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Sotomayor Made Significant Sports Rulings

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been involved in some significant sports rulings as a judge, issuing rulings that ended the baseball strike in 1995 and reaffirmed the NFL's policy that a player must be three years removed from high school to be eligible for the draft.

The nearly eight-month baseball strike of 1994 and '95 was, to that point, the longest and most costly work stoppage in professional sports history, producing the cancellation of the World Series in '94 and leading most of the franchise owners to open spring training in '95 with teams of replacement players on the field.

Sotomayor, then a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, in effect ended the strike with a ruling that restored the previous working conditions for the players. That led the players to end their strike, minus a new labor agreement that was not completed until later, after 232 days.

In 2004, Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that overturned a ruling by a lower court that had allowed running back Maurice Clarett to enter the NFL draft.

Clarett had challenged the NFL rule requiring a player to be at least three years removed from high school to enter the draft.

After the initial ruling, wide receiver Mike Williams and others entered the draft. But the ruling by the appeals court judges kept Clarett, Williams and those others out of the draft that year and reaffirmed the NFL's eligibility rule.

By Mark Maske  |  May 26, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  Draft , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"replacement players"? Try strikebreakers. Call them what they were, don't employ management's euphemisms lest you be considered pro-management and thus, not objective or impartial.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 26, 2009 7:15 PM

"The nearly eight-month baseball strike of 1994 and '95 was the longest and most costly work stoppage in professional sports history..."

Certainly not the longest. Try the cancellation of the entire 2004-2005 hockey season. In a sports context, without the possibility of surrogate workers, calling it a lockout instead of a strike is a difference without a difference.

Posted by: merkytimes | May 26, 2009 4:53 PM

sotomayor ended a baseball strike???

wow!

boy.. do i feel silly now.

and just moments ago... i didn't think this hispanic lady had the credentials to be a supreme court justice.

no friggin wonder she was nominated.. it had nothing to do with her being the first hispanic nominee, nor the 3rd woman.. it was her baseball negotiating skills.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | May 26, 2009 4:39 PM

Lol, Clarett thats a name I havent heard in years. He's actually in prison now oddly enough for armed robbery.

Posted by: ozpunk | May 26, 2009 10:21 AM

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