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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

    • 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, 01:55 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, 01:23 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, 01:39 PM
  • DJRamFan
    AFL and NBC, etc.
    by DJRamFan
    Well this past week the Arena Football League signed a deal with NBC for an exclusive deal beginning in 2003. This is definitely big news and legitimizes the league.

    I'm definitely looking forward to the new season as my Buffalo Destroyers did a massive overhaul and the Rochester Brigade (af2) are in a division with 4 Expansion Teams!:o
    -03-07-2002, 07:42 PM
  • RamWraith
    Is the future in question??
    by RamWraith
    I debated long and hard about this subject in my head and what it would mean to my beloved Rams and the rest of the NFL as we know it today. Again the owners have met for the second time this year and we are no further along with labor agreements than we were last year at this time. With so much turmoil happening around sports right now, and I am speaking of hockey, basketball and baseball and all there financial issues they are facing. Should not the NFL be focusing on solving labor agreement before the 2008 season??

    I think back to '87 and how much of the spirit was lost when the "replacement" players took the field. The union has made it very clear that they want a much larger chunk of the pie this time around. And then you think of some of these people that are representing some of the players and they are also going to be the ones working for the Players Association, like the Postons, Rosenhaus and Arceneaux. What do suppose their demands are going to be??

    We are looking at some serious troubled waters over the next couple of years, with no resolve in sight. 2008 will mark the end to the current labor agreements. What is in store for our beloved NFL and our Rams? I think we are going to start and see some really rocky years coming up in the NFL if some issues aren't addressed soon. I am not sure what the hold up is, and why more attention wasn't paid to the issues at the last owners meetings.
    -06-01-2005, 02:19 PM