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NFL Owners Don't Want to Be Partners with Players, Fans

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

NFL owners are more interested in using players to extract money from loyal fans rather than working with both sides to truly grow the game.

The Key to NFL Labor Peace: Mitigating Risk

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The owners want the players to share their risk of operating their professional football franchises. The players want the owners to reduce the health and safety risk associated with playing a violent game.

Fans' List of Demands for New NFL Labor Agreement

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Since the NFL doesn't feel that fans should have their own representatives and the NFLPA is unwilling to respond, it's up to us to let them know what we would like to see in a new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL, Players Agree To CBA Extension

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

WASHINGTON — Timeout, NFL. And NFLPA. Buying time to try to close big gaps on big issues, the NFL and the players' union agreed Friday to exten...

Players Score Major Victory Over NFL

AP | DAVE CAMPBELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — Just as a fourth-quarter turnover can swing the momentum of a game, NFL players got a big gain at a key point in their labor fight...

Two-Minute Warning

Wm. David Cornwell, Sr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Wm. David Cornwell, Sr.

As the NFL's collective bargaining agreement steams towards expiration just before midnight on March 3rd, it is worth examining the strategy behind the NFL Players Association's plan to decertify.

The (CBA) End Is Near for the NFL

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

It has now come down to this week in the two-year attempt to extend NFL players' Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires Thursday at midnight.

Two-Minute Warning in NFL Negotiations

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

We are getting close to the time when there will be a "cost of disagreement," when the failure to make an earnest effort to bridge the gap will result in significant damage to the business.

What Do Fans Want in a New NFL Labor Agreement?

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

If you were seated at the negotiating table with the NFL and NFLPA, what would you want to see included in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement?

The NFL Labor Mediations: How We Got Here and a Peek Inside

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

As mediation meetings between the NFL and the NFLPA enter their sixth straight day, there is a growing sense of optimism that the gloom and doom surrounding these negotiations may be delayed or even averted.

On Wisconsin, Packers (and People Around the World) Back State Workers

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

The Super Bowl and protests in Wisconsin may seem worlds apart to you, but members of the Packers have issued a statement supporting state workers and their right to collective bargaining.

'Things Are Going Well Right Now'

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

WASHINGTON — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch emerged with a smile and a positive outlook Monday after attending a fourth consecuti...

Lockout a Bad Idea for the NFL

Tony Richardson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Sports
Tony Richardson

NFL football is the most popular sport in America, and players want to play next year for our teams and our fans. I hope the owners won't sacrifice a season and our fans' goodwill by imposing a lockout.

It's Time to Include Fans in NFL Labor Talks

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Why should the NFL-NFLPA negotiations be behind closed doors if fans have such a massive stake in the future of the NFL as well?

NFL Labor Pains: An Issue of Trust

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Both sides in the NFL labor dispute are fighting for the hearts and minds of fans, but fans are starting to clamor for more conversation and less positioning and lawyering.

The Rookie Sacrifice: Key to NFL Labor Talks

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

As has been clear from some time, top incoming rookies are going to be sacrificed; Sam Bradford will go down in history as the last bonus baby of the NFL Draft. The key for the NFLPA is having this rookie sacrifice work for the greater good.

NFL Owners vs. NFL Players: Isn't It Always the Players' Fault?

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The media buzzards are already beginning to circle the carcass of the "once-great, but-no-longer-so" National Football League. We know for certain who will be blamed: the players.

Memo to the Political Blogosphere About the NFL Lockout

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

This is about two groups fighting for the billions that we give them. Neither side is in the right. And if there is no football in the fall, both sides will be in the wrong.

NFL Owners vs. NFL Players 2011: The Owners Will Win

Dave Hollander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dave Hollander

The confetti air-drop at Super Bowl XLV was merely prelude to the real NFL paper war. And it's a war the owners cannot lose. They never could. Why am I so sure?

Help Save the NFL, Then Proceed to Eat Nachos

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Far too many fans have no idea that next year's NFL season may be lost to a lockout. Fewer still know that they can make a difference in the labor dispute by getting involved.

Let It Air: NFLPA Creates Another Ad

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Earlier this week, it was reported that CBS refused to air an anti-lockout ad from the NFLPA called "Let Them Play." It turns out that the NFLPA, with...

NFL: No Deal In March Could Cost Players Millions

AP | HOWARD FENDRICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NFL already is feeling financial effects from the uncertainty of its labor negotiations. The league estimates its cumulative gro...

NFL Labor Q & A

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

With so many questions about what will be "the story" in the NFL after next week's Super Bowl, here are a few answers.

Biggest Football Game Is One Being Played in Washington, D.C.

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

There's only one game left in the NFL season. But there's plenty of political football being played in Washington, D.C. -- and the result of this game will shape the sport and country for years to come.

Jets Player Lashes Out At NFLPA, NFL Leaders

AP | RACHEL COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie used an expletive to describe union and NFL leaders Monday in his latest profanity-filled...