Author | Chris Pika

NFL Week 1 game notes: Ravens vs. Steelers

September 09, 2011 | Chris Pika

Week 1 of the 2011 NFL schedule features a pair of teams that have waged one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL over the past decade, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday’s 1 pm (CBS) game in M&T Bank Stadium may prove to be everything the NFL Kickoff opener was not Thursday [...]

Blog & Tackle: Back to football, finally

Blog & Tackle: Back to football, finally

July 25, 2011 | Chris Pika

It only took 132 days to reach the day that everyone affiliated with the NFL was hoping for, the resumption of football after a prolonged lockout that featured lawyers, accountants and negotiators instead of players, coaches and general managers. Sometime later today, an announcement (should be a simultaneous Tweet by the NFL and NFLPA) announcing [...]

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 [...]

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