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Michael Oriard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807871560

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899656_oriard

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No Freedom, No Football

No Freedom, No Football

(p.55) 2 No Freedom, No Football
Brand NFL

Michael Oriard

University of North Carolina Press

TThe chapter considers the role of freedom in football. It discusses the emergence of the growing popularity and stardom of O. J. Simpson and the Miami Dolphins. It looks into the role played by striking in the history of the NFL by focusing on the failed strike of 1974. It discusses various issues surrounding the players and the league including salaries, the signing of contracts, and pension plans. It presents an overview of a case study on the case Radovich v. NFL with a emphasis on the violation of antitrust laws. Labor problems in 1974 are highlighted. The chapter also discusses negotiations between the NFLPA and the NFL Management Council in 1974.

Keywords:   strike, O. J. Simpson, Miami Dolphins, antitrust laws, Radovich v. NFL, NFLPA, labor problems

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