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Jim Irsay: NFL Deal Must Be Finished By July 4 Weekend To Avoid Any Losses

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Jim Irsay: NFL Deal Must Be Finished By July 4 Weekend To Avoid Any Losses

"I don't think we've got your attention," Jones said to the players, several of whom recounted the...

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"I don't think we've got your attention," Jones said to the players, several of whom recounted the incident to SI. "You clearly don't understand what we're saying, and we're not hearing what you're saying. So I guess we're going to have to show you to get your attention." Jones tapped his fists together for emphasis—the players interpreted it as a sign that a lockout was coming—then stood and walked toward the door. As he reached the end of the table, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, another labor hawk, began to rise, but Robert Kraft of the Patriots, who was sitting next to him, put a hand on Richardson's forearm and kept him from going. If Jones's intention was to intimidate the players, he failed. "I think everybody in the room thought it was overly dramatic, almost hilarious," one player said. "It was like a Jerry Maguire moment. You know, 'I'm leaving. Who's coming with me?' I know it didn't scare any of us."

Issues of trust and transparency led to the collapse of - 03.21.11 - SI Vault

Source: Free agency could start at midnight

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Excerpt: Per the source, the league is bracing for the possibility of a ruling from Judge David Doty that would force the doors to remain open, compelling the league to allow player movement and trades as soon as 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Audio: NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith Interview

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The Junkies broadcast from NFLPA Headquarters in Washington D.C. and talk with DeMaurice Smith about the potential lockout and the current negotiations.

NFLPA leader says 18-game schedule off table in CBA negotiations

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Excerpt: "First of all, the league has never presented a formal proposal for 18 games," [DeMaurice Smith] told SI.com. "But more importantly, it's something that our players don't want. Eighteen games is not in the best interest of our players' safety, so we're not doing it." Best news I've heard lately.

Helmet to Helmet hits can be very damaging to both players....

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Helmet to Helmet hits can be very damaging to both players....

How a Judge's TV Ruling Might Save the NFL, NFLPA from Armageddon

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Excerpt: In one ruling, the judge potentially locked the owners out of more than $4 billion in broadcast rights fees that would be paid even if no games are played, and at the very least will assign damages – potentially in the hundreds of millions – to the players. But, it’s larger than just that. They say you are only as strong as your weakest link. Your ability to sustain the center dictates how much pressure a group can withstand. Several of the NFL’s clubs have considerable stadium debt service obligations, so banking on that $4 billion made thought of a lockout at least somewhat palatable.

Rick Reilly: NFL owners' false labor pains

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Excerpt: Are you the kind of person who loves hearing the bug zapper? Who likes it when the highway paves over a few neighborhoods? Who secretly wants the tank to flatten the kid with the flower? Then you're going to love the NFL owners in this mess.

Rosenthal: Which NFL teams would be most affected by lockout?

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Excerpt: Publicly, NFL coaches and generals managers said things were business as usual. "Whatever the rules are, there will be the same rules for 32 teams," Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli said. That’s true, but not all 32 teams face the same challenges. Pioli’s Chiefs are relatively well situated to handle a summer off. Others aren’t so lucky.

Owners make it easy to pick a side in labor war

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Excerpt: Matched against anyone else, the NFL players association could easily be the bad guy. The NFLPA is a loser like Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who made $24.6 million for his 16 tackles last season. It's Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who caught 26 passes and made $21.4 million in 2010, and it's Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who made $10.5 million for throwing 20 interceptions -- and then announced he would quit before being subjected to such conditions in Cincinnati. The NFLPA isn't easy to like, and I'm not going to try. But the players do have one thing going for them: They aren't the owners.

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