Track and Field Athletes Unionize to Protect Interests

By:  Kaitlyn Kacusta, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @KRKacsuta) Track and Field athletes from around the world have recently agreed to band together as a single, unified body.  The Track and Field Athletes Association (TFAA) is now a global union that seeks to represent the collective interests of athletes and to make a professional career in the sport a more realistic and viable option.  The lack … Continue reading Track and Field Athletes Unionize to Protect Interests

Why a potential strike by the Public and Commercial Services union could have severely disrupted the London Olympic games

By:  Danielle Blanchard, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @Elle087) Thousands of members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) threatened a strike on the eve of the Olympic games in London, which would have had a detrimental impact on the games. The PCS is the fifth largest trade union in the United Kingdom and represents thousands of workers, including operating members of the London tube … Continue reading Why a potential strike by the Public and Commercial Services union could have severely disrupted the London Olympic games

From Wells We Didn’t Dig: John Wooten and the Fritz Pollard Alliance

In 1920, Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard became one of the first two African-American players in the football league which would become the NFL.  One year later, in 1921, Pollard became the first African-American head coach in NFL history. By 1933, however, no African-American players remained in the league.  The eradication of African-American players from the league is attributed to numerous factors, including the overt racism … Continue reading From Wells We Didn’t Dig: John Wooten and the Fritz Pollard Alliance

Jump Ball: Did the NBA Tip-Off Litigation Too Soon?

One day after meeting to discuss settlement of its labor dispute for the first time since the NBA locked out its players on July 1, 2011, the NBA filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and a lawsuit in federal court against the National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”). The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, was … Continue reading Jump Ball: Did the NBA Tip-Off Litigation Too Soon?

One Chip Off of the Table: NFL Remains Locked Out After 8th Circuit Ruling

On Friday, July 8, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit , vacated a District Court’s order granting an injunction to the lockout issued by NFL owners against players. Much of the Eighth Circuit’s majority decision in Brady v. National Football League centered upon the Norris-LaGuardia Act.  Signed in 1932, the Norris-LaGuardia Act “restricts the power of federal courts to issue injunctions … Continue reading One Chip Off of the Table: NFL Remains Locked Out After 8th Circuit Ruling

There is no “I” in Team: How Decertification Extends Labor Disputes and Weakens Post-Lockout Bargaining Strength

Yesterday, Ruling Sports discussed why the National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) should wait until November, at the earliest, to decertify.  Today’s focus is on how the decertification of players associations adversely affects the bargaining power of players after the conclusion of a labor dispute and extends the length of labor disputes. Labor unions, like the currently decertified NFL Players Association (“NFLPA”) and National Basketball Players … Continue reading There is no “I” in Team: How Decertification Extends Labor Disputes and Weakens Post-Lockout Bargaining Strength

Nuclear November: Why the NBA Players Association Should Wait to Decertify

When the clock struck midnight and the calendar page turned to July 1, 2011, the collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) between the NBA and the NBA Players Association expired.  The expiration of the CBA entered into between the parties on July 29, 2005 led to a league lockout of players. Over the course of the past eighteen months, the two parties attempted negotiations in an effort … Continue reading Nuclear November: Why the NBA Players Association Should Wait to Decertify