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The LOCKOUT Timeline

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ThunderHorse17, May 26, 2011.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    2011 NFL Lockout Timeline - CBSSports.com

    Because you need reminding, there's a lockout going on. Just kidding -- we did think it'd be helpful to break down the full lockout timeline.

    June 7, 2011: Mediation is scheduled to resume in St. Louis following the hearing in front of the court.

    June 3, 2011: The NFLPA and NFL will argue against and for, respectively, the lockout in front of the Court of Appeals.

    May 24, 2011: A league source tells CBSSports.com that the NFL will cancel the Rookie Symposium. Not that this news should surprise anybody.

    May 17, 2011: The two sides returned to mediation, but by 2:15 p.m., the talks Whad ended. Mediation will not resume until June 7.

    May 16, 2011: The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issues a permanent stay on the injunction ruling by Nelson. The lockout is back on, and the majority opinion questions the validity of Nelson’s ruling. Suddenly, the owners have big-time leverage.

    May 16, 2011: Per court orders, mediation resumes. Neither side publicly expresses any interest in getting a deal done.

    April 29, 2011: The lockout is reinstated during the middle of Day 2 of the draft after two of the three judges in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals grant the owners’ request for a temporary stay.

    April 27, 2011: Owners request that Nelson issue a stay on her ruling while they begin working on their appeal to the conservative Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. That request, surprisingly, is denied. The lockout is lifted.

    April 25, 2011: Nelson rules in favor of players in Brady v NFL, temporarily lifting the lockout.

    April 20, 2011: Citing scheduling issues on Boylan’s end, bargaining is put on hold until May 16.

    April 14, 2011: Bargaining begins in front of Boylan after two days of preliminary meetings.

    April 11, 2011: Nelson mandates court-ordered negotiations between players and owners to begin in front of Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan.

    April 6, 2011: Judge Susan Nelson begins hearing arguments in Brady v NFL.

    March 12, 2011: The lockout officially begins. The players file a lawsuit with Eighth Circuit Court in Minnesota (Brady v NFL) seeking an injunction for the lockout to be lifted.

    March 11, 2011: After rejecting the owners’ final proposal, the NFLPA decertifies.

    March 4, 2011: CBA deadline is extended by one week, an unprecedented move in NFL history.

    March 3, 2011: With owners and players having bargained in front of Cohen for 16 days, CBA is set to expire, but the deadline is pushed back 24 hours.

    March 1, 2011: U.S. District Judge David Doty rules that owners won’t have access to $4 billion in television revenue in the event of a lockout. This compromises a significant amount of the owners’ leverage.

    February 17, 2011: With talks moving slowly, both sides agree to bring in federal mediator George Cohen.

    February 15, 2011: Goodell writes an op-ed that appears in newspapers nationwide saying an agreement is needed.

    January 31, 2011: Smith and Goodell agree to a series of meetings over the course of "a few weeks."

    December 4, 2010: After months of public posturing from Goodell and owners and Smith and key players from the union, Smith writes a letter to the NFLPA saying the “deadline has now passed.” It’s an informal deadline but aggressive public posturing by Smith.

    March 5, 2010: The 2010 League Year begins with no salary cap.

    February 2010: At Super Bowl XLIV, Smith is asked about the chances of the NFL being shut down before the 2011 season. He says, on a scale of 1-10, it’s a “14”.

    February, 2010: With the CBA stipulating that the salary cap be abolished in the final year of the deal (an idea initially meant to motivate both sides to extend the deal sooner than later), the NFLPA proposes to extend the salary cap system for another year. The owners reject.

    March 16, 2009: DeMaurice Smith is elected as new executive director of NFLPA. Smith’s campaign platform centered on him being an outsider who, unlike Upshaw, did not have warm relationships with the league and owners.

    August 21, 2008: NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw dies unexpectedly of pancreatic cancer.

    May 20, 2008: In a unanimous vote, owners exercise their opt-out clause. CBA is now set to expire March 3, 2011.

    September 1, 2006: Roger Goodell replaces Paul Tagliabue as NFL commissioner. <----Enter the Scumbag puppet.

    March 8, 2006: With CBA expiring, commissioner Paul Tagliabue passionately implores the owners to extend the agreement through the 2012 season. Every owner except Mike Brown of Cincinnati and Ralph Wilson of Buffalo votes to do so. But a stipulation in the CBA extension is that owners can opt out in ’08 and cut the CBA’s length by two years.

    2003: CBA extended until 2006.

    March 23, 1998: Owners vote to extend CBA until 2003.

    June 29, 1993: Players and owners approve Collective Bargaining Agreement for first time since 1987 strike. CBA is set to last until 2000. This brings about the creation of free agency and the salary cap.


    To think originaly the CBA was a major factor in the massive upswell in popularity of the NFL through the 90s. And awesome Free Agency!
     
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    HUH lookin at this it looks like Brees' argument about GU doesnt hold much merit since the Owners agreed unanimously to take the opt out option that sold them on the 06 exstension. 3 months later GU dies and the Blood is in the water??? Seems like the opting out was the owners first time they showed their hand at not being interested in business as usual as per the CBA that was extended to 2012 initally.
     
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    Reading through all that, I cant beleive I forgot how much back and forth posturing has been goin on just up to when I started really knowing what a CBA is in 06.

    If you asked me the point score it would look like the owners have a solid 3-3.5 pt lead on the players in the Douche dept. THX for being GREEDY bastards in 08 and opting out thinking you could strongarm the players into a 60-40 pie split *plus the 2 bill off the top* for who knows say 15+ years.
     

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