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Return Of The Cheap Seats


Football Is Back, And So Am I

Aside from winning the Super Bowl, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy over one’s head and uttering the famous line, “I am going to Disney World,” there are few stronger football emotions than the feeling we all got when the announcement was made, “Football is back”.  I always laughed at the notion of “Christmas in July,” until I realized that the announcement that the NFL lockout was over, was made on July 25th.  The only thing that would have made it better, would have been Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith squaring off in an MMA octagon, so that will have to remain on the Christmas list.
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Business is About To Pick Up


It appears that the NFL Lockout is over. At almost 4:00am this morning, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer tweeted that ownership and the NFLPA had finally come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

While almost 2000 NFL players still have to vote on the pact, which they will do shortly after coming together at around 11:00am today, it is considered a formality. Free agency should start by noon Tuesday, and teams will start reporting to training camp on a staggered schedule beginning on Thursday, with the last teams reporting on Saturday.

According to Pro Football Talk, in an email from Drew Brees to his team, there will be no three day grace period for teams to sign their own free agents. Players will be free to sign anywhere and that’s going to make the feeding frenzy fast and furious.

It isn’t hype – it isn’t posturing – the two sides have finally agreed to the longest CBA likely ever agreed to – potentially a decade of harmony.

There are a lot of interesting changes to the new CBA that will likely be discussed ad nauseum over the next few weeks, as capologists and fanatics pour over the hundreds and hundreds of pages of legalese.

In the meantime – are you ready for some football Redskins fans?

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A Curmudgeon’s Take on NFL and Labor


Hear me, owners… players… 

Baseball is dead to me. This is absolutely relevant to the current situation vis a vis the NFL, and the factitious “NFLPTA”, an organization that was built exclusively for litigation. Read the rest of this entry »

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