Found August 29, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
Last offseason NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were the bane of my existence. They essentially killed the NFL offseason following the draft until the early days of August. Fortunately, the current lockout of NFL officials doesn't threaten the NFL season, despite what the NFLPA would have you believe. In a recent interview with Jim Trotter of, DeMaurice Smith indicated that the NFLPA could take action if the union believes its player are in danger due to the replacement officials. In America it is the employer's obligation to provide as safe a working environment as possible. We believe that if the National Football League fails in that obligation we reserve the right to seek any relief that we believe is appropriate. The NFL has chosen to prevent the very officials that they have trained, championed and cultivated for decades to be on the field to protect players and -- by their own admission -- further our goal ...

Rumor: Players could strike if Referees and NFL fail to reach agreement

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith became a household name during the 2011 labor dispute between the owners and player’s union. Smith played an vital role in securing peace between the League and Union, and provided numerous quotes and soundbites throughout the lengthy dispute. The former partner at Latham & Watkins and Patton Boggs PC provided new fodder for the labor...

Roger Goodell pens letter to fans

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to fans and in it, specifically expressed there is “no place in football for bounties” and player safety in tantamount.

Goodell writes open bounty letter to NFL fans

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has written an open letter to fans explaining the NFL's strict policy against bounty systems such as the one league investigators have said they uncovered in New Orleans. Goodell says this year there will be ''clear, consistent and renewed emphasis'' on enforcing the NFL's longstanding bounty prohibition. Goodell describes...

Are we headed toward an NFL Player strike?

The replacement refs are horrendous. We’ve covered that. They present a danger to the players, and the NFLPA is well aware of it. Last year, the NFL and the NFLPA avoided disaster and agreed to a new CBA and the lockout was lifted in time for the 2011 season. The NFL is dealing with another [...]

NFL Replacement Refs an issue: Player strike coming?

According to Sports Illustrated‘s Jim Trotter, who had an exclusive interview with NFL Player’s Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.  With the replacement referees still officiating games well into the NFL Season. Everyone thought that they would officiate during the preseason but by the time the regular season rolled around the real referees would be back in business...

The NFL Needs to Move to an 18 Game Regular Season

Roger Goodell needs to move the NFL to an 18 game regular season. This Preseason proves that fact. Sitting through four preseason games is brutal. The starters barely play and when they do, fans are holding their breath that no one gets injured. There are some very good reasons to move toward an 18 game regular season. Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted to...

Panel hears NFLPA bounty appeal, no ruling yet

A three-member panel has finished hearing an NFL Players Association appeal challenging Commissioner Roger Goodell's authority over four players punished in the league's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints. The panel consists of retired federal Judge Fern Smith of San Francisco, retired federal Judge Richard Howell of New York, and Georgetown professor James Oldham...

Lions seem to be headed in right direction finally

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell couldn't help but notice a great deal of optimism and confidence that the Detroit Lions are moving in the right direction when he visited their training camp. ''You can see it and feel it,'' Goodell said. It will be time for Detroit to show it on Sept. 9 at home against the St. Louis Rams when it kicks off a season of rare high...

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NFL players could strike over replacement officials

There’s no players lockout to worry about this season in the NFL, but things are far from hunky dory as the league announced that replacement referees are going to be in place when the new season kicks off. The officials and league are still quite far apart in their negotiations, especially when it comes to retirement benefits and the NFL won’t hesitate to keep on using replacements...

NFL adds Oliver Luck to safety panel

The NFL has selected West Virginia Athletic Director and former professional quarterback Oliver Luck to join the league's player safety advisory panel. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday the addition of Luck to the panel which is co-chaired by Pro Football Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and John Madden. Luck's son, Andrew, was the No. 1 overall draft choice by the...

NFL Needs Real Officials Back on the Field Now!

The NFL will have a real problem on its hands September 5, 2012 if it cannot reach a deal with its locked out officials.The NFL has proceeded with replacement officials throughout the preseason and it has been awful.While players and coaches have not said much publicly, one can tell by the answers to the questions about the officiating this preseason that they are not happy with...
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