WBEZ | labor agreement http://www.wbez.org/tags/labor-agreement Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears video chat: Sun-Times Bears Writer Neil Hayes breaks down (the missing) mini-camp http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-06/bears-video-chat-sun-times-bears-writer-neil-hayes-breaks-down-missi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-06/103213846.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you're a hard core football fan, you know that the Bears were supposed to be finishing up their first mini-camp by now. But instead there is a lockout, so the Halas Hall practice fields are empty.</p><p>The missing off-season mini-camp serves as a reminder that the NFL 2011/12 season is quickly approaching - and&nbsp; the labor dispute is showing no signs of resolving soon.</p><p>So fans are now wondering aloud about skipping training camp, eliminating pre-season football and (gasp), shortening the regular season.</p><p>What can we expect from football this summer?</p><p>Neil Hayes is the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hayes/index.html">Sun-Times Bears beat writer</a>. He was in studio Monday talking with <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848"><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em></a>about the ongoing labor dispute, which gave me a chance to talk shop with one of Chicago's best sports writers.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="281" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/24731519?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="500"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-06/bears-video-chat-sun-times-bears-writer-neil-hayes-breaks-down-missi Why NFL players oppose more games on the schedule http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/why-nfl-players-oppose-more-games-schedule-83244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//57096_goodell_football AP Wilfredo Lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Football season is over but the battle over an National Football League labor agreement continues. The NFL&rsquo;s collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the day Thursday. If players and owners can&rsquo;t hash out a new agreement there will be a lockout. That means a lot less to do on Sundays this coming fall. Issues up for grabs include the number of regular season games and disability coverage for players.<em><br /><br />Eight Forty-Eight</em> decided to poke into some of these sticking points &ndash; many of which have directly affected some of Chicago&rsquo;s players. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to ESPN's <a target="_blank" href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/">Lester Munson</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.upmc.com/mediarelations/experts/pages/expertspage.aspx?expertid=146">Dr. Mark Lovell</a> of the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.braininjuryresearchinstitute.org/about-us/">Garrett Webster</a>, administrator at the Brain Injury Institute and son of Hall of Famer Mike&nbsp;Webster.<br /><br />Tuesday night a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota ruled on the television contract issue. Judge Doty found that the NFL violated the collective bargaining agreement by negotiating a lockout provision with the TV networks. This is a major victory for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nflplayers.com/">NFL Players&rsquo; Association</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Note: Additional audio was obtained from NFL Films.</em></p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/why-nfl-players-oppose-more-games-schedule-83244