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NFL Reaches Agreement with Referee Association, Ends Lockout

  The National Football League (NFL) and its regular officials have reached a tentative agreement on a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement, ending an NFL-imposed lockout that began in June. During the lockout, replacement referees oversaw the first 48 regular season games of the 2012 campaign. A questionable touchdown decision made by the replacement officials … Continue Reading

The Hits Keep Coming:NFL Referees Association Files NLRB Charge against NFL

It may be the NFL’s offseason, but there has still been plenty of action surrounding “the League” in the legal arena: lawsuits alleging everything from the NFL’s failure to warn players concerning the risks of concussions to defamation resulting from the Commissioner’s public statements about the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal.  The NFL will now … Continue Reading

NFL Labor Strife Round II: League Talks With Referees Break Down

The National Football League (NFL) has announced it has begun the process of interviewing, hiring and training potential replacement referees for the 2012 NFL season. The League took this step as collective bargaining negotiations with the National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA) have broken down and the successful negotiation of an agreement may not be … Continue Reading

Linebacker Sues NFL Commissioner For Defamation Over Comments in “Bounty” Scandal

As the NFL defends against accusations that it long has concealed information regarding the harmful impact concussions have on players’ brains, the League has taken an aggressive tactic in its investigation into the New Orleans Saints’ alleged use of a “bounty” program. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s March 2, 2012, press release alleged that Saints coaches … Continue Reading

Duke Law School Sports Law Symposium-March 16, 2012

What: Duke Law School’s 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium – The Business: Recent Developments and New Challenges in Sports, Entertainment and the Law When: March 16, 2012 (9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.) Where: Duke Law School 3043 (map) Schedule of Events 9:00 – 9:20: Registration and Networking Breakfast 9:20 – 9:30: Opening Remarks 9:30 – 10:15: Collective Bargaining Panel … Continue Reading

Arizona State’s 2nd Annual Conference on Sports & Entertainment Law

The Jackson Lewis Collegiate and Professional Sports Industry Group will be a featured participant at Arizona State’s 2nd Sports and Entertainment Law Conference.  The full details of the conference are posted below.   What: Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s 2nd Annual Conference on Sports and Entertainment Law When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 (9 a.m. – 5 … Continue Reading

NFL Concussion Lawsuit – Can Plaintiffs’ Negligence Claims Survive California’s Workers’ Compensation Exclusivity Rule May Block Negligence Claims

Seventy-five former NFL players and some of their spouses have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the NFL and a long-time supplier of protective helmets, alleging that the League knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects that concussions may have on a player’s brain, but concealed that information from … Continue Reading

Labor Peace: NFL and Players Union Execute New Agreement

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Director DeMaurice Smith have executed a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement between the League and its players.  The agreement was concluded on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on the morning of August 5th. Under the 300-page agreement, the NFL will become … Continue Reading

National Football League Negotiations-At The Goal Line

The National Football League team owners have approved terms of a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the National Football League Players Association and the terms of a comprehensive settlement to multiple litigations. The July 22, 2011 vote in Atlanta was 31-0,  with only the Oakland Raiders abstaining from the vote. Unfortunately, the owners’ vote … Continue Reading

Players Accuse NFL Of Concealing Concussion Risks

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday July 19, 2011, seventy-five (75) former NFL players have alleged that the League knew as early as the 1920’s of the harmful effects that concussions may have on a player’s brain, but concealed that information from players until 2010, when a related warning to … Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit Upholds Legality Of NFL Lockout

The NFL owners’115-day lockout of its players is legal, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has held, overturning U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson’s April 25th ruling in Minneapolis. The Court issued its decision as the NFL and the legal representatives of the locked out players continue negotiations in hopes of reaching a new collective … Continue Reading

The NFL Lockout:Where Is It Headed?

The National Football league and its players await the decision of the three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling on the legality of the current lockout raises many questions for this collective bargaining dispute and the future of the 2011 season. 1.What happens if the NFL receives a … Continue Reading

NFL Wins Permanent Stay

The NFL has won another round in its ongoing battle with its League’s players. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 16th that the NFL’s lockout of players should remain in place until a full hearing on the legality of the lockout is heard before the Court on June 3rd. In rendering the 2-1 decision, Judges … Continue Reading

NFL Players Ask For $707 Million In TV Damages

A minimum of $707 million in damages is what the NFL players have requested for their claim against the League and its $4 billion worth of broadcast contracts. Federal District Court Judge David Doty has reserved his opinion on the damage request. During a two hour hearing during which attorneys for the League and the … Continue Reading

NFL Lockout Back, Case In Appeals Court

As quickly as NFL players began to return to their training complexes and open the pages of their 2011 play books, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, in St. Louis, issued an “administrative stay” of Judge Susan Nelson’s April 26th order, which means the NFL lockout is back. Judge Nelson’s ruling struck down the lockout … Continue Reading

For Now, NFL Allows Players Return To Facilities

The NFL will allow players to return to their training facilities following Judge Susan Nelson’s decision to deny the NFL’s request for a stay of her ruling that the owners’ lockout of the players was in violation of antitrust law (Read Judge Nelson’s order).  Judge Nelson stated, “This court need not address the matter further … Continue Reading

NFL Lockout Lifted, Players Look To Return To Work As NFL Seeks Stay

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson has ruled, siding with the players in Brady v. NFL case and granting a preliminary injunction lifting the NFL owners nearly seven week long lockout (Judge Nelson’s full opinion). The judge sided with the players because the lockout “would continue to inflict irreparable harm upon them” and their careers while the … Continue Reading

NFL Parties Ordered to Return to Mediation

In what National Football League players view as a victory, the U. S. District Court Judge Susan Nelson has ordered the NFL and the legal representatives of the players who initiated a legal action against the League to participate in court-supervised mediation. The mediation will begin on April 14th before Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan … Continue Reading

NCAA Football Powerhouses Reinforce Agent Policies

The elimination of the National Football League Player Association’s regulatory authority over agents following the union’s decertification has prompted several states and universities to take a closer look at their laws and rules to ensure maximum protection for their student-athletes. At the university level, in communications to all agents who served as Certified Contract Advisors … Continue Reading
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