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connecticutsteel
04-27-2011, 10:52 PM
THIS IS ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE PLAYERS SOME SHOULD HAVE TOLD THEM MANNING BRADY AND BREES ARE HARD TO BEAT:cope::cope::yellowthumb::banana::bunny::nahna h:

airbrake 1
04-28-2011, 12:17 AM
The owners should all get into a conference room tomorrow...find out how much it will cost them to pay off each players guaranteed part of their salary...pay each player off and promptly tell each of them they're fired and that no other team will attempt to sign them...they can go play in canada or the arena league if that pay scale suits their needs...the NFL can start over from scratch and we will have the same quality league we know today within a few years...

BlitzburghRockCity
04-28-2011, 12:19 AM
MINNEAPOLIS -- The federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout dealt another blow to the league Wednesday, denying its request to put her ruling on hold and guaranteeing more limbo for the $9 billion business. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81f861c6/article/lockout-still-lifted-judge-denies-nfls-stay-request?module=HP_headlines)


U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise." She dismissed the NFL's argument that it is facing irreparable harm because of her decision Monday to end the 45-day lockout.


"In short, the world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into -- essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under -- is not compelled by this court's order," Nelson wrote.


The judge acknowledged that her decision will be appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and the NFL has promised that step. There was no immediate word from the league after Nelson's decision.


The ruling means the league has no rules in place, shelved since the collective bargaining agreement ended March 11 and the lockout was imposed shortly afterward.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, during an earlier predraft event in New York, said he wasn't worried about the state of confusion tarnishing the league's image but stressed his desire to "remove" the uncertainty.


"It's one of the things I don't think is healthy for the players, the clubs and, most importantly, our fans," he said.


Attorneys for the players had dismissed the NFL's argument that it risks either violating antitrust laws by coming up with new league rules without a collective bargaining agreement in place or harming its competitive balance by allowing a potential free agency free-for-all.


"If the NFL defendants are faced with a dilemma, they put themselves in that position by repeatedly imposing rules and restrictions that violate the antitrust laws," the attorneys wrote. "Any alleged predicament is of their own making."
The solution, the players argued, is to simply implement a system that does not violate antitrust laws.


Nelson agreed.


"Again, the NFL argues it will suffer irreparable harm because it is now 'forced to choose between the irreparable harm of unrestricted free agency or the irreparable harm of more treble damages lawsuits,'" Nelson wrote. "But no such 'Scylla or Charybdis' choice exists here. There is no injunction in place preventing the NFL from exercising, under its hoped-for protection of the labor laws, any of its rights to negotiate terms and conditions of employment, such as free agency."


The NFL will now place its hopes with the 8th Circuit, viewed as a more friendly venue to the league than the federal courts in Minnesota.


Goodell said the surest way for the league to operate without running afoul of antitrust laws is to get back to bargaining with the players. The sides had 16 days of talks with a mediator earlier this year and four more with a federal magistrate. Little progress has been seen, although the sides are scheduled to meet again May 16.

"That's how we've been successful. That's how other leagues have been successful, and it should continue that way," Goodell said.
All of this played out while teams are preparing for Thursday's draft. Most players again stayed away from team headquarters, working out on their own as the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 plays out in court. Two Washington Redskins (http://www.nfl.com/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS) players showed up at their facility, another rather fruitless visit.
"What we're looking for is a little clarity as far as what the rules are, so we can operate on the same page," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "So we'll just have to wait and see what those rules are."
Detroit defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (http://www.nfl.com/players/kylevandenbosch/profile?id=VAN378810) said he hadn't heard about any players visiting Lions headquarters.
"Until guys know they can get some work done at that facility, they're just going to work out on their own and take a wait-and-see approach," he said.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-28-2011, 12:28 AM
So basically we shouldn't expect to see any movement from the teams to start signing players until the league decides how they want to move forward. The 8th circuit is the end all be all to decide what will happen so we're still in limbo at this point for atleast a few days yet if not a few weeks.

connecticutsteel
04-28-2011, 08:11 AM
The owners should all get into a conference room tomorrow...find out how much it will cost them to pay off each players guaranteed part of their salary...pay each player off and promptly tell each of them they're fired and that no other team will attempt to sign them...they can go play in canada or the arena league if that pay scale suits their needs...the NFL can start over from scratch and we will have the same quality league we know today within a few years...airbrake1 the players didnt cause the work stoppage the OWNERS DID the players want to get back to work the court case is in response to the unfairness on the owners part how would you feel if u went to work everyday regardless of your salary and one day the owners of the company for NO GOOD REASON locked the doors and said f you i dont think the NFL is an at will employer this is the simple truth of what happened to the players only they were notified of the lock out the players didnt want more money they were willing to take the same money:banging:plus if i could do what they can do i would ask for millions of dollars too i have a highly specialized job that not everyone can do so i know how the players feel plus steelers addicts .com wouldnt be much fun with a bunch of horrible replacement players

airbrake 1
04-28-2011, 07:04 PM
The owners opted out of a bad deal they made in the past...which is their right to do so...just like players can opt out of deals...the financials times have changed and the owners seen that they needed to readjust their business model...this BS about the owners causing the lockout is semantics...the union had this whole dog and pony show planned out for years...lets hope a few sane judges not from the state that elected kooks like jesse ventura and al franken will come to their senses and let the businessmen who have run a fantastic business model do what they do best namely run the NFL....i suspect the judge in this case is some far left loon who would side with organized labor no matter what...hopefully some sane judges can finally start to twist back on the strong arm of the unions

BlitzburghRockCity
04-29-2011, 09:55 PM
Talk about merry go round.. what a cluster.. it's on, then it's off, then it's on, then it's off, now it's on again.