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Forecast: No one cares about college players at the Draft | wwltv.com | WWL Sports
The NFL Players Association idea to have college players not attend the NFL Draft is a bad idea.
Brees signals that union will approve organized player workouts | ProFootballTalk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has given the clearest signal yet that the NFLPA* will be fine with organized player workouts this offseason if the lockout lasts a while. Jim Corbett of USA Today reports Brees and Heath Evans are planning organized group workouts in May.
DirecTV would lose more than $600 million in lost season, but could save $420 million | ProFootballTalk
Fans upset with the lockout have been making it known to us that they're voicing their displeasure by canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions on DirecTV. If there's no football season in 2011, a lot more will be following suit. Alex Sherman of Bloomberg.
Jason Babin’s lockout plans: MMA training, bear hunting, and possibly joining the UFL | ProFootballTalk
Coming off a 12.5 sack season, Titans defensive end Jason Babin is likely to get a generous contract when free agency opens up in the NFL once again. Well, that's as long as he's not playing in another football league at the time.
Drew Brees Backs Lawsuit as Players Go to Federal Court Against NFL Owners - Bloomberg
"The reason I’m one of the lead plaintiffs for our case is because it’s important to me," Brees told reporters on a conference call organized by the NFL Players Association, which abandoned its role in labor negotiations to facilitate the lawsuit. "I feel strongly about our case. I feel strongly about the facts and the law."
Roger Goodell: Get us back to mediation | NOLA.com
NFL commissioner urges owners, players to talk
Top NFL draft prospects asked to skip NFL draft | NOLA.com
Poll: Which ceremony would you attend?
Incoming rookie Von Miller proud to take lead role in lockout fight - USATODAY.com
The agent for star Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, the lone incoming rookie among 10 players who have filed suit against the NFL, said Sunday that Miller welcomed the invitation to join plaintiffs who include Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom...
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N.F.L. Talks Will Be Dormant Until Court Date - NYTimes.com
The N.F.L. labor fight won’t move to a courtroom until April 6, which means negotiations will most likely remain at a standstill.
NFL housing plan: Owners get the keys, fans get the bills - The Washington Post
Municipalities help fund stadiums for NFL teams, only to see owners threaten to cancel the seasons that would be played there.
New Orleans Saints reader comment: Potential draft picks latest pawns | NOLA.com
"Shame on both of them trying to use these top college players as pawns in their chess game like a vindictive divorced couple use their kids as a weapon against their former spouse. This is getting uglier by the day."
NFL owners and players let fans down: An editorial | NOLA.com
Saints fans across metro New Orleans are as disappointed with NFL owners and players as followers of other teams across the country
Will Smith, O-D to honor area football all-stars March 26 - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York
UTICA — New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith’s "Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way" Foundation is hosting the 3rd Annual "Evening of All-Stars" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Daniele’s Banquet facility in New Hartford.
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NFL will consider changes to kickoffs, instant replay at next week's league meetings in New Orleans | NOLA.com
Under new rule proposal, kickoffs would start at 35-yard line and touchbacks would be taken out to 25-yard line
NFL considers kickoffs at 35-yard line, touchbacks to 25-yard line | ProFootballTalk
Significant changes on kickoffs are coming to the NFL in 2011 if the NFL's Competition Committee gets its way. Falcons President and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay revealed on a conference call with the media today that the Competition Committee is proposing a major modification of kic...
Scoring plays may be reviewed by replay assistant, not coaches’ challenge | ProFootballTalk
Coaches may no longer have the option to throw a red challenge flag after the other team scores a touchdown, as the NFL is considering a proposal to take instant replay on scoring plays out of the hands of the coaches, and have the replay assistant review all scoring plays.
Some clarity on NFL meeting plans - NFC South Blog - ESPN
New Orleans fans won’t be happy to hear there is no plan to propose a new seeding process for the playoffs. That comes after the Saints went 11-5, but drew the No. 6 seed and a trip to No. 4 Seattle, which went 7-9 and won the NFC West. McKay said the competition committee discussed a look at changing the seeding, but there didn’t appear to be enough momentum from teams to even make a proposal.