coaches and assorted other executives and vice presidents of this & that have gathered for the league’s annual March meetings.

As usual, this week-long affair is not happening at the Holidome in West Palm Beach, Florida, or Topeka, Kansas. It’s going down at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. The difference in miles between Palm Beach and West Palm Beach is miniscule, separated only by Lake Worth and a few short bridges.

But the difference in wealth and attitude between the two worlds is Grand Canyon-like. The resort sits on the Atlantic Ocean with its own beach, golf course . . . heck, it has its own lifestyle and mindset. Palm Beach is the place where everyone has security, and that security has its own security.

If you’d like to head down and join them this week, there are still rooms available at The Breakers. The cheapest rate this week is $539. Now, that room does not have an ocean view. Actually, the view is of the area behind the kitchen where the employees go to smoke. If you want ocean front, be prepared to pay $1,320. That’s not for the week – that’s per night.

Other than spending time and money on the beach, golf course, around the pool or in the stores along Worth Avenue, the NFL will try to get some business done.

Most of that has to do with rules and regulations, plus a few other procedural items. The attention on Monday was on the expected arrival of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. He’s less than a week away from beginning his one-year suspension from the bounty scandal. For some reason Payton wanted to visit this week. Some reports had him looking to address the owners and others directly about the situation that led to his one-year banishment.

Among the important items that will be discussed are some by-law changes:

TRADING DEADLINE – This proposal would move the league’s trading deadline back two weeks, to the day after the final game of the eighth regular season week. Currently it’s the sixth week.

Comment – there isn’t any reason for the teams to vote against this. In fact, to create more interest and options, they should move it back even more, to the 10th or 12th week of the regular season.

CUTDOWNS & ROSTER LIMITS – This proposal would increase the roster limit from 80 players to 90 players in the off-season and pre-season.

Comment – Some owners may push back on this one, even though the financial outlay is minimal to players in the off-season and pre-season.

INJURED RESERVE – This would allow teams to bring back one player off the injured reserve if that injury came after the start of training camp. On the Tuesday following the first game of the season, teams would be permitted to place a player on the injured-reserve list and note him as “designated for return.” That player would be eligible to be added back to the active roster eight weeks after the day he was sent to the IR list. That player could begin practicing after six games, and would have a window of 21 days to workout.

Comment – Since the player on injured reserve is going to get paid anyway, it only makes sense to give teams an outlet to get a player back on the field if he’s healthy.

INACTIVE SPOT FOR CONCUSSIONS – This proposal would allow teams to place a player on an inactive list for the game if they are recovering from a concussion.

Comment – This would allow a team to have a 54th player on the roster if they have someone coming back off a concussion. Makes sense, especially in this age where head injuries have gotten so much attention.

There are a lot of suggested rules changes as well, that we’ll discuss later.

7 Responses to “In Lap Of Luxury, NFL Owners Meet”

  • March 26, 2012  - txchief says:

    Bob, I think the owners would meet in Topeka every time if they knoew about the burgers and pie at Bobo’s.

  • March 26, 2012  - el cid says:

    Even I do not dislike they that badly.

  • March 26, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    tx – these guys don’t eat burgers. They’re not the 1%; we’re talking .01%. If you asked them what color ketchup is, they’d probably have to ask their coach. Problem I have is I don’t work and I probably paid more taxes than most of them. Crap, made bad decision on professions; should of been NFL owner.

  • March 26, 2012  - txchief says:

    cid, if you don’t like the pie at Bobo’s, I must question your judgement. I fear you might prefer Gates barbeque over Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s and Jack Stack too!

  • March 26, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Bobo”s…aaahhhhhhh! We used to stop there after every Chiefs game my parents took my brother and I as a break on the way home to Manhattan. I LOVED Bobo’s! Is it still there? I gotta take my son there.
    Also, Thank the Football Gods for Jack Stack’s for convincing Winston to be our RT.

  • March 27, 2012  - el cid says:

    Not a food site but do not do desert very much, wife is to good to waste (waist) effort on Topeka hamberger stand.

    As for b-b-q, grew up on Bryants, love Gates, OK Joes, and Jack Stack. In fact, most b-b-q places in KC are good to one degree or another, especially if you tried Memphis or deep South styles.

  • March 27, 2012  - el cid says:

    PS, if you are into pie, in Topeka, try Bradley’s. A home made choc pie to fight over.

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