WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Two weeks ago, the NFL docked the Washington Redskins $36 million and the Dallas Cowboys $10 million in salary cap for actions taken during an uncapped season.
On Sunday the two teams fought back, filing a formal grievance against the league, its management council and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) challenging the salary cap adjustments a league source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed. The adjustments were agreed to by the union.
The system arbitration case will be heard by professor Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania. A federal court appointed Burbank as special master to the NFL in 2002.
A date for the proceedings has not yet been scheduled.
Prior to last year’s lockout, Burbank ruled the league was entitled to collect $4 billion in television contract revenue regardless of whether games were played. The ruling was later overturned.
The Redskins and Cowboys decision to file the grievance comes at the start of the annual league meetings, which are taking place in Florida this week.
Late last week Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team planned to take action against the league. The filing on the grievance on Sunday is not coincidental.
A spokesman for the NFLPA declined comment for the story, citing the confidential nature of the situation.
Under terms of the current adjustments, the Redskins must sacrifice at least $18 million in cap space this season and make up the remainder of the balance in 2013.