The 2011 National Football League Player lockout was a work stoppage imposed by the owners of the NFL's 32 teams that lasted from March 12, 2011, to July 25, 2011. When the owners and the NFL players, represented by the National Football League Players Association, could not come to a consensus on a new collective bargaining agreement, the owners locked out the players from team facilities and shut down league operations. The major issues disputed were the salary cap, players' safety and health benefits, revenue sharing and television contracts, transparency of financial information, rookie salaries, season length, and free agency guidelines. During the 18-week, 4-day period, there was no free agency and training camp, and players were restricted from seeing team doctors, entering or working out at team facilities, or communicating with coaches. The end of the lockout coincided with the formation of a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the start of the 2011 regular season.2012 Fiesta Bowl
The 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, champions of the Big 12 Conference, played the Stanford Cardinal, an at-large selection from the Pac-12 conference . Oklahoma State won the game, 41–38, in overtime.
Originally this game was scheduled for January 5 pending resolution of the 2011 NFL lockout and a possible Monday Night Football game on January 2. However, with the resolution of the lockout, the game was moved to the spot following the 2012 Rose Bowl. The game aired on ESPN.Chris Kluwe
Christopher James Kluwe (; born December 24, 1981) is a former American football punter and writer. Kluwe played at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California, where he was a 1999 USA Today High School All-American, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college football for the UCLA Bruins. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and played professionally in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, and Oakland Raiders.
Kluwe is widely known for his eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, where he set eight individual team records. During this period, Kluwe became an outspoken advocate on social issues, including same sex marriage and gay rights—which ultimately led to tension between Kluwe and coaching staff.
Kluwe was released by the Vikings after the 2012 season, signed with the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2013 season, and was subsequently released. Kluwe was unable to find another NFL team with which to sign and retired from professional football in 2013. Following his departure from football, he has pursued a writing career and is a humor columnist for the sports website Deadspin.DeMaurice Smith
DeMaurice F. "De" Smith (born February 3, 1964) is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and he was elected unanimously on March 15, 2009. As Executive Director of the NFLPA during the 2011 NFL lockout, Smith played a major role in helping the players and NFL owners come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.Eric Mensik
Eric Mensik (born December 18, 1987) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Oklahoma from 2007 to 2010, beginning as a tight end and later moving to the offensive line. He was selected as a first-team All-Big 12 player after the 2010 college football season. Mensik was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the end of the NFL lockout in 2011. He was waived on August 29, 2011.George Atallah
George Atallah is an American business executive and public relations professional. He is currently the assistant executive director of external affairs for the National Football League Players Association, a position he has held since 2009.George McCaskey
George Halas McCaskey is the current chairman of the NFL's Chicago Bears, who replaced his brother Michael McCaskey as chairman in 2011.Jacksonville Roar
The Jacksonville Roar is the professional cheerleading squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. The group was established in 1995, the team's inaugural year, and regularly performs choreographed routines during the team's home contests.Kevin Mawae
Kevin James Mawae (; born January 23, 1971) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons and is currently a member of the Arizona State University coaching staff. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was a four-year starter. He was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1994 NFL Draft, and also played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.
Mawae was selected for the Pro Bowl eight times, including six consecutive occasions (1999–2004), and was a seven-time All-Pro. He also served two terms as NFLPA president, which coincided with the 2011 NFL lockout. He later served as an assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.Larry Dean (Canadian football)
Larry Dean (born August 7, 1988) is a Canadian football linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Valdosta State.Lockout
Lockout may refer to:
Lockout (industry), a type of work stoppage
Dublin Lockout, a major industrial dispute between approximately 20,000 workers and 300 employers 1913 - 1914
Lockout (sports), lockout in sports leagues
MLB lockout, lockout in MLB
NBA lockout, lockout in NBA
NFL lockout, lockout in NFL
NHL lockout, lockout in NHL
Lockout (film), a 2012 science fiction action film
Lockout chip, a computer chip in a video game system to prevent use of unauthorized software
Lock-out device, part of a signaling system used on game shows
Regional lockout, a barrier to prevent media use outside of a specific region
Lockout-tagout, a procedure to prevent unsafe activation of machinery
A period in some hostels during which guests are disallowed from the premisesMLB lockout
The MLB lockout may refer to the lockouts or strikes of Major League Baseball:
The 1972 Major League Baseball strike, which canceled 86 games
The 1973 Major League Baseball lockout, which cancelled no games
The 1976 Major League Baseball lockout, which cancelled no games
The 1980 Major League Baseball strike
The 1981 Major League Baseball strike, which cancelled 713 games
The 1985 Major League Baseball strike, which cancelled no games
The 1990 Major League Baseball lockout, which cancelled no games
The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike, which cancelled the entire 1994 post-season, including the MLB World SeriesNBA lockout
The NBA lockout may refer to any of the four lockouts in the history of the National Basketball Association:
The 1995 NBA lockout, which lasted for three months before the 1995–96 season
The 1996 NBA lockout, which lasted for a couple of hours before the 1996–97 season
The 1998–99 NBA lockout, which lasted for more than six months and forced the 1998–99 season to be shortened to 50 regular season games per team
The 2011 NBA lockout, which lasted for over eight months and forced the 2011–12 season to be shortened to 66 regular season games per teamNFL Coaches Association
The National Football League Coaches Association (NFLCA) is a group of coaches in the National Football League (NFL). As of 2012, the only coach not in the association was Bill Belichick..
