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Current State Of NFL Lockout Explained

DeMaurice Smith

The NFL’s lockout was supposed to end today, but then a bunch of crazy shit happened. Here’s the simplified version of why the NFL lockout is still in effect.

Packers Say They Didn’t Contact Players, NFL Doesn’t Care

Mark Murphy

The Green Bay Packers say they didn’t tell players to show up Saturday, but the word got out somehow. Either way, the NFL doesn’t seem to care and things should be a go for the weekend.

Packers Told To Show Up Saturday

The Green Bay Packers have been instructed to show up Saturday to begin preparations for training camp and the preseason, a sure sign the lockout is nearly over.

Free Agency Begins July 28… Maybe

Roger Goodell

There’s talk a new labor deal could be finished in the next few weeks and that means the league will have to start setting dates for things like free agency, signing undrafted players and roster deadlines. If, as some have suggested, a tentative deal can be in place by the owners meeting on July 21, […]

We Finally Have A Lockout Ruling

DeMaurice Smith

Remember when the NFL appealed U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s April ruling that the lockout was illegal back in June? Well, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis finally issued a ruling yesterday, siding with the NFL and throwing out Nelson’s decision. What does that mean? It means everyone wasted a bunch of […]

Field Of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout [Video]

Funny Or Die gives us Field of Dreams 2, where one of the kids from Twilight (Taylor Lautner) saves the NFL season… kind of. Also look for Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez, Marshall Faulk and Ray Liotta as Roger Goodell, among others. (Via Cheesehead TV)

We Lose Games In 10 Days

Roger Goodell

As negotiations between the NFL and players drag on, we’re about to come up on our first real deadline, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. It’s widely believed if a new labor deal isn’t complete by July 15, the NFL will have to start canceling games. Whether regular-season games will be affected remains […]

Lockout Could Be Over Soon: The Details

Roger Goodell

A new collective bargaining agreement could be coming soon, which means the godforsaken lockout, court cases and he said/she said bullshit that has been this NFL offseason might finally be over. Commissioner Roger Goodell presented the details of the proposed labor agreement to the owners on Tuesday. Although no vote was taken, the details make […]

The Numbers Game: Why The Idea Of NFL Pensions Are Bogus

Brett Favre

Since at least March we’ve heard a lot about how the average NFL career lasts about 3.6 years because compensation for former players is one of the key sticking points in the negotiation of a new labor deal. It’s one of the most misleading number in sports. The reason is that average includes all the players who are […]

NFL Has No Scheduling Plan For Shortened Season

Roger Goodell

After we wrote about the NFL planning for an eight-game season, someone asked me if I knew how the league would handle the schedule. If the labor dispute costs the NFL any amount of games, the league will have to adjust the schedule in some fashion. The most obvious potential solution is to simply keep […]

NFL Season Could Be Eight Games

Roger Goodell

I really hate the NFL right now. Hate everything about it. A week after players and owners entered into settlement talks and there was finally a hint of optimism, there’s news the league is preparing for a season as short as eight games. An eight-game season would begin in late November, with a whopping five […]

Opened Books: Packers Financials, Facts, And What They Mean

Roger Goodell

Throughout the current NFL labor dispute, the supposedly defunct NFLPA has responded to calls from the owners to accept a smaller share of the revenue pie with the rallying cry, “show us your books!” This resonates easily with the public, which sees the logic of demanding the owners prove their claim the current CBA is untenable and that […]

NFL, Players In Settlement Talks: What It Means

DeMaurice Smith

There have been cryptic reports surfacing this week that NFL owners and players were holding secret meetings in Chicago to resume negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. In actuality, the league and players were in off-site mediation prompted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan. What the hell does that mean for a new labor deal? It […]

Packers Have Cut Salaries

Dom Capers

The Green Bay Packers are one of two teams to cut salaries for assistant coaches, according to Larry Kennan, director of the NFL Coaches Association. The other team is the Baltimore Ravens. While the Packers and Ravens have already acted, assistant coaches around the league will have their salaries slashed anywhere from 20-50 percent because of […]

Guy Who Probably Killed Someone Says Crime Will Rise If Season Is Lost

Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who stood trial for and was acquitted of murder in 2000, thinks crime will rise if the NFL season is lost. It’s entirely possible Lewis stabbed someone to death, so I suppose he would know. “Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which […]

Lockout Will Remain In Place Until June

Roger Goodell

The news just keeps getting better. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Monday granting the NFL a stay, allowing the lockout to remain in place until a decision by the court on the Brady v. NFL antitrust lawsuit is rendered. The case will be heard June 3 and a decision isn’t expected […]

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 […]

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 […]