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BSF Represents National Football League in Resolution of Labor Dispute with Players Association


Download: NFL Press Release 3.12.2011 (PDF, 597.02 K)

The National Football Leagueretained BSF after the NFL Players Association walked out on Friday, March 11 from collective bargaining negotiations and an ongoing mediation, renounced its status as a union, and promptly filed several antitrust suits against the NFL.

On April 25, 2011, Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled for the plaintiffs and issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the lockout. The NFL made an expedited appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on this issue; the court granted a stay of the injunction, permitting the lockout to continue, which it subsequently extended, and ultimately reversed. 

The parties and representatives of the NFLPA ultimately agreed to a new year CBA on July 25, 2011, allowing the NFL season to start as scheduled.   

Please follow the below links for media coverage of this case.

Associated Press, July 27, 2011
NFL deal looks like win-win for players, owners

The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2011
The NFL's More Perfect Union

The American Lawyer, July 26, 2011
Game On: NFL, Player Reps Sign Deal to End Lockout

The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2011
NFL and Players Agree on New Deal

The New York Times, April 8, 2011
N.F.L. Sides Agree on the Need for New Talks, but Not on Who Should Listen

NBC, April 8, 2011
Boies makes compelling case for using Cohen as mediator

Boston Globe, April 8, 2011
NFL, players courting favor

The New York Times, April 7, 2011
At N.F.L. Hearing, Judge Urges, but Doesn’t Compel, a Return to Talks

The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2011
Hearing Fails to End NFL Lockout

Bloomberg, April 7, 2011
NFL Case Judge Offers Mediation to Help Settle Player-Owner Labor Dispute

The Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2011
Make peace, federal judge tells NFL players, owners

The Boston Globe, April 7, 2011
Judge’s lockout ruling likely to take 2 weeks

Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7, 2011
Judge: Ruling on NFL lockout could take a few weeks

New York Daily News, April 7, 2011
NFL lockout will continue for a few more weeks, judge urges league & players to start talking again

The Associated Press, April 7, 2011
NFL, players disagree on who should oversee talks

The Associated Press, April 6, 2011
Representatives for NFL, players in court to take spat over lockout before federal judge

The Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2011
Judge at NFL lockout hearing alerts attorneys of her extensive research on case

Bloomberg, April 6, 2011
NFL Players Ask U.S. Judge to Block Lockout by Team Owners

Reuters Legal / Westlaw, April 6, 2011
Federal judge hears injunction request in NFL dispute

CNBC with Darren Rovell, April 6, 2011
WATCH: Judge has the Football

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 6, 2011
NFL-union tussle moves to court

The New York Times, April 4, 2011
With Stakes High, N.F.L. Relies on a Star Lawyer

The Boston Globe, March 13, 2011
NFL bolsters legal team for court battle

The New York Times, March 13, 2011
The Shutdown Pushes the Fight for Field Position Into the Courtroom

The Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2011
NFL owners express disappointment,0,1165646.story

The Associated Press, March 12, 2011
Boies, Clement join NFL legal team

Related Lawyers: David Boies, William A. Isaacson, Christopher M. Green, Robert Cooper, Brad G. Smith

Related Practices: Antitrust, Sports Law

Download: NFL Press Release 3.12.2011 (PDF, 597.02 K)