Today in Sports: A new NFL lawsuit, Golden State is building a new home, and NBC is all-in on the Olympics.
NBC Sports has announced its all-Olympics-all-the-time summer schedule will include 5,535 hours of coverage for the 2012 London Olympics, including an unprecedented 272.5 hours on its flagship network. Most importantly, for the first time ever, every single event will be available live online (provided you already have a cable package.) The biggest complaint from sports fans during the last several Olympics is that NBC has chosen to tape delay the most popular events, even when the results are readily available to everyone in the world the moment they happen. Finally, the 21st century has arrived. [NBC Universal]
The lockout may have ended without casualties, but the fight between the NFL and its players' union continues to rage on. The NFLPA filed suit against the league today claiming that the owners colluded to institute a "secret" salary cap during the 2010 season, which was supposed to be a year without a cap. The union even says that New York Giants owner John Mara confirmed the conspiracy when the league imposed penalties on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for violating a cap that supposedly didn't exist. They league claims it doesn't matter because the CBA they signed last year doesn't allow the players to sue. Despite the happy feelings over averting disaster during the last offseason, it's obvious that the level of distrust between the two groups is as great as ever. [NFLPlayers.com]
The Golden State Warriors are moving back to San Francisco. The team's billionaire owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have announced a plan to build a $500 million arena on the city's waterfront and transplant the team from its current home in Oakland. The loss is a big blow to Oakland's sports fortunes, particularly with Athletics looking to skip town as well. But the most remarkable part of the story is that the new arena will be funded entirely with private money and the team will even pay to fix up two city piers for the project rather than blackmail taxpayers like every other sports team does when they want a new building. [San Jose Mercury News]
The father of future NFL Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady says the would be "very hesitant" to let his son play football if he were just starting out today. Brady (who actually didn't let his son play football until high school) was backing up comments by another NFL legend, Kurt Warner, who admitted recently that he didn't want his sons playing football either, due to the dangers of concussions and other long-term injuries. [Yahoo]
And in news from across the pond, Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended for a Premier League-record 12 games next season after getting a red card in their season finale against Manchester City for elbowing one opponent, then kicking and headbutting two others as he left the field. Even if you aren't a close watcher of EPL football, you may have seen Barton's antics in the highlights package of the stunning game, which Barton's team lost after City scored two miracle goals in the final five minutes of injury time to win their first league title in more than 40 years. [The Guardian]