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8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

Posted on: May 6, 2011 4:09 pm
It will be at least until next week when the 8th circuit decides on the temporary stay in the NFL lockout case. If you've forgotten the stakes because this case continues to drag on for what seems like several hundred years: a ruling from the 8th circuit in favor the players would mean immediate football. A ruling for the owners would mean no football until probably July. This is a big, big ruling. So much at stake.

I can tell you from speaking with a number of people around the NFL the lives of many in the sport have almost come to a stop. Players continue to work out and coaches continue to plan for Football PL (Post Lockout) but these same NFL types constantly have their eye on St. Louis where the 8th circuit is located.

The NFL remains totally inactive. It's actually stunning to see a billion dollar industry totally shutdown for going on two months now. Can't imagine what Hollywood would look like if it was shut down. Maybe like this. Stadiums empty. Practice fields empty. Facilities without players. Weight rooms silent. Film rooms inactive.

"I feel pretty much lost right now," said one AFC assistant coach. "I don't know what the hell to do with my life."

Teams are bracing for what might be the next inevitable step: more layoffs of lower level team officials like assistant coaches.

Meanwhile the 8th circuit keeps us waiting. And waiting.

And waiting.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:37 pm

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

We don't have to wait for a ruling.  The players could acccept the owners original offer.  Its more than generous.

I totally agree. Owners are business people who risked everything making their wealth in other industries before they became NFL owners. Could most players get rich and earn this kind of money in another industry besides football? This is one more business interest for owners, and they are very good at running their business. Owners should get rewarded the most by far, and offer what they think is a fair wage to kids who mostly don't even take full advantage of a free education at some fantastic colleges.

Even if they know they are not draft-worthy, many college football players squander a chance at a great education, taking bogus classes and sleeping through semesters until their scholarship runs out. No degree. No bright future. This is not true for all. Some football players make the most of their education, but the number is far too small.

Players come and go every year, and any player can easily be replaced. The league would be fine if Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady retired today if they were unhappy with the system. The league will always have a new crop of players coming in every year, grateful for a chance at becoming financially secure after working only a few years, if they are not stupid with their money.

The most awesome burger flipper at McDonalds cannot demand to see the profits of the restaurant, and demand a larger share of the store's profits. That's the owner's business alone.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:00 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

We don't have to wait for a ruling.  The players could acccept the owners original offer.  Its more than generous.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:43 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

Fans have the power, not players ,not owners. All it would take is one boycott of games....... Opening day nobody attend . I know most have season tickets prepaid , blah ,blah ,blah but don't go and see how much they like an empty stadium. You would figure eating s*&^ wouldn't sit well with most people ,so do something about it. 8th circuit should not be Waitingggggggggggggggg, they should have the brains and balls to get the NFL back to work. The NFL and players should have the brains to at least put a bandaid on this thing given the times.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 1:38 pm

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

What ever happened to playing football for the love of the sport and being out there for the fans.  Those days are long gone and I don't think they'll ever return.  GREED is what ruins all sports and what runs our country. 

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:02 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

The 8th district court has a history of supporting the NFL owners. THe lockout will continue and the greedy 2nd tier teams will continue to whine that their revenue is too small.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: May 8, 2011 8:11 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

This will be another slam dunk win for the players.  The greedy owners need to open their books and pay the players all the money they are demanding or the owners will lose big at trial.  A lot of the players are broke during the lockout --- how are they supposed to pay all their bills?

Minimum salary (not sure of the exact number...don't really care) is 3-5 times my annual salary.....if they can't survive for a few months with no check (and in some cases a few years), then maybe they should have studied micro-economics a little harder when they had the chance.

Here's a solution: Keep the player's salary where they are, and lower ticket prices so more of us average fans can actually afford to go to games, thereby not forcing local TV blackouts when the games are not sold out....everybody wins

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:55 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

Come on judge.  Just let football be played it is not a big deal.

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: May 8, 2011 7:14 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: May 8, 2011 5:37 am


Nine BILLION dollars a year is not enough???????????????????


Fuggin' greedy mother effing owners. They want an additional $1B for what? For nothing. EFFFFFFFF THEM!

This stupid effing league has an opening day of 9/11 with NYG playing the DC Skins....the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. They EFF that up and EFFF them forever. I'll not give this damn league another dollar.

Get it EFFING done morons. Nuff said.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2011 12:55 am

8th circuit: Waiting, waiting, waiting

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