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Sports Industry Scoop: Manning, Brees, and Brady Likely Plaintiffs in NFL Antitrust Lawsuit

Yesterday the league and the NFLPA agreed to extend labor talks for another 24 hours.  It is being reported from multiple sources that if these talks break down and the union decertifies that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady will likely be three of the nine plaintiffs to file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NFL. (ESPN)

In May of last year under the radar of the general public the Supreme Court made a landmark decision ruling against the NFL in their request to have antitrust immunity.(Check out: NFL Fails In Its Request for Antitrust Immunity via the Wall Street Journal). Although DeMaurice Smith of the NLFPA considered the ruling, “a win for the players past, present and future, but a win for the fans.”  Greg  Aiello, N.F.L. spokesman, said the ruling “has no bearing on collective bargaining, which is governed by labor law.”

However, once the player’s union is decertified the players  rights no longer fall under labor law giving them free range to file an antitrust suit.

Do you think an agreement will be reached today? Do you think another time extension will be made? What are the likelihood of success for the players in filing an anti-trust case?

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