Articles matching tag: Union

  1. Column: Unionization of College AthletesApril 7, 2014

    By now, most Americans are aware of the recent decision to grant Northwestern University football players the right to unionize. The ruling, handed down by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) director Peter Sung Ohr, has raised the ire – and fear – of the NCAA and college administrators who have issued confusing and sometimes misleading statements concerning the meaning and impact of the decision on college athletics. Let’s take a look at some of the major issues raised by Ohr’s decision. How did Ohr reach his decision? In order to rule for the players, Ohr had to find that they were employees of the university. By law, an "employee" is a person who [1] under contract, [2] performs services for another, [3] subject to that person’s control, [4] in return for payment.

  2. Column: A-Rod's LawsuitsOctober 7, 2013

    If a good defense is indeed a good offense, then Alex Rodriguez and his high priced team of lawyers have the playbook memorized. On Thursday A-Rod filed a lawsuit against MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig claiming they have attempted to destroy his reputation and career. The legal basis for the lawsuit is called “tortious interference,” which in this case means the defendants interfered with A-Rod’s ability to perform his contract with the Yankees, action which may prevent him from collecting the $116 million remaining on the contract. The suit was filed on the fourth day of an arbitration hearing to determine if the 211-game suspension A-Rod received for his various roles in the Biogenesis case - alleged by MLB to include the use of performance enhancing drugs, the attempted destruction of evidence, and the recruitment of additional players as clients of the South Florida anti-aging clinic - should be reduced or overturned. Thirteen of the fourteen players who were suspended by MLB accepted their fate without an appeal.

  3. Post: Billy Hunter’s DemiseFebruary 17, 2013

    If the allegations against NBPA executive director Billy Hunter are true, he should consider himself lucky if he only pays with the loss of his job. The NBA players union voted to oust Hunter on Saturday, following a unanimous vote of the executive committee during the annual All-Star break.

    In January, an independent law firm hired by the players association released a scathing report of Hunter’s conduct during the time he led the union. Among the findings were instances of nepotism, ratifying his contract without union approval, taking excessive vacation time, investing union funds in his son’s bank, and using union funds to purchase gifts for union members. In the wake of the report, Hunter fired family members from their posts, reduced his own powers, and made changes to union regulations. But for the players, it was too little too late.

  4. COLUMN: Miller's Impact on Sports BusinessDecember 3, 2012

    Marvin Miller, who passed away last week at the age of 95, was easily one of the five most influential people in the history of Major League Baseball. I won’t try to convince you he was number one. You can rank the top five on your own from among Babe Ruth, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Miller and Bud Selig, in chronological order of when they made their impact on the game.Some people may be surprised at the inclusion of Selig in that group, but you try to keep thirty owners, most of whom are billionaire egomaniacs with diverse backgrounds and different motives for owning an MLB team, in line while at the same time negotiating with what many believe to be the strongest union in the country, all while shepherding the sport through more than two decades of labor peace and financial prosperity.

  5. COLUMN: NFL BountygateMarch 5, 2012

    The New Orleans Saints have created the worst kind of headache for the NFL at the worst possible time. Football has been known as a physical sport since the game was first invented. Defensive players are taught to hit opposing players hard in an effort to prevent the offense from gaining yards...