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An Antitrust Guide To The NFL Labor Dispute

Law360 (April 19, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT) -- Led by All-Pro quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, the National Football League’s players' recently filed antitrust lawsuit is an offensive play that their opponents — the 32 teams that comprise the National Football League and the league itself (collectively, the NFL) — should have anticipated.

After failing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL before the old one expired, the players decertified the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA or union) and then filed a putative class action, naming Brady,...
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