Bruce Meyer speaks about Brady v. NFL with Professor Samuel Estreicher

On May 2, the Center for Labor and Employment Law and the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society (IPELS) held an event enititled, “The Intersection of Sports, Labor Law & Antitrust Law." The most recent case in which sports and law collide is Brady v. National Football League (NFL). The players have decertified their union, allege that the league is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act for imposing a salary cap, a rookie draft, restrictions on free agents, and assert that any lockout imposed after decertification is illegal.

Professor Samuel Estreicher, who is the director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law, held the discussion with Bruce Meyer of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, whose firm is the lead counsel for the players in Brady v. NFL. The two discussed the recent developments in the case and the history of similar antitrust and labor law disputes that has plagued the all-American sport. Everything was “off the record” for Meyer is one of eight lawyers representing the players.

Even though it was off the record, it was exciting to hear a heavy-hitter in sports negotiations speak about the headline-making case. "NYU law students were thrilled to have Bruce Meyer visit and discuss his role in representing the players in the current dispute and over the course of his entire legal career. Mr. Meyer has the dream job,” said Matt Ganas '11, one of the student organizers of the night’s event. “I greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear from an attorney with decades of first-hand experience in the trenches.”


Posted May 17, 2011