April 29, 2011 |
Reporting from New York The NFL, after a series of legal setbacks, got a breather Friday when a federal appeals court put the lift of the lockout on hold. The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the league's request for a temporary stay of the injunction issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who had ordered an end to the 45-day lockout. The 8th Circuit granted a short stay in order to have time to consider a longer one. The NFL is appealing Nelson's decision and wants the right to keep the lockout in place while that appeal is being decided.
June 3, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis Judge Kermit Bye, the senior member of a three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, said very little during Friday's 70-minute hearing on the legality of the NFL lockout. But what Bye said as proceedings wrapped up before a standing-room-only crowd might resonate with the owners and players. "We won't be all that hurt if you're leaving us out and [you] should go out and settle the case," Bye said. "We will keep with our business, and if that ends up with a decision, it's probably something both sides aren't going to like, but it will at least be a decision.
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.
July 8, 2011 |
In a decision that is significant but not surprising, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of the NFL on Friday, five weeks after hearing oral arguments on whether the league could lock out its players. The lockout will remain in place, something the appellate court strongly indicated in its preliminary opinion in May. The 34-page decision comes as, by all accounts, the NFL and players are making substantial progress toward a new labor deal, a critical juncture considering training camps and exhibition games are less than a month away.
April 7, 2011 |
Tom Zbikowski leaves little doubt as to his athletic skill set. He hits people. He may be the most proficient at that since Gerald Ford took up golf. Zbikowski's day job used to be playing safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. For the moment, the NFL has locked out its players in a labor dispute. So now, his day job has become a night job and is in a boxing ring. His is an unusual story, certainly not the kind a mother would love. As a matter of fact, his mother, Susan, a retired commercial banker in Chicago, hates boxing.
July 14, 2011 |
Passed over in the NFL draft, offensive lineman Kris O'Dowd is determined to show pro scouts he can handle a rush. Soon, he'll get his chance. The former USC center, along with a few hundred other undrafted hopefuls, will wind up signing with an NFL team shortly after a new collective bargaining agreement is in place and the lockout is lifted. In a normal year, O'Dowd surely would have hooked on with a team already. But because of the lockout, there wasn't the traditional post-draft flurry of signings, the frantic grab for rookie free agents who didn't hear their names called over the course of seven rounds.