Law 360, January 3,2021

By Zachary Zagger

Law360 (January 3, 2021, 12:02 PM EST) — Sports leagues and teams are looking to collect billions of dollars lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic as college athletes seek to chip away at the NCAA’s amateurism rules in just some of the high-stakes legal battles set to play out in 2021.

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But the new claims have turned up the heat on the NFL, which has been at the center of broader national debates over racial justice and discrimination in recent years.

“From a labor standpoint you are not going to want to have disgruntled players if it is avoidable, especially when it comes to something like this which is so racially charged,” said entertainment and sports attorney Glen Rothstein of Rothstein Law APC, noting the NFL’s recent efforts to support social justice initiatives. “The league may be more apt to offer redress to keep the peace and not look hypocritical.”

The case is Henry et al. v. NFL, case number 2:20-cv-04165, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

–Editing by Bruce Goldman.

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