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For those following the Miami situation, the union has chimed in.....

"I?continue to be in touch with players in Miami, their representatives and player leadership, and I look forward to information that defines the full scope of the NFL?s investigation.?Every NFL player should expect safe and professional working conditions. The NFLPA has taken steps to ensure that every one of our affected members is represented. It is our duty as a union to learn the full facts, protect the interests of players involved and hold management accountable to the highest standards of fairness and transparency." -?DeMaurice Smith?NFL Players Association Executive Director

Personally, my take is the Dolphins' brass and coaches are the ones to blame. They should have diffused this situation, unless they were behind it. ?How else could all of this go on?

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From the NFL....

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced today.

Bylaw proposal No. 2 moves the trading deadline from Tuesday, October 16 ? the Tuesday after Week 6 of the regular season ? to Tuesday, October 30, the Tuesday after Week 8.

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Mara Statements Spark Debate Over "Secret" Salary Cap

The NFL thought they could have it both ways. They stung the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins with massive salary cap sanctions this offseason and appeared to have their authority over the teams and players completely galvanized when appeals were shot down yesterday.

That was yesterday.?Today comes the question that many have been whispering but have been reluctant to say out loud:

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Dr. Bill Chachkes is the Executive Editor/Managing Partner-Football Reporters Online and the Producer of Giants Rush Radio.

Loyalty: it's a word no one associates with professional football any longer. Today it's all about the "Dollar signs" ($$$). Usually when I read those I expect to pay more money for a meal in a restaraunt or for tickets to a show.? But with NFL player salaries going up constantly, the teams' rosters should have $$$'s next to each player's names.

Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Giants Podcasts, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Giants News, New York Jets, NFC, NFL, NFL Draft, NFLPA, NY Giants, NYG
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Legacy Fund Will Increase Pensions For Pre-'93 Retirees

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on how to distribute to retired players the $620 million ?Legacy Fund? that was established as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

?Nothing the league can do can ever fully express our appreciation to the players who helped build our league,? said Commissioner Roger Goodell. ?However, the Legacy Fund is a significant step, especially as the benefits apply to the older players.?

The new benefit has three important points:

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The NFC East is perhaps the most competitive division in the NFL. Three of its four teams are on Forbes' Top Ten Most Valuable Sports Franchises list. All four play in massive new stadiums and have a collective fan base that can only be quantified in the millions.

The Giants, Eagles and Redskins all played their first games well before World War II and the Cowboys have been labeled "America's Team", winning five Super Bowls.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFC East, NFL, NFL Labor News, NFLPA, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
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Could this be the last Monday of the NFL Lockout??

Already? Wow, that went by fast....

A deal could be done by Thursday and we could possibly have the free agency "supermarket sweep" by next week at this time. We personally cannot wait to see what that looks like.

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Welcome to day 122 of the NFL Lockout. There could be light at the end of the tunnel as our Rich Resch reported yesterday (see post below). Sources are saying a deal could be in place by the 21st, which is nine days from now.

That is about a week later than the league's drop-dead date of July 15th, the date most agreed was the latest in order to get the season started on time. This gives teams - especially the Rams and Bears ?- a very short window to prepare for the season. The two are scheduled to meet in the Hall of Fame game on August 7th.

Is Greg Jones too small to play in the NFL? Not according to the Giants. They believe the 5'11 rookie out of Michigan State will compete for a roster spot and perhaps even win the MLB job someday.

Tags: New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants Links, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Lockout, NFLPA, Plaxico Burress
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From NFL Alumni...?

NFL Alumni Executive Director & President George Martin and the Alumni membership extend prayers and heartfelt sympathies to Sylvia and the Mackey family on the passing of our friend, John Mackey. We will remember John as a loving husband and father, a legendary player and a courageous pioneer who fought for improved pensions and benefits. The ?88 Plan?, named for the jersey number proudly worn by John, offers assistance for fellow dementia and ALS sufferers. John?s legacy transcends the hero he was to football fans, as he was an inspiration larger than could be contained on the field of play. As we mourn the loss, we celebrate the far reaching contributions Mackey made to the football community and beyond. ?

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We've been hearing that the lockout could end in two weeks or so. Not according to what NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is telling some players.

According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the two sides are chasms apart on may key issues, including free-agent eligibility requirements - a point that was said to be agreed upon last week.

However, Glazer still believes the deal will get done and no games will be missed.

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Former NFL great Mike Ditka speaks affirmatively and plainly. ?He usually makes a ton of sense. ?This week, in a interview with Dave Krieger of the Denver Post, Ditka did hold back in his criticism and analysis of the current state of our great game.

