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MessaggioInviato: Gio Nov 08, 2018 4:24 am    Oggetto:  Colin Kaepernick scored first in his legal showdown with the
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, there aren't likely to be any real winners.Kaepernick's collusion case against the league that doesn't have a place for him took a big step forward when an arbitrator turned back the NFL's request for a summary judgment ó in essence, ruling that there was at least enough evidence to proceed to a full-blown, binding arbitration hearing for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.The longer this whole mess drags on, the worse it is for a league that has already taken quite a public-relations battering over its players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.Then again, it's hard to see an outcome where Kaepernick gets what he really wants: a chance to play again in the NFL.His playing career, in all likelihood, is over."This is good news for Kaepernick that it goes forward, but my feeling all along has not changed: This is uphill climb for him," said Andrew Brandt, executive director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University."To prove collusion is more than just teams deciding for whatever reason that they prefer other quarterbacks to Colin Kaepernick. That's not collusion," Brandt went on. "Collusion is two or more teams ó backed up with evidence ó deciding not to sign Colin Kaepernick. Colluding is two or more NFL entities colluding against signing him."While it seems abundantly clear that the NFL has blackballed Kaepernick, as well as his former teammate Eric Reid (who also has a collusion grievance against the league), actually proving this is a coordinated effort is a whole different matter."This has been going on for quite a while and we've not seen any smoking guns, at least not publicly," Brandt said Friday in a telephone interview. "In our 24-hour media, with so much focus on this, I would think if there's a smoking gun, we would've seen it by now."Even if one emerges and Kaepernick claims an overwhelming legal victory, he'll have to settle for being a very rich but still very much unemployed former NFL quarterback.Arbitrator Stephen Burbank can award tens of millions of dollars in damages.He can't order a team to give Kaepernick a job.That said, the NFL can't seem to break free of a divisive issue that could have far-reaching implications down the road, especially when the collective-bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season. An already testy relationship with the players ó some of whom have carried on Kaepernick's cause by kneeling or raising a fist during the national anthem ó only figures to get worse.Heck, the league already had to back off the supposed national anthem policy it adopted in late May, which would've allowed players to stay in the locker room as a form of absent protest but required them to stand if they came on the field."This is really a lose-lose situation for the league," said Jodi Balsam, who worked in the NFL's legal office from 1994-2007 and now teaches sports law at Brooklyn Law School and New York University. "Obviously if the NFL loses, they have a lot at stake. But even if they win on the merits ó and
, by the way, all the odds-makers say they will win on the merits ó it's still a loss. They will have had to litigate this with all the distractions and expense. That means Colin Kaepernick is still on the public stage for another few months as the hearing plays out."Now that the case is moving forward, it could be ripe for a settlement.The minute Burbank turned them down, the NFL's lawyers were surely advising their billionaire clients that it might be a good time to write out a big fat check to Kaepernick as part of a confidential settlement that makes this whole thing go away."This is a leverage point in the arbitration," said Andrew Stoltmann, a Chicago-based arbitration attorney who has handled more than 1,000 claims. "Reason would seem to dictate that if there's going to be a settlement, it's going to happen now, after this arbitrator's decision, or a couple of weeks before the hearing begins."But even if the league wants to settle, there's no indication that Kaepernick is willing to back down. By all indications, he sees this as a higher calling, a chance to carry through on something far more significant than one man's professional and financial future. He showed how much it all means to him by donating $1 million to various social causes even though he didn't have a job."It's extremely dangerous for the NFL that you might have a plaintiff in Kaepernick who doesn't really care about the money, but rather wants to embarrass the NFL," Stoltmann said. "But think about it: If you're an unemployed former athlete and someone dangles a $50 million check in front of you, or a $75 million check, that's extraordinarily hard for any person to reject."Even if a financial settlement is reached, the NFL will make sure that there's no admission that it worked in unison to keep Kaepernick out of the league.The owners have no intention of giving up their ultimate power over the players: the right to sign ó and not sign ó whoever they want."There's another principle at stake here, the principle that you have significant discretion as an NFL owner and coach to construct a squad that's not just based on talent but on character and camaraderie and a community to win," Balsam said."Are they entitled to make decisions about roster spots and playing time based on players being team players and conducting themselves in the public image that the owners want to project? Absolutely. Are they allowed to say Colin Kaepernick is not right for our team because he's a disruptive presence and we don't want him on our team? They absolutely have that right."So, on we go.Toward an ending with only one likely outcome.Everyone loses.Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at
or at pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at
