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September 16, 2012
No threat to Classic Chris Kuc Chicago Tribune A debate rages between the optimistic side of me (rarely used) and the pessimistic side (hello, old friend) when it comes to the NHL lockout. I'd say cooler heads will eventually prevail, but neither side is looking particularly frosty at this point. So I'm putting the over/under on the end of the lockout at Dec. 1. It's right around then that many of the players will realize they haven't received a paycheck in a while and the league will start eyeballing the possibility of losing the big-time payday of the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at cavernous Michigan Stadium.
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October 8, 2013
On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill to guarantee furloughed federal employees back pay 407-0. So, if federal employees are going to be paid eventually, why not allow them to come back and do their jobs? Otherwise, it's not a furlough, it's a lockout with a paid vacation. I work for a contractor and am lucky enough to not be furloughed, yet. But if this nonsense continues, I don't have the same safety net. No one has guaranteed me back pay. Locking out federal employees with paid vacation without having to use leave time does nothing to quell any animosity between the public and private sectors.
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By Tribune Newspapers | July 2, 2011
O h, no, am I here all alone? Actually, the world didn't end when the NBA locked its players out. The NBA didn't even end, even if it felt as if it were about to as darkness moved across the land. I have nothing against doomsday scenarios ... but if that's all that's out there, something had better be coming to an end, or it's just the media chasing its tail again. With months of this idiocy left, let's see how close we can come to some actual perspective: Who's pushing this, owners or players?
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January 7, 2013
NHLPA wins, fans lose Harvey Fialkov Sun Sentinel NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the greedy owners got their 50-50 hockey-related revenue split, a 7 percent decrease for the players. But NHLPA leader Donald Fehr got the better of the deal on maximum length of contracts, next year's $64.3 million salary cap and a more defined pension plan. The empty rinks stuck it to arena workers and ancillary businesses that depend on game-day patronage. Bettman stuck a knife into the backs of new TV partners by wiping out 480 games, including All-Star weekend and the Winter Classic.
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By Matt Vensel | March 3, 2012
Terrell Suggs had the most productive season of his career in 2011. The Ravens outside linebacker made 70 tackles, racked up a career-high 14 sacks and set a single-season franchise record with seven forced fumbles. Suggs was awarded for his effort by being named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year at season's end. So to what does Suggs chalk up his success in 2011? The NFL lockout. “Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn't in a hurry to get back to work.
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By Matt Vensel | July 25, 2011
Today could be the day that the lockout clouds clear and NFL sunshine beams down on Baltimore and the rest of this football-crazed nation. The players and owners have reportedly agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement, and the players will vote to approve the deal -- and end the lockout -- at 11 a.m. If there is ever a day that our employers should allow us to crack open a celebratory cold one, it is today. By the time we finished chugging the can, NFL teams would already be scrambling to prepare for what is expected to be a crazy, hectic week.
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By Matt Vensel | May 23, 2011
Ray Lewis made some interesting comments in a recent interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, saying that crime will rise if the NFL season is canceled. Judging by initial reactions on the message boards, I’m guessing some of you would use a different adjective to describe the Ravens linebacker’s comments. “Do this research if we don't have a season -- watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game," Lewis said in the interview, which you can watch here . Lewis was referring to fans, but several of his peers have had brushes with the law during the lockout . "There's too many people that live through us, people live through us," he said.
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By Matt Vensel | March 6, 2011
Storm clouds are hovering over the NFL, with players and owners negotiating to prevent a labor lockout. But for the Ravens' cheerleading squad -- a perpetual ray of light at M&T Bank Stadium even on rainy, sleety and snowy Sundays -- the high-flying, big-smiling show must go on. Despite the uncertainty, the ever-chipper cheerleading squad kicked off its 2011 season with the first rounds of their annual tryouts this weekend at the Merritt Downtown...
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By Tribune Newspapers | May 17, 2011
NFL owners have picked up a significant court victory, and an even bigger one could be on the way. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote Monday, granted the NFL's motion for a stay, allowing the league to keep the player lockout in place at least until June 3. That's when the court will hear the NFL's appeal of U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's order to restart football operations. The appellate court, in a 24-page opinion, wrote: "In sum, we have serious doubts that the district court had jurisdiction to enjoin the League's lockout, and accordingly conclude that the League has made a strong showing that it is likely to succeed on the merits.
