There is reason to believe that the NFL lockout is nearing an end. On Friday, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal tweeted that "a global settlement is a possibility" before the weekend.
This comes on the heels of an earlier report on Friday from NFL Network reporter Albert Breer who wrote that "the economics of a deal are done." CBS Sports' Mike Freeman later reported he has heard similar hopeful indications that a deal is close to being finalized.
Breer added that there are "plenty of other hoops" for both players and owners to jump through, including retiree benefits, "player safety, worker's compensation and injury guarantees, and also litigation entanglements."
Many close to the story indicated that Thursday was considered the "11th hour" for negotiations and that a deal needed to be in place by Friday or Saturday in order to be drafted in time for owners' approval at their meetings...
Nomar Garciaparra checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox and news around Major League Baseball.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter skipped the All-Star Game and received some criticism when he was spotted with his fiancee in Miami. Jeter had recorded his 3,000th hit over the weekend, shortly after coming off the disabled list, and opted for the rest instead.
"I didn't have a problem with it," Garciaparra said. "I understood. It's hard, because as a player, you're caught in between. You've got to worry about the second half. He's coming off an injury."
Garciaparra said the All-Star Game is "a huge honor," but the schedule is so tight that it can be a problem for a player with an injury. "There's really no time for you to get treatment," he said, adding: "I don't think people really understand that the environment is not there for you to really get ready...
A group of Aria hotel and casino employees in Las Vegas has countersued Charles Oakley, seeking damages of at least $20,000 for a May 2010 incident -- for which Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal was reportedly present -- that they claim was the third of a series of assaults by Oakley on Vegas casino employees since 2005, according to business journal Vegas Inc.
Here's the portion of Vegas Inc. reporter Steve Green's report that mentions O'Neal: "Monday's claim says Oakley was at the Liquid pool at Aria with friends including Boston Celtics player Jermaine O'Neal when Oakley, who had several large alcoholic drinks, became agitated because it was near closing time and 'he and his friends were not allowed to invite additional females into the pool.'"
Oakley had sued the security officers and the Aria hotel and casino on May 12, claiming they physically attacked him following an argument. The Bobcats assistant coach missed the final 13 games of...
NESN color commentator Jerry Remy called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk Red Sox.
Remy credited Boston’s AL-best 55-35 record to the offense, especially Jacoby Ellsbury.“When you look at the first half of the season, you can point to [Adrian] Gonzalez as being the MVP,” Remy said. “But not far behind him is Jacoby Ellsbury for what he’s done. He’s been the table-setter, he’s the guy atop the lineup who has done everything.”
Remy said that David Ortiz likely will appeal the four-game suspension for his involvement in the July 8 fight with the Orioles, and Remy said, “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he gets a game knocked off, because he didn’t start it.”
Remy called Mike Gonzalez’s attempted beaning of David Ortiz “laughable.”
“I’m sure he was instructed by the bench to drill Ortiz, and he couldn’t...
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show with guest hosts Steve Buckley and Bob Halloran Friday morning to discuss the NFL labor negotiations. There have been widespread reports that the owners and players are closing in on a deal that will end the lockout in the coming days.
Said Florio: "I think it's time to really just sit back and wait for that puff of white smoke to come out of that chimney, and it's going to either today, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday — some point before they go meet with Judge [Arthur] Boylan, the mediator, who was instrumental in getting this thing done."
However, Florio cautioned that the owners might make one more push to get some additional concessions from the players before signing off on a deal.
"What happens is, once there's a sense that it's inevitable a deal's going to get done, that's when the owners start being a little more hard-headed, because they...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
John, Gerry and Kirk open the show Monday discussing the Red Sox slide, as well as WEEI.com beat writer Rob Bradford electing to go to a Texas waterpark by himself.
A conversation about OJ Simpson still being in the Hall of Fame and Peter King's desire to keep character concerns out of HOF voting spurns a discussion about Darren Sharper and others who Minihane wants banned for life from the Hall.
It's quite the Sporty R. McKenzie 8am hour as the guys muscle through Red Sox trade possibilities.
OMF looks at the possibilities for Free Agency, specifically reports out of Canada about the possibility of Steven Stamkos and the Bruins.
We should be closing in on a Deflategate ruling soon, James Harrison will talk PED's on his terms, and $10,000 bongs?
Glenn has an Exclusive BBQ, and Lou whines about Friday's whines
We discuss the reports that Boston is on the short list of cities for both Kevin Durant in the NBA and Steven Stamkos in the NHL to potentially end up in. The chances aren't great but we discuss them and dream about it.
What was meant to be just a small portion of our show exploded in to a huge topic as we comment on and take your reaction to Ray Bourque's DUI arrest this past weekend, and the news that his BAC was 3 times the legal limit.
Boston has had enough of Clay Buchholz, but who else ran out of excuses here through the years?
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.
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