Why Was Ndamukong Suh’s Contract Restructured? A Legal Look At His Fine Appeal

Since 2010, Ndamukong Suh has been building a reputation for his brand of football in the NFL.  Unfortunately, it’s a reputation that has proven costly to Suh.  Most recently, Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL for an illegal block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in the Detroit Lions’ regular season opener.  The fine marks the highest fine imposed by the NFL against any … Continue reading Why Was Ndamukong Suh’s Contract Restructured? A Legal Look At His Fine Appeal

How NFL Draft Picks Affect An NFL Team’s Salary Cap

As the names of young men are called from the podium on the Radio City Music Hall stage tonight, draft experts and team’s front offices will consider how their picks will impact their team’s salary cap.  The 2013 NFL salary cap is set at $123 million.  The rookies a team drafts and subsequently signs to a contract will have salaries that will be counted under … Continue reading How NFL Draft Picks Affect An NFL Team’s Salary Cap

NFL Injury Report: Rob Ninkovich’s Hip Injury

Each week, RulingSports.com will analyze one NFL player’s injury.  Sports Medicine doctor, Dr. Mandy Huggins (Twitter:  @HugginsMD), will provide medical analysis of the injury.  Alicia Jessop will then break down some of the contract ramifications of the injury. Dr. Mandy Huggins’ Medical Analysis New England’s Rob Ninkovich made Patriots fans worry last Sunday when he left the game with a hip injury. He had to … Continue reading NFL Injury Report: Rob Ninkovich’s Hip Injury

The Logic Behind Paul Tagliabue’s Saints Ruling

Nearly nine months after the NFL announced it had evidence demonstrating that the New Orleans Saints engaged in a pay-for-play program, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions of four players allegedly involved in the program.  In making his determination, Tagliabue acknowledged that three of the four players engaged in “conduct detrimental to the league” and that current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could have punished this … Continue reading The Logic Behind Paul Tagliabue’s Saints Ruling

Reducing Off-Season Arrests of NFL Players

It is no secret that the off-season arrest of its players is an issue facing the NFL.  The most recent player arrest came on August 11, 2012 when Chad Johnson was arrested in Florida in a domestic battery case.  Earlier in the summer, former Detroit Lions player Aaron Berry was arrested for a second time during the NFL off-season on handgun charges.  While their cases … Continue reading Reducing Off-Season Arrests of NFL Players

Why Do 8 Top-Rookie NFL Prospects Still Not Have Signed Contracts?

By:  Danielle Blanchard, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  Elle087) Under the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), NFL rookies and their agents may not negotiate things such as escalators like they could in the past. The new face of the NFL rookie contract is very standard; the financial terms are virtually locked in, and there is very little left to negotiation.   All that remains to negotiate is … Continue reading Why Do 8 Top-Rookie NFL Prospects Still Not Have Signed Contracts?

Will Roger Goodell’s Motion To Dismiss Jonathan Vilma’s Lawsuit Be Granted?

In May, suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma sued NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation as a result of statement made by Goodell in the course of the NFL’s investigation into the Saints’ alleged bounty program.  In Louisiana, defamation is “the malicious publication or expression … of anything which tends to expose any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to deprive him of … Continue reading Will Roger Goodell’s Motion To Dismiss Jonathan Vilma’s Lawsuit Be Granted?

NFL Punishment of the Seahawks for Off-Season Workouts: CBA Implications

By:  Richard Braun, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @RicBraun) On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks became the first team to be punished by the NFL under the new collective bargaining agreement for excessive contact during organized team activities (OTAs). As a result, the Seahawks were docked two scheduled OTAs plus a workout day on Friday. Article 22 of the new CBA deals with minicamps, and there is … Continue reading NFL Punishment of the Seahawks for Off-Season Workouts: CBA Implications

The NFLPA’s Lawsuit Against the NFL for Collusion

On May 23, the NFLPA filed a lawsuit against he NFL in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Reggie White, et. al. v. National Football League, et. al.  The lawsuit comes after the conclusion of previous litigation that the NFLPA and NFL were parties to.  The relevant previous litigation is a final consent judgment entered on August 20, 1993 and a … Continue reading The NFLPA’s Lawsuit Against the NFL for Collusion

NFL Votes to Require Players to Wear Full Pads in 2013

Today, NFL owners voted to require players to wear thigh and knee pads in games beginning in 2013.  The decision was reportedly made to bolster NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s safety initiative.  Under the 2011 NFL Rulebook, players were not required to wear thigh and knee pads during games.  Rather, in the 2011 Rulebook, the NFL recommended that players wear hip, thigh and knee pads.  The Rulebook states that wearing … Continue reading NFL Votes to Require Players to Wear Full Pads in 2013