WBEZ | NFL lockout http://www.wbez.org/tags/nfl-lockout Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Battle of the mediocre in Crosstown Classic http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-21/battle-mediocre-crosstown-classic-88111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-21/88873401.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Cub fans got some satisfaction out of the Cell last night. The lovable losers beat the White Sox 6-3 in round one of the annual Crosstown Classic. Meanwhile Chicago is Ground Zero for the NFL Lockout, as team owners meet here to plot their next move. And though the Bulls no longer have to build from the ground up they are looking for a player or two in this week’s NBA draft. <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Cheryl Raye Stout is running from one end of town to the other to stay on top of this, and she had the latest update.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-21/battle-mediocre-crosstown-classic-88111 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 After secret meetings, is the NFL closer to ending the lockout? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-06/after-secret-meetings-nfl-closer-ending-lockout-87454 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-06/Football Getty Streeter Lecka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Thursday, NFL owners and players concluded three days of secret meetings not far from Chicago. The NFL was in an appellate court on Friday to make the case for the league’s current lockout.<br> <br> Owners and players have been at odds since March, after collective bargaining talks collapsed. Many hope the not so secret meetings signal an end to their dispute.<br> <br> To find out if they’re any closer to an agreement, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> Bears' Columnist <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hayes/index.html" target="_blank">Neil Hayes</a>.</p></p> Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-06/after-secret-meetings-nfl-closer-ending-lockout-87454 Secret meetings near Chicago about NFL lockout http://www.wbez.org/story/secret-meetings-near-chicago-about-nfl-lockout-87367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/cutler down resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The fight between the NFL and the player's union heads to a federal court in St. Louis on Friday. League officials, owners and players concluded three days of secret talks near Chicago Thursday. But information is trickling out.</p><p>An anonymous source tells The Associated Press various issues were on the table but to "characterize it as progress might not be accurate."</p><p>The dispute continues to be about finding a way to split up the NFL revenue between players, owners and the league.&nbsp; These secret meetings may be signs of a new collective bargaining agreement that could end the nearly three month lockout. &nbsp;</p><p>On Friday, the NFL and its players head to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis for a hearing.&nbsp; If a ruling comes and the NFL wins, the lockout will continue and pressure will be on the players. That could jeopardize the start of this year's football season. If the players win, the lockout will end but the litigation won't.</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/secret-meetings-near-chicago-about-nfl-lockout-87367 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