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Collective Bargaining Agreement


Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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In 1993, the National Football League adopted the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which has led to labor peace that other sports leagues have been unable to imagine. The current CBA has led the way for the astronomical salaries the players receive, but it has also allowed the NFL to be the most stable and profitable major sport. Since the CBAs inception, every other major sport has had some kind of strike or lock-out: Major League Baseball 1994-beginning 1995; National Basketball Association locked out 1998-1999 season; and National Hockey League 2004-2005. Times, however, are changing. The NFL is inching closer to a lockout of the 2011 football season. Here's why:

The CBA has been amended twice since inception, 1998 and 2006. Both amendments allocated more money to players and less money to the owners. In 2006, the NFLPA (union) negotiated a huge 60 percent before expenses piece of the pie. To the team owners' detriment, they agreed to accept the 2006 amendment with very little argument. The amendment was supposed to take the NFL through the 2012 season, but just two years after it was signed, the owners exercised their right to opt out two years early. Bringing us here, after the current season's calendar year ends, March 4, 2011. If there is no new agreement, the NFL team owners will lock out the players.

Obviously, owners and player representatives are working hard to see that a lock out doesn't happen. The reason the NFL has enjoyed such an advantage over the other major sports in popularity is labor peace. Baseball began to be dethroned as America's pastime after a work stoppage in 1981. In 1987, the NFL players went on strike and it cost them about 20 percent of their TV viewers. It is not unlikely the NFL could see an even bigger drop in popularity if the players and owners do not agree on a new CBA.

Aside from the money, the negotiations also include the season schedule. The league is considering going to an 18 -game season. The league is very adamant about dropping two of the meaningless pre-season games and making them count. Changing the schedule will benefit season ticket holders because pre-season games are priced the same as regular season games. Players will also benefit as teams would be allowed more roster spots, therefore, adding additional jobs. The negotiations are stalled on this front because of the added injury factor in an already long season.

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Hey y'all

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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As some of you may know, I am an implant to this area. I have been living in Lanesboro for about three years now. I was born in Panama City, Florida, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. I have two kids, Justin 8 and Caleigh 5, who are my mo ..... 
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Big shot, big free throws propel R-P boys

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
Posted in Sports

The meeting of 3-0 Rushford-Peterson and 2-2 Kingsland produced a competitive contest in Spring Valley Friday night. For much of the first half, R-P prescribed to its modus operandi on the season, the three point shot. The deep launches fell early o ..... 
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Greiner propels Kingsland girls

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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The Kingsland girls narrowly clipped R-P 43-41. The Trojans did good work at the free throw line making 11 of 14 shots. Much of that came courtesy of Laura Rislove (6 of 8) and Amy Todd (3 of 4), R-P's leaders in scoring with 19 and 14. The Knight g ..... 
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FCLMC holiday wrestling invitational

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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GMLOK, Chatfield, and host school FCLMC were 3 of 11 wrestling teams to descend upon Harmony on Dec. 18 for an early season mat extravaganza. Defending Three Rivers champ and Section 1AA second place finisher, PEM was the school to walk away with th ..... 
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Falcons fight, fall to #4, Caledonia

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
Posted in Sports

For a while Thursday night, the Falcon boys were game. In the first nine minutes of action, they led the #4 ranked team in Class 2A. And though Caledonia found its way back in front, the Falcons weren't done. On the backside of a technical foul by W ..... 
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Trojan (and Gopher) War

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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In Chatfield Tuesday, the R-P ladies handled the Gophers 52-28. R-P limited Chatfield to 11 of 51 shooting from the field and 0-10 from long range. A 15-2 Trojan run in the final 5:45 of the first half put Dave Lind's girls ahead for good. Sophomore ..... 
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Other scores

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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BOYS BASKETBALL

• (12/13) > Lanesboro 63, Hope Lutheran 28 (Braden Hanson 14, Lucas Johnson 13)

•(12/14) > L-A 66, FC 65 (James Skaalen 23, Colton Hampel 11)

•(12/14) > Glenville-Emmons 62, M-C 39 (Steve Smith 1 ..... 
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Mabel-Canton Cougar action

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
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The Cougar boys fell to Spring Grove 55-41. The game was close until a quick, second-half Lion-spurt pushed the lead into double-digits, where it remained. M-C's Steve Smith led all scorers with 20. Dalton Stoen added 10. The Cougars then fell to Le ..... 
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