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By Mike Klingaman | August 11, 2011
Two of the most influential men in the National Football League, commissioner Roger Goodell and players' association executive director DeMaurice Smith, are scheduled to speak at a memorial service Saturday for John Mackey, the former Baltimore Colt and Hall of Famer who passed away on July 6. The 90-minute service, at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Mackey, 69, a rugged tight end and onetime head of the NFLPA, died of frontotemporal dementia following a 10-year struggle with the disease.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Former Ravens center Matt Birk, the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2012 and a Super Bowl champion, will be back in the Baltimore area this Thursday for a signing for his new book, “All-Pro Wisdom: The 7 Choices that Lead to Greatness.” The book, which Birk describes as “a manual to put people on their own path, their own journey for personal greatness,” was co-authored by his friend Rich Chapman. In advance of the book signing, Birk had a lengthy phone conversation with reporter Matt Vensel about the book, the 2013 Ravens and his thoughts on NFL prospect Michael Sam. MV: Many former players have talked about the tough transition into life after football, but it looks like you are staying busy by spending time with your family, writing a book, working for the NFL and, most notably, becoming a supermodel . A year removed from the Super Bowl, how is life treating you?
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By Matt Vensel | March 4, 2011
The NFL and the players' union decided Thursday to extend the current collective bargaining agreement for an additional 24 hours so the two parties can continue to negotiate a new deal. If they don't reach an agreement or push back the deadline again tonight, the players will be locked out, the union will dissolve and natural disasters will start to occur across the globe like we saw in "The Day After Tomorrow. " It won't be pretty. "For all our fans who dig our game, we appreciate your patience as we work through this," player's union executive director DeMaurice Smith said Thursday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 25, 2012
Former Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who played an important role in the negotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the end of the NFL lockout last year, was elected as the president of the NFL Players Association during the union's Board of Player Representatives meeting today. Foxworth, a former standout at Western Tech and Maryland, had his contract terminated by the Ravens on March 5. He played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a non-contact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010.
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By Matt Vensel | July 25, 2011
When ESPN's cameras broadcast NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head honcho DeMaurice Smith -- who were flanked by a group of players and owners that included Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth -- as they held a press conference that officially declared the end of the lockout, I grabbed my voice recorder and held it up to the television in case Foxworth said something of note for our serious Ravens reporters. Instead, Foxworth gave reporters a silly sound bite that only made sense for this blog.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 25, 2012
Former Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who played an important role in the negotiations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the end of the NFL lockout last year, was elected as the president of the NFL Players Association during the union's Board of Player Representatives meeting today. Foxworth, a former standout at Western Tech and Maryland, had his contract terminated by the Ravens on March 5. He played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a non-contact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010.
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July 3, 2011
Nothing will be missed Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times The ongoing talks have suggested to me the sides will reach a labor agreement around the middle of July, keeping both training camps and regular-season games intact. Once the league starts scrubbing exhibition games — maybe the most absurdly worthless moneymakers in sports — there will be less cash in the system and it therefore will get harder to make a deal. There was a reliable report last week that DeMaurice Smith called some top players and told them the sides are not close to resolving the crisis.
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By Brad Biggs, Tribune Newspapers | June 3, 2011
— Kermit Bye, the senior member of a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said very little during Friday's 70-minute hearing on the legality of the NFL lockout. But what Bye said as proceedings wrapped up before a standing-room-only crowd might resonate for the owners and players. "We won't be all that hurt if you're leaving us out and should go out and settle the case," Bye said. "We will keep with our business, and if that ends up with a decision, it's probably something both sides aren't going to like, but it will at least be a decision.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
NFL owners unlocked the doors Thursday, but the players aren't ready to enter just yet. Hours after owners overwhelmingly approved a conditional end to the 4-month-old lockout, the players refused to vote on the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Describing the move as a "power play," New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans accused the owners of trying to "slip many things" into the CBA that hadn't been agreed upon. Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth confirmed that the players haven't received all of the documents from the NFL to review, which has caused the delay.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
NFL owners unlocked the doors Thursday, but the players aren't ready to enter just yet. Hours after owners overwhelmingly approved a conditional end to the four-month-old lockout, the players refused to vote on the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Describing the move as a "power play," New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans accused the owners of trying to "slip many things" into the CBA that hadn't been agreed upon. The NFL has given the players until Tuesday to vote on the deal, according to ESPN.
