National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to police player conduct and mete out punishment has been upheld by an arbitrator. University of Pennsylvania law professor Stephen Burbank has ruled in favor of Goodell and the league in a challenge brought by the NFL Players Association on behalf of current and former New Orleans Saints players suspended by the commissioner for their role in the Saints’ ‘bountygate’ scandal.
The NFL’s website, which is of course unbiased, has a full account here.
Meanwhile back at the heart of the matter, the suspended current and former players — Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith along with Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove — have argued that Goodell and the league have failed to produce any evidence of the alleged pay-for-pain bounty system the league accuses Saints defensive coaches and players of employing for three seasons. But, Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that the league has a copy of a “ledger” that logged a running tally of earnings for players participating in the bounty program.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.