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Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden scored a major preliminary win in his lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Via Katelyn Newberg from Las Vegas magazine reviewDistrict Judge Nancy Alf Reject the NFL movement To dismiss the case and, more importantly, the NFL’s proposal to force arbitration.
This means (if it sticks) that Gruden’s case will proceed in open court, not in the NFL’s fraudulent secret kangaroo court.
It’s a win for fans and the media too, as it means that a greater degree of transparency will be applied to the fight. This means that, except for a quick and quiet settlement, we’ll find out who the leak of emails forced Groden out, and much more.
“We’ll let the process take care of itselfGruden said outside the courtroom, via AJ Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com. “Good luck invaders. Go invaders. I have nothing [else] to comment on. This process will take care of itself. Nice to be back in Vegas. I’ll meet friends tonight.”
The NFL tried to make the case for the content of the emails, which was clearly inappropriate. Gruden’s lawyers raised the case over the NFL’s alleged efforts to force Gruden out by sending emails to the media.
What makes the ruling even more effective is the fact that the judge authored the ruling from the podium. This does not happen often. It occurs when the appropriate judgment is so evident from the applicable written and prior submissions that there is nothing that can be said or done in open court to alter the outcome. It’s the closest thing a judge can do to stir up football in the face of the losing side.
via Marc Masket from Washington PostNFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league will appeal the ruling. Of course it will work. He’ll fight, scratch, and claw to try to keep this case out of open court.
For example, the NFL has made efforts to force a St. Louis relocation lawsuit to arbitration all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Look for the league to do the same here.
The NFL hates losing in court. The best chance to avoid losing in court is to push the fight to its own internal processes, where the outcome is safe and the facts remain hidden.