Monday, April 25, 2011

NFL Lockout Lifted

Ok…who else is excited?

National Football Player Association's request for an injunction was granted earlier today and teams are forced to continue operations, but the league will appeal the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., ordered an end to the 7-week-old lockout, saying she believed the players' argument that the situation was causing irreparable harm to their careers.

The NFL will most definitely attempt to get a stay of the ruling — keeping the lockout in place — from Nelson. They have already filed a notice with the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, questioning whether the district court exceeded its jurisdiction. To some it seems like a reach, to others…the move is justified.

The ruling will not affect this week's draft, which was put in place as the last piece of the now-expired CBA. But because there is no longer a players union — the NFL Players Assn. decertified as a union last month — the league is in peril of running afoul of antitrust laws with each decision the owners make collectively.

If the league does not get its stay and the lockout is lifted, the NFL probably would put in place the rules under which it operated last season — seeing as those rules were collectively bargained for with the players, when those players were represented by a union.

Only time will tell…or sell…tickets. Go Eagles!!!


A Picture's Worth: Farrah Franklin (Destiny's Stepchild) Mugshot

R&B singer Farrah Franklin plans to take some serious legal action against a California police department. She's made allegations of "manhandling" during her arrest in the early hours of Saturday April 23, 2011.

The former Destiny's Child (star) was taken into custody in Culver City on suspicion of disorderly conduct after cops received a disturbing the peace complaint about Franklin. Who thinks they know what she was doing???

The 29-year-old, who was released on $100 bail, insists she is innocent and has sensationally accused officers of targeting her for her race and mistreating her during her detainment.

She told, "I was manhandled by the arresting officers... There were no female officers on duty and I was required to take off my top and treated unfairly."

And Franklin has now vowed to take her case to court.

In a post on on Monday (25Apr11), she writes, "Yes, I'm okay & Yes there Will be a lawsuit ! F**K da Culver City Police !!!! You cant keep a good girl down."


Shouts to TMZ…


Netflix, Big Business

Netflix reported a first-quarter profit of $60.2 million on Monday. Count em…I'll wait. The booming company says it has welcomed 3.3 million subscribers in the United States in a span of three months. That's record time, no literally, its fastest rate of growth yet. Netflix Chief Executive, Reed Hastings mentioned “It took us four years to get to 3.3 million subscribers, now we did it in one quarter.”

Netflix’s streaming-only service costs $7.99 a month. To keep customers paying for unlimited access to its currently massive library of movies and TV shows, Netflix must maintain its own (damn near exclusive) access to that content. Last month, it announced that it had bought the exclusive rights to a show, “House of Cards,” that Media Rights Capital is producing. This month it paid Lionsgate for the rights to stream archived seasons of the AMC series “Mad Men” and paid Twentieth Century Fox for the rights to the Fox series “Glee,” among others.

But at the same time, the pay cable channels Starz and Showtime are becoming more restrictive about Netflix’s access to their content. Netflix is trying to make the case that its streaming deals benefit all players because when users watch past seasons of shows, they are then more likely to watch current seasons shown by a cable provider or broadcaster. “We hope over time that HBO and Showtime will let us prove this proposition for them,” the company wrote in the shareholder letter.

I foresee more big moves for Netflix in the future.


From The Vault: Clipse - When The Last Time

LMAO!!! Whenever I hear this song, I think about my high school years. My friends are sick. Period.

Also, shout out to shorty…she was my favorite character in the video.


Video: Pusha T - Can I Live

Pusha visuals for Fear of God are back! And this time he went with the pink pants and #NoSocks. LOL! I wonder if the industry will let him live this one down…

You can do whatever you want when you run with Kanye though. Right?


New Music: Jay Sean - YMCMB Heroes (Feat. Tyga, Busta Rhymes & Cory Gunz)

Word to YMCMB for providing summer time anthems right? I'm not a fan, but the radio is probably going to eat this up…

Shout out to Busta for consistently reinventing himself.


Video: Hornets Even Series 2-2 Against LA Lakers

Hornets even the score last night. Chris Paul had yet another phenomenal game…with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. Lakers fans…any suggestions???


#POWERMOVES For Nintendo

Nintendo has announced it will launch a successor to its popular Wii gaming console next year! As of March 2011, Nintendo has sold 86.01 million consoles since 2006 when the console was released to the public. However, in 2010 the company sold only 15.1 million game consoles globally — a 25% drop from 2009 when it sold 20.1 million units.

The company also revealed its yearly financial results for 2010, marking a big drop in net profit — $825 million — 66 percent less than in 2009.

The declining Wii sales paired with the shoddy financial results make this a perfect moment for Nintendo to announce the next version of Wii. A “2012 launch” is as vague as launch dates come, but Nintendo promised to have a playable unit, as well as more details and specifications of the upcoming Wii model, at the E3 Expo, which is June 7-9 in Los Angeles.

#BigUps Mashable