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NFL players seek $707M plus ‘big’ figure — 4:11 p.m.
A senior U.S. district judge opened the latest court proceedings between the NFL and NFL Players Association by saying he was a “bit disappointed” that neither side had settled its labor dispute.
David Doty isn’t the only one who feels that way.
The NFL lockout has officially entered its third month with no end in sight. The latest impediment toward a settlement came Thursday morning in court. Doty said he would need additional time before ruling whether the NFLPA should be awarded a lucrative sum in damages based upon the manner in which the NFL has negotiated its television contracts. Full story
Bush in no rush for lockout to end — 2:48 p.m.
Commissioner Roger Goodell told Cincinnati Bengals season tickets holders that ”not enough negotiation is going on” between the owners and players.
Goodell took questions during a conference call that went more than a half-hour Wednesday. He’s done similar sessions with season ticket holders of other NFL teams.
The league has locked out the players in their dispute over a collective bargaining agreement. A federal appeals court has scheduled a June 3 hearing on whether the lockout should be allowed to continue. Currently, a stay is in place of an injunction that would lift the lockout and was granted by a U.S. District Court judge in Minnesota. — Associated Press
Dolphins cut salaries of staff — 1:07 p.m.
Players and owners aren’t the only people feeling the wrath of the NFL lockout.
The Miami Dolphins have slashed salaries across the board, to include even the team’s lowest-paid employees, according to a report from Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald.
According to the report, the Dolphins held a meeting Tuesday afternoon to inform their staff that any salaried employees earning $75,000 or more will face a 20 percent pay cut. Additionally, those making between $50,000 and $75,000 will face a 15 percent pay cut, and anyone earning less than $50,000 will receive a 10 percent pay cut. Full story
Bush in no rush for lockout to end — 7:35 p.m.
New Orleans running back Reggie Bush made it clear Monday that he was in no rush to return to work, tweeting that he was enjoying the forced break the NFL lockout created.
"Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I’m making the most of it!" wrote Bush.
"Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I’m good!"
The 26-year-old’s future with the Saints remains in limbo, with the team’s selection of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in the first round of the draft raising questions as to how Bush will fit into a backfield that also features Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory. Full story
Packers prez eager to talk lockout — 7:40 p.m.
The NFL lockout supposedly forbids the players from talking with management. But that won’t necessarily be the case during the Green Bay Packers’ sixth annual Tailgate Tour.
The tour departed from Lambeau Field on Tuesday morning. Packers President Mark Murphy and current players Matt Flynn, Desmond Bishop and Josh Sitton will be on the bus for five days worth of charitable and community events.
Somewhat incredibly, Murphy didn’t say there was a self-imposed gag order. Instead, he seemed excited for the opportunity to talk about the labor dispute that is bogged down in legal logistics and mired in almost a complete mistrust between the league and the players. Full story
Report: NFL working on free agency rules — 1:30 p.m.
According to Sports Business Journal, the NFL’s working group is crafting rules that won’t be the same as the 2010 NFL rules. The report goes on to state that the new rules would be very different from 2010 for clubs and players, but might not alter on-field rules. It had been assumed the NFL would use last year’s policy for free agency.
Once it’s determined when free agency would start, this report could mean that the 2009 rules could be in effect. If so, that would mean several more players projected to be free agents would be unrestricted instead of restricted. Under last year’s rules, players needed six years of accrued service to become an unrestricted free agent. Under the 2009 rules, free agents would be unrestricted after just four. — Adam Caplan