NFL: Could Contract Arbitration Hearings Help?

July 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For those who aren't familiar with law or just don't know, an arbitration hearing is a less complicated and less formal court appearance. Each side gets to present its case and it is settled by the court.
Arbitration hearings can cover a broad spectrum of things, but this case in particular is about contract disputes. The National Hockey League currently impliments a system where a player and his team can go into a court in order to settle a contract dispute.
Each side gives the salary they want and present why the player should be paid that amount of money. The court picks one of the proposed contracts or makes a new one.
Recently, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi went to court to settle his dispute with the team management. The decision will be made by Saturday.
The NFL is no stranger to contract disputes.
Last year, Michael Crabtree held out into the season just because he wasn't getting the contract he wanted. That is just one notable case.
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