March 11, 2011 |
The union representing NFL players pushed away from the negotiating table and decertified Friday, an extreme measure that leaves the federal courts to determine the immediate future of the nation's most popular sports league. By decertifying -- dissolving itself as a union -- the NFLPA has cleared the way for individual players to file antitrust lawsuits against the league, which likely could be barred from locking out those players. After decertification, a group of players that included three of the NFL's most popular quarterbacks -- Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees -- filed an antitrust lawsuit against the league in U.S. District Court to prevent a lockout.
November 8, 2010 |
The ink isn’t even dry yet on the midterm election results when one of the key issues, how to stimulate the economy, returned on Monday to the political arena. In remarks prepared for delivery at a trade association convention in Phoenix, Sarah Palin warns against the recently announced Federal Reserve policy to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds. Excerpts of her speech were leaked to National Review Online. “The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses,” Palin will argue.
October 20, 2009 |
For all the rumblings in Hollywood that Dan Glickman was miscast as the industry's top Washington lobbyist, the next head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America could well be closer to his technocrat mold than to the suave celebrity of the man who made the job famous: Jack Valenti. That's because, with Glickman disclosing Monday that he'll step down next September, the movie industry knows it has evolved since he took over in 2004 as MPAA's chairman and chief executive. Preventing piracy of movies and TV shows dominates the trade association's lobbying agenda, and the desire for a glitzy face in the nation's capital has lessened as the major movie studios have become divisions in larger media conglomerates with sometimes competing agendas.
December 31, 2006 |
The old sports adage says there's no "I" in "team." But for the information technology industry, there's no "team" in "IT." Unlike most major industries, high tech has no all-encompassing trade association to push its agenda at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Instead, about two dozen groups represent all or parts of the industry, with enough acronyms for a heaping bowl of alphabet soup: AeA, BSA, CCIA, CEA, EIA, SIA, SIIA, ITAA, ITIC and USIIA, to list some.
September 17, 2006 |
They called it the "Congressional Cruise Series," featuring lovely evenings on a luxury yacht with "two large staterooms ... a deluxe entertainment center and an airy comfortable salon." They billed it, unabashedly, as a way for lobbyists to develop relationships with influential politicians. By all appearances, the National Marine Manufacturers Assn.'
June 28, 2003 |
Is it a player or a pawn? Deciphering the role of the International Men's Tennis Assn. in the power play going on outside the lines in professional tennis isn't easy, even for the fledgling players-only trade association. "The IMTA has created a lot of reaction and action," said Henri-James Tieleman, the administrative director of the group. "But if you ask if the players' lives are being affected and changed for the better, no. We haven't achieved what we could achieve yet."