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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Sides Still Committed After Lockout Ruling
    Posted by rphillips at 7/8/2011 12:30 PM CDT on dallascowboys.com



    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/r...&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest



    After news broke this morning that the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the lockout legal -- another favorable decision for the NFL -- the league and the players issued a joint statement:

    "While we respect the court's decision, today's ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come, and allow for a full 2011 season."

    That's a good sign. Both sides appear to sense the urgency with the first training camps -- Hall of Fame game participants Chicago and St. Louis -- scheduled for July 22....
  2. CCBoy

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    Mediator sets NFL meeting on July 19
    By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer
    Jul 9, 12:31 pm EDT


    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-nfllabor



    MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.

    Judge Arthur J. Boylan set the meeting on Saturday, just before starting his vacation. But he also made clear that both sides should continue their own sessions in the interim as they work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

    The principals in the fight over how to split up over $9 billion in revenue met all week in New York, but still have not reached a new deal as the lockout has dragged on for more than four months.

    Related CoverageJoin the Rally The urgency, it appears, is starting to heat up. Several teams have already canceled their traditional out-of-town portions of training camp and the Hall of Fame game between Chicago and St. Louis is less than a month away...
  3. CCBoy

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    Owners' actions will decide impact of court ruling
    By Mike Freeman
    CBSSports.com National Columnist



    http://www.cbssports.com/#!/nfl/story/15304859/owners-actions-will-decide-impact-of-court-ruling



    This is what the arrogant, disruptive, and tone deaf U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals just did with its ruling.

    It took the players, grabbed them by the throat, moved them toward a chopping block, lowered their collective heads and then handed the owners an axe.


    "Go ahead," the 8th Circuit said, "and take a swing."

    Now this is a crucial moment for the owners. It might even be a crucial moment in the history of the sport. What do the owners do with that axe?

    If they use that newfound power given to them by the 8th circuit, and demand more from the players during what have been especially tense negotiations, then the season will be delayed, at best, and large swaths of it could be eradicated, at worst. If not lost all together.

    The 8th Circuit decision was a total victory for the owners. Free agency and other legal aspects aside, the most crucial point remains that for the foreseeable future, players won't be getting paid...
  4. CCBoy

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    BREAKING: Court of Appeals rules in favor of NFL
    Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:43 am
    Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:44 pmScore: 121
    by Josh Katzowitz


    http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/30519926




    Update (12:35 pm EST): The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement on the court's ruling of the lockout, making it pretty clear that things are not too drastically altered by the ruling.

    "While we respect the court’s decision, today’s ruling does not change our mutual recognition that this matter must be resolved through negotiation. We are committed to our current discussions and reaching a fair agreement that will benefit all parties for years to come, and allow for a full 2011 season."

    That's exactly what everyone wants to hear from the two sides. Hearing/seeing and doing are two different things, though.

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    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has made its ruling: The lockout put in place by the NFL owners is legal.

    Which is bad news for the NFLPA.

    Just like the rest of its rulings in regards to the Brady v NFL case, the Eight Circuit was split in its decision. Judges Steven Colloton and Duane Benton ruled in favor of the NFL, while Judge Kermit Bye dissented....
  5. CCBoy

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    Entire ruling of the 8th Circuit Court:

    http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/nfl/ca8_live.11.cv.1898.3805522.0.pdf






    ...COLLOTON, Circuit Judge.
    This appeal arises from an action filed by nine professional football players and
    one prospective football player (“the Players”) against the National Football League
    and its thirty-two separately-owned clubs, more commonly known as football teams
    (collectively, “the NFL” or “the League”). On March 11, 2011, a collective
    bargaining agreement between the League and a union representing professional
    football players expired. The League had made known that if a new agreement was
    not reached before the expiration date, then it would implement a lockout of players,
    during which the athletes would not be paid or permitted to use club facilities. The
    League viewed a lockout as a legitimate tactic under the labor laws to bring economic
    pressure to bear on the players as part of the bargaining process. See Am. Ship Bldg.
    Co. v. NLRB, 380 U.S. 300, 301-02, 318 (1965).....
  6. CCBoy

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    Lockout ruling to speed up talks or a Doty hammer
    Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:38 am
    Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:01 pm
    Posted by Will Brinson



    http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/30520415




    When we recently asked seven important lockout questions, one of them dealt with the rulings that were "hanging out there" from U.S. District Judge Doty and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The latter, as we know by now, has been handed down, making the lockout legal, and it's quite possible that Doty's ruling could come soon as well.

