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OT: Vick Owes Falcons $19.9M in stunning decision

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  1. MoLewisrocks

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    Didn't see this posted anywhere. Most experts were expecting the Falcons to lose this round based on the fact that most of his bonus money was structured as roster bonus converted to signing bonus for cap purposes (although clearly it was intended as signing bonus). They were expected to have a stronger case on the second grievance where they were to argue that he defrauded the team when he signed his contract extension knowing he was in violation of standard terms due to his existing involvement in a criminal enterprise.

    POSTED 6:35 p.m. EDT, October 9, 2007

    VICK OWES FALCONS $19.9 MILLION

    In a stunning and unexpected move, Special Master Stephen Burbank has ruled in favor of the Falcons in a dispute with quarterback Michael Vick, concluding that Vick owes to the team $19.9 million in previously paid bonus money.

    Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that Burbank has made his decision, less than a week after a hearing in Philadelphia.

    The reasoning for the decision is not yet known. Most league observers believed that Vick would prevail, since the bulk of the money that the Falcons targeted was paid out as a roster bonus.

    It could be that the facts of Vick's case influenced the application of Burbank's legal reasoning. Though such things technically aren't supposed to happen, they happen all the time in the legal profession.

    Vick and the NFLPA will be able to appeal the decision to Judge David Doty, who still retains jurisdiction over the litigation that spawned the current Collective Bargaining Agreement more than 14 years ago. Vick would also have appellate rights beyond Judge Doty, to a Circuit Court of Appeals.



    http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm
  2. He Ban Me

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    Good luck Atlanta
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    Woo Hoo! I love this decision and hope it holds up. Blank should get his money back. I really have no love for the Falcons, but Blank is truely a good owner that cares about his community and should get his money back from that loser.

    Of course it was silly to even give him the money in the first place...why give the top QB money to a running back?
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    What are the odds of Burbank owning a dog.

    GRRRRRRRRRRR ;)

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