Two former NFL cheerleaders, who recently filed discrimination claims against the league, will settle for $1 each if commissioner Roger Goodell will agree to meet with a group of cheerleaders.
The settlement proposal asks Goodell and league lawyers to meet with at least four cheerleaders to have a four-hour, “good faith” meeting to create binding rules and regulations for all NFL teams to follow, according to The New York Times.
The proposal was submitted by Sara Blackwell, the lawyer representing the cheerleaders, and sent to NFL attorney Steven Hurd on Tuesday. Blackwell, who represents former Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis and former Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware, asked for a response from the league by May 4.
“We’re not asking them to admit fault, or to admit guilt, or even admit that there is anything wrong,” Blackwell said in a phone interview with the Times. “But if they do want and expect that cheerleaders should have a fair working environment, as they have stated, then it doesn’t make any common sense why the answer would be no.”
DeRozan led all scorers with 35 points. And while he worked his way to the line for 18 free-throw attempts, it was possibly his least efficient outing of the series, a performance that seemed more solo practitioner than team catalyst.
“I took some shots that I wish I could have had back,” DeRozan said. “But it’s just my mindset going out there and being aggressive, wanting to win, wanting to feel like I was doing whatever it took offensively to push us to a win. But with that came some bad shots that I will definitely understand next time.”
Toughest tests: The Cowboys, armed again with running back Ezekiel Elliott for a full season and a further developed QB in Dak Prescott, present the Seahawks a tough intraconference matchup, even though Dallas will have to travel to Seattle. The Seahawks also have to travel all the way to London for their October matchup against the Raiders.
Biggest breaks: For the most part, Seattle draws its toughest opponents (on paper) at home. The Seahawks also have to make just one trip to the East Coast in 2018 — their trip to Carolina to play the Panthers. Of course, that does not include the trip to London.
Bottom line: Despite their division’s tough matchups against the NFC North and AFC West, the Seahawks have a relatively manageable schedule. Based on 2017 results and 2018 projections, Seattle’s home opponents are much stronger than its away opponents, making the home-field advantage of CenturyLink Field that much more important. The Seahawks might be slipping into rebuild mode around Russell Wilson, but while that’s happening, they’re fortunate their 2018 schedule is not tougher. Record prediction: 8-8
Jackson also told the NFL Network after being picked by the Ravens: “They’re going to get a Super Bowl out of me. Believe that.”