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No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 2:21 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (1:00 PM): According to attorney Tom Heiden, the players are seeking $707 million in damages ... as a starting point. That doesn't include treble damages or their maximum request.

Additionally, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Judge Doty began the hearing none too happy about actually having the hearing, as he expected a settlement by now.

"To be honest, I didn't think we'd have this hearing," Doty said."And I'm a bit disappointed we're having it."
Thursday was supposed to bring some sort of resolution regarding the current state of the NFL, as Judge David Doty was set to hear arguments from both the players and owners sides on the "TV money case" and then rule on what sort, if any, of damages to award the players.

Lest you forget, Doty recently ruled that the NFL couldn't keep the money from TV contracts negotiated in a manner that would have gotten them paid during a locked-out season.
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Alas, Doty, after hearing the arguments, will simply take them "under advisement" for now, meaning no ruling on the TV damages will come Thursday.

It's believed that Doty will rule some time next week -- it's also believed that Doty will rule in favor of the players, as is his modus operandi.

That doesn't make it guaranteed that he'll favor the players, and getting a ruling by next week isn't guaranteed either.

In fact, the only guarantee might be that, once Doty rules, the NFL will appeal to the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, where the fate of the lockout currently resides. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:01 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

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Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:45 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

I'm going against the tenor of the message boards here by saying that I'm on the players' side. The owners were supposed to negotiate the best deal possible not only for themselves, but for the players as well.  They did not do that.  They secured a deal that would help them fund a lockout.  They left hundreds of millions of dollars on the table that should have gone into the calculation of the salary cap.  Did the owner's failure to negotiate the best possible deal affect individual contracts already in place?  Of course not.  But the cap numbers were adversely affected and contracts signed over the last couple years were negatively impacted.  That's why this lawsuit exists.  And that's why the players will be receiving a hefty paycheck in the future.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:51 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

I don't get it, do the players - each and every one of them - have their own contract with the team?  I think they all do.  I believe the minimum NFL player makes a bit over $400K per year, then the big wig player make anywhere from $25-$30mil, so what's this crap about added money?  If it isn't in the contract, they don't get it.  If they are making millions per year and the owners are making billions per year, so what.  If they think that is so unfair, and I've said this before, let them retire and buy a team of their own and then they can make billions.  But you NEVER hear of a player in any sport doing that.  Gee, I guess the owners aen't really making those billions that the players say they are.

Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:23 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

Why is the writer talking about the NFLPA, I thought they decertified. The owners should collaspe the NFL & start a new league. How many of the millionaire players will be arrested I say 75%, especially after their mansion are taken away they will start robbing liquor stores.
In NY I cannot even afford to go to games anymore & gave up my season tickets a long time ago. The only thing that bothers me is I could not afford to take my son like my dad did for me. The hell with the NFL, I think I will buy some seats at a West Point game & take my son.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:18 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M


Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:10 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

Isn't this all allegations on what allegedly happened? Its all he said she said. Thats why they need a judge to rule on because neither party believes there wrong! So stating what the owners were doing to players is false or vice versa because its all allegations. Anyone outside the Owners and NFLPA really have no clue what is actually going on in there buisness. Which is why i stated MY OPINION on owner-player dynamic and what a player is"owed."

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:05 pm

No ruling on TV damages yet, players want $707M

Well said AIRFORCE1...I was gonna continue reading more comments but yours summed up the exact way I've seen it all along!! Also, not sure but I think alot of the money the owners are asking for could be gotten through a rookie salary cap and think any sane person can agree that needs to happen...but I'm sure the NFLPA don't want to budge on that either!

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