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A District Court judge overruled a special master’s decision that would have given the NFL access to TV broadcast fees they would have gotten from network even if no games are played.U.S. District Judge David Doty agreed with the union’s assessment that the league sacrificed long-term profits (which they are required to maximise and share with the union) in order to secure provisions that would give them a guaranteed revenue stream in the even of a work stoppage. Probably because the NFL’s own internal “Decision Tree” said as much.
Doty has planned another hearing to determine possible damages or an injunction that effectively block the league’s access to that money.
The ruling undermines the NFL’s leverage somewhat, but the league still has a rather sizeable war chest that will serve them well in a lockout. Also, it will only fuel more bad blood between the two sides AND gives the league. In a legal battle, it’s merely one strike against the league, but it won’t given the union enough leverage to force a settlement.
Unless both side agree to extend the deadline, today will be the last day of mediation. The owners will all be meeting Washington, DC, later today.
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