The Super Bowl-winning player and coach blames ego, not greed, as the root of the problem behind the league's current labor woes. He also served a hard dose of humility to some of the more outspoken players:

"Some of the younger players, the comments they make don't make any sense....somebody saying they make $12 million a year, and they're saying people call them a slave? I mean, I'm not sure I really understand any of this. There's nowhere in society where you can go out and make $12 million. Nowhere! If you're a rocket scientist, you can't do it. You just can't do it!"

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Since the usual NFL off-season is nothing more than a dream at this point I?ve decided to dream big! I will give you the Giants Top 3 dream free agency scenarios.

Hopefully I have foresight and GM Jerry Reese secures one of these dream scenarios for the NY Giants....

Tags: Free Agency, giants, Jerry Reese, Kel Dansby, New York, New York Giants, New York Giants History, New York Giants News, NFC East, NFL, NFL Labor News, NFLPA, NYG
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There's been a lot of mock drafts the past few months, many by amateurs and even more by experts.

In their final shot at the first round, the crew at NFL Network, headed by the supremely astute former Giant Mike Mayock, mocked massive OT Gabe Carimi to the Giants at No. 19.

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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer spoke his mind this week about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a radio program, but quickly realized the analogy he used was is poor taste and apologized.

"I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this ... he's kind of using his power, as kind of like a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work. It's just way too much power for one person to have, and a lot of players take real issue with the way he's using this power."

When Toomer realized he compared Goodell's commissionership to Nazi Germany's violent and unforgiving police force, he rushed to rectify his statement in an email to Newsday:

Tags: Amani Toomer, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants News, NFL, NFL Lockout, NFLPA, Roger Goodell
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Wow....the NFL labor talks are taking a three-week break. Yesterday, it was announced that mediation sessions were adjourning until May 16th.

In the interim, there is a growing faction of players who are not pleased with the lack of progress. According to Dan Kaplan of Sports Business Journal possibly up to 70 NFL players were considering signing on with a law firm to intervene into settlement mediation talks. The report cited unnamed sources and did not name any NFL players or the law firm.

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from our friends at the NFL media department.....

WHAT:?76th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

Tags: 2011 New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, NFL, NFL Draft, NFLPA
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From our colleague in the Midwest - Don Stokes of Football Reporters Online

I can truly relate to being second. I was born the second of two boys. I got the hand-me downs clothes and shoes from my one year older brother. So I can really understand to being number two. No with the upcoming 2011 NFL draft just weeks away every team is crossing their collective fingers that they make the best 1st round choice. As every football executive knows making the wrong 1st rounder can put your franchise in a serious tailspin which can take many years to recover.

Tags: New York City, New York Giants, New York Giants Blogs, New York Giants History, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Labor News, NFL Network, NFLPA
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Giants' great Lawrence Taylor was classified as a "low-level" sex offender by a Rockland County judge on Tuesday. The classification does not require that his picture be posted on an online sex offender registry. Judge William Kelly said he did not believe that LT was a danger to children....

"Headed back to pittsburgh.... Would be shocked if I wasn't in a dallas uniform nxt year! The draft is april 28th so we will see...."......tweeted by Florida C-OL Mike Pouncey, who is rumored to be high on the Giants' draft board. The Cowboys draft 9th, which may be too far up the board to take Pouncey

"There?s a reason why the Giants didn?t have one linebacker in ESPN?s top-10 linebacker power rankings. In his first year as a starter, Goff did a solid job at MLB but the ghost of Antonio Pierce still lingers. Goff has to continue to show improvement and more experience should help"....Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN New York

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According to CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, NFL personnel have reportedly threatened ramifications for draftees who attend the NFLPA's series of events on the days of the draft.

Freeman claims this is an effort to "sabotage" the events after the NFLPA announced yesterday there is a formidable constituency of current, former and future NFL stars scheduled to attend.

The league possibly fears these events could upstage the draft itself and sway public opinion towards the players in the current labor negotiations.

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It's been one month since the NFL owners imposed their will and locked out the players. ?Neither side has budged in their stance on what they feel needs to happen to get a new CBA done.

The players believed litigation was the best route to a new deal, but the Judge Susan Nelson didn't swing at their pitch last Wednesday. ?Today, she told both sides they need to go back to the negotiation table and attempt to work things out.

Nelson will still rule on the players' motion to lift the lockout, but that could take "weeks". ?She wants both sides to continue to talk in the interim, appointing?Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan as the new mediator with the first session scheduled Thursday morning in Boylan's St.Paul office.

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Football, anyone?

Not today, not tomorrow. Not anytime soon as a matter of fact.

This afternoon in a St.Paul Federal courtroom, Judge Susan Nelson pretty much told NFL GMs they'd be drafting out of need at the NFL Draft in two weeks.

