February 27, 2008

Bush Skips Deposition; Notes From Around: NFL Network, former Saint, Voodoo and free agent news

Bush Skips Out: Weeks after the plaintiff against Bush in left his deposition early, Bush's legal representation informed the deposition meeting that Bush would not be attending.

The lawsuit against Bush from sports marketer Lloyd Lake will continue.

The attorney for Lake, Brian Watkins, has said that the NCAA has asked for transcripts of the deposition.

Southern Cal could be in line for sanctions from the NCAA should Bush be found ineligible during his time with the Trojans before he was drafted by the Saints in 2006.

Bush's attorneys are moving to keep the deposition private and Bush is not expected to provide a deposition until that motion has been resolved.

NFL Network Back In Court: A court has ruled that the NFL Network and Comcast must head back to court to resolve their cable carrying case. A lower court had ruled that Comcast, at its prerogative, could carry the NFL Network on a premium sports tier.

The NFL Network wants to force Comcast, and therefore other carriers, to carry their startup network on their standard channel lineup. The NFL contends that language in the broadcast agreement prohibits Comcast from placing the Network in an optional, cost-added tier.

Notes: The Jaguars have re-signed two former Saints: G Tutan Reyes and QB Todd Bouman. Reyes replaced another former Saint draft pick, Chris Naeole, in the starting lineup last year... The Lions signed former Saints S Dwight Smith, recently released by Minnesota... The Voodoo have traded for WR Chris Horn, the former Saint training camp receiver. Horn, who was with the Philadelphia Soul, was acquired for DL Mike Landry... One of the top cornerback prospects in the upcoming draft, CB Tracy Porter of the University of Indiana, is a former All-Big Ten defensive back, hails from Port Allen, LA, and is an avowed Saints fan... The Saints were interested in former 49er MLB Derek Smith before he signed in San Diego...

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