IAAL but not a labor lawyer or an antitrust lawyer. It is my understanding though, that the NFL draft is only legal because it was agreed to as part of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players union.
(1) Is the NFL draft only legal because it is part of a CBA?: and
(2) Without a CBA being in place, can the NFL lawfully conduct a draft in 2011?
If the mods want to move this thread to the GameRoom, that is fine by me.