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It's Morning in America

The past 135 days will permanently be erased from my memory should the players agree to the new CBA terms today.?

What a horror this has been. This lockout has drained me -and the rest of the guys here- more than any regular season ever has. ?If I never see Jeff Pash and DeMaurice Smith again it would be too soon.

I feel as if I'm in one of those contrived movie scripts where at the end it all turns out to be a dream - or a nightmare. Well, now its over. Let's put it all behind us and get back to what we do best: talking Giants football.

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Deal or No Deal?

We thought we might have a deal in place this morning to settle the lockout, but the players once again chose not to vote.

Where does that leave things?

To put it simply, the ball is in their court, now. For all of these months, the owners have been the villains. Now, at one minute to midnight, the players are suddenly finding themselves wearing the black hats.

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We know you all have been sitting around saying: "What's the delay?". ?Well, think no longer. The owners outlined their settlement terms today, contingent on the players' vote later tonight.

As per our colleagues as CNN:

The proposed agreement includes a new rookie compensation system, a salary cap of $142.4 million per club in 2011 and additional retirement benefits, according to the NFL.

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The owners are meeting in Atlanta this afternoon, hopefully to ratify the new proposal.

There will be some pushback from the "poorer" owners, but there are very few of those. They don't have the votes to stop the Jerry Jones express.

The player reps will meet via conference call tonight to discuss their plans. Apparently, they will be voting electronically and if they come to an agreement, the news will break fast.

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Today is expected to be a hot one here in NYC. ?Its also supposed to be a hot one in the NFL. ?Yesterday, the players balked at ratifying the settlement proposal, rendering today's owner's conference less relevant.

Lets' hope we get something concrete today, or games will be missed. The owners will almost surely pass their end. They are said to have the 24 votes to move forward, but the players have issues with their end now. (..more)

According to Cork Gaines of Business Insider, the $120 million proposed salary cap may be lower this year in compared to years past, but overall its taken on a life of its own:

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The lockout is now 129 days old and counting, but there is good news. All indications tell us the deal will be done this week. Keep it here for anything breaking.

I some of you love the lockout, just like the Robert Duvall character in Apocalypse Now loved the war ("Someday this war's gonna end.." he said tearily).

But its over, so let's move on.

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Could this be the last Monday of the NFL Lockout??

Already? Wow, that went by fast....

A deal could be done by Thursday and we could possibly have the free agency "supermarket sweep" by next week at this time. We personally cannot wait to see what that looks like.

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According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the deal between the players and the owners is expected to be ratified in time to "salvage a full preseason."

Despite the growing optimism in the past few days, I don't think most people were expecting the kind of progress that we've seen today.

Momentum increased exponentially today when Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth revealed to the owners that the players had a secret fund that would pay each of them $200,000 this season. ?This new information, as one observer put it, got the owners' attention.

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Yes, you read that title correctly. The NFL Lockout, which is now in its 125th dreadful day, is finally nearing it's end.

An agreement on a rookie wage scale has been cleared and the rest of the negotiations should conclude within the next few days. We're hearing the deal will be ratified by the owners at their meeting next Thursday in Atlanta.

From FOX Sports:

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The proposed rookie wage scale will be implemented. Just how and what it will look like are the hot points. There has always been a sentiment around the game that this was needed.

Yesterday, former Giants head coach Jim Fassel and Jets' QB Mark Sanchez both agreed that newbies' salaries should not exceed that of other more accomplished veterans.

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A tooth extraction. The smell of Flushing Bay. Sitting through "Gangs of New York."

Classify it anyway you want, but the current NFL labor situation is causing many of us pain and discomfort like the aforementioned items.

The players and the media are beginning to lose their proverbial (insert you own word here) the past week. Players are doing and saying things that no one should ever have to hear and the media is churning it out like Nike churns out (insert your own word here).

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Welcome to day 122 of the NFL Lockout. There could be light at the end of the tunnel as our Rich Resch reported yesterday (see post below). Sources are saying a deal could be in place by the 21st, which is nine days from now.

That is about a week later than the league's drop-dead date of July 15th, the date most agreed was the latest in order to get the season started on time. This gives teams - especially the Rams and Bears ?- a very short window to prepare for the season. The two are scheduled to meet in the Hall of Fame game on August 7th.

