Obama to NFL sides: Work it out yourselves

March 3, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- National Football League owners and players certainly can settle their dispute without involvement from the White House, U.S. President Obama said Thursday.

"My working assumption -- at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kids' college education -- is, is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening," Obama said during a joint news conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

The NFL's players and owners are trying to work out a labor deal and avoid a possible lockout.

Saying he was a football fan, Obama said he thought "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 and be true to their fans who are the ones who obviously allow for all the money that they're making."

He said he expected -- and hoped -- they would resolve their issues "without me intervening because it turns out I've got a lot of other stuff to do."

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