After 10 years on the job, the nation's 44,000 airport screeners on Thursday came a giant step closer to having their first-ever collective bargaining agreement.
The case of Jonathan Vilma v. Roger Goodell is being tried on the Internet, in arbitrators' offices, and our court system. It seems like it is just about the Saints and the bounties they supposedly handed out: $1,000 for a cart-off, $500 for a knockdown, $250 for a bloody nose, $30 for anything requiring a Band-Aid.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions, spent a final day campaigning before Tuesday's recall election that brought lots of outside interest and money to the state.
For the second time in 17 months, the Players Association has filed a collusion claim against the NFL, alleging that owners sought to suppress wages in 2010 when there was no salary cap.
Gov. Chris Christie campaigns for Gov. Scott Walker, cracking jokes and reminding crowds of liberal budget deficits.
When voters in Wisconsin decide whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker next month, they'll also be shaping the dialogue going into the fall.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A long day was getting longer by the minute for Derek Fisher, the last of the Oklahoma City Thunder players to leave the visitors locker room after their latest win late Friday night.
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Last year's NFL annual meeting in New Orleans played out amid the backdrop of the messy owners-players labor fight, and the protracted standoff that preceded the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement.
One week after having their salary caps reduced by $46 million over the next two seasons, the Redskins and Cowboys filed a complaint against the NFL and the NFL Players Association to have the discipline overturned.
A few months ago, alarming predictions sounded from many corners about the possibility of the NHL entering another lockout when its current seven-year collective bargaining agreement ends on Sept. 15. Can it really happen after the disaster of 2004-05 and with seemingly good financial growth in the game since that lost season?
More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin's governor, the state's Democratic Party said Tuesday.
Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could face a recall election down the line. Ted Rowlands reports.
NBA players began voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement Wednesday evening after union chief Billy Hunter sent a letter to all players outlining the fine points of the deal. Voting will continue until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.
NBA players will begin voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement Wednesday afternoon, according to a letter obtained by SI.com.
NBA players will begin voting on the proposed collective bargaining agreement Wednesday afternoon, according to a letter obtained by SI.com.
The NBA and representatives for its players agreed to the framework of a collective bargaining agreement that, if ratified, will salvage a 66-game season and guarantee labor peace for at least six years. The two sides have come to agreement on the major issues that gave rise to the lockout. Most notably, they have agreed to divide the league's basketball-related income evenly, with each side subject to gaining or losing up to one percent depending on the league's economic success. They have also agreed on a harder salary cap, among a bevy of other rules that will slow the growth of NBA players' salaries and ensure that owners' labor costs are reduced. If all goes as planned, the free agency period will begin on Dec. 9, the regular season will begin on Christmas Day and the players' and owners' agreement will last 10 years, with each side able to opt-out after six.
NBA players and owners have reached a tentative deal to end the league's months-long lockout and begin play Christmas Day, though details of the agreement have not been released.
The term "golden age of baseball" has been used so often as to have wrung most meaning out of it, at least when prescribed to a fixed era of the game. In truth the golden age of baseball is a floating concept. It happens to be the era whenever you were between 8 and 12 years old, that sweet spot when you were old enough to understand and young enough to dream. And the moments when baseball most succeeds -- when it's not about the money or the marketing -- it is because we can see the game through the eyes of our younger selves. No sport relies on tapping into this child-like belief more than baseball.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners held a conference call Thursday to receive an update on the lockout, a person with knowledge of the details said.
The NBA players have rejected the league's latest offer and are beginning the process to disband the union.
NBA players rejected Monday the league's latest offer in a dispute over a collective bargaining agreement, a move that leaves hopes of salvaging the remainder of the already-shortened season in doubt.
Thursday promises to be the biggest day of a 2011-12 NBA season that may never be. Game 7 of the 2012 NBA Finals -- if there is a Finals -- could go into quadruple or quintuple overtime, and it could still not be any more important than Thursday's labor talks.
