While the NFL Draft begins tomorrow night and gives us a nice break from lockout talk, the whole event has been overshadowed by the endless labor battle that gets more confusing each day. For a few hours, we can actually talk football, but for now, we bring you more news on the labor front.
The most confusing day in NFL history … And on April 26, 2011, media members were forced to stand on street corners and count how many players chose to show up at “work,” only to not work out and leave 20 minutes later. Some players showed up at their team facilities, many didn’t, some were able to use equipment (the New York Giants), and others weren’t. What does it all mean? Great question.
We’re still waiting a ruling from Judge Susan Nelson on granting the owners a stay, which would allow the lockout to continue until the appeals process has played out over the next couple months. The NFLPA filed a motion in opposition, and it came in at 23 pages. Things are changing by the minute, but for now we’ll point you to ESPN’s detailed summary. Essentially, the players argue that a stay should be denied because [...]
We are in lockout purgatory right now with no answer from Judge Susan Nelson yet, but we could get some answers soon with a key development expected to be announced.
"It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous." – Jackie Chiles on the NFL lockout
More mediation on the way … If you’re a fan of football – which we assume, given that you’re reading this sentence – it seems that you should like Judge Susan Nelson. Although she hasn’t ruled on lifting the lockout yet, signs last Wednesday appeared to be pointing in that direction. Now, ESPN reports that Nelson will impose mediation on the NFL and the players early this week. The main question still to be answered is the location of mediation. The NFL wants more of George Cohen in Washington, and we all know where that got us last time: weeks of staring at Twitter and reporters standing on street corners for nothing. Meanwhile, the players want mediation under the court in Minnesota. At this point, anything done under the court’s supervision is probably a good thing, speaking only in terms of having football in 2011. For most fans, the only concern is having football, so we’re all for Judge Nelson [...]
Normally, we like to take a quick sweep around the league for any useful bit of news, but we were glued to Twitter again yesterday as the preliminary hearing of the Brady v. NFL case was heard before Judge Susan Nelson. As such, today’s edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily will be a collection of links about the hearing, and a discussion of what it could mean for football in 2011.
Nelson said her ruling on whether to issue an injunction to lift the lockout would take “a couple of weeks.” This is no surprise, as very few expected Nelson to rule immediately (in legalese, “from the bench”). Should Nelson rule in favor of the players, she would issue an injunction to lift the NFL’s lockout, deeming it unlawful as the NFLPA had decertified prior to the lockout. Now, we are no lawyers, but all reports from the courtroom suggest that Nelson grilled NFL counsel David Boies, even going so far as to say the players had the “right” to decertify. If this is the case, it indicates that Nelson is leaning to siding with the players, which could entail an immediate injunction to stop the lockout, allowing teams to make [...]
We are just eight days away from the big April 6 court date, so for now, we bring you news of another lawsuit, this one filed by retired players, and a football guarantee from an owner.
Retired Holmes still a fantasy stud? … It wasn’t too long ago that former Chief RB Priest Holmes was a fantasy beast, like in 2004 when he averaged 24.7 FPG – 5.6 more than the next best RB Shaun Alexander. Now, Holmes, along with former players such as Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller, could help fantasy football again by filing a federal class action, antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, as Yahoo! Sports reports. We’d recommend reading Dan Wetzel’s story for yourself, but the most important point is that Eller v. NFL also covers draft prospects, as they are not represented by the NFLPA. Essentially, the suit argues that draft prospects were not involved in decertification but are being negatively affected by the lockout. Many fans aren’t interested in the details and simply want to see football, and obviously, we want to see football too. It’s tough to tell how much of an impact the Eller v. NFL case will make, but there’s certainly a [...]
We are in Week Two of Lockout 2011, and the owners have arrived in New Orleans for their annual meetings. Anything important for them to talk about? Hmmm.
Players answer Goodell’s letter … First both sides in the CBA talks quietly met in mediation. Then they started taking shots at each other over Twitter and through the media. Now, they’re writing letters to each other. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the players at the end of last week, detailing the owners’ offer and asking the players to return to negotiations. Many players didn’t enjoy the letter, and the NFLPA’s executive committee sent a reply to Goodell on Saturday. The gist of the letter: “Your statements are false.” So there we go. Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post says the letters again show the distrust between the two sides as they battle for public support. The April 6 court date still seems like ages away with nothing but this back-and-forth war of words happening. Brant also delivered a nice overview of what to expect from the Brady v. NFL case that will begin in a few weeks. The latter piece is required reading for anyone interested in the upcoming [...]
So here we are… again. We have arrived at Deadline Day, Part III, and things have been far from calm in Washington with talks, at least publically, becoming much more heated between the NFL and the union.
The CBA is set to expire at midnight, and not surprisingly, that is the only story in the NFL. The vow of silence outside the room has been broken, as both sides fired shots at each other through the media and via Twitter last night. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash made a comment hinting that the union was not as committed to getting a deal done as the owners, causing NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith, who had left the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building, to come back and deliver a response to the assembled media:
“We have been committed to this process,” Smith said. “But for anyone to stand and turn to the American people and say they question that. “We’re going to work like heck to make sure football continues.”
Union spokesman George Atallah and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello also took public shots at each other, except that conversation played out over Twitter. Welcome to labor talks in 2011.
It’s possible we’ll have answers sometime in [...]