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Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:30 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It might be Saturday, but the public relations machine for both the NFL owners and the trade association formerly known as the NFLPA is in full swing. And so is the legal maneuvering, as the players have already filed an injunction to prevent the NFL from locking them out.

CBSSports.com has obtained a copy of the "Motion for Preliminary Injunction" filed by plaintiffs Tom Brady, et al, and the basis is pretty simple: the plaintiffs/players want to stop a lockout before it happens.

Of course, the lockout happened anyway, because the NFL feels it's within legal rights to lock out the players. (The NFL feels this way because it believes that the NFLPA's decision to decertify was a "sham.")

The players' claim is that "a group boycott and price-fixing agreement" amongst the 32 NFL teams (aka a "lockout") violates the Sherman Antitrust Act in that it results in the "restraint of trade or commerce among the several States."

That means some time next week, a clerk in the Minnesota District Court will likely schedule a hearing (likely in front of Judge David Doty) to determine whether or not to grant the players' injunction.
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If Doty grants the injunction, the lockout will be lifted and we'll be en route to having football in 2011. However, the NFL, if they lose, is all but guaranteed to appeal, so there's no need to get too excited. If the NFL wins in front of Doty, the players are also all but guaranteed to appeal.

But that's all got to play out in the courts. In the meantime, we're sure to hear plenty of rhetoric from both sides about who's fault it is that we're even discussing a court case involving football. But the fact that a) the players prepared this motion in the first place and b) they did in fact need it because the NFL locked them out should remind everyone that this process isn't completely unexpected in the least by either party.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:17 am
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

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Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

Owners do not play the game. And they make money off the play and sacrifices of the players. Not to mention getting tax subsidized stadiums and other perks from taxpayers. And of course charging outrageous prices for tickets, concessions, parking, jerseys, television rights, etc.

If the owners wanted to cut down on everything, the NFL should universally freeze or cut all prices on everything. The players would only be able to get their percentage of revenue as negotiated. The salary cap would be reduced or stay frozen for a while. This would allow the average fan to actually buy tickets. Instead all we see are the corporate fans, or average fans that can only afford one game a year. Owners care more about luxury boxes and corporate sponsorships. This is ruining the game.

I don't have a problem with players making their fair share of the pie. I think the pie is overpriced. And I could care less about the owners. They are parasites, and are mostly useless.



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Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:45 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

The owners lockout attempt is totally illegal since all players are under contract to their respective teams and are allowed to enter any team facility. The decertification did not make every NFL player's contract null and void. The owners will most likely lose this lawsuit and if they appeal then it is the owners who do not want a 2011 season.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

Players choose to play football for a living. Any way you look at it they are playing a game. They know the risks, they know how long an average players lasts in this league. Then again, they also go to college for free as well. So all these arguments that justify why players are as greedy as they are forget quite a few details. IF they make use of the free ride in college, they should also have a degree that most of us really can't afford. If they only last a year or two, they should be able to fall back upon this new career. If a player wants to be an owner then they should quit playing and attempt to buy a team. I can not feel sorry for someone who got a free ride through college and thinks they deserve more money than the best doctors in this country. Why do entertainers feel they deserve so much money? So I say, owners stand fast. You own the team, not them. Let Brady, and anyone else who signed the petition find a new line of work.



Since: Feb 16, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

Fans pay money to watch the players play the game of football. I don't care about the owners. I am interested in the strategies of the personnel decision-makers in team construction, but they are not ownership by any means. Owners bilk taxpayers by getting tax subsidies on stadiums, then charge ridiculous amounts for tickets, parking and concessions. If the owners were serious about controlling costs then they would costs to the fans, and the players would then only be able to take the negotiated percentage of total revenues.

But instead all we hear is how the players are greedy. Well considering how much money the fans pay to watch said players, they better be well paid. And the danger to their health, the concussions, the surgeries, the injuries, it all adds up to early death and potentially bad post-career lives. Nevermind the marginal players that barely make teams, shuttle between practice squads and 50th-53rd spot on rosters, to the UFL, Arena football, the CFL, etc. Most football players don't make the huge contracts that the stars make. The ones that stick around for a few years can make a nice living if they save their money. And there are always the bad decision makers, but that will always be the case. There will always be owners that have no problems with players with off-the-field issues as long as they produce on the field, and make them money.

There probably are reasonable owners in the NFL, but they aren't winning the argument right now. The hardline greedy owners are leading the way now, and that's why we're in this situation.

In short there will always be scumbag owners. If the owners were to go onto the field and play some football, we would laugh until we mess our pants.




Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

Oooops, typo....not "eyes" but "diamonds in their ears"....sorry.



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Players filed lockout injunction against NFL

I'm so sick and tired of the players thinking that they have the right to dictate how team owners can operate their company. As a business owner i would never allow my employees to dictate operation, management, or finances of my company. Nor do any of them have the right or expectation to see the company "books", profit margains or have their wages rise as a direct result of a successful year. If I was an owner as this lockout/money grubbing/sham of a situation worsened....i'd release all my players! Think about it for a minute...talk about funny. In the NFL no contract is truly guaranteed...not Brady, Manning or no one. If every owner cut their entire team roster and let them all enter "free agency"....with no other teams to join or league to particpate....let's watch them live in the real world and not their "rose-colored glasses" one. The are allowed to play a game at the discretion of the fans. Without us...fans that pay their salaries... the NFL players are just guys that like to dress up in sports equipment for fun and play pick up games.  All the truly great players of NFL past never received the huge contracts that the modern players expect. Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Larry Csonka, John Riggins, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach and many, many others to numerous to list....were paid next to nothing (even considering inflation and price adjustments). Many of these great Hall of Fame players could and would out perform today's NFL players..how could the owners possibly afford to pay their greatness....if the current players believe that their talents warrant huge contracts with lesser skills? The only point that the former NFLPA (sham tactic by an association without honor or integrity...ie...lawyers) has correct is devoting more money to the retired/aging players retirement fund!! Current players need to receive a smaller portion of retirement benefits that past players...instead learn to save their money! "Saving for a rainy day" does not mean to buy three houses, ten "pimped out" vehicles, gold chains covering their necks, diamonds in their eyes the size of small marbles, their "posse" & all the nightly expenses at night clubs/strip clubs.


































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