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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Labor Disputes In Cyberspace

In N.F.L. Labor Fight, Battlefield Moves Online  is an interesting NY Times article from Jan. 26, 2011. Apparently, the parties are responding to each and the public online. As the article states:

The Goodell-Smith volley was the latest in a dispute that is the first in sports history to be played out extensively on digital turf. With the current labor agreement between the league and the union expiring March 3, the two sides are jabbing, countering and needling each other on Twitter,Facebook and on Web sites devoted entirely to the possible lockout. Their online dueling is designed, in part, to woo fans to their corners.

“Fans buy the tickets, fans buy the products, fans fill the stadiums and can have influence on politicians,” Paul Hicks, the league’s executive vice president of communications and government relations, said in an interview. “I think owners and players are highly sensitive to fan opinion.”

Though the law is the same, bargaining in professional sports is a bit different. Public opinion counts-really counts and therefore, both sides will try to win the battle of public opinion.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Sooner or later, the public is going to wise up to the fact that any individual agreeing to work for a $1 in salary (Commissioner Goodell, Citi Chairman Vikram Pandit, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg) is not quite comparable to Gandhi's hunger-strike.

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Jan 28, 2011 9:35:40 AM

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