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Mr. Laz
05-25-2005, 10:38 AM
NFL NEWS

• SURGERY FOR TITAN: Tennessee Titans tight end Ben Troupe has a foot injury that might cause him to miss the rest of the offseason but should not affect his availability for the 2005 season. Troupe was injured without contact Tuesday during an organized workout.

• DIVERSITY SCORE: Racial diversity within NFL coaching staffs and front offices is improving while its players' union continued to excel, according to a University of Central Florida study.

Richard Lapchick of UCF's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the NFL grades of B for race and a D-plus for gender, although the league has a higher percentage of woman executives at the very top than the other major men's sports leagues. Two years ago, those grades were B-minus and D-minus.

The players' association maintained A-pluses for race and gender, the best among the professional players unions reviewed. Almost two-thirds of the positions on the association's board were occupied by black people, led by executive director Gene Upshaw.

• VIKINGS SIGN KICKER: The Minnesota Vikings and free-agent kicker Paul Edinger agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Edinger, who spent the last five seasons with Chicago, was cut by the Bears earlier this month after they signed veteran Doug Brien.

• WASHINGTON GETS HALL: Safety Cory Hall signed with Washington after two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

Hall made 60 tackles in 14 games, including 13 starts, for Atlanta in 2004. He was released on March 2.


Horse collar tackled

Owners outlaw maneuver, hold off on sale of Vikings

The Associated Press

NFL owners eliminated the horse-collar tackle Tuesday, then maintained the suspense for at least one more day regarding the sale of the Minnesota Vikings and the selection of a site for the 2009 Super Bowl.

Beyond those formalities, the first day of a two-day owners' meeting in Washington put on full display stark differences among the teams over revenue sharing, which need to be resolved before a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with the players' union. Somewhat related was New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson's confirmation that he has been offered more than $1 billion for his team, an offer he didn't accept but used to illustrate the financial problems that might prompt him to move the franchise elsewhere — perhaps to Los Angeles.

“What would it take to keep it in New Orleans?” Benson said. “We need to work out a reasonable situation.”

The owners' only definitive action was the 27-5 vote to ban the horse-collar tackle, in which a defender grabs the back inside of an opponent's shoulder pads and yanks the player down. Dallas safety Roy Williams does the tackle as well as anybody, but he seriously injured All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens of Philadelphia with the maneuver last season.

The proposed $600 million sale of the Vikings to New Jersey real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf was discussed by the league's finance committee and could be approved by the owners today, although some details in the agreement between Wilf and current owner Red McCombs are holding up the process.

“From what we can see right now, just logistical issues,” said Benson, who heads the finance committee. “It's just a matter of getting the paperwork done.”

Also on the agenda today is the selection of a 2009 Super Bowl site. Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and Tampa, Fla., are the contenders.

Also Tuesday, the league's finance committee asked Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer to explain Manchester United's relationship with a Las Vegas casino. Glazer recently succeeded in a $1.47 billion takeover of the soccer club, which is involved in a proposed venture with Las Vegas Sands Corp. that would build a resort and casino near United's Old Trafford stadium.

whoman69
05-25-2005, 12:33 PM
The Titans are going to be brutal to watch this year.

How can anyone expect the NFL to do well in gender equality when no players are female and a great majority of fans are male. Partner that with the fact there is gender inequality overall in the executive circles around the country and there shouldn't be any reason to expect improvement.

keg in kc
05-25-2005, 12:37 PM
The players' association maintained A-pluses for race and gender, the best among the professional players unions reviewed. Almost two-thirds of the positions on the association's board were occupied by black people, led by executive director Gene Upshaw.That could spark some interesting debate.

Bob Dole
05-25-2005, 01:01 PM
That could spark some interesting debate.

Bob Dole had a response typed in and deleted it...

The message is pretty clear.

black = good, white = bad

keg in kc
05-25-2005, 01:08 PM
Bob Dole had a response typed in and deleted it...

The message is pretty clear.

black = good, white = badYeah, I sat for about ten minutes trying to type something up, but I couldn't come up with anything that didn't make me sound like a raving skinhead. It's a sensitive issue, but it's pretty clear that "diversity" doesn't have much to do with "equality". Everybody wants preferential treatment. However, it might not be as offbase here because of the ethnic makeup of the group the NFLPA is representing (i.e. the players). Although, who knows, I can't tell you the ethnic breakdown of the NFL. But it's the same old question, is a 2/3 ratio favoring one group better than a 2/3 ratio that favors another...

Bob Dole
05-25-2005, 01:11 PM
Yeah, I sat for about ten minutes trying to type something up, but I couldn't come up with anything that didn't make me sound like a raving skinhead. It's a sensitive issue, but it's pretty clear that "diversity" doesn't have much to do with "equality". Everybody wants preferential treatment. However, it might not be as offbase here because of the ethnic makeup of the group the NFLPA is representing (i.e. the players). Although, who knows, I can't tell you the ethnic breakdown of the NFL. But it's the same old question, is a 2/3 ratio favoring one group better than a 2/3 ratio that favors another...

It would seem that the answer is a resounding "yes."