Sports Owners Hold All The Cards In Labor Negotiations

Law360, New York (January 11, 2013, 6:16 PM EST) -- The ineffectiveness of antitrust litigation as a long-term negotiating strategy and the rise of preemptive lockouts as a bargaining tactic have given team owners in U.S. sports leagues overwhelming leverage over players in labor negotiations, according to leading sports law partners.

In labor disputes in the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League over the past two years, owners have locked out players during the offseason in an attempt to gain leverage in collective bargaining negotiations. In all three cases, the leagues and...
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