Panel hears NFLPA bounty appeal, no ruling yet
A three-member panel has finished hearing an NFL Players
Association appeal challenging Commissioner Roger Goodell’s
authority over four players punished in the league’s bounty
investigation of the New Orleans Saints.
The panel consists of retired federal Judge Fern Smith of San
Francisco, retired federal Judge Richard Howell of New York, and
Georgetown professor James Oldham. The players union wants the
panel to overturn a ruling by NFL system arbitrator Stephen
Burbank, who concluded that Goodell had the authority to hear and
rule on the players’ appeals of their suspensions.
NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who argued before the panel
Thursday, says Burbank’s ruling was flawed and that Goodell
overstepped his authority. Attorney Gregg Levy offered counter
arguments for the NFL.
Panel members say they’ll try to issue an opinion next week.