View Full Version : Football Players' union wins court ruling against NFL

Cave Johnson
03-02-2011, 01:19 PM
Boom. This paves the way for both parties to settle.


The fight between NFL players and owners a battle of the haves and have-lots is entering troubling territory.

The sides have been squabbling since 2006 over how best to divide what has grown to $9 billion in annual revenues. But, with the collective bargaining agreement expiring after Thursday and the likelihood of a player lockout looming, the immediate future of the nation's most popular sports league is in doubt.

On Tuesday night, when the NFL and the union were concluding eight days of mediation in Washington, U.S. District Judge David Doty of Minnesota handed a victory to the players. He ruled that the league violated the CBA in negotiating a special provision in the television contracts that would ensure the owners would be paid $4 billion even if there was no season. The players argue the league didn't get maximum value out of those TV deals because of the built-in lockout insurance provision.

Doty, who overruled a special master's decision, ordered that a hearing be held to determine damages for the players. The union had asked that the TV money be placed in escrow until the end of any lockout.

Whereas the NFL downplayed the decision a spokesman saying the league is prepared for any contingency the other side categorized it as a very big deal.

"We didn't file this lawsuit to try to get an advantage over the owners and the league," said Latham & Watkins attorney Tom Heiden, who, along with the NFL Players Assn.'s Jeffrey Kessler, served as lead counsels for the players. "We tried to restore the balance so both parties would be sitting there at the bargaining table even and level, and the league and the owners wouldn't be able to take advantage of this $4-billion war chest that they characterized as a weapon."

Those owners will convene Wednesday and Thursday at a hotel near Washington's Dulles Airport to make their next move, almost certainly locking out the players until a deal is done.

Meanwhile, the NFLPA is poised to preempt that by decertifying declaring itself something other than a union and thereby making the argument in federal court that locking out the players would be in violation of antitrust laws.

A crescendo is building between two dug-in adversaries who emerged from mediation with no deal in hand. The sides have prospered as part of a league that hasn't had an interruption in play since 1987. (The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have all languished through work stoppages since.)

"People don't want to hear about our squabbling, and it's criminal if we don't get a deal done," New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said last month.

A look at the turbulent situation: [see the above link for the remainder of the article]

03-02-2011, 01:23 PM

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03-02-2011, 01:31 PM
P Kraft is right.

03-02-2011, 01:39 PM
P Kraft is right.

O h I agree.

Cave Johnson
03-02-2011, 01:41 PM
Lots of discussion about this in the other thread....

03-02-2011, 02:14 PM
Lots of discussion about this in the other thread....

Yeah, thanks for fucking up the Repost spelling.

We only needed TWO fucking letters. Just two. Is that too much to ask?


This is why we cant have nice things!

Sofa King
03-02-2011, 02:32 PM
S hit i missed the spelling.

03-02-2011, 02:33 PM
T wice in one week?

03-02-2011, 02:34 PM
T ebow is "winning."

03-02-2011, 02:40 PM
Millionaires versus billionaires.... Wake me when it's over