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  • BREAKING: NFLPA approves deal with owners to end NFL lockout

    Originally posted by @AdamSchefter
    NFLPA approves deal. Done.
    9 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry
    And there you have it, folks! Are you ready for some football!!! :ram:

  • #2
    Re: BREAKING: NFLPA approves deal with owners to end NFL lockout

    Saw...weet! Rams baby!
    sigpic :ram::helmet:


    • #3
      Re: BREAKING: NFLPA approves deal with owners to end NFL lockout

      Finally. Let the frenzy of signing rookies and free agents begin! It's going to be awesome having something of substance to talk about around here.


      • #4
        Re: BREAKING: NFLPA approves deal with owners to end NFL lockout

        Dang it.... I guess this means no Women's Bikini I can't say I'm researching players for my fantasy league when my girlfriend catches me ogling her Victoria's Secret catalog.


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        • MauiRam
          SOURCE: NFL lockout almost over ..
          by MauiRam
          June 9, 2011
          SOURCE: NFL lockout almost over

          Bill Burt The Eagle Tribune Thu Jun 09, 2011, 08:51 PM EDT

          A deal to end the National Football League's lockout is almost complete, according to an NFL source.

          According to the source, owners and players were close to an agreement today to end the lockout, which entered its 86th day today.

          Some coaches and players have been contacted about returning to work probably early next week and possibly as soon as this weekend.

          The two sides were meeting secretly in Manhattan the last three days. Included in those meetings were Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Commissioner Roger Goodell, Judge Arthur Boylan and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith.

          The group reportedly met last week in Chicago.

          This means that the season is expected to begin, as scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the New Orleans Saints play at Green Bay.

          NFL Lockout Update: Possible Deal In Two Weeks?
          by Danny Kelly on Jun 11, 2011 10:57 AM PDT

          Well respected sources of information on the NFL Lockout have reported palpable optimism as of late and Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reported this morning that things are going so well that a deal could be reached in two weeks. Here's what he said:

          Kaplan has been one of the best in lockout coverage and earliest in breaking news since this all began, so this is good news. Of course, there is a long way to go before a real deal is in place but this time it SEEMS there is actual reason to be optimistic there is light at the end of the tunnel. I realize I sound like a broken record on that front but I'm an optimistic person, sue me.

          Albert Breer of has also reported on some reasons for optimism - namely the fact that the NFL and Players were working hard behind the scenes to get it all done. As he wrote yesterday, The parties began these clandestine-style, face-to-face meetings last week, with a three-day summit in suburban Chicago. The league and players followed that up with a two-day meeting earlier this week in Long Island, N.Y.

          Among those who have taken part in the meetings are Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, owners/labor committee members Jerry Richardson, Robert Kraft, John Mara, Art Rooney II, Jerry Jones, Dean Spanos and Clark Hunt, and active players Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Mike Vrabel and Jeff Saturday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan -- who ran court-ordered mediation in his Minneapolis chambers in April and May -- has also been present, though in a different capacity than the one he filled during the mediation."

          He added on his Twitter account:

          "As I just said on Total Access, and reported earlier, the NFL and players don't return...
          -06-12-2011, 01:36 AM
        • Fastcat
          Lockout has been lifted!!!
          by Fastcat
          What does this mean for free agency as of now?
          -04-25-2011, 03:11 PM
        • MauiRam
          The NFLPA's power play: Cease to exist ..
          by MauiRam
          When the union decertifies, as it will shortly, the landscape will change dramatically

          By Lester Munson

          The expiration of the collective bargaining agreement that governs the NFL arrives at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, and the players' union is about to decertify. The NFLPA's decision to end its existence as a labor organization could come at any moment. The union's decision and its timing raise significant questions about the relationship between the players and the owners, as well as the status of the NFL's 2011 season. Here are some of the questions and their answers:

          The players and the owners are still working with a federal mediator, and the CBA hasn't yet expired. Why decertify now? Why not wait until they have exhausted any chance of negotiating an agreement?

          There are two reasons. First, if the union does not decertify now, before the current bargaining agreement expires, it cannot decertify for six months, according to a clause in the CBA. There is no reason for the players to wait until September to use their best weapons. (We'll get to exactly what those weapons are in a moment.) So far, it appears that bargaining as a union has accomplished nothing.

