The NFL formally files motion to force Brian Flores case to arbitration

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Choosing June 22 for the date of the hearing at which Commissioner Roger Goodell will testify, the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform either intentionally or by chance set the hearing to a day after the league’s deadline for filing an application to impose arbitration on the Brian Flores lawsuit. Regardless, as Congress prepares to question Goodell, ink is still drying on the league’s efforts to push the entire case to the NFL’s fraudulent secret kangaroo court.

The presiding judge set the timeline earlier this year. Papers supporting the motion to impose arbitration must be submitted by June 21. Via Danel Kaplan of, already submitted.

Threshold’s efforts to compel Brian Flores, Ray Horton and Steve Wilkes to obey the NFL’s internal dispute resolution process come from the contracts the three prosecutors signed with the Dolphins, Titans and Cardinals, respectively. League teams routinely include in coaching contracts broad language, or language accepting or letting go, requiring any claims to go to arbitration.

And while this is increasingly common in US business (mainly because they never want to have to be held accountable for their actions to independent judges and juries), most companies are subject to external arbitration service. The NFL’s obsession with micromanaging every aspect of its business includes forcing coaches and other team employees to allow the man who was hired and paid by team owners to resolve claims against those owners.

justice? justice? Sure, Jan.

It’s ridiculous for the league to do this. It’s ridiculous to let the league do that. Hopefully, this will be the case in which basic notions of fairness will be applied to the NFL’s unfair effort to manipulate the system in its favour.

Flores, of course, has claims against other teams. Based on Kaplan’s article (we’re in the process of getting initial court documents), it appears that the league made the same argument that a Nevada court dismissed last month in the Jon Gruden case, based on the NFL constitution. & Laws.

A response to the proposal is due one month from today. Then the NFL will have the last word in writing. Ultimately, the deception will be done. Inevitably (if the NFL doesn’t get what it wants), the appeal will be lodged.