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Nine players file lawsuit against league

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 7:23 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Brees (US Presswire)
The NFLPA decertification has taken place, and the aftermath is already underway. 

Superstars Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are among nine plaintiffs who have filed antitrust claims against the NFL in the 8th Circuit Court. The other plaintiffs are Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, Pariots G Logan Mankins, Chiefs LB Mike Vrabel, Vikings LB Ben Leber and Vikings DE Brian Robison. Also, among the players is Texas A & M first-round rookie prospect Von Miller, who is representing the rookies. (Nice -- and gutsy -- way to introduce yourself to the league.)

The players allege that the NFL conspired to deny the players' ability to market their services. This has been the players' silver bullet all along. After the American Needle vs. NFL case in May determined that the NFL consists of 32 separate entities, the league became vulnerable to antitrust laws. Separate entities cannot bind together to prevent players from working.

Expect the league to file a counter suit claiming that the NFLPA’s decertification is a sham. Per the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFLPA could only sue the league after decertifying.

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Comments

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Nine players file lawsuit against league

Shuting down your team for a year to prove a point is like cutting your nose off to spite your face. Get real.

No team owner is going to give up a year of revenue just to prove a point. So if the Judge prevents a lockout, it is
back in the owners hands. They don't want the anti trust suit to go to court, so they will be forced to try to make a
better offer. EDGE: Players at this point.

The owners may try to go the way of taking castoff players and trying to make a few bucks, but it won't be the billions
they are used to. They will have half full stadiums. In Jacksonvills case that would be acceptable. The net works will have
a hard time getting sponsors to pay for us watching below average players on TV. The ratings will be way down.

I still give the EDGE to the players for the first year, after that it could reverse in a hurry.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Report: nine players file lawsuit against league

The owners and the players depend on us...and we are being hurt greatly.

Let's file our own class action lawsuit, any lawyers out there?



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Report: nine players file lawsuit against league

If they decertify can they still collect union benefits?



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Report: nine players file lawsuits against league

The court can prevent a "lockout" but it cannot force the Cowboys, Steelers, Lions or any other business to remain in business if it does not want to do so.
The Cowboys franchise is worth $1.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, who also says the Steelers are worth $996 million and even the Lovable Loser Lions are worth $817 million.

Nobody's going to have to force those teams to remain in business, but those billion-dollar teams are only worth something if they ARE in business. 

Whatever they say today, those owners are not going to throw their billion-dollar franchises in a dumpster just to prove a point.





Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Report: NFLPA files lawsuit against league

Separate entities cannot bind together to prevent players from working.

That's fine, as long as the players understand that (1) the court's can not force, for example, the Cowboys to field a team this year if they unilaterally choose not to do so and (2) their contracts, negotiated under the CBA are worthless -- every player should have to negotiate a new contract, but no minimum salaries, no max, no team caps, no health benefits, minimum or maximum number of games, minimum or maximum of OTA, training camps, # of practices, etc except what every player negotiates with a team INDIViDUALLY.  If 32 NFL owners decide, unilaterally of course, we're losing too much money to play this year that is there right, so maybe 16 teams decide to play and 16 decide to sit it out, and maybe some of those teams only want to hire 40 players instead of 52, and only want to pay $200k per year instead of millions?  How much money and how many jobs did the union just cost its members?

The court can prevent a "lockout" but it cannot force the Cowboys, Steelers, Lions or any other business to remain in business if it does not want to do so.


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