Tribeca Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival opens in New York City on April 20, 2011, and includes seven films in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film series.

This year’s series consist of two combat sports films: Sebastian Dehnhardt’s “Klitschko” and Pablo Croce’s “Like Water”, while Stevan Riley’s “Fire in Babylon” and Adam Pesce’s “Splinters” are both about “third-world athletes tackling commercial, first-world sports.”  Rounding out the sports series are Jonathan Hock’s “Off the Rez” and Alex Gibney’s “Catching Hell.” (As reported: N.Y. TIMES, 4/20)

The NFL’s Tribute to the Anniversary of 9/11

The 2011 National Football League season will kick-off on September 8, 2011, with a Thursday Night Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.

The NFL will pay tribute to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, by having the New York Football Giants play the Washington Redskins on September 11, 2011 – Appropriate, since New York City and Washington D.C. are the locations where the two horrific events occurred.

There was some indication that the Giants would play the Jets on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, but a source said “given the complexities of the schedule, the league could not make that game work for the opener”.

It is great that the National Football League revealed its 2011 schedule, but has anyone told them, there is no agreement with the Players to actually have a season.

NFL/NFL PA Labor Dispute Update

The National Football League and the former NFL Players’ Association resumed court-ordered mediation after a three-day break.  Result – no agreement.

This mediation is the latest measure in the dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement, or lack thereof, which resulted in an antitrust lawsuit being filed by the players against the NFL and the NFL’s decision to lock out the players after they disbanded their union.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, after a hearing on April 6, 2011, said she would rule “in a couple of weeks” on the players’ request to lift the lockout. Said time frame is winding down and the questions becomes, how willing is either side is to come to an agreement since a ruling on the injunction could provide one side with leverage over the other.  Why pick up your football and go home now when we’re already late into the fourth quarter.

However, the losing side would certainly appeal the ruling of Judge Nelson.  That would mean more time for legal maneuvering, jeopardizing the 2011 season for NFL fans.

My two cents, sit down and come to an agreement  – soon.  If you don’t, NFL fans might not be there come the fourth quarter.