If you’re wondering why this board is so inactive with updates it is because of lack of NFL news.
I will still have automated updates provided by SI.com which were extremely helpful.
After a successful weekend of camping with my son and the cub scouts I looked over NFL news and found nothing has changed. The players and owners are waiting for June3rd and hence we are all waiting.
So that provides me with the opportunity to dig a lot less for news since most of it is garbage and speculation.
Their is only one NFL reporter I have found that is worth reading and the that of course is Peter King. This week King follows a very interesting quote by Rey Lewis, the sudden departure of Dick Ebersol from NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and Cam Newton and his mentor.
NFL fans it is time to tell the players, 'Get back to work'
As some of you may know I have strongly advocated the players position on the NFL lockout. The Owners are the ones who have locked out the players and therefore the owners are at responsible for opting out of a CBA they upheld several times. The owners have also chosen to lockout the fans from the NFL.
However the recent decision by the 8th circuit court to grant the NFL a full ‘stay’ is also a clear and inclination of how the 8th circuit court will rule on the June 3rd appeal. Leaving the NFL players no other legal recourse. They have players have legal motions to make but they will lose. The Government is making it clear this an argument for the NLRB not the courts.
The players do have Judge David Doty who will decide the extent of damages to be awarded to the players for the March ruling on the CBA TV revenue being used as lockout insurance by the owners. Yet even if Doty rules a significant amount of money be payed to the players in damages that money will be tied up in court as well since the owners have legal cards to play there.
So where does this mess leave the players and De Maurice Smith? De Maurice Smith has led the players down the road of courts and due process but to what end?
Sure the battle is not over until the June 3rd hearing but the 8th circuit have all but officially declared the owners the clear winners. Now the ball is in the players court and what is more significant to the players is the court itself has to be the bargaining table.
The only honest solution is going to the mediation again and striking a short term deal for now with the owners.
Also the players will have to commit to recertification and decide if De Maurice Smith should have taken a more aggressive position at collective bargaining rather than due process. I think even before June 3rd players will begin to form new factions away from Smith and his leadership.
They players need to also realize that every offer they get from the NFL now will be only become less significant then the last offer.
What is clear now is if the players do not choose to go to bargaining table the players will be held responsible as the ones who crushed the 2011 NFL season and they can thank De Maurice Smith for creating the mess they are in.
“The ultimate power lunch, NFL style: Roger Goodell, De Smith and the Mediator are having lunch together in Minneapolis today.”—Source ESPNInsider Adam Schefter via twitter is this another sign to a possible deal getting done or just and illusion to a deal getting done?
SI.com When it comes to sports you read sports writers when it come to sports law you read Michael McCann. McCann breaks down what will happen now after the decision by the 8th circuit court and how the TV ruling by Judge Doty will enter the big picture.
“Is this really what we want — judges determining so much about the future of the National Football League?” Continued, "We’ve got the greatest game in the world here in a time of incredible wealth, and we’re in a position where that very possibly can be changed forever here very soon. And I’m just asking: Why?”—
“There’s nothing unusual about the way the 8th Circuit is behaving,’’. Continued, "They sort things by level of emergency, but they don’t sit there and say, ‘Oh my gosh, the football season’s in peril.’”—University of Illinois law professor Michael LeRoy told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Sporting News and Sports Business Journal The NFLPA is planning to ask Judge David Doty to inquire about other possible breaches in the CBA revenue agreement between the players and the union. As Judge Doty begins to hear the arguments of compensatory damages in which the players are seeking a large sum of the $4 billion in TV revenue.
Remember that famous line in the movie “Jerry Maguire” by Tom Cruise? The NFL players are saying it right now to the owners who tried miserably to hide their portion of the TV revenue.
SI.com The NFL filed a 74-page appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court dictating the NFL’s position that Judge Susan Nelson had no jurisdiction, thus voiding her ruling. The appeal date is set for June 3rd in St Louis.
The NewYork Times gives some insight to the current NFL labor situation being argued in the courts. The ruling we are all waiting for is the possibility of the temporary stay being lifted by the 8th circuit court and stopping the NFL Lockout. The 8th circuit court will rule on the appeal on June 3rd.
As the Lockout has not ended and a temporary stay granted to the NFL owners the NFL looks to future of free agency. A June 3rd date is set for the ruling of an appeal by the recent decision of Judy Susan Nelson who lifted the lockout. Only to have the 8th circuit appeals court to reinstate the lockout by granting a temporary stay by the owners.
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“I don’t believe in curses,” said Hillis, who was in Manhattan recently.
“I could get hurt next year, but I don’t believe it has anything to do with the curse,” he added. “I’m a Christian man and I don’t believe anything could be put in front of me that God can’t take away. I would love to prove everyone wrong and have an exceptional year and not get hurt.”
The New York Times
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