Prof. Ronald Colombo Comments on NFL Injunction, Deems Case ‘High-stakes Game of Chicken’

Ronald J. Colombo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

Injunction hearing set for April 6

By Tom Rock


March 14, 2011



Hofstra Law School professor Ronald Colombo said that if the courts recognize the decertified union, “the owners are clearly violating the antitrust laws.”

The owners have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over the decertification, calling it a sham, but a ruling is not expected on that until the fall.

Colombo said a ruling in the injunction hearing could tilt the tables in one direction over the other, forcing the sides to reconsider their bargaining positions.

“It’s like a high-stakes game of chicken right now and nobody knows who has the upper hand,” Colombo said. “So when the court comes in and gives one of its first rulings, that gives a perfect example of where things are leaning. Then you realize that maybe their car is bigger than mine, maybe I ought to zig and let them go straight . . . We’ll learn a lot after that hearing.”

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