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SBD/April 5, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL Lockout Watch, Day 25: Tomorrow's Hearing To Set Path For Immediate Future
Published April 5, 2011
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LEADING THE CHARGE: In N.Y., Judy Battista noted Boies tomorrow "will present the NFL's argument against the players' request for an injunction to stop the league's lockout." Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson said of Boies, "This seems right up his alley. It's a dynamic, challenging issue that affects a great deal of America. And it's groundbreaking. He loves that sort of thing. It tests his skill, imagination and creativity. I just doubt there's anything that excites him more professionally than that kind of intellectual challenge." Boies' work in sports "has been overshadowed by his other closely followed cases, and much of his public profile revolves around his reputation as a liberal-leaning Democrat." But he "has long advised the Yankees," and Yankees President Randy Levine said, "He's brilliant. He has great common sense. He's an all-star" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/4).
NFL DONATING TO CHARITIES OF BREES, MANNING: The NFL shortly will announce $1M of grants to player charities, including those of Saints QB Drew Brees and Colts QB Peyton Manning, who are suing the league for antitrust violations. Tomorrow’s hearing about why the lockout should be lifted and that the league is guilty of antitrust violations apparently did not dissuade the league from awarding up to $50,000 each to Manning’s PeyBack Foundation, and to The Brees Dream Foundation. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We are proud to support current and former player foundations and applaud all players’ efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe.” NFL Charities in total is awarding 87 grants of up to $50,000 each to current and former players’ foundations. NFL Charities has awarded more than $17M to player foundations over the course of two decades (Daniel Kaplan, SportsBusiness Journal).