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The Key to the Future of the NFL: Interpreting the Norris-LaGuardia Act

Andrew Brandt | Posted 07.26.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

I have received scores of questions asking in different forms the following: "How can two courts interpret the Norris-LaGuardia Act in two completely different ways?" Welcome to the law.

Eighth Circuit Heading in the Wrong Direction in Football Dispute

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 07.17.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The district court's injunction against the lockout will be reversed once the circuit court hears the merits on that issue because of a statute that was designed by Congress to protect unions. Apparently, once a union, always a union.

Let's Get Things Rolling

Muhammad Wilkerson | Posted 07.13.2011 | Sports
Muhammad Wilkerson

I am praying, like every other guy that's been drafted, that the lockout/labor situation will get settled. I just want to get out there and play football.

Courtroom Football: Where We Are, What's Ahead

Andrew Brandt | Posted 07.05.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

With the Eighth Circuit (the Court) set to rule on whether to grant the NFL a permanent stay in the next day or two -- whether to keep the lockout intact until at least early June -- let's press pause and reset where we are in Courtroom football.

NFL Labor Pains: The Spending Problem

Andrew Brandt | Posted 06.19.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Ultimately, all the legal wrangling and courtroom football of this lockout may defer to the core reality of a good number of players needing to start receiving their checks.

My 'Light Bulb Moment'

Jason Pinkston | Posted 06.14.2011 | Sports
Jason Pinkston

I kind of had one of those "light bulb moments" when I knew I would be this good at football. Working with Coach Wannstedt, he always told us that if you continue to get better, you will have a chance at it.

Courtroom Football: Mediation Phase

Andrew Brandt | Posted 06.14.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Mediation part two begins in earnest today as the key player in the NFL in 2011, Judge Susan Nelson, has ordered such talks to occur.

Courtroom Football Kicks off: Who Has Early Lead?

Andrew Brandt | Posted 06.10.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Here are the important issues from Wednesday's proceeding, the first of Brady v. NFL, and the frustrating aftermath of the "where to mediate."

Let's Play Some Football

Jason Pinkston | Posted 05.31.2011 | Sports
Jason Pinkston

There are so many good players in the NFL, and everyone loves football and watches it. It's big and it would be nice if all parties could just come to an agreement and get things worked out.

A Layman's Guide to the Players' Brief in Brady v. NFL

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.30.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Both parties in Brady v. NFL have filed their briefs. The stage is set for courtroom football to proceed on April 6th; the NFL's short-term future now rests in the hands of Judge Susan Nelson.

NFL Labor Dispute: First Thing We Do Is Get Rid of All the Lawyers

Michael Huyghue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Michael Huyghue

The biggest hurdle the NFL owners and players faced in their recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement was a failure to establish a "meeting of the minds." Why not dispense with the lawyers and hash it out face-to-face?

Apparently the NFL Loves To Negotiate, But Definitely Hates Going to Court

Tom Pappalardo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tom Pappalardo

The latest twist in the NFL tug of war between the owners and players is a bit amusing in its irony. Commish Goodell, Patriot owner Kraft and a Packer...

Blocking Out the Lockout

Alyssa Jung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Alyssa Jung

I have a coping mechanism that is usually ineffective in the long run, but I do it anyway. I tend to try my hardest to ignore or block out things that disturb me.

Brady v. NFL: A Primer

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Before everyone returns to the "he said/she said" phase of the NFL labor dispute, it's worth focusing on what is actually in front of us as the reality of the NFL right now.

NFL Teams Should Immediately Cease Soliciting Season Ticket Payments

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

The NFL would like you to believe there will be a 2011 season. Not only that, they need you to believe there will be a 2011 season. They don't want you to stop spending your hard-earned money on NFL merchandise.

Welcome to Courtroom Football

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The NFL labor negotiations lacked any sense of trust or personal relationship. They left both sides feeling that this was never really a negotiation at all. And the sneering from both sides continues.

NFL Owners Don't Want to Be Partners with Players, Fans

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

NFL owners are more interested in using players to extract money from loyal fans rather than working with both sides to truly grow the game.

The Key to NFL Labor Peace: Mitigating Risk

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The owners want the players to share their risk of operating their professional football franchises. The players want the owners to reduce the health and safety risk associated with playing a violent game.

Fans' List of Demands for New NFL Labor Agreement

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

Since the NFL doesn't feel that fans should have their own representatives and the NFLPA is unwilling to respond, it's up to us to let them know what we would like to see in a new collective bargaining agreement.

Two-Minute Warning

Wm. David Cornwell, Sr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Wm. David Cornwell, Sr.

As the NFL's collective bargaining agreement steams towards expiration just before midnight on March 3rd, it is worth examining the strategy behind the NFL Players Association's plan to decertify.

The (CBA) End Is Near for the NFL

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

It has now come down to this week in the two-year attempt to extend NFL players' Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires Thursday at midnight.

Two-Minute Warning in NFL Negotiations

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

We are getting close to the time when there will be a "cost of disagreement," when the failure to make an earnest effort to bridge the gap will result in significant damage to the business.

What Do Fans Want in a New NFL Labor Agreement?

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

If you were seated at the negotiating table with the NFL and NFLPA, what would you want to see included in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement?

The NFL Labor Mediations: How We Got Here and a Peek Inside

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

As mediation meetings between the NFL and the NFLPA enter their sixth straight day, there is a growing sense of optimism that the gloom and doom surrounding these negotiations may be delayed or even averted.

On Wisconsin, Packers (and People Around the World) Back State Workers

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Walljasper

The Super Bowl and protests in Wisconsin may seem worlds apart to you, but members of the Packers have issued a statement supporting state workers and their right to collective bargaining.