Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Season Won’t Start Until November And Other Theories

Roger Goodell

Former player and current analyst Cris Collinsworth doesn’t think the NFL season will begin until November. That’s right, November. In theory, that would make for a nine or 10-game regular season, preceded by a week of free agency, two weeks of training camp and one preseason game. Awesome. Collinsworth’s point is an interesting one. He […]

Packers Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Organized Workout!

A.J. Hawk

Since the lockout has put an end to the organized team activities and minicamps everyone has grown accustomed to this time of year, players from several teams have organized their own workouts. Up to this point, the Green Bay Packers have not been among them and there isn’t any sign that’s about to change. While […]

Hooray! The Lockout Is Back On!

Roger Goodell

Fuck the fucking fuck NFL owners. Apparently, they didn’t get the message when their commissioner was booed as he opened the NFL Draft last night. Of course, why would they care about anyone other than themselves? Once their lockout was ruled illegal and their request for a stay was denied by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard […]

NFL Offseason Begins Today, For Real This Time

Roger Goodell

The NFL took it’s sweet time, but the league is officially open for offseason business as usual today. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the league’s request for a stay Wednesday. The NFL requested the action after Nelson’s decision to lift the lockout on Monday, a decision the league is appealing. Players around the […]

NFL Open For Business, But Not Really

Roger Goodell

Last evening, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the NFL’s request for a stay, meaning her initial ruling ending the lockout remains in effect. The league had requested a stay while they appeal Nelson’s ruling, arguing that starting the league year and activities like free agency could damage the competitive balance of the NFL. Nelson […]

All Is Quiet In Green Bay

Mark Murphy

A lot of people assumed players would start showing up at team facilities Tuesday morning after they were granted a temporary injunction against the NFL and their lockout on Monday. That didn’t play out in Green Bay. Exactly zero Green Bay Packers turned up at team headquarters. From the sound of it, the Packers wouldn’t […]

Lockout Is Over, At Least Temporarily

DeMaurice Smith

The NFL’s lockout is over, at least temporarily, after U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson granted the players a preliminary injunction Monday. The ruling is a victory for the players, who claimed the lockout was hurting their careers. The NFL filed an appeal in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. The plaintiffs […]

Work Stoppage Does Not Apply To These Packers

Desmond Bishop

The NFL and their rules are stupid. Here we are in the midst of a lockout, the players no longer have a functioning union, they’re suing the league and the rules dictate players cannot talk to coaches or team executives. Players cannot be at team facilities. No offseason programs can be conducted. Team executives cannot […]

Owners Refused To Meet With Players

Roger Goodell

In advance of Wednesday’s scheduled court date, where the players have charged NFL owners with antitrust violations, you’d think the league would be interested in going back to the bargaining table. They have, in fact, made public pleas for the players to return to negotiations. Well, that was obviously all bullshit. John Clayton reports the […]

There Will Probably Be Football On Sunday, Regardless

Roger Goodell

There’s no guarantee there will be NFL football on Sundays this year, but there still may be some football on Sunday. And no, I’m not talking about the Lingerie Football League. That’s not football, it’s something to masturbate to. I’m talking about college football. Specifically, the Pac-10. The Pac-10 is discussing the possibility of playing […]

Support Your Local Chicken Farmer

We all suffer while the stupid NFL owners and players continue their bickering over a new labor deal, but perhaps no one will suffer more if the NFL loses games than the guys who raise and slaughter chickens for your pleasure. That’s right. The chicken wing industry will take a huge hit if the lockout […]

Cousin Sal Investigates The Lockout

Jimmy Kimmel sent his cousin Sal to ask average football fans about the lockout. The results are hilarious. (Via The Score)

Mark Murphy’s Words Do Not Inspire Confidence

No one really seems to be happy about the lockout/lawsuit festival the NFL and the players are going through at the moment, and Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy hasn’t done much to inspire confidence it’s going to end anytime soon. “Having been on both sides of this, this is really disappointing,” said Murphy, who […]

Packers Have Prepared Well For Work Stoppage

Ted Thompson

While most NFL teams are making moves to cut costs because of the lockout, the Green Bay Packers look just fine. The Packers have virtually no debt and have been building a franchise preservation fund, which was worth $127.5 million at the end of the last fiscal year, that will keep the organization operating fairly […]

NFL Labor Fight Will Resume In Court

Roger Goodell

The NFLPA decertified on Friday, dissolving itself as a union. That means the players can now sue the NFL under antitrust laws. The NFLPA and NFL had spent 17 days with a federal mediator to try to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, but things finally reached an impasse. “After carefully reviewing all the […]

No 18-Game Season

DeMaurice Smith

As the hope for a new labor deal dwindles, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the potential for an 18-game NFL season, one of the league’s proposals, is off the table. “First of all, the league has never presented a formal proposal for 18 games,” he told SI.com. “But more importantly, it’s something that our players […]

Lockout Avoided?

DeMaurice Smith

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to extend the collective bargaining agreement for seven days, so negotiations on a new labor deal can continue. The current drop-dead date for a deal is March 11 at 4 p.m. CT and the two sides will continue negotiations on Monday, avoiding a lockout, at least for now. Although […]

No NFL Lockout For At Least One More Day

Roger Goodell

The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to try to hash out a new collective bargaining agreement for at least one more day. With the current CBA expiring at 11 p.m. CT tonight, a lockout was expected, which would eliminate any contact between players and teams, bar players from team facilities, and result in salary cuts […]

With Lockout Seeming Likely, Owners Take A Blow

DeMaurice Smith

The owners and players’ union are continuing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement and I heard it was actually going well today, as opposed to just about every other day, where little was accomplished. I figured with tomorrow being the official start of the league year things were picking up, but then I came […]

Everyone Is Rejecting The NFLPA Ad, So We’ll Play It

At least two networks have rejected the NFLPA’s ‘Let Us Play’ ad, which essentially features players and fans uttering the line “let us play” or “let them play.” I’m sure no one wants to piss off the behemouth that is the NFL, but there’s nothing particularly controversial about the ad as far as I can […]