"The current offer on the table from the NBA is one that we cannot accept."
As the NBA lockout enters its fifth month and the gap between the split of basketball-related income and the disagreement over key points in the economic system threaten to implode the labor talks again this weekend, team executives have started to seriously consider what they once believed to be unthinkable: What if the league scuttles the entire season?
Frustrated by an inability to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with owners, some NBA players have sought the advice of an antitrust attorney on the possibility of decertifying the National Basketball Players' Association. Such a maneuver would likely be followed by the filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the league and it would make the cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA more probable.
NEW YORK (AP) -- After another long day of negotiations, NBA players and owners left with nothing more than plans for another meeting.
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant is in talks with Virtus Bologna over a move to the Italian team as the NBA lockout continues.
The most promising weekend of the NBA lockout commences Friday in New York, when the union and owners attempt to reach agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement in time to play a full 82-game season.
Cedric Benson can't stay out of trouble. His impressive arrest record is more suited for COPS than the NFL. You might suggest any punishment commissioner Roger Goodell hands him, he deserves. Including the three-gamer Benson received last week. How many of us could take four arrests in three years -- two for assault, two for driving/boating while intoxicated -- and still find lucrative employment?
Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan has been hit with a fine by the league for comments he made about the collective bargaining agreement which is currently under discussion.
It was March 7, two weeks after the Knicks had acquired Carmelo Anthony and 20 minutes since they'd faced the Utah Jazz. Having recently lost their two best players, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams, to free agency and trades, the beleaguered Jazz were no match for New York, who rode a 65-point performance from their new dynamic duo of Amar'e Stoudemire and Anthony to a 22-point win. After the easy rout of the Jazz, the Summer of LeBron and a bevy of big trades, Stoudemire was asked what everyone had long been wondering about the NBA: Is it turning into an unbalanced league of big-market haves and small-market have-nots?
The team with the best chance of keeping the Philadelphia Phillies out of the World Series is the team that trails them in the standings: the Atlanta Braves. No disrespect to the Milwaukee Brewers, a legit threat in their own right, but no team will take a greater inventory of pitching into the postseason than the Braves, whose bullpen is shortening games the way the Yankees did in the late 1990s.
Did the National Football League hide from its players the long-term neurological dangers of playing NFL football? Did it train its players to tackle with their heads, knowing that players would then become more susceptible to neurological injury?
Can a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922 help to explain why Mike Jacobs, who until his release this morning was playing for the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate, just became the first player in pro baseball, basketball, hockey or football to test positive for Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?
The Euroleague is hoping the ongoing labor negotiations may enable young European players to postpone their move to the NBA, according to Euroleague president and CEO Jordi Bertomeu.
And I thought after my annual four-week travelogue I could just ease back into the 15th season of Monday Morning Quarterback.
A few days ago, NFL owners approved a proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The ball is now in the players' hands to approve or reject the proposal. Will NFL football soon return? Michael McCann breaks down what to expect this week.
This time, it finally feels over. If this were a football game instead of a four-month-plus labor stand-off, it would be as if both the owners and players have gone into the victory formation, going through the motions and formalities as they drop to one knee in anticipation of a successful conclusion and maybe even a little celebration.
WASHINGTON -- The executive committee for the NFL Players Association broke Tuesday night without making a decision on whether to accept the proposed antitrust settlement negotiated by attorneys for the plaintiffs and owners.
The NBA says a lockout will be enforced until there is a new collective bargaining agreement.
Union chief Billy Hunter said Thursday afternoon that "the lockout will happen tonight" after players and owners failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. With the current CBA set to expire at midnight tonight, here are the most pressing issues facing the league.
