Archive for November 22nd, 2011
The players’ now disbanded union attorney, David Boies, decided to pull out the class action anti trust lawsuit filled in California and will opt to choose the Minnesota court system as their preferred venue. A list of top-notch players including Carmelo Antony, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Chauncey Billups, Rajon Rondo, Caron Butler, Baron Davis, Ben Gordon, Kawhi Leonard, Leon Powe, Anthony Randolph, Sebastian Telfair, Anthony Tolliver and Derrick Williams have jointly filled an amended an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA. For the record we must say that this is a very similar strategy to the one used by the NFL players during this last summer when the NFL team owners opted for a lockout as they were too working on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The NBA team owners began the lockout on July 1st and despite the many hours of negotiation and the promises of an imminent agreement to be reached soon, the disputes over the negotiation table are now officially finished and both parties have now decided to opt for a legal dispute. Not only that but the league has announced that the season has been canceled all the way up to December 15th, but an agreement on the distribution of the basketball related income is so far from been reached that many players are finally accepting the fate that they might have to end up playing abroad this season.
We know there will be no basketball up to mid December, which means that the better part of the first quarter of the season has been drained down the toilet and fans across the globe are starting to wonder if the there will be a 2011-2012 season at all. The last time the owners and the players went on a lockout, the NBA season began on February. This time, many believe that this season could be just as short or shorter.
The main difference between the NFL and the NBA’s lockout is that the basketball team owners have announced that two thirds of the league’s team are finishing the season with red numbers and that it’s becoming less and less financially sound to support the teams. On the other hand, basketball related income has increased each year since the last collective bargaining agreement and the players are stating that the teams are miscalculating their total income. They certainly do acknowledge that some franchises are not in an optimal financial situation but they state that it’s not more than 3 or 4 teams. The NFL teams were hoping to gain more money from the football related income, but they weren’t finishing the season with red numbers. The team owners have made an effort to keep this as the cornerstone to take away 7% of the income that the players have in their current agreement to reach a 50-50 split.
The lawsuit is holding tight on the grounds that the players have been much more lenient during the bargaining stages of the dispute, but it states that the owners have not made their part. The lawsuit reads:”Although the NBPA made concession after concession, including concessions that would cost its members more than one billion dollars over a six-year period, the NBA essentially refused to negotiate its basic 2007 demands, refusing to back off its demand for large salary reductions and harsh player restraints.”
Vince Young came in filling for the injured Michael Vick and managed to turn things around for the Philadelphia Eagles. At 4-6 for the season, the Eagles are very far away from been the dream team that many had announced at the beginning of the season. Quite the contrary, they have been quite an utter disappointment so far, but one thing is evident: they know how to break down the New York Giants and what’s more important, they’ve now done it with a undermanned team. The young quarterback who had only thrown one pass before this match (an interception, by the way) not only managed to fill in for Vick, he also orchestrated a diligent 4th quarter 9 minute play that covered 80 yards to take the go ahead point and defeat the New York Giants 17-10 on Sunday Night.
As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge for the Eagles, they also relied on a young receiver, who hadn’t had a catch all season long. The 24-year-old Riley Cooper was had 5 catches for 75 yards and one touchdown. He lived up to the expectations and finished just a hint behind DeSean Jackson who had 6 receptions for 88 yards. As a matter of fact, it was this trio of players that made that turnaround possible. Philadelphia converted six third-down plays with including one in the final winning drive when DeSean Jackson made the first-and-goal with a 10-yard catch to the 10. Vince Young would put final touches with his second touchdown pass of the game to a wide-open Riley Cooper.
The New York Giants on the other hand are starting to look a bit too much like their in-state rivals, the New York Jets. At 6-4 for the season, the Giants are showing some signs of weakness and their playoffs chances could seriously be jeopardized unless they close the season with some consecutive wins. Eli Manning had a very irregular night, completing only 18 of 35 passes for 264 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sure enough, his 24-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz was enough to bring back the Giants into the game and tie it at 10 a piece with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but they still manage to lose a game against a rival that threw three interceptions.
And that’s what’s got to be bothering the younger Manning brother. Eli knew he had a very bad night, but on the other hand, so did Vince Young. The fill-in quarterback finished the night with 23 of 26 passing for 258 yards with two touchdowns and 3, yes 3 interceptions, including the one that would set up Cruz’s touchdown to tie it at 10. Then again, it was a very week performance from the Giants. Consider that Eli Manning had very little, none we could actually say, help from the rushing department. It’s like if the Giant’s runners never got going. They only threw in 29-yards for this match.
The Giants will now face the New Orleans Saints at the Super Dome on Monday Night Football. The Eagles will have to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon at home. Stay tuned for more NFL betting news.