Vilma v. Goodell Lawsuit Summary

Today, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  Vilma is currently suspended for the entirety of the 2012 NFL season as a result of his alleged involvement in the Saints bounty program. Vilma’s lawsuit alleges a cause of action for defamation.  In Louisiana, defamation is defined as, … Continue reading Vilma v. Goodell Lawsuit Summary

Shyam Das And The NFLPA’s Grievance Hearing for the Saints Bounty Sanctions

Today, an arbitrator will hear one of two grievances filed by the NFLPA in the wake of the sanctions handed down by the NFL upon players allegedly involved in the Saints bounty program.  This particular grievance argues that under the new collective bargaining entered into between the NFLPA and the NFL in August 2011, the NFL agreed to waive all pre-existing claims against players.  As … Continue reading Shyam Das And The NFLPA’s Grievance Hearing for the Saints Bounty Sanctions

The NFLPA’s Appeal of the NFL’s Sanctions on Saints Players–Will It Succeed?

In response to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s imposition of sanctions upon four players due to their alleged involvement in the Saints bounty program, the NFLPA filed a pair of appeals over the weekend.  What is the basis for each of these appeals filed by the NFLPA and what is their likelihood of its success in overturning the punishments imposed upon the four players? 1.  Non-injury grievance … Continue reading The NFLPA’s Appeal of the NFL’s Sanctions on Saints Players–Will It Succeed?

The Structure of NFL Rookie Contracts

As a result of last year’s NFL lockout, which resulted in a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA, changes have been made to the structure of rookie NFL contracts.  With the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft set to kick-off on Thursday, April 26, RulingSports.com reached out to NFL agent Mark Slough of Ascent Sports to learn more about how NFL rookie contracts … Continue reading The Structure of NFL Rookie Contracts

Nike’s Tim Tebow Jets Apparel Lawsuit Against Reebok

On March 27, 2012, Nike filed a lawsuit against Reebok in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Basis of the Lawsuit Nike’s lawsuit against Reebok stems from what Nike alleges is Reebok’s “unauthorized and improper use of Tim Tebow’s name on New York Jets-related apparel. . .”  After Tebow was traded by the Denver Broncos to the New … Continue reading Nike’s Tim Tebow Jets Apparel Lawsuit Against Reebok

Guest Post: Concussions Lawsuits Rattle The NFL–A Factual Summary

Today’s post is a guest post from Paul D. Anderson highlighting the factual background of one case brought by former NFL players against the NFL arising from post-concussion cognitive disorders.  All opinions expressed in this piece are those of Anderson. Paul D. Anderson is a third-year law student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He is focusing on Sports Law. Business Litigation … Continue reading Guest Post: Concussions Lawsuits Rattle The NFL–A Factual Summary

The NFL’s Common Enemy: Concussions–An Interview with Former NFL Player LaMar Campbell

In recent months, it seems as though there has been a surge of stories related to NFL players, current and former, and concussions.  New research shedding light on the cognitive problems associated with concussions sustained during NFL games has been brought to light.  Questions about whether current NFL players are adequately protected against concussions on the field of play and whether former players were misled … Continue reading The NFL’s Common Enemy: Concussions–An Interview with Former NFL Player LaMar Campbell

Rushing the Passer: Did Terrelle Pryor’s Agent and Lawyer Rush to Accept the NFL’s Sanction?

The good news for Terrelle Pryor? He’s been declared eligible for the NFL’s supplemental draft set to take place on Monday, August 22, 2011. The bad news for Terrelle Pryor? His declaration for the supplemental draft coincided with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling that Pryor cannot participate in the first five games of the NFL’s regular season or practice with a team between the end … Continue reading Rushing the Passer: Did Terrelle Pryor’s Agent and Lawyer Rush to Accept the NFL’s Sanction?

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