          Second, and perhaps more importantly, by decertifying now, before the expiration of the CBA, the players are trying to stay in the Minneapolis courtroom of U.S. District Judge David Doty, who over the years has issued several rulings that were unfavorable to the owners. That includes a ruling late Tuesday concerning the NFL's television network contracts. (More about that later, too.) Doty, 82, an ex-Marine who was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan in 1987, has presided over disputes between the players and the owners since the early '90s. Under his guidance, the players and the owners made the deal that is now expiring, a deal in which both sides prospered at levels beyond expectation. But Doty's jurisdiction over the NFL's labor case expires with the current agreement, meaning Thursday night. If the players wait and decertify later, they would have no chance of staying in Doty's courtroom and would have to take their chances before another judge. But if they decertify before midnight Thursday and then immediately file antitrust litigation, that litigation automatically goes to Doty, who will maintain control of it until its conclusion even if the CBA is no longer in effect.

          How will the owners react to decertification and litigation?

          It will not be a surprise for the owners, but they will not be happy. They will quickly claim that the decertification is a "sham," which is the word the league used in a complaint at the National Labor Relations Board. They will say that the players will continue to act like a union, look like a union and sound like a union. They will say that it's a labor dispute and does not belong in a courthouse. And...
          -03-03-2011, 10:17 AM
        • MauiRam
          NFL owners, players won't like court decision, judge warns ..
          by MauiRam

          Updated Jun 3, 2011 2:25 PM ET
          ST. LOUIS

          The NFL labor dispute moved to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Friday, as a judge urged the sides to work toward an agreement.

          After about an hour of oral arguments on the legality of the NFL owners' lockout, Judge Kermit Bye said a ruling would come "in due course," but cautioned that "neither side will like" the decision.

          "We wouldn't be all that hurt if you go out and settle that case," Bye told the attorneys, according to the NFL Network.

          The two sides argued before Bye and two other judges in the NFL's appeal of a late April ruling that invalidated the lockout.

          In a previous 2-1 decision, with Bye as the dissenter, the appeals court issued a stay on the ruling, reinstating the lockout pending the outcome of the league's appeal.

          The original ruling to nix the lockout was made by federal judge Susan Nelson in Minneapolis as part of the players' antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. The suit was filed on March 11, the same day talks broke down and the owners decided to lock out the players.

          There has been little movement between the two sides during court-ordered mediation sessions since the lockout went into effect. The first glimmer of hope for NFL fans came this week after the sides decided on their own to meet for three days of talks in Chicago.
          The battle between millionaire players and billionaire owners greatly impacts common folks.

          The talks concluded Thursday, with US Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan canceling the next round of mediation, which was scheduled for next week.

          Boylan, who has been mediating between the two sides, said this week's talks represented "confidential settlement discussions" between the owners and players.

          It is unclear, however, whether any major progress was made in the latest discussions, which included NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and several owners and players.
          -06-03-2011, 11:53 AM
        • MauiRam
          Lawyers representing both sides of NFL labor dispute eighty sixed from negotiations!!
          by MauiRam
          Posted by Mike Florio on June 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT
          NFL And Players Resume Mediation

          On Monday, Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal said during an appearance on PFT Live that the lawyers for both sides aren’t pleased at all with the fact that they’ve been excluded, as of last week, from negotiations on a new labor deal. The fact that the talks are occurring in the presence of a mediator makes the indignity even more insulting for the lawyers. Indeed, few attorneys ever would tolerate their clients negotiating in the presence of a mediator without the benefit of guidance, advice, and/or babysitting from the barristers who supposedly know better.

          Former Ravens coach Brian Billick, in a very good column regarding the fact that the league knew from the day the owners opted out of the labor deal that Commissioner Roger Goodell would become the public pin cushion when a lockout is imposed, shares a comment from NFL general counsel Jeff Pash that makes it very hard for Pash to now complain about the decision that Goodell has made regarding the absence of the lawyers from the process.

          “If you follow through with this, you need to be prepared to stand by this man,” Pash reportedly said, “when he gets all the blame for it. Because nearly everyone, from the players association to the press, is going to be pointing fingers at him.”

          Today, this means that Pash and Bob Batterman and every other lawyer who isn’t in the room really can’t say a word about Goodell’s desire to try to land this plane without the benefit of a crew of trained pilots.

          Of course, Pash is probably the least likely to now complain. Unlike most of the other lawyers who now aren’t involved in the process, he’s not billing by the hour. And with his salary slashed to $1 per year during the lockout, why work for free?

          In all fairness, Pash deserves credit for recognizing the wisdom of walking away from the table. Right or wrong, the players have decided they don’t like Pash, almost as much as the owners don’t like NFLPA* legal mastermind Jeffrey Kessler. So each side has sacrificed a key soldier, and perhaps both sides can now win the war.
          -06-12-2011, 10:23 AM