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March 4, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The NFL and the players union agreed yesterday afternoon to postpone by 24 hours a showdown that both sides have been girding for since 2008, when the owners opted to reopen the 2006 labor agreement. What can be accomplished today that wasn't accomplished in the preceding weeks and months, and most especially in the 10 days of talks that have taken place under the direction of George Cohen at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Center? Not a whole lot, probably, but the sense last night was that the sides need some more time to clear up logistics involved in providing a longer extension - say, 3 days, or even 7 days - a reprieve that might be long enough to make real progress on the central issue of how to split $9 billion a year in revenue from an incredibly prosperous sport.
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April 28, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NFL players scored another victory in the league's ongoing labor fight Wednesday night when U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in their favor and denied owners' request for a stay of her original ruling. Nelson's decision upholds her injunction, issued Monday, that was aimed at ending the lockout because, in her view, the players' were suffering irreparable harm as a result of the ownership-imposed work stoppage. It was the players' second court victory this week. But the effect on league business - such as trades and free agency - remained unclear after the ruling was issued late Wednesday night.
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July 23, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA, Ga. - This weekend was supposed to mark the return of the NFL. Instead, the league remains in limbo, its lockout still in place as players decide what step to take next. Players on Friday did not act on a labor deal approved by owners, meaning that league doors will not reopen on Saturday as owners had hoped. Until the executive board of the NFL Players Association votes to advance the deal, players cannot report to team facilities. The start of free agency may also be delayed from its projected start on Wednesday.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
The NFL and its players took in another performance of The Incredible Dancing Lawyers on Friday in St. Louis, which might have been the best entertainment in town, assuming you've already spit in the Mississippi and been up in the Arch. The lawyers hauled out the thick books for this one, and fired precedents back and forth across the courtroom. One side argued that you can't legally halt a lockout that arises from a labor negotiation, and the other argued that this isn't really a labor negotiations because, looky here, there's no union any more.
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March 24, 2011 | Ashley Fox, Inquirer Columnist
Steve Saunders glanced at a sheet of paper and instructed Todd Herremans through his arms and shoulders workout. He checked on Trevor Laws, who was doing a crunch with a medicine ball, and then continued evaluating Jamar Chaney's muscle endurance. Jamaal Jackson walked in, looked around, and, spotting media in the gym for the second time in a week, cracked at Saunders: "Hey, man, I'm going to start working out down the street. " Jackson was only kidding. Saunders is a performance coach and the founder of Power Train Sports Institute, and his gym in Cherry Hill has become a refuge for several Eagles as well as other NFL players from the area.
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March 3, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
CHANTILLY, Va. - There is a large pair of Chinese sang de boeuf Lang Yao urns standing in the lobby of the Westfields Marriott that had just about as much to say about the NFL collective bargaining situation as most owners did yesterday. The urns stood guard in an entranceway as NFL owners arrived for and departed from their 3-hour meeting in a third-floor conference room. A few owners stopped to talk for the cameras as they were leaving, but in terms of the value of what was said, the cameras might as well have focused on the urns.
NEWS
August 1, 2011 | By Joe Banner
We're busy again. Thank goodness! What does "busy" look like at the NovaCare Complex during a blizzard of a week when we settled our labor agreement, opened training camp, signed a dozen players and discussed a dozen trades? Maybe throw in a surprise signing on top? (Sometimes preparation pays off.) Well, it's about 10 p.m. the night before the coaches and team move up to camp at Lehigh University. There are more than 600 NFL-caliber players in flux right now. We have to figure out the best 90 to sign for training camp - and get to the ones we want in a race with 31 other teams.
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April 26, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued an injunction Monday against the NFL lockout, effectively ordering the league to resume business, but it was not clear how quickly that might happen - if at all. An injunction has the potential to lift the lockout, opening up free agency and allowing the Eagles to pursue player moves - such as trading backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. But on Monday night, the league filed a request to Nelson for a stay of the injunction, asking for an expedited ruling without a hearing.
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April 30, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
A court ruling restored the NFL lockout Friday night, bringing league business to a halt roughly 11 hours after teams had reopened their facilities. In a 2-1 vote, the St. Louis-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted an administrative stay of the injunction that briefly had lifted the lockout. That means there is no clear date for when trades and free agency might begin and players again are barred from team facilities or talking to their coaches. The decision also results in the Eagles' being unable to trade quarterback Kevin Kolb.
