Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A couple of thoughts

A group of retired players filed suit against the NFL because, quite simply, this labor deal may impact them, too. After one year without a CBA, all of their benefits get terminated. They make a pretty good living out of the pot of money that the NFL grosses each year. They're worried.

On another note, there's some growing concern about the upcoming draft. The NFL says it will go on, and apparently a few prospect players have chosen to appear at the draft and glad hand with their future employers. But. Remember that the draft is governed by the CBA, and there's no guarantee that the prospects will simply agree to go along with it; nor is there a guarantee that the owners will behave according to the "rules" they have laid out.

Plus, there's this April 6th court date that may throw a wrench into everything.

And finally, there are the players themselves. Now the trade association (not the union) will have to decide how to handle the fact that the players will undoubtedly be out of shape when they do report, that the rookies and players who have been on the street for some time will have had no or little game experience at this speed and intensity. And as a result, there will be more injuries. It will be interesting to see if that gets them to consider an expanded roster - beyond what they previously asked for.
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First question, did the four retired players file on behalf of the NFL Alumni Association or just because they wanted to?

Second question, given the owners had offered a significant increase in benefits for retired players in the deal the players turned down is it possible for the NFL Alumni Association to sue the NFLPA instead? Or is suing the owners their only legal recourse if the NFLPA decides to screw them? And if so, how wrong are these laws?


Both good questions. I believe it was as inviduals, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to "get the word out" to have others join.

And as for the second question, I don't know what the legal standing is of the NFL Alumi Association. Do they have authority to get involved in the dispute? Can they sue an entity that no longer exists (technically)? Maybe.

I suspect that there are a lot of lawyer-types who are trying to jockey for their position (and payday!) in trying to figure all of this out.

And yes, with all the uncertainty around the legal issues, it does show that the system is screwed up.