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Advice for Drafting a New NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol. 11, p. 205, 2010

13 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2010  

Wayne Schiess

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The article contains language and layout comments and criticisms of the current NFL collective bargaining agreement. The drafters did a few things well, and the article praises them. But there is much to improve: the language and drafting conventions are outdated and second-best in several areas. The agreement contains inconsistencies, archaic language, usage mistakes, punctuation glitches, and unnecessary words. For each concern raised, the article offers a suggestion for improvement. The Exhibits contain three before-and-after examples of rewritten provisions.

Keywords: drafting, collective bargaining agreement, legal drafting, standard English, archaisms, grammar, punctuation, layout, format, numbering, design, ambiguous, provisos, serial comma, future

Suggested Citation

Schiess, Wayne, Advice for Drafting a New NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (2010). Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol. 11, p. 205, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660747

Wayne Schiess (Contact Author)

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