U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said Wednesday that she will take "a couple of weeks" before she will ultimately rule on the NFL players' request to lift the lockout. Nelson did say that while he takes the matter under advisement, the two sides should return to the bargaining table — specifically, federal mediation under her supervision — in hopes of ending the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987
According to those who were on the scene, Nelson heard roughly five hours of arguments from lawyers for the players and the owners during Wednesday's session. Lawyers for the players argued in favor of lifting the lockout because it is causing them "irreparable harm," while the owners maintain Nelson does not have the jurisdiction to issue an injunction because their complaint regarding how the players negotiated is currently before the National Labor Relations Board.
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Fenway Sports Management announced Wednesday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with LRMR, LeBron James' marketing company. The deal will have James "acquire an interest" in Liver
“We believe this will be a powerful collaboration between FSM and LRMR and LeBron. There are very few athletes who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status,” Tom Werner said in a statement. “We are very excited that LeBron will be part of the Liverpool FC family. LeBron and Liverpool each has a powerful presence internationally, with particular strength in Asia, but we feel the business opportunities for both working and being identified together in emerging international markets will result in unforeseen opportunities that neither would have been able to realize alone.”
"We're not interested in talent or athlete representation but we think he is one of the most remarkable athletes of his time,"...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show Wednesday, telling Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley that after the team's 0-4 start to begin the season, he believes in being more concerned than panicked.
"I'd say that's a good way to put it," Francona said. "I don't think there's anything to be smiling about right now, but I think there's a difference between being concerned and being panicked.
"I don't think anybody's too happy with our start, but it's our responsibility to turn it around. I don't think panicking is the right way to do it, but when things aren't going the way you want them to go, you try to work to fix it."
Francona said that given the team's disappointing stretch to open the season, players have to avoid trying to do too much.
"I think the last thing we want to do is try to win a game in Cleveland that we lost in Texas," he said. "That's a dangerous way to play...
Jason Varitek will make his first 2011 start for the 0-4 Red Sox on Wednesday against the Indians, hitting eighth and catching Daisuke Matsuzaka, also making his debut start on the young season.
With the exception of Varitek in for Jarrod Saltalamacchia the lineup is the same as the one that managed just a single run and four hits in a 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. The lineup is as follows: Jacoby Ellsbury CF, Carl Crawford LF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kevin Youkilis 3B, David Ortiz DH, J.D. Drew RF, Varitek C, Marco Scutaro SS, Matsuzaka P.
Mitch Talbot (0-0) is the scheduled starter for the Indians. He has a 7.71 ERA in two career appearances vs. the Sox.
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Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday afternoon to talk about the slow-starting Red Sox.
Gammons said the Red Sox didn't seem as energized when he saw them in Florida, but they were not alone in lacking intensity coming out of spring training.
"Except for the teams that had a lot of competition for positions, it just seemed as if everybody was bored by the 10th or 15th of March this year," Gammons said. "The Red Sox basically had no jobs open for positions players. It just seemed like spring training mode. What have they won, like two games since March 13 or something? It just seemed a little muted. It didn't upset me that [Jon] Lester and [Daniel] Bard both seemed a little out of whack, but I think sometimes that does happen to teams, where they have trouble getting going."
Added Gammons: "It's not the end of the world, but at the same time, you kind of go: All right...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
The guys continued to pick through Trump's performance in the debate and Kirk discussed a new Hollywood divorce in Headlines.
An angry female caller got Ordway rattled to the point where he starts complaining about an LA bar that only lets beautiful people inside. Unfortunately for Glenn (and most of the WEEI staff, really), he doesn't think they'd let him in.
Glenn, Lou and Christian kick off the show talking about last night's presidential debate, and how poorly Donald Trump looked during it.
In their first game since the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon hit a lead off home run -- his first home run of the season. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the tragic news and the emotion surrounding that game last night.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
Jerry and I talk about the Ryder Cup and we talk about the passing of The King Arnold Palmer.
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