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NFL Players Association Beats Suit by Would-Be Players’ Rep

May 7, 2020, 4:43 PM

The National Football League Players Association shook off a suit by a Maryland man who failed the exam to become a players’ representative after a federal trial court in Washington found the suit was filed too late.

The NFLPA is the exclusive collective bargaining representative of league players, but delegates portions of its authority to contract advisers who negotiate individual player contracts with NFL clubs.

Henry Searcy’s suit challenged an arbitration ruling upholding the NFLPA’s denial of his certification to become a players’ representative.

But Searcy’s suit, filed three years after the arbitration ruling, was far beyond the Federal Arbitration ...

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