Less than 18 months after the league and players ended a lockout, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and union president Domonique Foxworth used a Super Bowl news conference to lay out a series of complaints about safety issues on Thursday.
NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval. Thursday’s ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.
The next time NFL owners meet to discuss the league’s labor situation, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players. But don’t get carried away thinking a deal is imminent.
A sense of urgency fills the NFL owners’ meetings Tuesday as they discuss progress made in recent talks with the players.
A federal magistrate has rejected the NFL’s request for more time to file a response in the pending antitrust lawsuit filed by its locked-out players.
After a series of stinging rebukes from federal judges, the NFL has a significant, favorable ruling in hand from a higher court.
The NFL and its players opened a fourth day of court-ordered talks Wednesday as the lockout reached its 40th day with few signs of progress so far.
Sworn to secrecy about specifics of their court-ordered mediation, neither the NFL nor its players provided much insight about where they’re at in their dispute over the division of this $9 billion business.
Might the court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its players foreshadow progress toward ensuring that pro football goes on this fall? Or is it merely a formality that will yield little as long as a key legal ruling on the lockout is still pending?
It’s been a month since the NFL lockout began and there haven’t been any talks between the league and its players. That will change this week.
A day after the judge handling the NFL lockout lawsuit urged the sides to go “back to the table,” the players and owners both expressed a willingness to do so. The hitch: Each offered to meet for talks in a setting the other finds unpalatable.
While the labor dispute was the “primary focus” of two days of owners meetings, according to Roger Goodell, the league also carried on with business as usual, discussing rules changes that included moving kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35, and using replays on all scoring plays.
The NFL’s locked-out players wrote back to Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday, responding to his letter to them by saying: “Your statements are false.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote NFL players Thursday, outlining the league’s last proposal to the union and cautioning that “each passing day puts our game and our shared economics further at risk.”
Had enough of the he-said, he-said rancor between the NFL and players? Don’t expect it to go away anytime soon.
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