Fleur-de-Links: June 22, 2011

TWEETS:

SAINTS:

Lighting around the Superdome will be a colorful final touch in renovations | NOLA.com
LSED also approved reimbursing the Hornets for the 'I'm In' campaign

Drew Brees: Unquestioned Saints' Leader - Baltimore Beat Down
From a story posted by Sports Radio Interviews, New Orleans Saints FB Heath Evans details what he has been doing in the down-time of the NFL Lockout, specifically the players-only workout held by the Saints and how it was organized, ran and financed, all by unquestioned team leader, QB Drew Brees.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Derrick Mason: Joe Flacco is our Michael Jordan | ProFootballTalk
Responding to Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodely saying the Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at quarterback, Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason made a strong statement in Flacco's defense.

The Tim Tebow statue, home edition | ProFootballTalk
Former Florida and current Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has gotten a full-size statue in his honor in Gainesville.  For those of you who'd like to honor him in your own homes, you can now do so. For only $12,000. According to Rivals.

Falcons’ Christopher Owens won’t face charges | ProFootballTalk
Last week Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens was under investigation after his ex-girlfriend accused him of trashing her apartment. Today comes word that Owens is not facing charges in the matter.

Adrian Peterson will skip the Adrian Peterson Football Camp | ProFootballTalk
Boys and girls aged 7-14 are paying $199 to attend the Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp on Thursday and Friday. But those who signed up thinking they'd meet Adrian Peterson at the Adrian Peterson Football Camp will go home disappointed.

Report: Bucs official arrested as part of sex sting operation | ProFootballTalk
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been plagued lately with a rash of arrests, of players and non-players alike. Now, a Bucs official reportedly was one of 32 men arrested in a Dateline-style sex sting operation.

LABOR PAINS:

NFL owners eyeing new way to split money with league's players | NOLA.com
One idea is to split the revenues 50/50

NFL labor: Owners updated on CBA issues; more meetings are in the works - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The next time NFL owners meet over labor, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.

Mounting bills give NFL owners incentive to deal - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
There are about a billion reasons to be optimistic the NFL will be open for business as usual this season.

AP Source: NFL Owners, Players To Meet Again - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

AP Source: NFL Owners, Players Consider Revenue Split - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

More details on the Thursday night package | ProFootballTalk
The biggest news to come out of Tuesday's ownership meeting in Chicago was, in our assessment, Chris Mortensen's report that the new CBA will include a 16-game Thursday night TV package.

Under proposed deal, players will get 48 percent of the total revenue | ProFootballTalk
The primary fight between the NFL and the players, once all of the jargon and bluster and mumbo-jumbo is peeled away, centers on the manner in which the money gets divided.

Goodell speaks after CBA meeting
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Goodell Discusses Labor at NFL Owners Meeting

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