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  • AFL starting back in April

    After several changes, the AFL is finally back in action starting next month.
    I've been following the Tennessee Valley Vipers for years in AF2, and am very glad they were chosen to move up to the AFL now (also changed their name to the Alabama Vipers).
    The AFL also has a contract with NFL Network to show some games this year.

    My guess is for a slow start, but if there really is a lockout in 2011 in the NFL... people will need a football fix big time

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  • Azul e Oro
    Judge rules that NFL strong-armed TV money
    by Azul e Oro
    Judge rules NFL violated agreement with union in TV deals

    • NFL.com Wire Reports

    A federal judge in Minneapolis handed NFL players a key ruling Tuesday in their fight to strip the league of $4 billion in television revenue they contend was unfairly and illegally secured as a way for owners to survive a lockout that could begin by the end of the week.
    U.S. District Judge David Doty backed the NFL Players Association in its closely watched fight over the so-called "war chest" of broadcast revenue that the union contends is leverage the NFL is wielding against it in the labor fight.
    The NFL's current collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight ET Thursday.

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    In his 28-page ruling, Doty criticized special master Stephen Burbank for legal errors and erroneously concluding earlier this month that the NFL can act like a self-interested conglomerate when in fact it is bound by legal agreements to make deals that benefit both the league and its players.


    Doty instead declared the NFL violated its agreement with the union, which had asked that the TV money be placed in escrow until the end of any lockout. A hearing, yet to be scheduled, will be held to determine potential damages for the players as well as an injunction involving the TV contracts.


    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello downplayed the significance of the ruling, saying the 32 teams were "prepared for any contingency."


    "Today's ruling will have no effect on our efforts to negotiate a new, balanced labor agreement," Aiello said. He told The Associated Press that the NFL hadn't immediately determined whether or not it would appeal.


    The case, however, has billions at stake.


    The union accused the NFL of failing to secure the maximum revenue possible when it restructured broadcast contracts in 2009 and 2010, and claimed the deals were designed to guarantee owners enough money to survive a lockout. The union argued this violated an agreement between the sides that says the NFL must make good-faith efforts to maximize revenue for players.


    Doty agreed.


    "The record shows that the NFL undertook contract renegotiations to advance its own interests and harm the interests of the players," wrote the judge, who has overseen NFL labor issues since he presided over the 1993 decision that cleared the way for the current free-agency system.


    Doty cited an NFL "Decision Tree" as a "glaring example" of the league's intent, and quoted from it: "Moving forward with a deal depended on the answer to the questions: 'Does Deal Completion Advance CBA Negotiating Dynamics?' If yes, the NFL should 'Do Deal Now'; if no, the NFL should 'Deal...
    -03-02-2011, 12:55 AM
  • AlphaRam
    NFL Europa
    by AlphaRam
    Do any of you follow a team in NFL Europa?

    I do not follow a particular team but I will tune in to watch the games from time to time. I am trying to watch the World Bowl, but the signal keeps breaking up on NFL Network.
    -06-23-2007, 12:23 PM
  • MauiRam
    Don't get sucked in to lockout hysteria ..
    by MauiRam
    By Jason Whitlock


    Updated May 19, 2011 4:23 PM ET

    Lockout hysteria. I get it. Media outlets, including this one, have billions of dollars tied to Americaís national pastime, the NFL. Individual media brands such as Peter King and Mike Florio have thousands, if not millions, of dollars tied to Americaís national pastime, the NFL.

    I get lockout hysteria. I just donít agree with it.

    Professional football isnít too big to fail. In fact, it might be a good thing if the NFL suffered a comeuppance, a retreat to a more appropriate place in the American fabric.

    Iím like every other stereotypical red-blooded American man. I love football. I worship at the NFLís throne most fall Sundays and Mondays. My passion for the game even goes a little bit deeper. Without football, I wouldnít be a sportswriter and have the privilege of engaging you on various sports-related topics for a comfortable living.

