The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys lost their arbitration case because the loss of their combined $46 million of salary cap was written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement itself.
That was the case made by the NFL when it asked the arbitrator, University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephen Burbank, to dismiss the Redskins-Cowboys appeal. Prof. Burbank looked at the documents and agreed with the league. Voila! Case dismissed.
That's everything you need to know.
We read Burbank's findings (H/T Rich Campbell, Washington Times) so that you would not have to. Like any legal document, it is replete with multi-syllable words and jargon. We give you a sports fan's superficial summary below, but first some key dates.
May 2008 - NFL owners chose to opt out of the 1993 Collective Bargaining Agreement that was extended in 2006.
March 2011 - The NFL Players' Association decertified as a union in advance of the owners' lockout of players.