June 21, 2011 |
The following is an excerpt from Ask Gonzo, a weekly chat on Philly.com with columnist John Gonzalez There's nothing like a good old-fashioned beef, even if methods employed aren't exactly traditional. It would be better if the ongoing argument between LeSean McCoy and the New York Giants unfolded in person or on the field, but that will happen soon enough. In the interim, a public Twitter spat - which has since spilled over into the mainstream media - will do just fine.
July 14, 2011 |
In a perfect world, Lavoy Allen would be playing with a Sixers summer-league team, impressing management so much that it would be preparing to throw a guaranteed contract at its second-round draft choice. This is not a perfect world or anything close to it in the NBA these days. So, as the league's lockout continues, Allen has done the prudent thing. The Big 5 Player of the Year from Temple signed a contract with Strasbourg in France. "I got the offer not even a week ago," Allen said last night.
June 30, 2011 |
The NBA is in the final hours before the inevitable begins: a lockout. On Wednesday, team owners authorized a lockout if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't in place when the existing agreement expires at midnight Thursday. The final pre-lockout bargaining session between the owners and National Basketball Players Association will take place Thursday in New York. "If no progress is made between the two sides," union chief Billy Hunter told the Sports Business Journal, "then the NBA will impose a lockout.
March 16, 1990 |
Even if the major-league baseball lockout lasts all season, Phillies pitcher Ken Howell is assured of making more money in 1990 than he has ever made before. "Ken's got that bonus money, and, as of now, we're planning to make it last the entire season," said Howell's agent, Steve Greenberg. "We're preparing his budget as if that $500,000 is all the money he sees for the year. " That's because Howell and his agent anticipated the lockout. They signed a deal in January that pays Howell a $550,000 salary for 1990 (he earned $225,000 last season)
May 26, 2011 |
NFL coaches are teaming up with the players in their legal fight to end the owner-imposed lockout. The NFL Coaches Association filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday expressing support for the players and saying that the lockout is putting their jobs in jeopardy. "Owners and fans increasingly demand immediate success, and coaches whose teams cannot fulfill such severe expectations face likely dismissal, which means the uprooting of families, economic dislocation, and a significantly less promising career path," lawyers for the NFLCA wrote.
July 25, 1995 |
How bizarre can a lockout become? Try this: NBA teams, including the 76ers, have informed their players they will no longer forward mail during the work stoppage. Several sources confirmed yesterday that mail arriving at team offices addressed to players - including fan mail - will be sent back to the respective post offices marked "Return To Sender. " League owners imposed the lockout July 1, and have said it will remain in place until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
June 14, 1995 |
As negotiations continued yesterday on an NBA labor settlement, the possibility remained that owners could lock out players tomorrow if the NBA Finals end here tonight with a victory by Houston. A lockout would throw the league into limbo, because there would be a moratorium on all contract negotiations, trades, free-agent signings, and summer leagues. "It concerns me," 76ers general manager and coach John Lucas said yesterday. "But it's a necessary evil we have to go through.
June 4, 2011 |
NFL players urged a federal appeals court yesterday to declare the lockout illegal, saying the league had no right to impose a work stoppage that is now approaching 3 months with no sign of a deal that will save the 2011 season. In a courtroom packed with some 200 people, including out-of-work players and retirees on folding chairs brought in to handle the crowd, attorneys on both sides of the bitter labor fight got roughly 30 minutes each to make their cases. The appeal centers on the lockout that began hours after months of labor talks fell apart March 11, the players' union dissolved and the fight ended up in federal court.
March 14, 1990 |
A dispute that had locked a Camden County literacy agency out of the Lindenwold Public Library was resolved at last night's library board meeting. Borough librarian Doris Shull would not allow Focus on Literacy, which teaches adults to read and write, to meet in the library March 3 because she had not seen a schedule of the group's training sessions. Focus directors Carol and Michael Wagner and 24 students were locked out. The board had sent the Wagners a letter Feb. 13, asking for the group's March schedule and thought it had received no reply.
November 17, 2004 |
A strong contingent of agents representing fourth-liners to elite multimillionaire hockey players will meet today to discuss the NHL lockout with Bob Goodenow, executive director of the players association. "Any time you can get everyone together like this and give them an update on what is going on, as best as you can, that is always a move in the right direction," Philadelphia-based agent Rick Curran said. "I think it is na?ve for anyone to think that whatever comes out of this meeting will have any impact on the direction the NHLPA is moving, or even management or the discussion itself.