    But that probably hinges on whether the owners attempt to use the circuit court's ruling as a true source of leverage in the talks that are ongoing Friday and could (should?) continue through the weekend.

    See, the owners have a choice, what with the lockout ruling coming down in their favor in the middle of negotiations: They can sit on it or they can use it when they walk into the room with the players...
  7. CCBoy

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    THE LATEST ON LABOR TALKS: And by labor, I mean labor. It's only a matter of time before these talks produce a spanking new baby boy. This is the latest. The negotiations on Thursday got the two sides closer on the big whale of an issue, splitting the nine billion dollar pie. In fact, one person with knowledge of the talks explained, enough progress was made that the expectation an agreement on it will be reached over the weekend. At least, that's the direction things seem headed now. The source disputed an ESPN report that agreeing on certain free agency rules was a major sticking point. Until the largest issue of splitting the overall monies is solved, I was told, everything is a major sticking point.

    http://mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/6264363/30518827
  8. CCBoy

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    Cutting to the chase here:

    The owners have the power. They have that axe and it still seems likely they won't be bullies and use it. They will keep talking and with the threat of losing hundreds of millions, if not billions, will be a larger factor than exacting revenge or getting the upper hand.

    Common sense will probably still prevail.

    As shocking as that might seem.

    Now, what say you now...Peeplaw and Theo?
  9. CCBoy

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    NFL stumbling blocks: free agency, rookie wages
    BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer



    http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/article/NFL-stumbling-blocks-free-agency-rookie-wages-1459998.php



    NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.

    Several people with knowledge of the talks tell The Associated Press that such key issues as splitting total revenues — the major reason for the dispute — the salary cap, fewer offseason workouts and the length of a new collective bargaining agreement are close to being completed.

    The people spoke anonymously because details are supposed to remain private.

    Owners and players are to meet again, beginning Tuesday, after two days of long negotiations last week. Lawyers from both sides are to meet Monday.

    The sticky topics include limits on rookie salaries and signing bonuses. Another is the number of transition tags for free agents, with right of first refusal...



    Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/...agency-rookie-wages-1459998.php#ixzz1RmWWaHbq
  10. CCBoy

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    Report: Agreement could be reached by Friday



    http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/30579152




    Posted on: July 10, 2011 6:35 pm
    Edited on: July 10, 2011 7:14 pmScore: 120
    Posted by Josh Katzowitz

    In one of the most optimistic interviews we’ve heard since the lockout began, ESPN’s John Clayton, speaking on ESPN 980 today, said he was “98 or 99 percent” sure that a tentative deal between the NFL and the NFLPA would be done this week.

    “We’re in really good shape,” Clayton said. “We’re down to one main issue, which tis on the rookie (wage scale). I don’t think, in the end, they’ll blow the entire season worrying about the fifth year of a rookie contract. The economical issues seem to be in very good shape. They’ve got most of the other stuff done.”

    By saying “most of the other stuff” is done, Clayton is claiming that the owners and the players have figured out how to split the $9 billion in revenue. If that’s true, then obviously that’s huge because that was the biggest sticking point between the two sides. It’s been thought that if the two sides get a handle on that major issue, the rest of the negotiations would fall into place rather smoothl.

    According to Clayton, the two sides won’t get together until Wednesday night or Thursday of this week, but that’s because apparently they don’t have too much more to talk about.

    “The way things went last week, even though there was some bumpiness and some major disagreements, I think Friday is when they’ll get a deal done,” Clayton said.

    But that’s not to say it’s only a matter of a few days before the lockout is lifted....
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