“Some say that Judge Sotomayor saved baseball,” President Barack Obama is quoted as saying of his Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Obama explained that the temporary injunction she issued in 1995 ended the baseball players strike that wiped out the end of the 1994 season as well as the playoffs and World Series.
Sotomayor, then a federal judge, issued an injunction against the owners requiring they restore free agency and arbitration. Players agreed to return to work and the injunction set the stage for a new labor agreement to be reached.
It may have been the only case of Obama cited in announcing his choice of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge to replace Justice David H. Souter, but it’s far from her only case dealing with sports. She was also on a panel that reversed a ruling that made former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett eligible for the 2004 NFL draft.
There are several other notable cases. Check out the Sports Law Blog to see a rundown of other sports cases she ruled in.