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Release of NFL schedule ruined by lockout

Tuesday was one of the biggest nights in the NFL offseason: the unveiling of the 2011 NFL schedule . Too bad about that gosh-darn lockout, which pretty much took all the fun out of an event that usually sparks much anticipation for football betting fans. With the league tangled up in a work stoppage, there is nothing certain but uncertainty. Every game on the schedule is, at best, tentative until the NFL and its billionaire owners can reach a deal with the league’s players. Opening night is slated for Sept. 8 and will feature the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers , but all fans can do, at least at this point, is dream about such a scenario, one in which the games on the schedule will actually be played. Read More

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NFL Lockout News, NCAA Sweet 16, And New York Knicks News

Lot of things going on in the world of sports, So have a seat here we go.

The NFL owners and the players have until April 6 to file written arguments as the players seek an injunction blocking the current lockout.The NFL has asked the court to not issue a ruling on the case until after the National Labor Relations Board issues its ruling on the legitimacy of the NFLPA decertification, and this week the league said it will not talk with NFLPA lawyers before April 6 unless the NFLPA re-forms as a union. Read More

March Madness becomes Matthews madness with 3 number 1 seeds advancing to the Sweet 16 Three of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament have made it to the Sweet 16 round, and anyone who listened to my March Madness picks last week knows that’s exactly how I called it.In fact, I picked the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks and the Ohio State Buckeyes to all make it to the Final Four, and I believe they’ll advance through the Sweet 16, into the Elite 8, and right through to Houston. Read More

In what could be a pivotal game for Eastern Conference playoff positioning, the New York Knicks face the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (8 pm ET, ESPN).While I discussed the heated battle for top spot in the East between the three powerhouses – the Chicago Bulls , Boston Celtics and Miami Heat – in a recent article, let’s take a look at the playoff picture at the other end, specifically the Knicks’ situation. Read More

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Vick visits prison and vows to continue outreach

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (notes) enjoyed a rebirth on the football field last season after his career was almost washed away by a 23-month prison sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring. The NFL’s muddy labor situation could put his career on hold yet again, but Vick plans to continue his off-the-field growth even if the labor impasse wipes out next season. Vick and former NFL coach Tony Dungy joined about 35 volunteers from Abe Brown Ministries in a visit to a Tampa-area prison Saturday. Vick shared his own experiences with them as well as the lessons he learned from his incarceration. Read More

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Day 7 of the NFL Lockout. What’s going to be of the NFL Season?

We’re into Day 7 of the NFL lockout , and there are a number of opinions on where things stand right now between the owners and players. One thing’s for sure, there is no shortage of individuals on both sides willing to talk about it.

New York Giants owner John Mara neatly summed up the arrogance of many of the NFL owners when asked about the financial state of NFL teams. “We have never claimed that teams are not making money,” said Mara, setting up a great punchline. “We’re just not making as much of it. We need to recalculate this deal a little bit. And that was our message to them.” Read More

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Average Joe is pissed off with NFL lockout

The NFL lockout is only three days old and it’s already pissing a lot of people off.And that’s completely understandable when you consider the unemployment rate in this country is hovering around 10 per cent, and in some states it’s well into double digits.And while the Average Joe is hitting the pavement and/or the keyboard looking for a job or, for those with a job, sweating it out 40 or 50 hours every week just to make ends meet, the NFL owners and players are in a dispute over how to split more than $9 billion in revenue.Make no mistake, many of theNFL players are greedy people, but the owners are greedier.The billionaires who own NFL teams are completely out of touch with reality, which includes the Average Joe. Players are far more likely to be able to relate to average people. In other words, to the fans.TV contracts are worth $3.085 billion annually, with each team making an average of $96 million every year before selling a ticket or a T-shirt. Half the teams in the National Football League are worth more than $1 billion, and the cheapest team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, would cost you $725 million.

Some of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s recent comments haven’t exactly induced sympathy for the owners, like saying owners needed more money for “the many costs of financing, building, maintaining and operating stadiums.”Why do billionaires, like Jerry Jones , need help building and running anything?Here’s another reason the owners don’t need anyone to feel sorry for them. The average NFL playing career is three years, and many players face serious medical issues in retirement. The average NFL owner’s average length of ownership is 18.3 years.And if the lockout drags out, it’s going to affect a lot more than just the Average Joes who are football fans. According to figures supplied by the NFL Players Association, the average NFL city will lose $160 million and about 3,000 jobs if there is no season in 2011-12.

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Lot’s of News Today From the NFL, and NCAA March Madness. Maybe even a touch of Charlie Sheen Stay tuned.

Busy Monday morning here at SmPicks, With the NCAA March Madness announcing the brackets yesterday, the NFL Lockout, Even alittle bit about everyones favorite Nut Case Charlie Sheen. Let’s kick this day off right now.

March Madness or as We like to call it Matthews Madness – officially known as the Men’s College Basketball Tournament, or just the NCAA Tournament , or better, The Big Dance – officially kicks off with Selection Sunday , when the brackets are filled and the College Basketball Betting can begin. And Basketball Betting fans will have no shortage of TV coverage as the 2011 NCAA Tournament marks the first year of a new 14-year agreement between CBS and the NCCA in which CBS will team up with Turner Sports and its top stations – TNT, TBS and truTV – to provide wall-to-wall coverage of every game. Read more

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Over to The NFL and the Lockout. It looks like this is going to get Nasty. During a lockout, the NFL prohibits discussion about current players and pending free agents between agents and teams. FOX Sports reports that the league has “warned coaches and team officials” not to engage in any such conversations while the lockout is in place. Read More Guys sit down and talk this out this is not a good time for a strike maybe you can hire Kate Reed from Fairly Legal on USA to help you out

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