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February 14, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF YOU BELIEVE his former financial adviser, Vince Young took out a seven-figure loan to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party during the 2011 NFL lockout. The former NFL quarterback is disputing a $1.7 million judgment against him by Pro Player Funding LLC, a lender that loaned money to more than a dozen players during the lockout. Pro Player contends that the $1.7 million is what is owed from an original $1.9 million loan - at 20 percent interest. Ronnie Peoples, Young's former adviser, gave videotaped testimony, under oath, last month saying that the Eagles backup in 2011 did indeed borrow the money.
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January 8, 2013 | Associated Press
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades. "I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail Monday. The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games for the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season. When the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement was agreed to Sunday morning - after 16 hours of negotiations - there was some talk of having a 50-game season start later this month.
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September 19, 2012 | Associated Press
DALLAS - Six years after entering the NFL as the third player taken in the draft, Vince Young finds himself without a team and with just a fraction of the money he received from a contract that guaranteed him $26 million. The question is, where did it all go? In an increasingly caustic war of words, attorneys have been arguing for months over whether Young is an out-of-control spender who put himself deeply in the hole or simply a victim of inexperienced advisers, one of whom was his own uncle.
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September 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALLAS - Six years after entering the NFL as the third player drafted, Vince Young finds himself without a team and with a fraction of the money he received from a contract that guaranteed him $26 million. In an increasingly caustic war of words, attorneys have been arguing for months over whether Young is an out-of-control spender who put himself deeply in the hole or simply a victim of inexperienced advisers, one of whom was his own uncle. Either way, the quarterback whose future seemed unlimited after he led Texas to a Rose Bowl victory in 2006 is now back home in Houston and in a tenuous financial condition.
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September 19, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer
TWO GAMES into his third season, safety Nate Allen has the look of a second-round pick. Finally. After rookie and sophomore campaigns that saw his play fluctuate wildly, the South Florida product is healthy and seems to be putting it all together. Coming off Baltimore's 44-point showing in Week 1, Joe Flacco and his plethora of receiving options were the envy of the NFL. It was no secret that the Ravens would try to utilize Ray Rice and their imposing tight-end tandem in the passing game against the Eagles and they did, to the tune of 29 targets.
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August 17, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer
REMEMBER Vince Young? Came to town to be Michael Vick's backup but then began spouting off about a "Dream Team," a boast neither he nor the Eagles could live up to. Young's eight interceptions in three starts were proof enough that he couldn't read a defense. And now, he's proving he can't read a checkbook either. Young has been ordered to pay a loan company nearly $1.7 million after missing a payment in May. The ruling was made in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on July 2, according to court documents.
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July 26, 2012 | By Les Bowen and Daily News Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM – The Eagles' deepest position is their defensive line, but that didn't make Jim Washburn less concerned when he heard Mike Patterson would sit out training camp, while Patterson's skull healed from surgery to untangle blood vessels. "He's a constant. Every time I turn on the film on Monday, I know he's going to play good," said Washburn, the defensive-line coach. "He's a constant guy. Might not make a million plays, but he's always where he's supposed to be and always doing the right thing.
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June 15, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
FIVE WEEKS of onfield work the Eagles didn't get last year concluded Thursday at NovaCare, with the kind of optimism that tends to abound in the springtime, when the reality of real games and tough opposition sits safely on the far horizon. A big theme of this offseason has been how last year's disappointments grew out of having made huge changes, with no spring work possible to assimilate them because of the NFL lockout. This year, Eagles coach Andy Reid and his staff had a week with their rookies, then 3 weeks with just about everybody on hand for voluntary organized team activities, then 3 days of mandatory full-team minicamp this week.
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May 28, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nnamdi Asomugha couldn't believe that Philadelphia didn't wrap its arms around Charles Barkley. "You would think that Philly would gravitate to that - toward those types of brash athletes," said the nowhere-near-as-brash Eagles cornerback. So what about Allen Iverson, the longtime L.A. Lakers fan asked - did the city wholly embrace him? Nope, Asomugha was told. Iverson was beloved by many 76ers fans for his effort on the court, but he also was just as polarizing. "Wow," Asomugha said.
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May 23, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are two sides to Michael Vick's athleticism. At times, his breathtaking talent conjures gains from thin air when the defense is closing in. But last season, Vick's unfailing belief in his own ability too often led to risky plays and game-changing turnovers. "He gets caught sometimes doing too much, trying to do too much, and that's where he gets in trouble," Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson said Monday in advance of full-team practices that begin Tuesday. "We eliminate those and keep him within our system, and positive things are going to happen.
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