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September 15, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
This wasn't like the first day of free agency - not by a long shot - but the waning hours before the expected NHL lockout had that overly caffeinated, manic vibe. For instance, before lunch on the West Coast, NHL teams came to contract agreements with five players worth $83.5 million, the most lucrative contract going to Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, a five-year deal worth $29.5 million. Clearly, the optics of a frantic Friday were confusing. Message to (some) players: We love you. Here's a lot of money.
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September 17, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
The first name from the Kings on the verge of an agreement with a European hockey team during the NHL lockout is a big one. It's Anze Kopitar. The Kings' star center will be playing for Mora IK of the Swedish league, said his agent, Pat Brisson of  Creative Artists Agency, on Monday afternoon.  What made Mora so attractive to Kopitar was that his younger brother Gasper is playing for the team. Mora is competing in the second-highest division in Sweden. Kopitar, who in June helped lead the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship, was in demand, having received interest from the Swiss National League.
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September 27, 2012 | Sam Farmer
It's game over for NFL replacements. The regular officials are coming back. The NFL and NFL Referees Assn. reached an agreement on an eight-year deal late Wednesday that immediately puts the regulars back on the field, beginning with the game Thursday night between Cleveland and Baltimore. "Our officials will be back on the field starting tomorrow night," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released after midnight on the East Coast. "We appreciate the commitment of the NFLRA in working through the issues to reach this important agreement.
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November 18, 2012 | Sam Farmer
The NFL is a passing league. How many times have you heard that? And it's true. Passing games generate the majority of yards for NFL teams. But the spotlight on quarterbacks is not quite as bright this season as it was a year ago, when 10 of them would throw for more than 4,000 yards, and three - Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford - surpassed 5,000. Brees set the league record with 5,476. To a large extent, the pendulum has swung back to the defensive side of the ball this season, with many of the elite teams near the top of those rankings.
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August 31, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
The NBA and representatives of its players' union met for six hours Wednesday in New York, with Commissioner David Stern promising more "meetings and meetings" through September to try to resolve the lockout that threatens the upcoming season. Stern told reporters there's "clearly enough time" to strike a new labor agreement that would allow the NBA's regular season to start on time Nov. 1. The meeting in Manhattan was the second between the sides since the lockout took effect July 1. Players' association President Derek Fisher of the Lakers told reporters after Wednesday's session that the union had not changed its "philosophical stance" on issues and added that "both sides [are]
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September 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges, who asserted that the NHL owners are treating a lockout as a "preferred option," said Monday that the players' union believes such a move would violate Canadian labor laws. To that end, there are legal maneuvers going on in two Canadian provinces, Quebec and Alberta. Last week, the National Hockey League Players Assn.  submitted a challenge at the Alberta Labor Relations Board in an attempt to prevent a lockout of the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.
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March 28, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
They are rebels with a cause. In their playing days, the NFL taught them to be competitors, never to go down without a fight. And so, in a quiet meeting room last weekend, away from the madding crowds of a Las Vegas casino, they got mad all over again. They have lost their youth but not their spunk. There are an estimated 21,000 NFL retirees. There are several groups that represent them, each with an agenda built around anger for the National Football League. This group was the Independent Football Veterans Inc. PHOTOS: The NFL and head injuries Visualize large men in broken bodies and listen to them as they talk about how the hits of yesteryear affect them now: Dave Pear, 57, veteran of six years and three NFL teams: "I played for the Raiders with a herniated disk in my neck.
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September 17, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Once upon a time, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman used to dislike comparisons to the NFL, and particularly, the NBA, his former employer. And now … a change from the stance in 2004.  Bettman recently spoke about how the players in the NBA and NFL recognized the “need to retrench” in labor negotiations last year. “They've  banked on people having short memories,” said the Kings' Kevin Westgarth in an interview with The Times on Monday. “But I think they're starting to realize through coverage that people actually remember what  they've said and the way they do business.
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September 18, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
As the storm over the spotty performance of the NFL's replacement officials continued to grow, the executive director of the NFL Referees Assn. sent out an open letter Tuesday detailing his group's position in the lockout, which started in June and has continued through the first two weeks of the regular season with no apparent end in sight. Tim Millis states in his letter that the two major sticking points between the sides are salary and benefits. And while significant progress has been made on overall compensation, he says, the parties aren't close to agreeing on retirement benefits for officials.
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