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Alex Rodriguez’s arbitration hearing to resume next week

Oct 8, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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I can’t imagine what they’ll accomplish given that (a) it’s only for three days; and (b) A-Rod’s lawsuit has created something of a mess with respect to the union’s involvement in the arbitration. That said, it’s going to resume, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

My guess: a half-day worth of arguing about procedure going forward and then an adjournment until something happens in court.

  1. rickdobrydney - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Yawn…….

  2. dlf9 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    MLB removed the state court action to federal court claiming that the issues involved are federal questions rather than state ones. Ordinarily that is only done when the cause of action alleged in the complaint states a claim arising out of a federal statute. Here, the claims are either state statutory or common law claims under tortious interference with contract. Without reading the pleadings, clearly it appears that MLB is claiming that the entire complaint is pre-empted by the CBA as enforced in the courts via the Federal Arbitration Act.

    I assume the next step is a motion to remand by Rodriguez’s legal team. If he prevails on that motion, then this complaint (probably amended to get rid of the scandalous or irrelevant such as Selig’s involvment in 1980s collusion) survives and hijinx ensue. My best guess is that the remand is denied and the court determines the matters to be substantively arbitrable.

    Ahh for the long past days of Shysterball …

  3. ohnothatguy - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Hope A-Rod wins every legal issue and rubs it all in buds face!! And hopefully he will admit using on national tv and say bud new all along about everyone using but didnt care bc money was flowing in and his job was safe!!!

  4. psunick - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Agreed. Yawn.

    Craig (I would have emailed you personally if I knew how) –

    how about a posting on the details of that murder outside AT&T Park a couple weeks ago? You do a great job breaking down legal complexities for us non-lawyers.

    There are a ton of folks – especially we in SF – who would love to know, first, why the (alleged) killer is out of jail, no bail. And what is probably going on as officials piece together this tragic event.

    It would be awesome to hear your take on this.

    I know NY has the most readers/listeners/viewers, blah blah blah, and you need to market to that market.

    But this A-Rod/steroid story isn’t high on a lot of our lists.

    Thanks!

    Nick

  5. joestemme - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    F#$K A-Roid.

  6. johnnyprc - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    A-Rod is a joke. He made everyone think he was “that good” and a freak of nature, but in the end he HAD TO HAVE his steroids. Consider the promise by A-Rod to never again take any PED following the last scandal he faced. The mere fact he went back to a Dr. to get his steroids and risk EVERYTHING for all time means HE NEEDS THEM TO BE AS GOOD AS HE ACTS.

    Who knows how many of us growing up playing sports would have made the big leagues had we sold-out and used steroids. Kids will do that knowing there is 1/2 a billion dollars in it for them. A-Rod has to be an example of what NOT TO BE.

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