Tag:Susan Nelson
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 12:28 pm

NFL, NFLPA call with Judge Nelson lasted an hour

Posted by Andy Benoit

Judge Susan Nelson’s conference call with lawyers from the NFL and NFLPA wrapped up a little after 11:00 a.m. EST Friday, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. The purpose of the call was to determine where the next round of mediation will take place. After the April 6 court hearing, Nelson strongly encouraged both sides to return to mediation while she spends the next few weeks working on her decision.

As far as what was said in the conference call…no one quite knows. Nelson ordered the two sides to remain quiet. We assume both sides will have more respect for her gag order than they had for the powerless George Cohen’s last month.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman wrote earlier, “The players want federal mediation while the owners want to return to George Cohen which is less binding.”

In other lockout news, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that the NFLPA filed a motion in court on Friday to formally add DeMaurice Smith to their counsel in Brady v NFL.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:41 pm

NFL sends negotiation letter of its own

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson

Will already told you about the NFLPA’s letter to Judge Susan Nelson requesting federally-mandated mediation.

The NFL has responded saying it wants mediation as well. Except it wants George Cohen and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Washington to head it up – the same place where the two sides bargained but ultimately failed before the owners imposed a lockout.

The NFL’s letter goes on to say that the players would not compromise their legal position in the Brady v NFL case if they went back to Washington.

That’s according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, whose source says, “We sent a letter earlier today to the players' attorneys proposing negotiations with owner involvement. The goal of the discussions would be to resolve all outstanding issues between the parties and achieve a global resolution."

The difference here is that if the two sides negotiated with Nelson as the mediator, it would be binding. If they bargained in front of Cohen, though, it wouldn’t be. The owners also want to be involved in the negotiations, which is why they want to go back to Washington.

This is a pretty wily PR move, honestly, because the players have pointed out that Nelson wants mediation monitored by the federal court. The NFL would prefer to get the focus of this matter shifted away from the court room and back to the "collective bargaining table" (you may have heard someone mention this phrase in the past week or so).

However, given that Judge Nelson stated in her courtroom that she wanted the two sides to mediate under her watch, it seems rather unlikely that the players will budge.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:29 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 6:41 pm

Court adjourns; Nelson wants sides to negotiate

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Judge Susan Nelson, presiding over the preliminary injunction hearing in the Brady v NFL case, said this afternoon that she’ll try to have a decision in a couple weeks, but until then, she urged the NFLPA and the owners to return to the bargaining table.

The NFL might seriously consider the advice.

As tweets filtered out from the courthouse in St. Paul, Minn., from the Boston Globe’s Greg A. Bedard, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and NFL.com’s Albert Breer, it seemed clear that Nelson was giving plenty of credence to the players’ argument that the lockout irreparably damages them.
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She also made it quite clear this morning that she believes the federal court has the right to issue the injunction, which the NFL disputes. Nelson also said she wasn't sure how the NFL owners could lock out their players if there wasn't a union.

Nelson also had many more questions for the NFL’s lawyers than she did for the players, though it’s debatable whether that actually means anything (some say that the more a judge questions one side means the side receiving those queries is in trouble).

While the two sides have tried to negotiate with a federal mediator in the past, Nelson advised to continue talking – only this time, in a federal court setting.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 1:24 pm

What happened this morning in court

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the Brady v NFL permanent injunction hearing on a temporary break, we have a little bit of insight into what has happened today so far.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the NFLPA has asked Judge Susan Nelson to grant the injunction and end the illegal lockout.

“Over 800 players are unsigned,” lawyer James Quinn argued. “These players have no jobs. They have nowhere to go. It's a matter of health and safely issues."

Responding to that was NFL lawyer David Boies: "The court would have to make new law and rewrite history. This should be free from court interference."

The main issues so far seem to be whether the court has jurisdiction to even rule on this matter.

According to the Boston Globe’s Greg A. Bedard, there has been only one mention of irreparable harm, and Nelson said it "appears players have strong case.”


UPDATED, 1:22 p.m. ET:
According to USA Today, Nelson grew annoyed at the NFL's insistence that the court had no jurisdiction in this matter. She said the court indeed has the authority to rule whether the players will be irreparably harmed by a lockout.

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