ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 3: Executive Director of the National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) DeMaurice Smith leaves the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Federal Courthouse after the NFL lockout hearing on June 3, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. NFL players and the league met in court today for a federal appeals hearing on the legality of the three-month-old lockout. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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NFL Lockout: Players Could Hold CBA Vote On Friday

The NFL Lockout is still in place on Friday morning, and there's no telling how long it will last. On Thursday, the owners approved, 31-0, their proposed terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. However, the players were unaware of provisions that the owners put in and backlash erupted among them. After a two-hour conference call with DeMaurice Smith, the player representatives and others did not hold a vote on accepting a new deal.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the players could take a vote on Friday (though that is disputed), as they received the details of all the owners' proposed changes after the conference call ended. What remains to be settled, among other things, is language in the agreement that coerces the players into forming a union, almost assuredly a violation of labor laws.

Just days ago, everything looked like it was in place to end the lockout, but now things may have moved further back from an agreement. Stay tuned for what should be another wild day in NFL Lockout Land.

Stick with this StoryStream for NFL Lockout news.


NFL Lockout 2011: Players' Request For Injunction Reportedly To Be Heard April 6

The first of what could be a series of legal actions in the ongoing 2011 NFL Lockout could begin on April 6 when a preliminary hearing for an injunction against the owners' lockout is scheduled, reports Jason La Canfora of The case that will be heard is Tom Brady vs. NFL. It will be argued in Minnesota in front of Judge Susan Nelson, not David Doty, who previously heard cases involving the NFL.

Several weeks ago, Doty had ruled against TV contracts that would have paid the NFL $4 billion even if a lockout prevented games in the fall. With Susan Nelson the presiding judge, this could change the nature of the coming court fights.

If the injunction is granted, the NFL would likely appeal the ruling, which could take a few weeks to be heard. If the appeal is denied, then free agency and trades could happen before a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached.

Follow this NFL Lockout StoryStream for continual updates over the next days, weeks and possibly months.


NFL Lockout Begins After Bargaining Deadline Expires

When the NFL Players Association agreed to decertify at the end of the business day on Friday, March 11, the next move was in the owners' hands. At 12:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, March 12, the NFL owners imposed a lockout on players. This move bars players from using team facilities or having contact with their head coach, team trainers or anyone else in the organization's management structure.

For the Denver Broncos, this hurts players like Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal who are recovering from significant injuries. If this runs for several months, it will also have an impact on the development of Tim Tebow.

However, the players are now free to challenge the league in court and could have an injunction granted that would allow free agency to occur be a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reach. No matter what happens in the courts, the NFL Draft will still take place at the end of April. Teams can trade draft picks, but not players currently in the league.

Follow this NFL Lockout StoryStream for continual updates over the next days, weeks and possibly months.


NFL Lockout 2011: NFLPA Decertifies Following Collapse Of CBA Negotiations

Multiple sources are reporting that the NFL Players Association has decertified following the league's refusal to turn over 10 years worth of financial records. This now paves the way for individual players to bring legal action, likely an injunction, against the league. But first the owners will need to lockout the players, which would prompt such legal action.

It should be noted, though, that decertification of the union can be undone at any point in time.

According to the NFLPA's own statement, it will continue to look after the interest of its players, both current and former.

Last week, the owners and the players union had agreed to extend the negotiating period for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement until Friday, March 11, but in the end neither side was willing to reach a new agreement. Now the courts and the lawyers take the stage.

This move and any resulting changes, however, will not affect the NFL draft, which is scheduled for April 28-30.

For continuing coverage on a potential NFL lockout, please follow this StoryStream.


NFL Lockout 2011: NFLPA Wants 10 Years Of Financial Records

The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, just spoke to the media on the NFL Network and said that 10 years of financial records would need to be turned over for an extension on the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussion to occur:

"We informed the owners that significant differences remained, that if there was going to be a request for an extension that we asked for 10 years of audited financial records to accompany any extension. We told them please let us know by 5 pm [ET] today. We're gonna head back to the office. I'm sure we'll have further comment later on."

The league has until 3:00 p.m. MT to turn over the documents or the union will likely decertify. It's quite the ultimatum.

If the players union dissolves, that would allow individual players to bring the NFL to court. And flowing from that, who knows what the lawyers for both sides will do?


