Thursday, July 23, 2009

American Needle v. NFL: Talking with ESPN's Lester Munson

For those who may have missed it, I was quoted last week by ESPN's Lester Munson on the practical implications of the Supreme Court case American Needle v. Nat'l Football League.

In addition, my law review article on why the NFL should be treated as a joint venture of 32 separate businesses, and not a single entity, was cited in American Needle's most recent brief to the Supreme Court.

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Tim Cedrone said...


Congrats on being quoted. I saw the article the day it appeared on, and was pleased to see you quoted.

I had one question for you. You mention in the article that NFL players "have yet to obtain other basic benefits like a neutral arbitrator for player grievances." When you refer to "player grievances," do you mean ALL player grievances, or merely player grievances in discipline cases (i.e., drug and conduct suspension appeals)?

The reason I ask is that if you read Article X (Injury Grievances), Section 7 (Arbitration Panel), the language is such that both the NFLPA AND the NFL Management Council must agree in writing on the arbitrators for player injury grievances. The same is true for Non-Injury Grievances (Article IX) and Injury Protection cases (Article XII). Your thoughts?

Marc Edelman said...


Good point!

The reference was only with respect to player grievances in discipline cases.

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