The NFL players won a major victory on Tuesday, as a federal judge backed the NFLPA in a dispute over the release of television revenue.
U.S. District Judge David Doty said that the league’s decision to carve out $4 billion in additional TV revenue — referred to some as “lockout insurance” — violated its agreement with the union, which had argued that the league was effectively stockpiling money to prepare for a lockout.
The union had asked that the TV money be placed in escrow until the end of any lockout.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello downplayed the significance of the ruling, telling The Associated Press in an e-mail that clubs were “prepared for any contingency.”
“Today’s ruling will have no effect on our efforts to negotiate a new, balanced labor agreement,” Aiello wrote in an e-mail to the AP.
Meanwhile, the players clearly were...
Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on The Big Show, said that he was fined $500,000 by Major League Baseball for comments that he made about the sport's current financial system. In late 2009, Henry told the Boston Globe that "seven chronically uncompetitive teams, five of whom have had baseball’s highest operating profits," had received over $1 billion in revenue-sharing money.
Major League Baseball took objection to the public comments -- which, Henry noted, were subsequently validated by leaked documents about team profits -- and fined the Sox owner. As such, he was relucant to discuss the state of baseball's economics.
"There’s not much I can say, because the last time I made a comment, I was fined $500,000. The large markets aren’t...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jon Lester threw two scoreless innings in his first spring start while Mike Cameron had a pair of hits as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 5-0, Tuesday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.
Lester allowed one hit and issued one walk in picking up his first spring win. He also struck out a batter in throwing 27 pitches, 18 for strikes. Alfredo Aceves threw a scoreless fourth and Jonathan Papelbon made his spring debut with a scoreless fifth, retiring all three batters and throwing just six pitches. The only bit of bad news came when minor league infielder Brent Dlugach separated his left shoulder diving for and snaring an Alexi Casilla bunt with one out in Papelbon's perfect inning.
The Red Sox are 2-1 in Grapefruit League play and host Atlanta Wednesday at City of Palms Park, as John Lackey starts and makes his spring debut.
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According to the New York Post, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and rapper Jay-Z have not been able to reach an agreement over a dispute about their nightclubs, raising the possibility that the two parties could end up in court this month. Jay-Z is suing Ortiz for promoting a nightclub in the Dominican named Forty Forty; Jay-Z believes that the club has created marketplace confusion and damage to his own New York club, 40/40.
Jay-Z filed a lawsuit against Ortiz almost a year ago. According to the Post report, a three-hour negotiating session between representatives for the slugger and the rapper did not resolve the dispute, with Ortiz' business manager, Mark Wagner, saying that Jay-Z wanted "way too much."
According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with defensive tackle Marcus Stroud.
The 32-year-old Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Bills in February after three seasons with the club. He played his first seven NFL seasons in Jacksonville. Stroud finished with 49 tackles and 3.0 sacks for the Bills in 2010.
His release from the Bills was viewed as a cost-cutting move. Stroud was due to earn $10 million in base salary over the next two seasons, with $4.5 owed in 2011. Terms of his deal with Patriots were not reported.
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Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
With the NFL draft only a few days away, Mike and Chris preview how things are shaping for the Pats and the rest of the league. It will be a strange this year since they don't have a first round pick - how will Belichick and company approach this dilemma? Also, would the Pats contemplate the idea of trading Jimmy G?
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Celts beat writer Steve Bulpett is on his way to the Garden and gives Arcand a call to give his thoughts on what he expects tonight from the Green team in what is sure to be a raucous atmosphere.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
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.
Kirk rants on the company's decision not to send the show to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.
Schill joins the guys a week after he was dismissed by ESPN.
The guys go at with Gary over deflategate and Tom Brady.
On yesterday's "Breaking Balls" podcast, John, Gerry and Kirk opined that the Midday show never fights with each other. Upon hearing the audio of those opinions, Glenn, Lou and Christian immediately get in a fight about what was said on Thursday morning's conference call.
Suspected Deflategate whistle-blower, Mike Kensil, has been re-assigned to "VP of Operations - International" which means he'll be less and less visible in the U.S.
Roger Goodell is doing the media rounds touting his success over Tom Brady and NFLPA to anyone that will listen.
Roger Goodell is now talking to anyone who will listen about the NFL's victory in court over Tom Brady, and it stands in stark contrast to how Brady handled his initial victory in the original arbitration case.
We look at the NFL draft and how the Patriots should handle their first round snub, as well as look at the Celtics-Hawks tonight and more on Deflategate and Roger's victory tour.
We end the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
Jerry is joined by MIT's John Mayo, project manager on the revolutionary project that will change transportation - and the world - forever: The Hyperloop.
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