Perhaps there will be a closing flurry of trades over the remaining days of June, but don't count on it. The season all but ended Thursday amid the relative quiet of the NBA draft, where no blockbusters were negotiated and no rookies were greeted as franchise saviors. If this season was an 11-month opus to extravagant theatre (dating back to "The Decision" and all of its popular fallout) then you could hear the song fading down to nothing as deputy commissioner Adam Silver announced the last of the 60 picks in front of his small remaining audience in downtown Newark, N.J.
The ongoing labor negotiations combined with uncertainty over the top picks have set the stage for altogether entertaining night of reality TV when commissioner David Stern takes the podium in Newark, N.J., on Thursday.
CHICAGO -- When it comes to the final stages of labor negotiations, the devil is forever in the details. But on a day when the details of a potential CBA deal between the NFL and its locked-out players really didn't take center stage, one specific number stood out as the most obvious reason for hope in these long and arduous talks: Nine. As in the number of votes it would take for dissenting team owners to block any potential agreement with the players.
Billy Hunter emerged from these laborious labor talks with rare optimism, even picking the word "hopeful" to describe the chances of his National Basketball Players Association and the NBA landing a new collective bargaining agreement before a lockout ensues July 1.
The NBA players' union has made the first move in what will likely be a long legal chess match played out in mediation rooms and courthouses. Earlier today, the union filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), asserting that the NBA refuses to bargain in good faith. The union intends to prove that the league has made a series of demands -- such as reductions in guaranteed player contracts and a hard salary cap -- which it knows the players will reject.
Burning questions coming out of Monday's ruling to keep the lockout in place ...
The chants started from the upper reaches of Radio City Music Hall, but when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the podium to begin the NFL draft on Thursday night, it was clear the fans had more on their minds than the first pick.
Breaking down Wednesday's ruling by Judge Susan Nelson denying the NFL's request for a stay of her lockout decision ...
U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson's decision Monday to enjoin the NFL's lockout is a major setback for the league, which had had hoped to use the lockout to force players into agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement that would substantially reduce players' earning capacity. While the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which will review Judge Nelson's order, may provide renewed life to the lockout, NFL players are now poised to avoid the most onerous concessions.
Breaking down Monday's ruling by Judge Nelson to enjoin the NFL lockout ...
After a nearly six-week voting process, it's going to take a little longer before the Transportation Security Administration knows which union will represent its 40,000-plus airport screeners.
The NBA appears to have found its most effective revenue-sharing model.
The controversial governor of Wisconsin defended his efforts to limit public employees' collective bargaining rights and make them pay more toward pension and health care costs at a congressional hearing on Thursday.
My annual review of money and how it has been spent finds a total of approximately $2.03 billion was obligated to the players, which, by my count, amounts to a reduction of $82.3 million in player salaries since last season.
If you're scoring at home, the NFL labor stand off has so far wound its way through well-chronicled rounds of mediation, negotiation, pontification and now litigation. All in the pursuit, never forget, of the healthy dose of remuneration (money, and lots of it) that both sides desperately covet.
President Obama says he thinks a $9 billion industry can figure out how to divide money on its own.
State workers and others rallied at the New Hampshire capitol in Concord Thursday -- one day after the state House approved a package that would reduce collective bargaining rights.
Wisconsin Democratic state Sen. Fred Risser says a bill curbing collective bargaining rights was passed illegally.
The litigious and contentious battle in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights has a new twist -- the publishing of the law despite a judge's order against such a move.
The growing push to restrict the collective bargaining rights of government employees has reached the far-flung state of Alaska.
An e-mail exchange released by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office on Tuesday has revealed a series of potential Republican concessions to a three-week standoff over a budget bill that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of most public workers.
CNN's Ed Lavandera has the latest in the stalemate between Wisconsin Democrats and the governor over the budget.
Some political experts have said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in a battle with public employee unions over the right to collective bargaining, has overreached in his attempts to shore up the state's budget shortfall.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says there are "dire consequences" if Democratic senators don't return to work.
Wisconsin Senate Republicans on Wednesday adopted a resolution that would fine missing Democrats $100 every day they remain away from the state capital, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters.
