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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

NFL lockout: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would be plaintiffs

By Cindy Boren
Updated at 3:35 p.m.

If the NFL Players Association decides to decertify, the lead plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL would be three of its star quarterbacks: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees, according to multiple reports.

Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated first reported that the quarterbacks, who have won five Super Bowls, would be lead plaintiffs. According to ESPN, there would be six other plaintiffs, including Patriots guard Logan Mankins.

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

Saying "the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States," President Obama said he would not intervene in the labor dispute between the NFL and its players. "I'm a big football fan," Obama said, "but I also think that for an industry that's making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. My expectation and hope is that they will resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I've got a lot of other stuff to do."

Updated at 3:15 p.m.

Pushing back the expiration time for the collective bargaining agreement is a topic of discussion between NFL and NFL Players Association representatives in mediation hearings, according to the NFL Network and

Moving back the deadline would allow the sides to continue to negotiate, Jason La Canfora reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated tweets: "Source: NFL's owners and players discussing extending deadline. no decision made yet. story upcoming on"

A George Washington student arrived outside the mediator's office with a homemade protest sign, via Joseph White of the Associated Press: "DON'T MAKE ME WATCH HOCKEY."

Filed at 11:04 a.m.

With the collective bargaining agreement expiring at 11:59 p.m., representatives for the NFL and the NFL Players Association are in mediation again today with George Cohen of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Talks are at the "do you believe in miracles?" stage and the union is expected to decertify before 5 p.m.

In today's session, the NFL is prepared to reveal more financial data, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network tweets and that is something that has been a major point of contention for the union. Whether enough will be revealed to bring progress in the talks is another matter.


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By Cindy Boren  | March 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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Oh, good grief.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

These owners seem so arrogant.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | March 3, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

No, I belive the players are the one's that are arrogant. They are overpaid, except for the kicker who win the games. Who wants to see out of shape millionaires, several times over, play the GAME of football.

I rather watch UK Rugby where the game dosn't even stop for injured players, than players who do not know how to spell TEAM SPORTS!

Posted by: Actium | March 3, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Uh... do you watch a lot of American football, Actium?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I do. They play/work for at most 6 miniutes before there is a "commercial" time out.

Rugby, they play to 40 minute halfs with no "commercial" or injury Time outs.

Posted by: Actium | March 3, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. Will miss fantasy, but not those overpaid, thuggish, criminals. Watch college football instead

Posted by: nomobarry | March 3, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

actium: like it or not, enough people want to see it that TV rights, merchandise and the gate adds up to about $9 billion a year. how many people watched six nations last weekend?

Posted by: Northzax2 | March 3, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Both sides are arrogant. Why don't ticket holders nationally, just don't show up. I have 6 tickets and I would be willing. Look at all the revenue the owners would lose with their parking, hot dogs, popcorn, beer, barbque, NFL stuff. I think a hot dog is $5 or more. The Super Bowl was a good game, but let's face it folks, NFL ain't what it used to be. Entertainment for the fans! Jo from Edgewater

Posted by: TheIzCrew | March 3, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Good point. However, the players'/owners' are walking a thin line of credibility, with the current US economy, e.g. 9.4% unemployment, record high housing foreclosures etc.

Posted by: Actium | March 3, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I actually discovered this weekend that watching Rugby much more entertaining as the players are truly playing hard the whole game no matter the score. Not prancing around making faces at each other and saying inane things when the NFL network puts mikes on them.

Posted by: Actium | March 3, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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