Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us NFL Football Fantasy More Football Leagues

 
  U.S. SPORTS
  pro football
scores
schedules
standings
stats
matchups
stadiums
depth charts
injuries
transactions
players
teams
scoreboards
baseball S
col. football S
pro basketball S
m. college bb S
w. college bb S
hockey S
golf plus S
tennis S
soccer S
motor sports
olympic sports
women's sports
more sports
 WORLD SPORT

EVENTS
 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Multimedia Central
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities
 Work in Sports

CNNSI.com GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 Television
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

COMMERCE
 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia
 TeamStore

Belichick files suit against NFL

Seeks restraining order to allow him to talk to teams

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Monday January 24, 2000 08:26 PM

  Bill Belichick wants to challenge the NFL's ruling that he belongs to the New York Jets. AP

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Bill Belichick, angry the NFL won't allow him to negotiate with teams other than the New York Jets, filed an antitrust suit against the league on Monday in federal court.

Belichick, who lost last Friday in an administrative proceeding before NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, asked for a temporary restraining order against the league. It would prohibit the NFL from stopping negotiations between Belichick and any team.

U.S. District Judge John W. Bissell scheduled a hearing for Tuesday.

"The league's directive requiring all clubs to stop dealing with coach Belichick is a classic group boycott," said Belichick's lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, who also has represented NFL, NBA and Major League Soccer players in antitrust cases.

NFL spokesman Joe Browne declined comment.

Bill Parcells quit as Jets coach on Jan. 4, a day after an 8-8 season ended.

Belichick, Parcells' defensive coordinator and handpicked successor, quit the following day, saying Parcells' status and the ownership picture was too confusing. Belichick filed a grievance with the NFL, claiming the team was not allowing him to look for work elsewhere.

The estate of late Jets owner Leon Hess then agreed to sell the team to Robert Johnson IV, who unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Parcells to return as coach.

Tagliabue ruled Belichick is still bound by contract to the Jets for the coming season. The league said he, the Jets and any club seeking to hire Belichick must work out an agreement before Feb. 1.

The New England Patriots, whom Belichick left in 1997 to follow Parcells to New York, had sought permission to talk to Belichick about their coaching position after the Patriots fired Pete Carroll earlier this month.


 
Related information
Stories
Browns to name Crennel as new defensive coordinator
Sherman quits Vikings instead of taking demotion
Parcells' pal Groh gets Jets job
Chiefs' Thomas paralyzed from waist down
Capers to talk with Saints, Patriots
Redskins hire Rhodes, Fazio as assistants
Multimedia
Visit Multimedia Central for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


CNNSI Copyright © 2000
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.