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Social media playing a role in CBA negotiations

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Social media playing a role in CBA negotiations

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, players essentially gave into owners' demands after a lengthy battle to get the sport going again. As the next round of negotiations continue, players demand more of a give-and-take process and aren't afraid to speak up about it.

This time around, a huge tool will play a big part in the negotiations that didn't exist back in 2004: Twitter.

Twitter's been used as a form of protest since its creation back in 2006. In fact, many Olympians even took to Twitter to boycott social media restrictions before the start of the London Games. It's something the website's been used for in the past and will continue to be used for throughout its existence.

Obviously a quick online post is no guarantee for change, but it eliminates the whole "he said she said" nonsense and allows for a clearer path of communication in terms of what both the NHL and NHLPA are asking of one another.

In fact, a few players have already made a comment or two on the situation, and as the Sept. 15 deadline approaches, emotional tweets are guaranteed to continue popping up on your timeline.

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Henrik LundqvistThe @NHL says they wont play past Sept 15th under current deal. Apparently they dont like the deal they designed. CBA nhlpa2012
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Brandon PrustDisappointed the League is talking about a lockout before we even give our @NHLPA counterproposal. theplayers
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Paul BissonnetteOwners want 25 roll back on salaries but are handing out 100 million dollar deals like it's going out of style. Figure that one out. NHL
Jul 19 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply
Living in this "now" generation, we're used to getting information the second (if not before) it comes out. As CBA meetings have continued, we learned the owners' proposals the second they were leaked, when that information was meant to be kept quiet throughout the negotiating process. With those bulletpoints circulating through Twitter and the rest of the Internet, everyone from fans, to players or reporters were able to take that information and create ideas about what's to come for the NHL as we approach the start of the 2012-13 season.

Bettman doesnt feel revenue sharing is a key piece. Fehr very much does. Uh oh. Jesse Spector (@jessespector) August 9, 2012
The owners have made it clear that there won't be a season until a new agreement is reached. Hockey took a big hit in popularity when the 2004 season was lost, but now with social media, the hype can help be continued and emotions can raise as we see discussions on the matter circulating around us.

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

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Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.

Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

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Wendell Carter Jr. survives gauntlet of centers to begin career

Don't tell Wendell Carter Jr. the center position is a dying breed.

The 19-year-old rookie hasn't exactly been able to ease into the NBA, finding himself up against a handful of All-Stars and powerful frontcourts just five days into his career.

It culminated Monday night with a date against Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan, and once again the seventh overall pick held his own. It was much of the same as it was against Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Detroit's Andre Drummond last week (and Nikola Jokic in the preseason finale): some good, some bad, plenty of poise and zero backing down. The NBA is unforgiving, but this could very well be the toughest stretch Carter faces all season.

"He’s playing against top level centers now," Fred Hoiberg said before Monday's game. "It’s a great experience for him. He’s going to learn and get better and he plays within himself, we will continue to look for him to be more aggressive."

He was as aggressive as the Bulls have seen him against Jordan and the Mavericks. He blew by the 20 and 18 minutes he played in the first two games of the year, totalling 32 minutes. His final line won't tell the story - 4 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block - of a Carter who defended well at the rim, picking and choosing his spots on when to attack shots and when to simply use his verticality.

He wasn't credited for a block but he contested a Jordan dunk that turned into a Bobby Portis dunk on the other end. Plus-minus isn't always a good indicator of a player's worth, but Carter was a +5 in a 14-point Bulls loss. He even attempted a corner 3-pointer early in the shot clock, showing no hesitation. Carter's had his moments, but it's also apparent he's got a 19-year-old body going up against veterans each night. That'll come with time in the weight room. For now the experience is 

"I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early in my career," Carter said after the loss to the Pistons. "What I need to work on is I have to get stronger; that’s the first thing I recognize; just being up against the best. I love the competition. It’s always a great feeling going against the best."

What the Bulls are finding out is they have a player mature beyond his years. As he progresses he'll continue to get more difficult assignments. He had his rookie moment late in Monday's loss, committing a turnover in the backcourt after the Bulls had cut the deficit to five with 35 seconds left. The fouls are also an issue, as Carter has committed 10 in three games (after committing 17 in five preseason games).

That doesn't necessarily seem important for a Lottery-bound team, but considering the continued struggles of Robin Lopez (and Cristiano Felicio is entirely out of the rotation) it is. Lopez had 2 points and 1 rebound in 10 minutes while committing five personal fouls. In three games he has 11 personal fouls and 11 points, and also has more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four). If the Bulls are going to compete until Lauri Markkanen returns, Carter will need to hover around the 32 minutes he played Monday.

He'll get a much easier test on Wednesday when the Charlotte Hornets arrive in town. Cody Zeller doesn't exactly have the credentials of a Jokic or Embiid, meaning Carter may have a little more room to work. 

The Bulls know they have something in Carter. It'll be abother month until they can deploy him alongside Markkanen, but if the first three games are any indication, Carter won't have any problems matching up with some of the league's best.