    A football scholarship paid for my education at Ball State University. My perspective on life was partially shaped by my experience as a high school and college football player. Football gave me an identity and the confidence to say what I think without fear.

    That doesnít make football superior to playing in the band, or countless other life experiences that help us evolve.

    The difference is television networks havenít figured out a way to mass-market band competitions into a highly rated TV force. The leaders of lockout hysteria ó and there are many ó justify their calls for congressional involvement and sky-is-falling nonsense by pointing to the NFLís ratings. Nineteen of the 20 top-rated TV shows in the fall of 2010 were NFL games.

    People watch, therefore the NFL is really, really important.

    You can make the same argument about porn.

    And, just like porn, the people consuming and participating in football have little knowledge of its harmful side effects. Weíre just now comprehending the damage football does to the brain and the quality of life of its combatants. It will take even more time for people to abandon the myth that football promotes or supports values young people should emulate.

    For now, especially in the middle of this ďdevastatingĒ lockout, letís pretend football represents the best of America. Letís not consider it reflects what is wrong with us.

    Weíre recklessly violent. Weíre not ashamed of our violent nature. We celebrate it, glorify it and ignore its consequences. Remember, Iím not anti-football. Iím just pro accepting the game for what it is. Itís sports porn. Itís a three-hour snuff film played and consumed by men who mostly havenít intellectually evolved past adolescence.

    If the NFL is our cultural benchmark, weíre not evolving.

    Thatís why I abhor the NFL marketing technique of wrapping the game in the American flag...
    -05-20-2011, 12:39 PM
  • RamWraith
    No More Nfl Europe
    by RamWraith
    NFL International to focus on global impact:
    NFL Europa discontinued





    (June 29, 2007) -- The NFL has determined that it will switch the focus of its international business strategy to presenting the NFL to the widest possible global audience, including broader media visibility and the staging of international regular-season games, and will discontinue NFL Europa.

    "The time is right to re-focus the NFL's strategy on initiatives with global impact, including worldwide media coverage of our sport and the staging of live regular-season NFL games," commented Mark Waller, senior vice president of NFL International.

    "We will continue to build our international fan base by taking advantage of technology and customized digital media that make the NFL more accessible on a global scale than ever before and through the regular-season game experience. NFL Europa has created thousands of passionate fans who have supported that league and our sport for many years and we look forward to building on this foundation as we begin this new phase of our international development."
    -06-29-2007, 10:31 AM
  • LARAM
    New All American Football League (AAFL)
    by LARAM
    Yesterday, I watched a one hour long special, for the 1st inaugural Draft for the AAFL. I'm not sure what to think. It mostly looks like a bunch of players that couldn't make onto NFL rosters. But regardless, I am looking forward to the games. It just might satisfy me during the dead time after the NFL draft. Not really sure what kind of TV contract the league has though.

    One thing I like, is the way they have structured the League and draft rights to players, to allow for a sort of local fan base. The current six teams are allowed exclusive rights to players from universities from within their own states, or within neighboring states......in other words

    Team Arkansas...Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas

    Team Alabama....Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama

    Team Tennessee...South Carolina, Kentucky, Tenn

    Team Michigan...Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

    Team Florida and Texas...only from within their own states, because of the huge player/University base.

    ***All other states and Universities are up for grabs


    Some other notes:

    ***College style goal posts and Hash marks, 35 yard OT ball spot....all other NFL rules.

    ***10 game schedule from April thru July, One playoff round and then Championship game.

    ***Players salaries topped out at $50,000 dollars

    ***Tickets for games about $13 dollars

    ***Players must graduate from college

    Some of the players I recognized....

    Eric crouch.......Drafted 2nd overall
    Peter Warrick.....NFL BUST
    Tee Martin......QB Tenn, 8 years ago
    Tony Bua........Loved this guy out of Arkansas
    Marcus Randall...QB out of LSU a couple years ago

    Check out the site and draft results:

    All American Football League
    -02-17-2008, 09:25 AM
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