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October 6, 1994
Commissioner David Stern yesterday squashed talk of an NBA lockout by promising that the season would start as scheduled Nov. 4. Stern said the league was willing to negotiate any system designed to fairly divide revenues with its players.Meanwhile, the league approved several rules changes, including the proposal to move the three-point line in to a uniform 22 feet and to prohibit hand-checking from the end line in the backcourt to the opposite foul line.Articles, 7C
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November 14, 2012
Drop egos and drop puck Harvey Fialkov Sun Sentinel Absolutely. It's no secret that NHL Players' Association chief Donald Fehr plays hardball. Ask baseball fans about the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. This is the third work stoppage under the condescending guidance of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, including the entire 2004-05 season. Let Fehr's brother, Steve, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly iron out any contractual issues. The billionaire owners should absorb the lockout costs because they turned the key. There's time to salvage the season.
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By Matt Vensel | September 19, 2012
This year's Baltimore Hockey Classic at 1st Mariner Arena has been canceled as the NHL announced Wednesday that it had canceled all September preseason games due to the ongoing lockout. Fans who bought tickets for the event, which was scheduled for Sept. 26, are entitled to a full refund at the original point of purchase. Despite issues with the ice surface at last year's inaugural Baltimore Hockey Classic, Arena officials described the event as a “walk-off home run,” and they expect to hold the event again in 2013.
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September 16, 2012
No threat to Classic Chris Kuc Chicago Tribune A debate rages between the optimistic side of me (rarely used) and the pessimistic side (hello, old friend) when it comes to the NHL lockout. I'd say cooler heads will eventually prevail, but neither side is looking particularly frosty at this point. So I'm putting the over/under on the end of the lockout at Dec. 1. It's right around then that many of the players will realize they haven't received a paycheck in a while and the league will start eyeballing the possibility of losing the big-time payday of the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at cavernous Michigan Stadium.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
The season was a whirlwind for the Ravens' 2011 class of rookies. It swept them up when the NFL lockout ended last July and dropped them at The Castle in Owings Mills a day later for their first training camp. It carried them through a 12-4 season all the way to the AFC championship game and spit them out after that heartbreaking loss. Only then could their heads stop spinning. "The rookies that we have right now can't believe that last year's rookies went right into training camp without these sessions," assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said after Wednesday's organized team activity.
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May 29, 2012
Still the favorite Josh Robbins Orlando Sentinel The injuries to Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups hurt the United States' chances to repeat as Olympic champs, but Team USA still should be considered the favorite. The biggest problem for the U.S. is Howard's back injury, because it leaves the Americans with just one 7-footer, the Knicks' Tyson Chandler. Chandler is a superb defender, but he's not as good as Howard.
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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 Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Based on an apparent email from their union representatives to the players, labor peace in the NFL likely won't be reached this weekend. The memo, which was obtained by ESPN, informed players that they won't talk again until Monday to discuss "the direction we want to go. " NFL Players' Association officials later said no conference call or meeting was scheduled for Monday and that leaders planned to work through the weekend. Meanwhile, NFL owners have set a Tuesday deadline for the players to recertify as a union and agree to the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
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By Mike Preston | March 14, 2011
To fill up my car with gasoline Sunday afternoon, it cost $48. That is a concern because there doesn't seem to be an end to the rising prices. There isn't that type of concern about NFL owners locking out their players. Every time I watch the news and see thousands of people in Japan who had to endure the recent tsunamis, you feel for them because homes were destroyed and lives were lost. I don't have the same sympathy for the NFL. I care about earthquakes, nuclear reactor meltdowns and the national debt.
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By Matt Vensel | March 3, 2012
Terrell Suggs had the most productive season of his career in 2011. The Ravens outside linebacker made 70 tackles, racked up a career-high 14 sacks and set a single-season franchise record with seven forced fumbles. Suggs was awarded for his effort by being named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year at season's end. So to what does Suggs chalk up his success in 2011? The NFL lockout. “Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn't in a hurry to get back to work.
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November 3, 2011
Fine way out of line Shandel Richardson Sun Sentinel Someone please tell me Heat owner Micky Arison threw a punch during a game or at least used a slur toward an NBA referee. Five hundred thousand dollars? For words that likely offended no one? At least Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was punished for being a repeat offender when he ripped the officiating in 2002, drawing the same fine. Arison's comments, made on Twitter, simply were a response to an angry fan referring to owners as "greedy" and "pigs.
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