The NFL revealed at least part of its case for having the authority to impose salary cap penalties on the Redskins and Cowboys during yesterdays hearing with Special Master Stephen Burbank. According to Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, the hearing lasted about two and a half hours.The primary topic of the hearing was the leagues motion to dismiss the two teams grievance. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL claimed that since the NFLPA agreed to the penalties the grievance should be thrown out. Mike Florio also said that The NFL also argued that the Commissioner possesses the full and complete ability to adopt any measures aimed at ensuring competitive balance.As Florio points out, the last statement is very powerful. We have seen that Roger Goodell can do as he pleases regarding player conduct. What they are saying here is that he can overrule the very plain language of Article 13, Section 1 of the CBA which states in part that The salary cap is the same amount for each club.It also means that he can judge the competitive balance was affected by teams that spend too much (whatever that means in a season that was, by contract, uncapped) and that it wasnt affected by the teams that spend well under what would have been the salary floor.Burbank did not issue a ruling yesterday. If he rules that the NFL did have the authority to hit the teams with the cap penalties, the case will be over, although an appeal by the Redskins and Cowboys is possible. If the ruling goes in favor of the teams, the hearing will proceed at a date that is yet to be determined.As noted here yesterday, dont hold your breath waiting for a decision and if one comes soon, its likely to be bad news for the Redskins.
NFL says Goodell can cut cap dollars
May 11, 2012, 10:52 am