NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 16
Impartial Arbitrator

Section 7
Selection of Impartial Arbitrator

In the event that the NFL and the NFLPA cannot agree on the identity of an Impartial Arbitrator, the parties agree that the Impartial Arbitrator shall be selected using the same method set forth in Article 15, Section 6. The Impartial Arbitrator shall serve for a two-year term commencing on the date of entry of the order of appointment, unless the parties agree otherwise. The Impartial Arbitrator shall continue to serve for successive two-year terms unless notice to the contrary is given either by the NFL or the NFLPA. Such notice shall be given to the other party and the Impartial Arbitrator within the ninety days preceding the end of any term, but no later than thirty days prior to the end of such term. If necessary, a new Impartial Arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the procedures of this Section. The NFL and NFLPA may dismiss the Impartial Arbitrator at any time and for any reason upon their mutual consent. Unless the parties otherwise agree, a discharged Impartial Arbitrator shall retain jurisdiction for any proceeding which has been commenced prior to such discharge.