Washington Redskins Have Salary Cap Penalty Appeal Denied By Arbitrator

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25: Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks the sidelines prior to the start of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

An arbitrator denied the appeals of the salary-cap penalties handed to the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

Back in March, the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys were penalized by the NFL for front-loading certain players' contracts during the 2010-2011 uncapped year -- most notably the deals of Albert Haynesworth, who is no longer with the Redskins, and DeAngelo Hall. Both the Cowboys and the Redskins appealed the league's ruling, but both of those appeals were subsequently denied today.

Both Adam Schefter of ESPN and Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reported the news on Twitter. The arbitrator who denied the appeals was Professor Stephen Burbank. The Redskins will now lose $36 million in cap space, while the Cowboys will be without $10 million. Both teams have the option of spreading the hits out over the next two seasons in any combination they'd like.

For analysis of and reaction to the denied appeals, head over to Hogs Haven for the Redskins and check out Blogging The Boys for the Cowboys.

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