As you all know, yesterday began the hearing for the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit. Presiding Judge, Susan Nelson suggested the two sides settle their conflict themselves and offered to mediate further Labor Talks between the NFLPA* and the League.The problem is, the NFL wants federal mediator George Cohen, the arbitrator who presided over the last 2 weeks of negotiations before the Lockout/Decertification occurred.
"Dear Judge Nelson:
We are writing in response to the Court’s suggestion that the parties engage the services of the federal court in Minnesota in an effort to mediate and settled the current litigation. We take your comments regarding protecting the parties positions to heart. As class counsel on behalf of the Brady class, we think this is an excellent suggestion and are prepared to engage in such mediation without delay.
Our agreement is, of course, contingent on the NFL defendants’ agreement that they will not attempt to use this, our willingness to mediate, against the Brady class in some way, for example by arguing that such mediation efforts constitute ‘collective bargaining’ or otherwise arise out of a ‘labor relationship’."