Is Greg Jones too small to play in the NFL? Not according to the Giants. They believe the 5'11 rookie out of Michigan State will compete for a roster spot and perhaps even win the MLB job someday.

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According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN, the recent lockout buzz is that a deal could be in place by July 21.

Other people familiar with the talks now think an agreement in principle will be put in place in the next seven to 10 days, a handshake deal that would allow each side to ratify the deal to start the 2011 season.
However, one member of the players' negotiation team is not so sure.

He stated that negotiations Wednesday and Thursday will be the most telling days on whether an agreement indeed will be finalized within the July 21 time frame because "we've basically reached the limits of compromise."
This same source has indicated that the players have agreed to cut rookie compensation in half, but will not budge on their stance that rookies should become free agents after four years.

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As my peer Charles Costello previously stated, the end to the lockout seems to be on the horizon.

According to an article released earlier today by Todd Porter of Cantonrep.com all signs point towards the annual Hall of Fame game being played on August 7th. So far that is the clearest sign that the lockout may be coming to an end.

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According to Rich Tandler at RealRedskins.com, there are those in the Redskins organization who believe the lockout will end on Sunday, July 10.

That is quicker than most believe the situation will be resolved. Given all of the legal procedures that must take place after the two sides in the labor dispute agree to terms perhaps that is an overly optimistic timetable. However, that is the date being discussed at Redskins Park.
No names are given, so it's hard to know how much faith to put into these reports. Tandler usually does a good job though, so this is at least worth mentioning.

There are conflicting reports out there, some saying resolution could come quicker than we are led to believe, others saying that the two sides are farther apart than most think. ?It's difficult to fully trust any report, but the overall feeling is that it'll get?done with no pre-season games being lost.

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We've been hearing that the lockout could end in two weeks or so. Not according to what NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is telling some players.

According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the two sides are chasms apart on may key issues, including free-agent eligibility requirements - a point that was said to be agreed upon last week.

However, Glazer still believes the deal will get done and no games will be missed.

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The NFL labor negotiations are ongoing. That's all you need to know.

I guess we''ll have to wait outside for the white smoke to appear in order to know if an agreement has been reached.

In a joint statement released by the owners and players yesterday, the two sides have decided to keep any reports of progress on the down low.

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According to Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com, an NFL source with "intimate knowledge of the discussions" has indicated that the labor negotiations are 80-85% complete.

They've made such fast progress, I'm told, it's catching many of the principals by surprise. Some are now canceling vacations, believing an agreement will be reached within a matter of days.

Basically, it seems, we continue to move solidly into that threshold of a season will be played, not if one will be played.

Many people have been?pessimistic during this process, and rightfully so. But this finally feels like a real step in the right direction. Obviously I will continue to take everything with a grain of salt until the lockout is officially over, but it feels like we're getting there...
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Former Giants DE and Ring of Honor inductee George Martin was a key figure on the team's 1986 Super Bowl championship roster. ?He was front and center during the pre-ceremony media session at today's 25th reunion event at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus.

Martin played his entire 14-year career with the Giants (1975-88) and is most remembered for two plays involving Broncos' QB John Elway that occurred during the 1986 season.

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Giants CEO John Mara was once again at the head of the table as the owners and players met in New York for a series of private meetings.

The meeting were reportedly held on Long Island and were devoid of legal teams. This is the way things should be. folks. In this country labor disputes are settled through negotiation, not litigation - via conference room, not court room....

?NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week. Those discussions will continue.?- joint statement from the NFL and NFLPA on this week's meetings
NFL attendees at this week?s meetings: Commissioner Roger Goodell and labor committee members Jerry Richardson (Carolina), Clark Hunt (Kansas City), Robert Kraft (New England), John Mara (New York Giants) and Dean Spanos (San Diego). Representing the players: DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth.

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The league and its players wrapped up?two more days?of secret talks today, trying to end the three-month old lockout.

"NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via Twitter. "Those discussions will continue."
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June 3rd came and went and football fans still have little to grasp onto today.

The three-justice panel heard more arguments in St. Louis yesterday, but when the session ended, there was more uncertainty in the air then when it started.

The owners are declaring their lockout is legal, and possess valid justification in locking out the players in any labor dispute. The players are standing their ground stating the union does not exist and therefore cannot engage in any collective bargaining process.

