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Packers Remain Undefeated

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Packers continued their winning streak on Sunday after beating the New York Giants 38 to 35. The Denver Broncos also narrowly won over the weekend, with a 35-32 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

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Are You Ready for Some Thanksgiving Football?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving doesn't just mean turkey and stuffing for many Americans. It means football. The resurgent Detroit Lions play host to the currently undefeated and defending Superbowl champs Green Bay Packers. In Dallas, the Cowboys square off against a very hot Miami Dolphins team led by Reggie Bush. The loser will likely miss the playoffs. The night cap features a true sibling rivalry as head coach Jim Harbaugh takes his NFC West leading 49ers to Baltimore to face his brother and head coach of the AFC North leading Ravens John Harbaugh. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the day's games.

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Tebow Effect: A New Quarterback Adjusts to NFL

Monday, October 31, 2011

What is the Tim Tebow effect? The new Denver Broncos quarterback has garnered a lot of national attention, partly for his talent, partly for his prayerful play. But is the attention — or the critiques, which are growing after Tebow failed to lead Denver to a win over Detroit Sunday — fully warranted? We find out, and get a general NFL update from Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. 

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Sunday NFL Wrap Up

Monday, October 10, 2011

Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin runs through all the big NFL games from Sunday. He also discusses quarterbacks Drew Breeze, Aaron Rodgers, and Tim Tebow, and remembers long time Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

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Weekend NFL Roundup

Monday, October 03, 2011

Week 4 of the new NFL season saw the Detroit Lions come back from 24 points down to beat the Dallas Cowboys, giving the Lions a 4-0 record. Nando di Fino, sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was watching all of yesterday's games and gives his analysis.

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NFL Season Kicks Off

Monday, September 12, 2011

The NFL season kicked off this weekend with the Dallas Cowboys losing to the New York Jets, Baltimore taking down Pittsburg, the Colts losing to the Texans, and the Redskins taking down the Giants. Nando di Fino, sports writer for The Wall Street Journal, gives a preview of the new NFL season, and gives his picks for fantasy fans.

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Get Ready for Some Thursday Night Football

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Football fans have waited all year for tonight. The defending champions, the Green Bay Packers will face off against the New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl champions of 2009. For serious football fanatics, that means fantasy football is starting up too, and the draft finished up last night.

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NFL Season Starts With Class Action Lawsuit

Friday, August 19, 2011

It almost didn’t happen, but there will indeed be an NFL season this year. It all begins in just a few weeks but already, the season may be off to a rocky start. Seven former players have filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming the league fails to properly treat them for concussions and deliberately trying to conceal links between football and brain injuries. It could become the first potential class-action case of its kind.

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Why The NFL Should Have Stayed Locked Out

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank you to The Wall Street Journal's Nando di Fino and Jerry Watson, the owner of the Stadium View Grille in Green Bay, Wisconsin who let us know this morning about the winners and losers of the NFL labor agreement that ends the NFL lockout after about 136 days.

But sorry, Nando and Jerry, John and Celeste, I know I am in the minority but I wanted football to stay locked out.

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NFL Lockout Ends as Players, Owners Agree to Deal

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The NFL lockout that, for the past five months, had threatened to derail the 2011 season has ended with an agreement between owners and players. Thirty-two player representatives voted unanimously to approve the same labor deal that owners approved last Thursday. Who ultimately "won," the players or the owners?

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Deal or No Deal: Debt Deal vs. NFL Lockout Deal

Friday, July 22, 2011

There are two major stories in the news both revolving around deals that have been held up by long, entrenched standoffs.

First, the debt debate wages on in Washington. After hours of closed-door meetings with high-level members of Congress, rumors floated around Capitol Hill yesterday that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner were close to reaching a debt deal that would call for as much as $3 trillion in savings. 

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Players to Vote on Settlement Ending NFL Lockout

Thursday, July 21, 2011

$320 million is what seems to be separating the two increasingly agreeable sides of the NFL lockout this morning. Players are expected to take a formal vote on a proposed settlement with NFL owners, bringing a new football season one step closer to reality. The Wall Street Journal's Nando Di Fino has the latest updates.

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NFL Negotiations Resume Tuesday

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

NFL owners and players resume negotiations in New York today in a bid to settle the longest work stoppage in the history of the league. Negotiators made some progress last week in Minneapolis, but talks still hinge on both sides agreeing exactly how to share revenue from the nine billion dollar business. 

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The NFL Lockout and the Battle of the Lawyers

Monday, June 06, 2011

The NFL lockout continues, and the real fight now is between each sides' lawyers. The NFL has brought in Paul Clement, while Ted Olsen argues for the players. Both are former Solicitor Generals, and both are experts at arguing before the Supreme Court. Nando di Fino, sports writer for the Wall Street Journal, tells us what happens next.

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NFL Lockout Can Continue

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Nando di Fino explains the latest in the NFL lockout story after a federal appeals court sided with NFL owners and delayed an injunction that would have stopped the lockout. The owners and players will go back to court on June 3 to try to come to terms on a collective bargaining agreement. The players, meanwhile, have to continue to work to keep their fans on their side.

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NFL Draft Begins in New York

Friday, April 29, 2011

The NFL draft began last night in New York amid a busy few days for the league in court. On Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson in Minnesota denied the league's appeal of an injunction against them, ending the lockout. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin speaks with us about draft, and the strange current NFL landscape.

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Judge Rules End to NFL Lockout

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has ordered an end to the ongoing NFL lockout. This is being seen as giving the players an early victory in their fight with the owners over how to divide the $9 billion business.  Judge Nelson says she was swayed by the players’ argument that that the lockout, now in its second month, was causing irreparable harm to their careers. Sports reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Nando di Fino explains.

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NFL Lockout: An Explainer

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The NFL and the Players Association begin court-ordered mediation today in the hopes of reaching an agreement between the two groups. The NFL claimed that it was better to try to mediate the situation before the players' union dissolved. But why was the mediation court-ordered, and what does it hope to accomplish? Wall Street Journal reporter, Nando di Fino explains that there are sticking points over everything: rookies' wages, the length of the season, and revenue sharing.

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NFL Lockout May Affect More Than Millionaires

Friday, March 04, 2011

Negotiations between NFL owners and its player's union were granted a 24-hour extension yesterday, avoiding the first work stoppage since 1987. When asked if he would arbitrate in any way, President Obama scoffed, saying "My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise and worry about making the mortgage and paying for their kids’ college education is the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening.But amidst the battle between millionaires and billionaires, it's easy to forget that football plays a big role in the American economy.

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NFL Union Battles and the Future of Football

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The NFL management has accused its players of deliberately trying to decertify their own union. If no action is taken, the National Football League Players Association will be decertified at midnight tonight. Why would NFL players want to do this? To be able to sue. Unions are barred from filing anti-trust lawsuits against the league, but individual players would have this right without the unions and can make more money. However, players stand to lose benefits and a say in how the league is run.

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