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December 9, 2010 | Wire reports
The head of the NFL's negotiating team says it will be much easier to reach a new labor agreement with the players' union if the accord includes an 18-game regular season. "It's something that both sides recognize the value of, and so both sides will work hard to incorporate it into the new agreement," Jeff Pash , the NFL's executive vice president of labor and chief counsel, said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press. Pash said the league is "focused on a full 2011 season" and the owners want to have a deal in place "well before" the summer.
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August 29, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL and more than 4,500 retired players reached a proposed $765-million settlement of concussion-related lawsuits, a court-appointed mediator announced Thursday. Former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips announced the parties have agreed to a deal that would end the litigation against the NFL and NFL Properties and provide medical and other benefits, as well as compensation to qualifying injured players and their families. “This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” Phillips said in a written statement.
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February 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL's top lawyer said Wednesday that the league and the players need to make a commitment to "intensive, serious and on-going" negotiations before the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. "Our focus is 100% on reaching an agreement with our union," said Jeff Pash , the NFL's executive vice president and general counsel. "We can reach an agreement. We will reach an agreement. We are committed to doing so, and committed to having uninterrupted football. That's our goal.
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March 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The final warning to the New Orleans Saints about bounties came in January, just before their first-round playoff game against the Detroit Lions. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell detailed the situation Monday at the conclusion of the first day of the annual meetings at the Breakers hotel. He slammed the Saints with heavy penalties last week, including a one-year suspension of Coach Sean Payton and an indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams , who was rewarding New Orleans players with $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field, and $1,500 for delivering a knockout blow.
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August 29, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL and more than 4,500 retired players reached a proposed $765-million settlement of concussion-related lawsuits, a court-appointed mediator announced Thursday. Former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips announced the parties have agreed to a deal that would end the litigation against the NFL and NFL Properties and provide medical and other benefits, as well as compensation to qualifying injured players and their families. “This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote safety for players at all levels of football,” Phillips said in a written statement.
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April 20, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
In what could be interpreted as a lack of confidence in the mediation process — and perhaps a lack of urgency — the NFL and its locked-out players finished four days of court-ordered negotiations Wednesday with no plans to resume for a month. There is no indication the sides are any closer to reaching a new deal. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan told both sides he has other matters on his judicial calendar and they probably won't meet again until May 16. Before then the sides expect to hear from U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who is considering the players' request for an injunction to lift the lockout.
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April 27, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
In another setback for NFL owners, the federal judge who ordered them to lift the lockout denied their request to push the pause button on her ruling. The league wanted U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to keep the lockout in place while it appealed her ruling, but Nelson wrote late Wednesday that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise. " Nelson wrote: "In short, the world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into — essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under — is not compelled by this court's order.
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March 22, 2011 | Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The NFL, determined to keep its lockout in place, filed its response in federal court Monday to the players' class-action antitrust lawsuit, claiming there are no legal grounds for forcing the league to continue football operations. The filing was made in the court of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., who is scheduled to hear the antitrust claim on April 6. In essence, the league is arguing: ?Congress has barred judges from stopping lockouts as part of the Norris-La Guardia Act, which was intended to limit the ability of employers to crack down on strikes.
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March 3, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
With the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement just hours away Thursday evening, the NFL and the players' union made a rare definitive move. They called a timeout. The sides agreed to a 24-hour extension of the deadline, moving it to midnight EST Friday, to continue federal mediation talks. People familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak about them indicated there is a good chance another extension could come Friday, one that could postpone the expiration deadline three to seven days or longer.
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March 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Chantilly, Va. After most NFL owners left their one-day meeting Wednesday and headed for the fleet of black SUVs waiting outside their hotel, the league's top labor bargaining committee worked another hour, presumably strategizing for what could be an eventful Thursday. The Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, among the owners who stayed late, was atypically tight-lipped as he walked out of the meeting room, a cluster of TV cameras focused on him as he passed. "We're under such a tight restriction, it almost covers body language," Jones said, walking briskly through the hotel lobby.
