After a series of stinging rebukes from federal judges, the NFL has a significant, favorable ruling in hand from a higher court.
DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, is prepared to take the NFL lockout battle to the bitter end.
From lockout to injunction to limbo and back to lockout – with a draft thrown in. Not even Super Bowl week gets that wild. Backed by an appeals court ruling, owners shut their doors once more, with players across the league trying to figure out where they stand – again.
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.
The NFL forwarded a letter from the NCAA on Monday to players invited to this month’s draft at Radio City Music Hall that warns underclassmen about potential rules violations for attending draft parties.
The judge who will rule on the NFL players’ request to lift the lockout imposed by the owners told both sides she “will impose forced mediation,” according to USA Today.
NFL players are defending their decision to disband the union, saying employers cannot force workers to unionize, and dissolution is “not akin to turning off a light switch.”
While NFL players prepare for the lockout long haul, here are some tips that they must follow to survive the upcoming financial hardships.
“I tell guys, ‘Why do you need that $250,000 car? A Mercedes is a great car and it’s $85,000. You can afford that on your salary, and what’s that ($250,000) car going to do for you?’ “
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.”
Rumors of a competing event against the NFL Draft persist. So will this year’s top rookies walk across the stage to shake hands with Roger Goodell? Jets free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie thinks they should.
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.”
DeMaurice Smith joined Mike Francesa on WFAN Thursday for a long interview that focused on the negotiations between the NFLPA and the NFL owners.
The NFL asked a federal judge Wednesday to deny the players’ union bid to release details in a $4 billion TV revenue dispute, saying information should be kept confidential because it is commercially sensitive.