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NFL meetings ready for launch

Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:04 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 4:06 pm
NFL owners began arriving Monday afternoon in Indianapolis for the annual spring meetings, due to start Tuesday and conclude Wednesday. While some attention has been paid to competition committee issues that will be revisited -- with "launching" among them -- the compelling issue is the lockout and the litigation surrounding it.

There is a meeting at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon where the league's executive committee is expected to be updated on both. The NFL last week won a permanent stay of an earlier injunction lifting the lockout and is poised to appear -- along with representatives for its players -- at a June 3 hearing before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The same three-judge panel the league's request for a stay also hears its motion for appeal and -- based on the wording of last week's decision -- is expected to grant an appeal later in June.

"We're not going to get anything accomplished unless we get both sides back at the table," said San Diego owner Dean Spanos. "Unless, that happens we won't get a deal done."

That has been the NFL's mantra from the beginning, with league attorneys preaching that it's better to negotiate than litigate. Players might agree after last week's setback, but they have a couple of things still going for them: 1) The Eighth Circuit still must rule on an appeal, and while it is expected to favor the NFL it still must make a decision; and 2) players are expected to gain a significant award in damages from U.S. District Court Judge David Doty, who in March ruled in favor of the players in a TV broadcast decision.

If that happens, look for the NFL to appeal that decision to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, too.

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:35 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

Absolutely wrong, jltexas...the union techinically does NOT exist.  They legally decertified and they are not negotiating on the players' behalf.  That is the definition of "technically". 

Once again, the owners come out with a bold-faced lie.  They keep saying both sides need to get to the table and that they want things negotiated, but they are the ones filing the appeals in the hope that (as the 8th Circuit did recently) a conservative appeals court will ignore case law.  Over the last 2 years since they opted out and planned to lock the players out, the owners have not negotiated at all, which is why we are at a standstill.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:53 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

I think I speak for the football planet here.  I've heard SalPal and Clayton and the legal analysts ESPN hires to talk mumbo jumbo.  I don't want to read or hear another article or legalese expert about the lockout.  The next thing that should ever be reported is that training camp has opened. 

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:55 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

Jarhead, technically the union exists, they just do not want to be recocnized as a union because Smith, a money grubbing lawyer, convinced the players they would win in court. If the owners offered the union every little thing they wanted the union would jump back in, its a tactic the lawyers are using to try and force the NFL into what it knows it can not do. Sad part about it is that the union rejected the best offer they willever get from the NFL because Smith told them lets get this in court and try to gain control of the NFL. Personally if I was an owner, any player that signed onto that lawsuit that was on my team would know right now they will never play for me again. I do not care how much talent you have you had better have more respect for me as your employer than that. By signing that suit you have called me a liar and therefore you need a new job.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:33 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

If the NFLPA is no longer a union how can the the NFLPA give money to the players? Isn't that money the union saved to pay the players? I'm not a lawyer so please help me out.    

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:36 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

If players do not bargin now, they are going to get the worst possible deal later.  Once the court rules against them on everything, they will have zero bargining power and have to take a much worse deal.  If they quit(and they won't seeing how they could NEVER make that kind of money anywhere else), great - lots of college players looking for opportunities.  My advice to players - you need to get a deal done now before you lose everything.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:07 pm

NFL meetings ready for launch

Looks like the NFL is going to be on Court TV this season. I wonder if they will start charging for the station, with local blackouts of course.

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