NFL Lockout 2011: DeMaurice Smith Expects NFLPA Will Decertify, According To Report

With 90 minutes left until the end of the business day, the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association appear no closer to reaching a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The head of the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith, has informed the players that the plan for the moment is to decertify the union before 3:00 p.m. MT today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter countenances that with a mention that "it always could" change, but what happens if the union decertifies? This would allow the players to bring legal action against the NFL while the owners impose a lockout. Under one scenario, however, the players could ask for an injunction that would allow free agency and trades to happen before a new CBA is reached, though how long that takes is up for debate.

But if the union decides not to decertify, another extension of the current deal could occur. However, at this point, decertification appears to be the eventual outcome.


NFL Lockout 2011: Rookie Wage Scale Reportedly Agreed Upon, But 18-Game Schedule Is A Non-Starter

The current NFL collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the players is set to expire on Friday night and things are nowhere near settled. However, there has been some progress made on several issues. Both sides have reportedly agreed to a rookie wage scale, but no specifics are available on that yet.

However, outside of the NFL allowing open access to its financial records, the other major issue is the proposed 18-game schedule. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, told fans during a radio event that the players did not want an expansion of the regular season schedule. In a follow-up interview, Smith told Sports Illustrated that the league, for all its talk about adding two more games, has never formally brought the subject up. Furthermore, the players don't want it because they are concerned for their safety.

Will the sides agree to another extension if they cannot come to agreement on a new CBA by Friday evening? If not, the Players Union would likely decertify itself before the end of the business day and the owners would impose a lockout on the players. But in the end, if that happens, it will be the fans who lose the most.


NFL Lockout: Players, Owners Agree To Extend CBA Deadline Seven Days

The deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in the NFL has been extended for another week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the new deadline is now Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET. This extension was earlier speculated after both sides agreed to a 24-hour extension on Thursday.

However, this appears to be the only extension that will be made to reach a new deal. Both sides will rest over the weekend and resume talks on Monday. They will then have five days to reach a new deal or watch for the players union to decertify and the owners to lock out the players. Once that happens, the courts will enter into the equation and we'll start to hear plenty of legalese.

This deal, however, does extend to players who are free agents. Players are no longer able to sign with teams.

Revenue split is the big issue, but the 18-game season and a rookie pay scale are also hot topics that will be discussed in any new CBA.


NFL Lockout 2011: 'Significant Progress' Reportedly Made, But No New CBA Yet

The 24-hour extension the NFL owners and the players union agreed to on Thursday may already be paying dividends. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, sources inform him that "serious, significant progress has been made on CBA issues." However, whatever had changed is still "fragile." This is far and away a better message than the one fans have received over the last several weeks. From a lockout being almost certain, it's now possible that a new deal could be reached relatively soon.

Adam Schefter also reports that an unnamed source sees things as far better than before, but still proceeds with caution over the negotiations.

Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver has an excellent article on what is going on with these negotiations and believes that both sides may agree on a longer extension to reach a new CBA. If so, that would likely mean both sides will reach an agreement in a couple of weeks.


NFL Lockout: Deadlne Extended 24 Hours; Will Now Expire On March 4

It appears that both sides of the ongoing labor dispute within the NFL want to give themselves a bit more time before officially declaring a lockout, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson

The NFL owners and the Players’ Association have extended the deadline by 24 hours, and adjusting the countdown to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 4.

This does not mean that talks have progressed between the two parties — as both sides still appear far apart on an 18-game schedule and pensions, among other issues — but it does give some hope that the two sides may be discovering some common ground and wished to advance discussions.

Deadlines can be wonderful incentives, and it looks like the NFL isn’t quite ready to cease work just yet. We’ll have a better sense of where they stand this time tomorrow.


NFL Lockout: Judge Rules Against Owners In TV Funds Issue, But Will This Force Sides To Compromise?

On Tuesday, Judge David Doty overturned an earlier ruling that would have allowed NFL owners to receive $4 billion in TV revenue even if a lockout of the players occurs. Doty found that the TV contracts violated the collective bargaining agreement, making them null and void.

This is definitely a win for the players' union, but Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver believes this ruling should make the sides reach a compromise that will eventually result in a new collective bargaining agreement. He believes that the owners and the players will temporarily extend the current CBA past the March 3, 11:59 p.m. ET deadline and then reach a new one within a week or two. But Silver qualifies that with both sides having "reasonable and logical reactions" to this ruling.

The sides will negotiate again on Wednesday, and there's some "cautiously optimistic" hope for what happens today. Stay tuned today for more on these developing issues.

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