The NFL’s “fantasy defense” is on the ropes, and it’s facing legal jeopardy from its lawyers, according to a new report.
Lawyers representing the NFL on behalf of players and teams have been trying to obtain court orders to stop the league’s “Fantasy Football Defense,” or FHD, from becoming a legal entity.
The FHD was created to protect players from their owners, but its lawyers have argued that it violates the NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement, which bans teams from using the term “franchise” in connection with their professional sports teams.
“We’re going to fight for the right to be recognized as a legal collective bargaining entity,” said the team of attorneys in a press release.
“As a collective bargaining agent, our focus is to defend our clients’ interests in their collective bargaining agreements and their players’ interests as members of their teams.”
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf, among others, of two former members of the San Diego Chargers, has yet to be heard by a judge.
The NFLPA was founded in 1996 to try and protect players and fans from owners who wanted to use the term franchise in connection to their professional teams.
The collective bargaining pact was ratified in 2000.
But the team representing the league is not part of the collective bargaining team.
The NFLPA has not filed a response to the lawsuit and did not respond to requests for comment.
In response to a request for comment, the NFL said it does not comment on pending litigation.