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The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

Posted on: May 9, 2011 7:53 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFL has a friend in the NHL.

That’s why the National Hockey League has filed an amicus curiae brief (a friend-of-the-court brief) to support the NFL in its appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in its judicial fight against the NFL players.

We already told you about the brief the NFL submitted to the Court today and all the points the owners wanted to make as it tries to convince the three judges to overturn Judge Susan Nelson’s decision to end the lockout.

Today, the NHL – which, for the record, locked out the players for the ENTIRE 2004-05 season (counsel Bob Batterman also worked with the NHL then and works with the NFL now) – states the following:

(The NHL) has a direct interest in ensuring that the determination of terms and conditions of employment for NHL players is the product of a bona fide labor process rather than the "lever" of potential antitrust liability. … Yet, under the district court's decision and rationale, a group of employees can, at any time and for any reason, insinuate the antitrust laws into the dynamics pursuant to which new terms and conditions of employment are negotiated and determined. All a union has to do is have its members "disclaim" union representation, simultaneously reconstitute itself as an employee "association," and then ask the court to immediately enjoin any joint labor activity of the employers (e.g., including the implementation of a lawful lockout) by filing a treble damages antitrust complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction. The NHL respectfully submits that this cannot be the state of the law.

In other words: the NHL is spouting the NFL line about how the only way to get a new CBA complete is through collective bargaining and not through the judicial system.

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Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:56 am

The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

I agree. Why does Basketball get all the attention. I would rather see more hockey. I mean every time I go on CBS site Basketball is always on the front page? I say less basketball. Actually the could get rid of the sport and the players get way to much money for the sport any ways

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:21 am

The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

diehardblue. true that.  I hope the NBA locksout for the season because I want ESPN to finally give the NHL some attention and maybe hire some better NHL analysts.  I dont want the NFL to be locked out at all but if the NHL gets more from it then I mean, its not gunna be the end of the world for me.  I love watching football and more hockey and less basketball would be sweet to!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:54 pm

The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

Diehardblue, come on. Even Gary Bettman knows the NHL is not going to replace NFL football should there be a lockout. I mean I suppose they could pick up a few fans here or there, but as much as I like hockey, your theory is thoroughly half baked. Rather, the NHL is simply aligning itself with the NFL league office and owners because of the broader implications the NFL fight could have on other sports leagues, like the NHL.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:06 pm

The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

The NHL isnt stupid.  Of course they support the NFL because if they lockout for a good part of the year and it appears that the NBA for sure is going to be heading to a lockout, that leaves only the NHL for sports next fall/winter.  When ESPN is trying to find things to fill all those hrs of programming, the NHL will just continue to roll on and suck up whatever open viewers they can.  They are trying to corner the market and be the only option for sports fans.  Sometimes i swear Bettman doesnt know what he is doing, but then they pull this off and proves he might not be as dumb as all hockey fans think he is

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:11 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:48 pm

The NHL gets in the middle of Brady v NFL

Wow, so deep... and disheartening :(

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