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NFL Players Association Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah took sone questions via the players' new website (nfllockout.com) and gave some insight regarding the state of the 18-game season proposal.

Reader: As a compromise on the 18 game schedule, has any thought been given to add 2 more bye weeks instead of additional games?? It would expand the TV schedule/season, and give teams added rest/recovery, addressing the safety concerns both sides have....

Atallah: For the 18 game schedule or season, there was a point where the players proposed acceptable terms for an 18 game schedule that included much more than what you mention with regards to health and safety. The NFL basically said ?no? to that proposal. Over time and as more health and safety issues were being revealed, players said that they won?t play 18 games.

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Don't let the NFLPA fool you. They are still a union - a body of unified workers who "centers on?collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their membership and on representing their members if management attempts to violate contract provisions". ?They are waffling back and forth between union and trade association in order to better their lot in the labor dispute with the owners.

Apparently, they may not be able to have it both ways this time....

The NFL is going to try to convince the the court to uphold the decision to lock the players out based on the fact the union did not actually decertify.

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Not much happening in the realm of professional football these days. ?NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the players an email suggesting they come back to the negotiating table. ?The players answered back today with a letter to Goodell essentially calling him a liar .....the fight is on!

 

 

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Rich McKay, head of the NFL Competition Committee and Ray Anderson, NFL EVP of Football Operations held a Q&A conference call Wednesday to advise the public what they were doing to ensure overall player safety - which includes reducing injuries on kickoffs - as well as the modifications being made to instant replay.

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The owners may have precipitated this work stoppage by guarding their coveted books, but that has not stopped them from producing a laundry list of their proposals to the union as outlined below...

1. We more than split the economic difference between us, increasing our proposed cap for 2011 significantly and accepting the Union?s proposed cap number for 2014 ($161 million per club).

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With the?lockout deadline less than 24 hours away, much of the public does not understand what will happen once the deadline passes.

The two sides will continue to negotiate, but a physical lockout of players may never come to pass. The two sides can agree to extend the current deal until a new one is reached and hammer out the differences behind the scenes.

That seems unlikely, but?Colts' owner?Jim Irsay (right) said yesterday that?the owners have yet to vote on whether to lock the players out on March 4th. That, along with the escalated negotiations, is a positive sign.

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Our colorful cadre of co-hosts will join John Fennelly and Dr. Football for 90 minutes of informative, entertaining and candid NY Football talk tonite at 8pm on Blog Talk Radio

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With very little football news to report, all eyes are turning to the labor negotiations between the players and the owners. Yesterday, the two sides agreed to mediation.

Almost every news entity and blogger is trying their hand at navigating through the process and in doing so have convoluted many of the issues.

Bob Batterman, the NFL's outside labor counsel, appeared on 790-The Sports Zone in Atlanta on Thursday and straightened out some of the more common misconceptions the public may have regarding the current labor dispute.....

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Lots of people are submitting and/or voicing their solutions and recommendations for the new 18-game schedule. Some are very well-formed while others are hair-brained. Then there are some that hit home in one place, but miss the mark in others.

From Barry Winter of the AP...

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Remember the old saying, " Protect your own".?? I sure do.? Maybe people have forgotten over the years what it means.?? Remember the days when players where represented by...former players?? What amazing idea!

Now that the NFLPA is represented by...a lawyer, a wizard of words and ligation you can now settle into the fact there maybe no football on the horizon. ? With the recent, and may I add laughable statement made from NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith I can only wonder if there was another choice to head up this once strong union.

Smith looks pretty transparent when he puffs out his chest and screams "our internal deadline" has come and gone all the while claiming headlines across the country.

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Is he kidding? Talk about posturing and playing your cards too early......and what deadline is DeMaurice Smith talking about...?

from nfllabor.com:

?In a letter to the players that was seen by The Associated Press, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the union had an ?internal deadline? for agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement,? Jimmy Golen of The AP reported this afternoon.

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The Giants met with NFLPA officials to discuss the current labor climate. They alledgedly voted to decertify the union in order to gain leverage vs the owners.

"The step is necessary if owners lock out the players next season. Antitrust laws exempt NFL owners from being sued by unions that are negotiating CBAs, so decertification would in essence eliminate the union and allow players to sue the NFL in the event of a lockout - giving them potential leverage in their dispute with the owners"More

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Giants' TE Kevin Boss is one of several NFL players who was diagnosed with a concussion this week. His team and the NFL will not clear him to play until after he takes and passes a "battery of tests" because he has had prior concussions.

The NFL policy states: "Once removed for the duration of a practice or game, the player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptomatic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant."

Is this just the NFL and the Giants being cautious?? Is their really any correlation to a concussion and prior history of concussions, and should they all be treated separately?

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