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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:03 PM
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Federal judge sides with players against owners in NFL TV money dispute
Edited on Wed Mar-02-11 01:04 PM by SpartanDem
Source: AHN

There is still no new deal between NFL owners and players, but the players still scored a big win Tuesday.U.S. District Judge David Doty reversed an earlier ruling and has denied NFL owners access to $4 billion in television revenues during a possible lockout.

The decision is considered a big win for the union as owners now face the prospect of not having all that money available to them during a lockout.The record shows that the N.F.L. undertook contract renegotiations to advance its own interests and harm the interests of the players, United States District Court Judge David S. Doty said.

Judge Doty will hold a hearing with both sides to rule on the award of monetary damages to the players.
"This ruling means there is irrefutable evidence that owners had a premeditated plan to lockout players and fans for more than two years," said George Atallah, the NFLPA's assistant executive director for external affairs. "The players want to play football. That is the only goal we are focused on

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Looks like the owners just lost their lockout insurance

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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:22 PM
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1. It'd be nice if there was a bit more solidarity from the NFLPA
Toward their union brothers and sisters who are getting royally screwed in states across the country.

And yes, I'm aware of Charles Woodson and other Packers speaking out in support of collective bargaining for WI public employees but I've yet to hear a peep from the player's union hierarchy.

I suspect that there are a lot of closet republicans among these union members. It's hard for me to believe that guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner don't agree with Gov Wanker's stand.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:47 PM
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2. You won't hear a peep from the hypocrites.
They luv them some union negotiated benefits for themselves, but the rest of the working 'slobs', to quote a certain Wisconsin Republican, that actually but the tickets, and use the products of the NFL sponsors, can go take a flying fuck in a rolling donnut.
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 02:12 PM
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4. Several players have supported the action in Madison etc

Former Packer Gilbert Brown joined the UFCW in Madison to carry a sign. Gilbert's dad was a union man.

Super Bowl MVP (also a Packers union rep) Aaron Rodgers did a press conference of support.

Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson backs Wisconsin union protesters:

There are more. I'm in a hurry. But you can see there is support from NFL players.

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lark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 01:51 PM
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3. Whoohoo, I think we may have football this year after all!!
I'm a huge fan and the owners seemed to be on the road to eliminating this year's games since they thought they were going to get the TV revenue anyway and wouldn't have to pay players salaries. Now, maybe they'll actually negotiate fairly!
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Grown2Hate Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-02-11 03:59 PM
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5. That is EXCELLENT news. I have seen this as sort of a "test case" from the start; trying to break
what has been known as a relatively strong union (NFL-PA) in full public view, to sort of make an example out of them. Obviously, there is quite a difference between the situation in Wisconsin and this situation (it's harder to feel sorry for millionaires playing a sport for a living, admittedly), but there are still similarities (Unions versus Asshole Owners/Corporations/Asshole state governments). I'd like to see the Union succeed here as well as Wisconsin, as examples of OUR power.
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