The Ohio state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would curb the collective bargaining rights of public workers and strip away their power to strike.
There were a handful of empty chairs in the Wisconsin Capitol Tuesday as Governor Scott Walker delivered his biennial budget address, defending a proposal that would curb the collective bargaining rights of most public employees.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says after his budget bill passes, tempers will subside.
Thousands gathered in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday to protest a Republican-backed proposal that would curtail public workers' bargaining rights and strip their right to strike.
Union workers and activists who refused to leave the Wisconsin Capitol building Sunday, against orders, will be allowed to spend the night, police said.
Two governors, a Democrat and a Republican, are employing different methods to reduce major budget shortfalls.
A coalition spearheaded by liberal advocacy group Moveon.org held rallies across the country Saturday in support of public employees and others outraged at the Wisconsin budget-cutting bill they consider an attack on unions.
The fight over public union benefits and collective bargaining is spreading across the United States. Here is a state-by-state breakdown:
Legislatures from New Jersey to California are struggling to tackle yawning deficits, longstanding pension obligations and health benefits and some broader questions about how unionized labor will fit into America's evolving political landscape.
Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker fired back at opponents of a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights, describing in a written statement how current agreements give too much power to unions.
Democrats in Wisconsin's State Senate remain out of town as Republicans get back to work today.
Republican lawmakers in the nation's heartland might be feeling a case of heartburn after their budget bills spawned demonstrations in at least three states over what protesters view as an attack on workers' rights.
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday that proposed curbs on the collective bargaining rights of public employees in the state are meant to "restore some balance to the system," not destroy unions.
All across the nation, teachers are coming under attack.
Protestors continue to demonstrate against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts in Madison, Wisconsin.
Tea Party activists supporting a bill that would slash collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public employees flocked to Madison on Saturday, bringing a new dimension to a budget battle that shows few signs of compromise.
For about a week, tens of thousands of men, women and children have been gathering at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, protesting Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill. Besides requiring sharp increases in employee contributions to pension and health insurance benefits, the bill strips most of the state's public sector unions of almost all their collective bargaining rights.
As the standoff continues in Madison over a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights, Republican Gov, Scott Walker blamed unions for squandering state coffers and impeding fiscal reform.
Thousands of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers have camped out at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to reduce their take-home pay -- by increasing their contribution to their pension plans and health care benefits -- and restrict their collective bargaining rights.
School systems across Wisconsin have been canceling classes as teachers protest Gov. Scott Walker's effort to curb collective bargaining rights for state workers, including educators.
Furor over a bill that would strip Wisconsin public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights and have them pay dramatically more for benefits drew at least 10,000 protesters to the state Capitol on Wednesday and forced the cancellation of classes in one large school district because of a teacher sick-out.
The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Friday gave the nation's 40,000-plus airport screeners the opportunity to engage in limited collective bargaining, pressing ahead on a hot-button issue that has separated Republicans and Democrats since the creation of the TSA after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
With many of them stifled by part-time pay and unpleasant airport pat downs, officers for the Transportation Security Administration are trying to unionize.
Airport security screeners, boosted by a decision Friday by a top federal labor board, could soon be able to bargain collectively.
The head of the United Auto Workers union promised to work with bankrupt auto parts makers and troubled U.S. automakers to help turn around the struggling sector, but also said that the industry can not downsize itself to success.
With Barry Bonds bearing down on Babe Ruth's home run mark, it seems every sportswriter and baseball fan is concerned about the sanctity of baseball's records due to Bonds' alleged use of steroids.
If you want to stem the flood of high school players and underclassmen into the National Basketball Association, a good place to start is with the salary restrictions placed on rookie contracts.
The National Hockey League lost a whopping $273 million in 2003 as revenues plunged and TV ratings fell to the level of bowling and arena football. In desperation, the NHL agreed to a deal earlier ...