NFL lockout: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would be plaintiffs
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 SI.com.
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 si.com."
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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| March 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
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