Redskins, Cowboys Lose Arbitration Case
Well, they didn’t actually lose it because it was never heard. The case was dismissed by arbitrator Stephen Burbank on Tuesday. He ruled that the NFL and NFLPA had properly amended their CBA and the Redskins and Cowboys couldn’t challenge the decision. If I’m not mistaken, he never heard the facts of the case. Didn’t the NFL owners vote on the penalties after they were levied? A question I have is if the NFLPA had a proper vote on the matter or was this just agreed to by DeMaurice Smith.
The Redskins and Cowboys released a joint statement saying they will abide by the ruling and move on concentrating on football for the 2012 season. Below is the text of their official release:
“We pursued our salary cap claim pursuant to the CBA and we respect and will abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss. We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season.” - Source Redskins.com
So the Redskins and Cowboys bailed on getting justice for how they were wronged by the NFL or should I be more specific and say The Goodell. A lot of us are wonder why. Is it to prevent the NFL from getting a black eye for wanting to treat an uncapped year, which was built into the previous CBA, as a capped year? Something that was reported as being verbally stated to owners but not written. We’ll never know since the Redskins and Cowboys are moving on.
It is rather interesting though. There are some Redskins fans and a journalist somewhere with their eyes and mouths wide open wondering “what the ….”.