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Giants defensive?tackle Barry Cofield?is featured in one of ESPN.com's "Faces of lockout" stories where he talks about the effects of the NFL's labor issues:

The most difficult part to swallow for the New York Giants' defensive tackle is the uncertainty. While the future of the NFL hangs in the balance this summer, the earning potential of fifth-year players like Cofield will be determined as well.

After producing the best season of his career with 54 tackles and four sacks while playing on a one-year restricted free agent tender in 2010, Cofield is finally ready to cash in on his first big contract. But the lockout has left his status up in the air. Like some other fifth-year players, Cofield could become an unrestricted free agent. Or, depending on how it all plays out, the 27-year-old could be a restricted free agent again.

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The NFL labor situation could finally reach a clearing this coming Friday.

That is when the courts will hear the latest - and perhaps final - appeal in this expedited process to legalize the owner's decision to lock out the players.

Should the 3-judge panel uphold the temporary stay on the lockout, it would seem the players would have no recourse but to return to bargaining table, this time with severely marginalized leverage.

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The thousands of peripheral businesses and individuals that rely on a normal NFL schedule to make ends meet filed a brief this week outlining the effect the lockout will have on those businesses and?the impact that the preliminary injunction blocking the NFL?s lockout will have on the public interest

from NFL Lockout.com.....

A 44-member group of elected officials and business owners filed an amicus brief in support of the players on Tuesday, stating that a federal court made the correct decision to order an injunction to lift the lockout.

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New York Giants fans may not be in panic mode quite yet about the lockout and the possibility of missing a few games this season, but as the summer months pass I?m sure their anxiety will grow. Can you imagine an August without training camp or preseason games?

No face paint, no Eli Manning jerseys, and dare I say no game day libations!

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The Boston Globe reports that the Giants are one of seven teams that will not ask for any pay cuts?from coaches during the lockout unless it extends into the regular season. Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Indianapolis, and Dallas are the other teams.

"The other 25 teams have either already instituted cuts, will do so on June 1, or have the right to do so at some point," the paper reports. "The cuts range from 20 to 50 percent."

The Ravens and Packers have already?cut pay from coaches. According to the Palm Beach Post, while most of the?coaches who lose?wages will get the money back once the lockout ends, the Dolphins, who will?dock pay on June 1, will not provide refunds.

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What? More lockout stuff? You got anything else...?

Yesterday we heard from both sides of the aisle about the current labor situation.

NFLPA DeMaurice Smith, apparently looking ahead to a career in politics had this to say in front an audience at his alma mater, the University of Maryland:

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Yesterday, we heard a lot of nonsense from NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. Today, we get a written State of the Union from the Dean of NFL Owners, the Giants' John Mara.

Mara is a low-key, high-class individual who thinks before speaks. ?I have a boatload of respect for the man. I don't, however, relish the idea of Mara acting as the front man for the owners.

His "essay" today (released on Giants.com) titled "Time to Get Back to Football" is a well-written account of the current condition of our great game, but I believe it will do little to generate any movement towards a settlement.

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In another episode of "say it and it will be so", NLFPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith has once again misspoke in the media regarding the lockout.

Smith, in an interview on SiriusXM radio last night, consistently stated that the NFL was suing the players. That folks, is not the case.

Mr. Smith needs to get his facts straight. No wonder this lockout is a mess. One of the major principals is clueless about the facts!!

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With the lockout promising to continue indefinitely, football fans are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibility of the upcoming season being cancelled or compromised.

I understand their frustration. As a football writer and reporter, the one thing I am not comfortable doing is writing columns about U.S. labor law and practices. It is not my expertise.

In fact, it is none of our expertise. Labor laws are written so amorphously and ambiguously, each side has employed extensive law teams just to capture a gist of what they need to do next.

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The current NFL lockout has gone on for so long now, people are beginning to lose their place. Commissioner Roger Goodell, with no one left to blame for this greedfest, has turned his focus towards the lawyers.

Goodell was asked by Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio who stood the gain the most from a prolonged lockout.

?There is no question ? the attorneys. The lawyers are pursuing the litigation. They obviously benefit from that.?

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The owners and players are using the U.S. judicial system for their own purposes. Neither side wants to concede and they are playing the litigation game as long as the courts will let them.

It's an age-old process used to take as much of the decision-making and accountability out of the hands of the powers that be on each side. ?When they finally do resume negotiations, each side will have a blueprint mapped out by court decisions to follow.

