Employment agreements between football coaches and the NFL grants the NFL commissioner “the full, and complete, and final jurisdiction and authority to arbitrate” various forms of disputes between the two parties. There is one case that is currently being litigated challenging the legality of this arbitration provision. In Flores v. NFL, the plaintiffs attack the clause for being overbroad and unconscionable. Arbitration agreements can be an effective way to settle disputes as an alternative to litigation, but sometimes when there is unequal bargaining power resulting in one entity in complete control of the process, the negative consequences outweigh potential benefits.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution website on November 29, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Kouzouloglou, Andreas, "Are Compelled Arbitration Clauses in Coaches’ Contracts with the NFL Effective and Fair to All Parties?" (2023). CJCR Blog. 69.