Author | Chris Pika

Bumpy road ahead to new NFL CBA agreement

July 22, 2011 | Chris Pika

ATLANTA—As word leaked out that the NFL owners had voted 31-0 on their proposal for a settlement of legal issues and the terms of a new CBA last night, rumors that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith had been on the phone during a prolonged (and unplanned) dinner break by the [...]

Trial balloon floated by NFL owners

June 21, 2011 | Chris Pika

For several weeks, there have been precious little details on what the NFL owners and players have shared between themselves on a framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Even during the “secret” talks between the sides over the last three weeks with U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan as mediator, nothing was revealed. That [...]

Where NFL-NFLPA labor fight stands after Judge Nelson’s decision (as of Tuesday morning)

April 26, 2011 | Chris Pika

In the game of chicken the NFL and the NFLPA have played since the CBA expired in early March and the owners declared a lockout, the participants, fans and the media have all learned to assume nothing. Most, myself included, expected Judge Susan Nelson of the U.S. District Court to rule in favor of the [...]

Where NFL-NFLPA labor fight stands (April 24)

April 25, 2011 | Chris Pika

We are on the brink of the first potential leverage either side in the NFL labor fight has had since the lockout by the owners was announced March 11 as Judge Susan Nelson of the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis is reportedly ready to rule on the players’ request for a preliminary injunction to lift [...]

Blog & Tackle: SI’s look at Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

February 20, 2011 | Chris Pika

As the deadline for the expiration of the CBA between the NFL and the NFLPA gets closer, Sports Illustrated took a look at the two people who are at the head of the negotiations, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. The league and NFLPA are in uncharted waters with Goodell and [...]

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