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Statement by Prof. Burbank on decision regarding NFL’s request for summary judgment in Kaepernick case

August 30, 2018

Stephen Burbank, the David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, serves as the System Arbitrator of the NFL, a role in which he adjudicates disputes between the NFL’s Players’ Association (the players’ union), or in this case an individual player, and the NFL. 

Burbank issued the following statement concerning his ruling on the NFL’s request for summary judgment against former San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Statement of NFL System Arbitrator Concerning Complaint Brought by Colin Kaepernick   

“On August 28, 2018, the System Arbitrator denied the NFL’s request that he dismiss Colin Kaepernick’s complaint alleging that his inability to secure a player contract since becoming a free agent in March 2017 has been due to an agreement among team owners and the NFL that violates Article 17, Section 1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.”