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SUPREME COURT ANNOUNCEMENT MAY TRANSLATE INTO NFL LABOR WOES
Published June 12, 1995
The Supreme Court could rule as early as today whether or not it will hear a case for 18 current and former NFL players who say they were unfairly represented by NFLPA-paid lawyers, according to this morning's WASHINGTON POST. The suit seeks to overturn a portion of a '93 U.S. District Court settlement that led to the current CBA and prevents players from suing the NFL for damages allegedly incurred from '89 to '92, when the NFL used its Plan B system of restricting free agents. If the Supreme Court declines the case and doesn't send it back to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals for further action, then it will die and the NFL and the NFLPA can continue talks to extend the CBA. If the Supreme Court takes the case and rules in favor of the 18 players, it could lead to hundreds of suits by players whose contracts expired from '89 to '92. In addition, the NFL retains the right to cancel the entire CBA if any court allows players to opt out and sue. Dave Sell notes that whether or not the owners would do so, and what would result if they did, is "unclear" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/12). OTHER WOES: Will McDonough reports in Sunday's BOSTON GLOBE that the NFL is "getting nervous" about Malcolm Glazer having not finalized the deal to buy the Bucs. Glazer has until July 14 or the team becomes the property of the Culverhouse estate (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/11)....The Falcons have sold fewer than 40,000 season tickets this year and will start offering three-game packages to pick up sales (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/11). The task force of regional government and business leaders working to keep the Bengals and Reds in Cincinnati plan to update OH Gov. George Voinovich and OH Senate President Stanley Aronoff on Tuesday. The group hopes to have a detailed plan to Bengals owner Mike Brown within two weeks (AP/Baltimore SUN, 6/10).