fantasy football pick-ups, drops for Week 2 So, fantasy football is kind of a thing. If you lost in Week 1, the best part about losing in Week 1 is being first with your waiver claims for Week 2, and as the weeks go on, the pickings get slim. The San Francisco 49ers have some players you may want to consider after their own loss to the Minnesota Vikings. I figured Iíd take a look at some of them and also some of the players that made our foolís gold list and if you should hold them to a higher standard on your team. Percentage owned numbers are based on Yahoo! leagues.Pick-upsGeorge Kittle % Owned: 75Week 1 stats: Five catches
, 90 yardsKittle was regarded as a sleeper tight end pick going into Week 1 and a lot of fantasy owners burned a late draft pick to put Kittle on their bench. Heís owned in 75 percent of leagues, so keep an eye out for him on your waiver wire.With 90 yards and potential for two touchdowns, thereís no reason to not put him in your lineup. If he managed just one of those touchdowns, heíd be in the Top-3. Kittle was used quite a bit in 2017 and if Week 1 is any indication, that may happen again. Keep in mind, Shanahan gets several pass catchers involved in the game plan, so owners may get a bit frustrated if heís not peppered with targets week to week. Thatís a small concern. Kittle is worth at least burning a bench spot in all formats and worth starting in a 12-team league.Pick up or donít pick up: Pick him upMatt Breida% Owned: 58Week 1 stats: 11 carries, 46 yards; One reception, five yardsThe 49ers split running back carries down the middle Sunday, with Breida having just one carry less than Morris. Kyle Shanahan tends to run with the hot hand at running back and neither back was hot in Minnesota. That said, with Breidaís limited ownership, heís worth a look in deeper leagues. For 10-team leagues and below, itís an add if youíre absolutely desperate at the position or have a vacant bench slot burning a hole into your team.Thereís no guarantee Breida will be giving you points week to week, especially with Alfred Morris in there. Heís not worth a first waiver claim, especially when other potentially more productive options like Bilal Powell are available in 58 percent of leagues. Powell is not a sure thing either, but Iíd be more comfortable with him getting 10 touches a game than Breida. Let this one simmer unless itís a deeper league or you ignored the running back position for 10 rounds in your draft. Itís worth a bit more consideration in PPR, but not much. Pick up or donít pick up: Donít pick up. Not yet. Thereís just too much available to merit burning your waiver claims on Breida.Dante Pettis% Owned: 1Week 1 stats: Two catches, 61 yards; One touchdown If you really, really, really, really want Pettis, you can wait until all your other waiver claims go through to get the wide receiver. But heís definitely not worth it. Pettis had the dayís only touchdown, but the 49ers have a lot of mouths at wide receiver to feed, and Pettis is lower on the pecking order behind Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Gar莽on. There is no reason to even use a bench spot on Pettis. He was impressive, but heís not ready for fantasy yet. Pick up or donít pick up: Donít pick him up. Only one percent of leagues own Pettis. Thereís a very good reason for that. Thereís no need for that number to increase. Robbie Gould% Owned: 51Week 1 stats: Three field goals, longest: 41 yardsColor me shocked that Gould is owned in only half of Yahoo! leagues. Given what he did for the 49ers last year
, I saw him as a top-10 kicking option. Many like to stream kickers, but Gould could free up a waiver claim for your entire season. Gould will continue to make field goals, especially if the 49ers red zone issues continue. Put him on your team and donít look back. You donít need another kicker except when the 49ers are on bye.Pick up or donít pick up: If youíre someone who streams kickers, put a stop to that if Gould is in your league and use your claims on other positions. If you were unsatisfied with your kicker in Week 1 and Gould is an option, give him a look. If heís available, pick him up. Foolís goldMarquise Goodwin% Owned: 94Week 1 stats: 0 Catches, 0 yards. Goodwin began last season as waiver fodder, but slowly picked up steam as the 49ers hype-train went on to the point he was becoming the receiver to have over Pierre Gar莽on.Well, he definitely was not a receiver you wanted to have Sunday as Goodwin managed a big fat goose egg after a thigh bruise early in the game. Itís not a good sign. Goodwin is currently listed day-to-day as he rehabs the injury, but his fantasy value couldnít have started any worse. Drop or donít drop: Donít drop him. Given that itís Week 1, donít do anything drastic yet. Keep Goodwin on your bench and wait to see what happens with this injury. Jimmy Garoppolo% Owned: 94Week 1 stats: 15 completions, 261 yards; 1 touchdown, 3 interceptionsOne of the overhyped quarterbacks in fantasy, Jimmy G makes our foolís gold list in Week 1. My original idea was to fill out my roster and take Jimmy G late in the draft. Boy, Iím glad I didnít follow through with that. Garoppolo had a terrible game and even if I did plan on making him my QB1, Iíd be streaming a quarterback for Week 1. There was no way Iíd start him against the Vikings. That said, I didnít exactly expect this much of a stinker. If you are one of those people who reached for Jimmy Garoppolo (and from conversations I fear quite a few of you, including this guy who took him with his first pick). So bench him? On the contrary, start him! Unless you have an elite fantasy QB in Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, Garoppolo is worth a start. As Iím writing this, Iím watching a rookie QB with the New York Jets lay points on the Detroit Lions. In Detroit. I wonder what Jimmy G can do to them in Santa Clara. That said, Iíd be eyeing any QB pickups this week before the position is gobbled up by other teams if you arenít feeling the Jimmy G train. Drop or donít drop: You drafted him? Youíre in it for the long haul. Donít drop him.
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