DeMaurice Smith

DeMaurice Smith

Union Tells NFL: No blood Samples Yet

The players’ union has told the NFL to hold off collecting blood for HGH testing, and the league isn’t happy about it.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2011

DeMaurice Smith

NFLPA Head Smith To Address NBA Players In Meeting

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith will speak to NBA players during a meeting to update them on collective bargaining talks.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2011

NFL Labor Agreement Signed

NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement Becomes Official

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players’ Association executive director DeMaurice Smith shook hands and hugged Friday as they signed a new collective bargaining agreement.

CBS Chicago–08/05/2011

New Bears Sam Hurd (left) and Roy Williams can't practice until the new CBA is signed. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CBA Done; New Bears Set To Practice For First Time

NFL players and owners still are debating drug testing, benefits and the player conduct policy disciplinary process as they work to complete the collective bargaining agreement.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2011

DeMaurice Smith

Arkush: ‘Players Got Their Butts Handed To Them’

All signs point to the NFL lockout ending soon, which means it’s time to start analyzing whether the players or the owners won the negotiations.

670 The Score–07/16/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

AP: NFL Deal Could Be Reached In Next 24 Hours

Significant progress on a major sticking point in the NFL labor impasse during marathon talks Thursday raised hopes that a tentative agreement in principle could perhaps come within 24 hours, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Lance Briggs

Bernstein: NFL Players Cracking At Deadline?

When NFL players decertified their union months ago, it was a cosmetic, procedural move to pave the way for antitrust litigation in an attempt to gain leverage against owners bent on grabbing a bigger share of the profits.

670 The Score–07/14/2011

Tom Brady

Brady, Manning, Brees: It’s Time For NFL Deal

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees said Wednesday “it is time” to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league’s lockout.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2011

Chicago Bears Fans

Arkush: NFL And Players Still Have A Lot To Agree On

Due to the gag order placed on the negotiating teams for the NFL and the players, the only information coming out to the public has been through reporters.

670 The Score–07/11/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

UPDATED: NFL And Players Meet For 12 Hours; Still No Deal

NFL owners and players’ association leaders met for more than 12 hours Thursday, failing to reach a deal to end the league’s months-long lockout but returning to try again in the morning.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011

Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones

NFL And Players To Meet At Manhattan Law Firm

Representatives for the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association are meeting at a law firm in Manhattan in an effort to bring the longstanding lockout to an end.

CBS Chicago–07/07/2011

John Mackey

Hall Of Fame Tight End Mackey Dies

John Mackey, a Hall of Fame former player for the Baltimore Colts who had battled with dementia, has died. He was 69.

CBS Chicago–07/07/2011

Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell

Loss Of Preseason Games Would Cost NFL $60 Million Per Week

NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

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Lawyers For NFL And Players Meet To Handle Paperwork

Lawyers for the NFL and the players are meeting for two days to sort out paperwork that could speed the process in reaching a new labor contract.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith

NFL, Players Break Talks Until After Weekend

The labor negotiating teams led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ association chief DeMaurice Smith met for a couple of hours Friday and will return to the table after the July 4 weekend.


Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Goodell And Smith Meet For Over 15 Hours, Negotiations To Continue Friday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith ended a 15-hour bargaining session early Friday, barely breaking for a quick nap before resuming in the morning.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2011

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Goodell, Smith Brief Rookies On Labor Situation

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith took their new buddy act on the road Wednesday, creating a buzz among rookies in Florida.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2011

Roger Goodell

Rookie Symposium Gives Reason To Be Optimistic About NFL Labor Talks

The Chicago Bears are scheduled to open their 2011 training camp on July 22, that is of course if the league and the players work out their an agreement for a new collective bargaining agreement.

670 The Score–06/29/2011

Roger Goodell and other NFL owners. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Players, Owners Both Present At Monday’s Meetings

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a number of NFL owners were reportedly present at meetings Monday with players in Minneapolis.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2011

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Report: NFL Players Meet With Attorneys

As the two sides in the NFL labor dispute work toward ending the lockout, a small group of players met Monday with their attorneys in Minneapolis.

CBS Chicago–06/27/2011