Friday, October 3, 2014
NFL and NFLPA Appoint Neutral Arbitrator
The NFL and the NFLPA announced yesterday that they have agreed to hire a neutral arbitrator to hear Ray Rice's appeal. The arbitrator they selected is former U.S. District judge Barbara S. Jones, who served in the Southern District of New York from 1996-2013. The appointment of a mutually agreed upon neutral arbitrator to hear an appeal of commissioner discipline for off-field misconduct in the NFL is a significant development and long overdue. It will be interesting to see whether this has a precedent-setting effect going forward for all appeals of commissioner discipline for off-field misconduct.