Manges, 767 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10153;Heather McPhee, NFL Players Association, 1133 20 Street
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; Timothy R. Thornton, Esq.,and Briggs & Morgan, 80 South Eighth Street, Suite 2200,Minneapolis, MN 55402, counsel for plaintiffs.Daniel J. Connolly, Esq. and Faegre & Benson, Suite 2200,90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402;Gregg H. Levy, Esq., and Covington & Burling, 1201Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., P.O. Box 7566, Washington, D.C.20044 and Shepard Goldfein, Esq. and Skadden, Arps,Slate, Meagher & Flom, Four Times Square, New York, NY10036, counsel for defendants.This matter is before the court upon the objection in part byClass Counsel and the National Football League Players’ Association(collectively, Players or NFLPA) to the February 1, 2011, opinionof Special Master Stephen B. Burbank. Based on a review of thefile, record and proceedings before the court, and for the reasonsstated, the court adopts in part and overrules in part therecommendation of the special master.
This appeal arises out of a proceeding commenced by thePlayers pursuant to Article XXII of the White Stipulation andSettlement Agreement (SSA). See ECF No. 524. The Players allege
that the National Football League, its member clubs and theNational Football League Management Council (collectively, NFL)The parties amended the SSA in 1993, 1996, 2002 and 2006.