Friday Sports Briefs: NFL Free Agency Edition

The end of the NFL lockout has led to a compressed free agency period that has teams, players and agents working at a furious pace.  Here are a few of the most interesting stories on the business and legal aspects of this unique time in the NFL, including the moves of the New England Patriots: […]

NFL Owners & Players Reach Deal to End Lockout

Numerous outlets are reporting that the NFL owners and players have agreed to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.  Peter King of SI.com reports that the player representatives from each team have scheduled a conference call at 11 a.m to vote on the deal.  King also discusses the highlights of the deal in his Monday […]

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The Recertification of the NFLPA Gabe Feldman has a quick and informative primer on the recertification of the players’ union (NFLPA) on NFL.com: Why do the owners want the players to reform their union? Because of a doctrine known as the “non-statutory labor exemption.” This exemption immunizes the terms of a CBA from attack under antitrust law. Essentially, players are required to choose […]

Court Rules that NFL Lockout is Legal

The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled that the NFL Lockout is legal.  See Judy Battista’s article in the New York Times and the following AP video for more information.

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NFL Coaches File Brief in Lockout Case Rob Romano has the story on the NFL Coaches Association, which recently filed a brief in support of NFL players in the Eighth Circuit court in connection with the NFL lockout case. “Owners and fans increasingly demand immediate success, and coaches whose teams cannot fulfill such severe expectations face […]

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New York Mets Prevail in Fan’s Suit Over Broken Bat Rob Romano has the story on Attorney Carla Varriale, who successfully defended the New York Mets against a claim by a fan who alleged that he was injured after a bat shattered during a game at Shea Stadium. UConn Huskies Draft Central With the NFL Draft […]

Lockout Lifted: Judge Rules in Favor of NFL Players

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled in favor of NFL players on their motion for preliminary injunction, thus lifting the owners’ lockout.  The NFL promises to seek a stay of the ruling and an expedited appeal.  In the meantime, players are trying to decide whether to report for work tomorrow morning and the league is trying to […]

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PFT’s Ten Things to Know About the NFL Lockout Pro Football Talk, which has done an outstanding job covering the NFL lockout, posted a great snapshot of the issues in play in Ten things to know, right now, about the labor situation. NFL Sued By Former Players Michael McCann of the Sports Law Blog and Sports Illustrated […]