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  • The Rice arbitration and the NFL

    Huffington Post - 11/07/2014

    Arbitration is the greatest invention of the American labor movement. Virtually every collective bargaining agreement in all industries contains a provision for the appointment of an arbitrator to hear unresolved disputes between the parties to the agreement. Parties to the agreement design a system that meets their particular needs. In the sports industry, it is most common for labor and management to select a “permanent” arbitrator who will hear all unresolved cases. Permanent, of course, does not mean forever. When a neutral issues an opinion involving a star of the sports, such as Terrell Owens or Ryan Braun, it is not unusual that he will have heard his last case for those parties.

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