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Peter Schmuck | August 13, 2011
It took months of negotiations to bring NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players union chief DeMaurice Smith to a point where they could find enough common ground to end the offseason lockout and finalize a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. It only took a couple of phone calls to bring them together in Baltimore on Saturday morning to eulogize Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey at a public memorial service at the Cathedral of Our Lady the Queen. Sylvia Mackey invited both of them to speak at the two-hour ceremony that celebrated the on-field and off-field accomplishments of her beloved husband, who passed away after a long battle with frontotemporal dementia on July 6. "No one made a bigger impact on the NFL than John Mackey ," said Goodell.
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By Peter Schmuck | August 12, 2011
News item: Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome moved decisively Friday to shore up the wide receiver corps, acquiring veteran wide-out Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft choice in 2012. My take: The deal was consummated so soon after Thursday night's unimpressive performance in Philadelphia that it's easy to assume it was a sign of desperation following the departure of Derrick Mason and the near-miss with free agent Jerricho Cotchery. Ask me if I care.
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By Mike Klingaman | August 11, 2011
Two of the most influential men in the National Football League, commissioner Roger Goodell and players' association executive director DeMaurice Smith, are scheduled to speak at a memorial service Saturday for John Mackey, the former Baltimore Colt and Hall of Famer who passed away on July 6. The 90-minute service, at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Mackey, 69, a rugged tight end and onetime head of the NFLPA, died of frontotemporal dementia following a 10-year struggle with the disease.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2011
NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said Wednesday that if he "had to bet on it," he would wager that the entire 2011-12 season would be wiped out by the lockout. "We're $800 million apart per year," Hunter told about 200 people during a seminar at a conference in Baltimore of the National Bar Association, an organization of predominantly African-American lawyers and judges. The union chief said NBA commissioner David Stern was being limited in negotiations by hard-line owners.
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By Matt Vensel | July 25, 2011
When ESPN's cameras broadcast NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head honcho DeMaurice Smith -- who were flanked by a group of players and owners that included Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth -- as they held a press conference that officially declared the end of the lockout, I grabbed my voice recorder and held it up to the television in case Foxworth said something of note for our serious Ravens reporters. Instead, Foxworth gave reporters a silly sound bite that only made sense for this blog.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
From the beginning of the labor fight with NFL owners, the rallying cry for Domonique Foxworth focused on health and safety issues — protecting players from the inherent violence of the game. When the two sides finally raised a flag of truce Monday, ending a 136-day lockout of players, the Ravens cornerback was able to revel in a victory that should make football safer for players at all levels. In itself, elimination of the football staple of two-a-day practices was reason enough to celebrate.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2011
Ray Lewis said he doesn't have a gut feeling on whether there will be a full 16-game NFL season this year. Asked why he doesn't, the Ravens linebacker offered this cryptic response Wednesday: "I don't know. I'm more on the inside of it of talking to [NFL Players Association leader] DeMaurice Smith and talking to all those guys. But a lot of it, I'm totally away from them because I look at it totally different, and I'll share that at another time. " The NFL and the players disagree on who should oversee talks after a judge handling the injunction urged the sides to go "back to the table.
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By Peter Schmuck | August 12, 2011
News item: Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome moved decisively Friday to shore up the wide receiver corps, acquiring veteran wide-out Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills for a fourth-round draft choice in 2012. My take: The deal was consummated so soon after Thursday night's unimpressive performance in Philadelphia that it's easy to assume it was a sign of desperation following the departure of Derrick Mason and the near-miss with free agent Jerricho Cotchery. Ask me if I care.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
NFL owners unlocked the doors Thursday, but the players aren't ready to enter just yet. Hours after owners overwhelmingly approved a conditional end to the 4-month-old lockout, the players refused to vote on the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Describing the move as a "power play," New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans accused the owners of trying to "slip many things" into the CBA that hadn't been agreed upon. Ravens wide receiver Donte' Stallworth confirmed that the players haven't received all of the documents from the NFL to review, which has caused the delay.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
NFL owners unlocked the doors Thursday, but the players aren't ready to enter just yet. Hours after owners overwhelmingly approved a conditional end to the four-month-old lockout, the players refused to vote on the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. Describing the move as a "power play," New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans accused the owners of trying to "slip many things" into the CBA that hadn't been agreed upon. The NFL has given the players until Tuesday to vote on the deal, according to ESPN.
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