During the 2011 NFL Lockout, the NFLCA filed a brief in favor of the players.Successful coaches often become as well or even better-known than the athletes they coach, and in recent years have come to command high salaries and have agents of their own to negotiate their contracts with the teams. Professional level coaches may have contracts for millions of dollars a year. Due to the extensive time on the road and long hours, coaching is a high stress job and when the money is good, many coaches retire in their early fifties or sixties. Many factors are part of NFL coaches' contracts. These involve the NFL's $11 Billion as the highest revenue sport. The NFL's coaches are the highest paid professional coaches with professional football topping the list in Forbes' highest-paid sports coaches. Bill Belichick is in the #1 spot for the second year in a row Another major element of NFL coaches' contracts, negotiated between individual coaches and NFL teams/owners, are provisions that authorize the employing NFL teams to withhold part of a coach's salary when league operations are suspended, such as lockouts or television contract negotiations.National Football League Players Association
The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor organization representing the professional American football players in the National Football League (NFL). The NFLPA, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C., is led by president Eric Winston and executive director DeMaurice Smith. Founded in 1956, the NFLPA was established to provide players with formal representation to negotiate compensation and the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The NFLPA is a member of the AFL–CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States.In the early years of the NFL, contractual negotiations took place between individual players and management; team owners were reluctant to engage in collective bargaining. A series of strikes and lockouts have occurred throughout the union's existence largely due to monetary and benefit disputes between the players and the owners. League rules that punished players for playing in rival football leagues resulted in litigation; the success of such lawsuits impelled the NFL to negotiate some work rules and minimum payments with the NFLPA. However, the organization was not recognized by the NFL as the official bargaining agent for the players until 1968, when a CBA was signed. The most recent CBA negotiations took place in 2011.
In addition to conducting labor negotiations, the NFLPA represents and protects the rights of the players; the organization's actions include filing grievances against player discipline that it deems too severe. The union also ensures that the terms of the collective bargaining agreement are adhered to by the league and the teams. It negotiates and monitors retirement and insurance benefits and enhances and defends the image of players and their profession.Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is an annual National Football League (NFL) exhibition game that is held the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's induction ceremonies. The game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is located adjacent to the Hall of Fame building in Canton, Ohio. It is traditionally the first game played in the NFL preseason for any given year, marking the end of the NFL's six-month off-season.Roger Goodell
Roger Stokoe Goodell (born February 19, 1959) is an American businessman who is currently the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL). On August 8, 2006, Goodell was chosen to succeed retiring commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He was chosen for the position over four finalists; he won a close vote on the fifth ballot before being unanimously approved by acclamation of the owners. He officially began his tenure on September 1, 2006, just prior to the beginning of the 2006 NFL season. On December 6, 2017, the NFL announced that Goodell signed a new contract that will start in 2019. Commentators have described him as "the most powerful man in sports."Scott Lutrus
Scott Lutrus (born April 23, 1988) is a former American football linebacker for the University of Connecticut. After college, he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2011. After time on various practice squads, he was signed by the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) and remained with them until the team folded in 2016.Wilson Raynor
Wilson Raynor (born March 29, 1986) is a former American football long snapper. He was signed by the New York Jets after the NFL lockout in 2011. He played four years of college football at East Carolina University Pirate Football.