April 30, 2016 |
On NFL Draft Day - one of the biggest events in sports, and a big-ticket marketing opportunity for sponsors such as Verizon Communications Inc. - the National Football League Players Association lined up alongside 39,000 striking Verizon workers. "The NFLPA stands in solidarity with these striking workers who are seeking a fair and just contract for themselves and their families," DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the players' union, wrote Thursday. Smith sent the letter to the presidents of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as the unions' strike against Verizon was entering its 17th day, following talks Thursday in Philadelphia and Westchester County, N.Y. Verizon said it was issuing its "last, best final offer," said Marc Reed, the company's chief administrative officer.
October 31, 2014 |
FOR MANY, the start of the NBA season conjures images of acrobatic slam dunks, magical passes and even some trash-talking. For us it means the return Charles Barkley, who is the best reason for watching TNT's "Inside the NBA. " You'll never know what he'll say, as was evident in a recent interview he did with Richard Deitsch, senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Asked about how the NFL has handled domestic abuse, Barkley answerd: "They dropped the ball on this domestic violence thing.
February 3, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is just 17 months into a 10-year labor agreement with its players. You would think the relationship between the league and the NFL Players Association would be all warm and fuzzy right now. You would think commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith would be having a lot of three-martini lunches together and plotting how to make a filthy-rich league even filthy richer. You would think. Truth is, the two sides have spent much more time together in court and grievance hearings since shaking hands on a new CBA in August 2011 than they have sipping martinis.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is about to take another significant step toward better in-game diagnosis of concussions. Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, said at a news conference Thursday the league will have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during games starting next season. This season, the league put a certified trainer up in the booth during games to help with concussion diagnosis. It also installed replay monitors on the sideline for use by team training and medical staffs to review injuries.
November 3, 2012
In the aftermath of Sandy, the Pittsburgh Steelers are turning their visit to New Jersey this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip. Left without a place to stay Saturday night because their hotel in Jersey City, N.J., has no power, the Steelers will fly into Newark on Sunday morning for their 4:25 p.m. game that day with the Giants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. They will eat a pregame meal at a hotel near the airport and then take buses to MetLife Stadium for the game, then charter home later that night.
September 27, 2012
YOU LOSE. As with every stalemated labor battle involving entertainment, you lose. Sometimes there are collateral victims: parking attendants, stadium janitors, food-service workers, and, to a lesser extent, freelance sports writers. And you. Not this time. It's only you. Two marquee teams with superstar quarterbacks lost prime-time games on consecutive nights Sunday and Monday, creating a crescendo in the maelstrom of criticism over the absence of the regular officials.
August 19, 2012 |
In the latest chapter of the Saints Bounty Saga, the players' union has appeared to call commissioner Roger Goodell an equivocator, if not an outright liar. The NFL Players Association filed documents on Friday in federal court in New Orleans disputing Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to discipline players for their involvement in the team's bounty pool back in March but waited until May as a courtesy to the union. Attorneys for four players suspended in the investigation - New Orleans' Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, Green Bay's Anthony Hargrove, and Cleveland's Scott Fujita - have argued the punishment should be overturned, in part because Goodell's public statements last spring showed he had improperly pre-judged the players' actions.
May 25, 2012 |
THE PLAYERS UNION claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. But the league says the union has no grounds for the action and is prohibited from filing it by the collective bargaining agreement. The complaint claims a "conspiracy" to set a $123 million salary cap for the 2010 season, when owners did not have the authority to do so. The Cowboys and Redskins have had their future salary caps lowered for overspending in 2010, Dallas by $10 million over two seasons, Washington by a whopping $36 million.
May 25, 2012 |
The players union claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, which oversees NFL labor matters. But the league says the union has no grounds for the action and is prohibited from filing it by the collective bargaining agreement. The complaint claims a "conspiracy" to set a $123 million salary cap for the 2010 season, when owners did not have the authority to do so. The Cowboys and Redskins have had their future salary caps lowered for overspending in 2010, Dallas by $10 million over two seasons, Washington by a whopping $36 million.
May 4, 2012 |
HOPING TO CLOSE the book on bounties, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma without pay for all of next season Wednesday and gave shorter bans to three other players for their leading roles in the team's cash-for-hits system that knocked key opponents out of games from 2009-11. Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was suspended for the first half of the 16-game season; Saints defensive end Will Smith was barred for the opening four games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss the first three games of 2012.