Now that the NFL season is beginning, some big decisions must be made for all teams including the New Orleans Saints. But first, a look at the Players-Owners agreement since the the battle of the football haves and have-nots came to a close on Monday. The player reps for all 32 teams unanimously agreed to accept the owners' proposal for a 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
Leap of faith?
Without much national fanfare, Louisiana’s Buddy Roemer, born in Shreveport and raised in Bossier City, leaped into the race for the Republican nomination for president of the United States this past week.
Roemer, former congressman from Louisiana’s 4th District from 1980-88 and former governor from 1988-92, made his official announcement before a small crowd on the campus of Dartmouth University.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of J. Stephen Perry to the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors.
Perry served as Governor Mike Foster's Chief of Staff and now serves as President/CEO of New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
It was a hopeful but bittersweet night in Baton Rouge this past Saturday.
The Louisiana Democrats hosted their annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. This year, the featured attraction honored Kathleen Blanco for her years of service to the Democratic Party and to the state.
Bittersweet yet hopeful, because those in attendance were cautiously optimistic about the health of former Governor Blanco. Blanco, who retired after battling the eye of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is now fighting a dangerous rare eye cancer.
Louisiana Campaign Financing
Secretary of State Tom Schedler reported raising more money this period than any other candidate for Secretary of State.
“This has typically been a difficult office to raise money for, but I’m proud that we’ve been able to raise the most money this period,” said Schedler.
Schedler reported raising $79,450 for the period, more than any other candidate for the office. His cash on hand total comes to $171,150.
It is being reported that the Saints plan to cut Reggie Bush to make room in their salary cap. Then, they hope to re-sign him for a lot less than the $11.8 salary he is dues this season.
According to Mike Maske of the Washington Post, reports "barring any unexpected last-second surprised, the champagne is expected to officially pop sometime Monday afternoon. The players have a meeting at 10 am on Monday.
The players are on the one-inch line right now.
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that the owners and players have agreed to a new CBA.
"It's done," one player told Freeman. "We have an agreement . Now all we to do is vote."
According to Jason Lacanfora of NFL Network, the e-mail from NFLPA player representatives to the rank-and-file was never sent. Multiple reports have confirmed that work will continue and that a vote will happen when the deal is ready. There is a chance that a vote will come sooner than Monday.
Per Pro Football Talk, a source with direct knowledge of the dynamics, a vote will happen when the deal points and the language of the settlement are completed.