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The next negotiation meetings are scheduled May 16.

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This could be the decision that forces a settlement between the NFL owners and the NFLPA.....

(from WTAQ in Minneapolis) - A judge has granted the players' request for an injunction to lift the NFL lockout.

The NFL Network reports U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson decided not to stay the decision, which could force the league to open for business immediately.

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Former Giants WR Amani Toomer spoke his mind this week about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a radio program, but quickly realized the analogy he used was is poor taste and apologized.

"I think the way Mr. Goodell has handled this ... he's kind of using his power, as kind of like a Gestapo-type situation, controlling the players, not letting the judicial system do its work. It's just way too much power for one person to have, and a lot of players take real issue with the way he's using this power."

When Toomer realized he compared Goodell's commissionership to Nazi Germany's violent and unforgiving police force, he rushed to rectify his statement in an email to Newsday:

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Wow....the NFL labor talks are taking a three-week break. Yesterday, it was announced that mediation sessions were adjourning until May 16th.

In the interim, there is a growing faction of players who are not pleased with the lack of progress. According to Dan Kaplan of Sports Business Journal possibly up to 70 NFL players were considering signing on with a law firm to intervene into settlement mediation talks. The report cited unnamed sources and did not name any NFL players or the law firm.

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It's been one month since the NFL owners imposed their will and locked out the players. ?Neither side has budged in their stance on what they feel needs to happen to get a new CBA done.

The players believed litigation was the best route to a new deal, but the Judge Susan Nelson didn't swing at their pitch last Wednesday. ?Today, she told both sides they need to go back to the negotiation table and attempt to work things out.

Nelson will still rule on the players' motion to lift the lockout, but that could take "weeks". ?She wants both sides to continue to talk in the interim, appointing?Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan as the new mediator with the first session scheduled Thursday morning in Boylan's St.Paul office.

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Football, anyone?

Not today, not tomorrow. Not anytime soon as a matter of fact.

This afternoon in a St.Paul Federal courtroom, Judge Susan Nelson pretty much told NFL GMs they'd be drafting out of need at the NFL Draft in two weeks.

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Today is the first day of the rest of our lives....we hope.

As per our colleague, the esteemed Professor John Clayton of ESPN, the ball will begin to roll this morning in Minneapolis where Judge Susan Nelson is expected to put in place a framework for the players and owners to work out a labor deal....

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NFL Players Association Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah took sone questions via the players' new website (nfllockout.com) and gave some insight regarding the state of the 18-game season proposal.

Reader: As a compromise on the 18 game schedule, has any thought been given to add 2 more bye weeks instead of additional games?? It would expand the TV schedule/season, and give teams added rest/recovery, addressing the safety concerns both sides have....

Atallah: For the 18 game schedule or season, there was a point where the players proposed acceptable terms for an 18 game schedule that included much more than what you mention with regards to health and safety. The NFL basically said ?no? to that proposal. Over time and as more health and safety issues were being revealed, players said that they won?t play 18 games.

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Commissioner Goodell and the owners are prepared to resume collective bargaining immediately. The longer we wait, the more economically difficult it will be to reach an agreement. When we do resume negotiations ? and we will ? our top priorities for a new agreement will include the benefit improvements described in this letter. We do not know what the NFLPA may seek for current players, but we will not set aside your needs. Your voice needs to be heard, and we will listen.
- Packers CEO Mark Murphy and Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson - both former players - in a letter Monday to all retired players outlining the benefits they would have received in the NFL?s March 11 proposal to the NFLPA.

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On this lovely Monday afternoon, this is basically all that is happening......

We anxiously await Wednesday's court proceedings in MInneapolis where the Hon Susan Nelson may give us back football for 2011...

By granting an injunction to the lockout, Nelson would start the ball rolling on a) providing some semblance of order towards getting the 2011 season underway...even though ground rules would have to be set in the absence of a CBA and b) getting a new CBA done.

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Ex-Giant legend and Washington Redskin color man Sam Huff has thrown down the gauntlet in front of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.?

Brees had recently made comments to the effect that the current players should not have to pay for the retired players' "bad business decisions" that have left many of them broke, struggling and in some cases, destitute.

Huff took umbrage when he read Brees' statement. ?From our colleague Evan Weiner at newjerseynewsroom.com....

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