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May 17, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The NFL and its locked-out players wrapped up another round of court-ordered mediation Tuesday without any signs of a new agreement and the clock ticking on the 2011 season. Officials and attorneys for both sides said they will return for more closed-door talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on June 7, four days after a key appeals court hearing in St. Louis on the legality of the lockout. NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and former Vikings standout Carl Eller both said the talks went well, but there was no indication of any progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
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April 27, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
In another setback for NFL owners, the federal judge who ordered them to lift the lockout denied their request to push the pause button on her ruling. The league wanted U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to keep the lockout in place while it appealed her ruling, but Nelson wrote late Wednesday that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise. " Nelson wrote: "In short, the world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into — essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under — is not compelled by this court's order.
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April 20, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
In what could be interpreted as a lack of confidence in the mediation process — and perhaps a lack of urgency — the NFL and its locked-out players finished four days of court-ordered negotiations Wednesday with no plans to resume for a month. There is no indication the sides are any closer to reaching a new deal. U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan told both sides he has other matters on his judicial calendar and they probably won't meet again until May 16. Before then the sides expect to hear from U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who is considering the players' request for an injunction to lift the lockout.
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April 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from St. Paul, Minn. — The question of whether labor strife will delay the NFL season lands in federal court Wednesday, in a case that pits two highly skilled attorneys against each other. To complement its lead attorneys, the NFL has retained David Boies, who has fought in such well-known battles as the Bush-Gore recount, California's gay rights debate, the U.S. vs. Microsoft antitrust matter and even Frank vs. Jamie McCourt. He will go up against the players' lead lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, a New Yorker whose prior legal support of the players helped strike down past free agency restrictions and established the just concluded free-agency/salary cap system.
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March 22, 2011 | Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The NFL, determined to keep its lockout in place, filed its response in federal court Monday to the players' class-action antitrust lawsuit, claiming there are no legal grounds for forcing the league to continue football operations. The filing was made in the court of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., who is scheduled to hear the antitrust claim on April 6. In essence, the league is arguing: ?Congress has barred judges from stopping lockouts as part of the Norris-La Guardia Act, which was intended to limit the ability of employers to crack down on strikes.
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March 3, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
With the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement just hours away Thursday evening, the NFL and the players' union made a rare definitive move. They called a timeout. The sides agreed to a 24-hour extension of the deadline, moving it to midnight EST Friday, to continue federal mediation talks. People familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak about them indicated there is a good chance another extension could come Friday, one that could postpone the expiration deadline three to seven days or longer.
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April 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from St. Paul, Minn. — The question of whether labor strife will delay the NFL season lands in federal court Wednesday, in a case that pits two highly skilled attorneys against each other. To complement its lead attorneys, the NFL has retained David Boies, who has fought in such well-known battles as the Bush-Gore recount, California's gay rights debate, the U.S. vs. Microsoft antitrust matter and even Frank vs. Jamie McCourt. He will go up against the players' lead lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, a New Yorker whose prior legal support of the players helped strike down past free agency restrictions and established the just concluded free-agency/salary cap system.
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May 17, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The NFL and its locked-out players wrapped up another round of court-ordered mediation Tuesday without any signs of a new agreement and the clock ticking on the 2011 season. Officials and attorneys for both sides said they will return for more closed-door talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on June 7, four days after a key appeals court hearing in St. Louis on the legality of the lockout. NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash and former Vikings standout Carl Eller both said the talks went well, but there was no indication of any progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
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March 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Chantilly, Va. After most NFL owners left their one-day meeting Wednesday and headed for the fleet of black SUVs waiting outside their hotel, the league's top labor bargaining committee worked another hour, presumably strategizing for what could be an eventful Thursday. The Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, among the owners who stayed late, was atypically tight-lipped as he walked out of the meeting room, a cluster of TV cameras focused on him as he passed. "We're under such a tight restriction, it almost covers body language," Jones said, walking briskly through the hotel lobby.
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February 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL's top lawyer said Wednesday that the league and the players need to make a commitment to "intensive, serious and on-going" negotiations before the collective bargaining agreement expires in March. "Our focus is 100% on reaching an agreement with our union," said Jeff Pash , the NFL's executive vice president and general counsel. "We can reach an agreement. We will reach an agreement. We are committed to doing so, and committed to having uninterrupted football. That's our goal.
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