September 30, 2012 |
The National Football League referees are back on the field, replacing their replacements from the Lingerie League. But the lockout strategy lives on. A number of towns and institutions across the country - indeed, the globe - are using the NFL owners as their guide, convinced that the bottom line is the bottom line. Here is a selection of lockout dispatches from hither and yon. Replacement children On the eve of the new school year, the parents of Encino declared a lockout of their children.
September 17, 2012 |
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.
September 15, 2012 |
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.
September 27, 2012 |
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.
November 18, 2012 |
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.
August 31, 2011 |
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]
March 28, 2011 |
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.
September 17, 2012 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
At this point of the labor dispute between the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn., everyone with any kind of interest in it - and that number might be dwindling - tries to read the tea leaves and find meaning in every twist and turn in what has been a baffling and tedious process. The league, which locked players out on Sept. 15, met with the union again Friday morning, the fourth straight day they have held negotiations. Good news, no? Maybe. And it's only a maybe because the union sent its members this memo , first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, and it indicates how far apart the sides are and how great a gap remains between them this deep into the process.