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Ray Rice to Appeal His Suspension: Sources

NFL players' union will handle appeal, sources say

(Newser) - Ray Rice has until the end of the day tomorrow to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and the former Baltimore Ravens player is expected to do just that, sources tell ESPN . The NFL players' union, which will reportedly handle the appeal along with Rice's own lawyer, is... More »

Now at NFL Camps: No Tackling

Football tries to protect stars with less-intense training

(Newser) - If you want to see some truly star-studded touch football games, maybe you should try watching NFL training camp. All 32 teams kick off their camps this week, and a lot of them are limiting or outright banning tackling, the New York Times reports. Just this week the Eagles joined... More »

Growth Hormone Test Added to NFL Deal

HGH can give the perception of improved speed, vision

(Newser) - The NFL officially is back in business, collective bargaining agreement and all. That 4 1/2-month lockout? A thing of the past in every way. All those players with new contracts who had to sit out practice for a few days? They hit the field with all of their teammates yesterday... More »

NFL, Players Strike Deal

NFLPA board, 32 team reps unanimously approve the terms

(Newser) - The 136-day-old NFL lockout is finally ending: Owners and players hit on a deal this morning after negotiations over the weekend, the AP reports, and the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms. The final pact is for 10 years and... More »

NFL Deal? Not Without the Players

Players' reps peeved at owners' power play

(Newser) - There appears to be a little glitch in the NFL owners' agreement to end the lockout—only one party agreed to anything, reports Pro Football Talk . "There is no agreement between the NFL and the Players at this time," reads an email sent yesterday by the players' association... More »

Colts Legend John Mackey Dies of Dementia at 69

Tight end changed game on and off the field

(Newser) - Former Baltimore Colt John Mackey, one of football's great tight ends and one of the fiercest advocates for the rights of NFL players, has died from dementia at the age of 69. Mackey, who revolutionized his position during his playing days, won better pensions and benefits for players as... More »

NFL PLayers Locked Out Again

Lockout restored evening after players return to work

(Newser) - The NFL locked its players out again on last night after a legal victory in its battle with players over the future of the business, capping one of the most chaotic weeks in football history. An appeals court granted the league's request to reinstate the lockout and issued a... More »

Judge Orders End to NFL Lockout

And the league plans to appeal

(Newser) - A federal judge today ordered an end to the NFL lockout, giving the players an early victory in their fight with the owners over how to divide the $9 billion business. US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she was swayed by the players' argument "that allowing the League... More »

NFL Players Stuck Paying for Health Care, Training

League withholds benefits, makes life tough

(Newser) - NFL players are starting to feel the lockout squeeze. Earlier this month, the league stopped covering their health insurance—a step it never took during the 1982 and 1987 strikes, the Washington Post reports. That’s left players paying not just $2,000 to $3,000 a month in health... More »

NFL Talks Collapse; Brady, Others Sue League

Developments put next year's season in doubt

(Newser) - NFL labor talks broke down just hours before the latest contract extension expired today, putting America's most popular sport on a path to its first work stoppage since 1987. Despite 16 days of negotiations with a federal mediator, the sides could not agree on a new deal. The league said... More »

NFL Union Tells Players to Brace for Lockout

It advises them to save paychecks this season

(Newser) - The NFL players' union is ramping up the rhetoric regarding a potential lockout next season. It sent a letter to players this week advising them to save their last three paychecks from this season to prepare for a year without a salary, reports AP . The letter said the lockout would... More »

NFL Adds Concussion Rules

Teams must now keep independent neurologists on hand

(Newser) - Facing heat from both players and Congress, the NFL is adopting new policies designed to protect players in the event of a concussion. Teams will soon be required to keep an impartial, independent neurologist on hand to treat players for concussions. Players won’t be allowed to return to the... More »

Limbaugh Blames 'Race Hustlers' for Failed Bid

Accuses NFL players' union of dirty politics

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh blamed the NFL players' union, pressure from "race hustlers" such as Al Sharpton, and unfair media coverage for his failed bid at NFL ownership, reports Bloomberg. He also said Dave Checketts—the man who organized the bid—cleared Limbaugh's name with "people at the highest level"... More »

Yahoo Sues for Free Fantasy Football Stats

Company argues NFL union has no copyright on players' info

(Newser) - Yahoo has taken the NFL Players Association to court in a bid to use players' information for its online fantasy football game without paying royalties, CNET reports. Yahoo argues that since the players' names, biographies, and statistics are already in the public domain, it no longer needs to gain permission... More »

Jury: NFL Union Owes Retirees $28.1M

That includes $7.1M for leaving ex-players out of video games, cards

(Newser) - The NFL Players’ Association must pay $28.1 million to retired players after failing to properly market their images, a federal jury ruled yesterday. The union owes players $7.1 million in damages for leaving them out of video games, trading cards, and other sponsorship deals. Hall of Famer Herb... More »

NFL Owners Opt Out of Collective Bargaining Agreement

End of labor deal could lead to 2011 lockout

(Newser) - As the NFL deals with Spygate's embarrassment, an even bigger concern has appeared on the horizon: the league's owners voted unanimously yesterday to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement, which could lead to a lockout in 2011. Commissioner Roger Goodell insists that there will be at least three... More »

Ravens Kicker Wants to Oust NFLPA Boss

Stover's email details plan to replace Upshaw as union director

(Newser) - In an email obtained by ESPN, Ravens kicker Matt Stover outlines a plan to install a new NFL Players Association Executive Director by March 2009. Stover cites other union reps' agreement that "it is time for a change" from Gene Upshaw's leadership. "Matt Stover has no clue. Whoever... More »

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