News & Notes 7.26.11

Roger Goodell and Demaurice Smith shake hands at a press conference announcing the end the NFL's lockout. (courtesy LA Times)

Football is Back!: The NFL lockout is officially over. reports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith stood shoulder to shoulder Monday and announced “football’s back.” In the end, the owners will receive 53% of revenue, compared to the 47% going to players.   Under the old deal, the money was split nearly equally. The players are happy with regulations requiring owners to use almost all of their salary cap space in cash, and new safety measures. Check out the winners and losers from the new agreement.

Stow Beating Suspects Linked to More Attacks: reports that the two men charged with severely beating a San Fransisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium are now suspected of attacking three more Giants fans on opening day.  Eyewitnesses said they saw Louie Sanchez assault at least one of the unidentified victims.  He faces a misdemeanor count of assault in connection to that case.  Sanchez and Marvin Norwood are both charged with felony mayhem and assault for the beating of Brian Stow on March 31.  Stow remains hospitalized with a brain injury.

LA Close to New Stadium Deal: The Los Angeles Times reports that the city has announced they have reached a tentative deal with a stadium planning group.  The move puts LA one step closer to luring an NFL team back to the second largest city in the United States.  LA is currently the only major city without an NFL franchise.  The stadium will cost $275 million in tax-exempt bonds and be called Farmers Field.

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