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Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Posted on: July 4, 2011 6:46 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 8:35 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As the NFL owners and the NFLPA prepare to return to the negotiating table after the three-day weekend, it seems their lives are doomed to become more complicated. That’s because the The New York Times is reporting that the group of retired players involved in the Brady v. NFL case is set to prepare a complaint against the players and owners.

From the Times:

The class-action complaint, to be filed in Federal District Court in Minneapolis against the teams, the league, the players named in the Brady v. N.F.L. lawsuit and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the N.F.L. Players Association, asserted that the sides were violating antitrust laws by negotiating settlement terms that improperly encompassed the rights of retired players in the time since the N.F.L.P.A. renounced its union status.

The complaint says that the current players and the association, along with the N.F.L., “are conspiring to depress the amounts of pension and disability benefits to be paid to former N.F.L. players in order to maximize the salaries and benefits to current N.F.L. players.”
And it says that while the N.F.L. is willing to commit additional money to retirees from within and outside the league’s salary cap, the union “has insisted that the sum within the salary cap be given to current players instead.”

The complaint will ask Judge Susan Nelson to issue an injunction to halt the talks between the owners and players regarding retired players’ benefits, and it asks for a declaration that the NFLPA cannot represent those retired players in a new CBA settlement or for other litigation.

Basically, the alumni want to represent themselves in these talks.

“We feel we have a seat at the table, but we’re having the chair pulled out from under us,” Michael Hausfeld, the lawyer representing retired players, told the paper. “Both sides are saying, ‘We’ll decide what’s in your best interests.’”

As the Times points out, though, Nelson might be reluctant to add a third party to the mix so late in the negotiations, partially because it seems like the two sides might be closing in on a solution and partially because bringing somebody else to the table might make matters much more complicated.

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:48 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Fold the league losers.  The greed makes me sick.  I can't watch this game in the same light ever again...fold the NBA too.  That is one serious garbage product to boot - at least the NFL has a great game...but apparently they have lost sight of everything but greed.  It will take another terrorist attack or major natural disaster to show them again what's really important.  Apprently 10 years is long enough to forget pro sports means not a f**%^%%^ thing. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:14 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

It is sad that such a lawsuit even needs to be considered. The Player's Association should be keeping a "retired" representative in the loop to the point that they know they are not being sold out. No concerns here for the stars but there are players who had short careers ten, twenty years ago, their bodies are badly beat up. For a few years they made big bucks but now have permanent damage from their chosen career.

Current players should be looking out for these retired players. The young guys are only one hit away from joining them.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:05 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

It is the right of the retirees to file this injunction, as any American has the right to litigation. It could slow down the process and that is disappointing. However, many of these current players will be retired in the next five years according to the length of career data. These retirees are trying to put in safeguards for their generation and the generations to come.For years, the NFL neglected the needs of retired players while profits soared. Carl Eller and his team should look out for the health and welfare of all the players both past and present. Even if it means slowing down this negotiation train for a week (that hurts just thinking about it). Protect the future, as the all elders should do. ENRON anyone? 

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:45 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA


I know what he stated.  What do you consider today's players?  The average football career lasts 3.5 years.  That means a football player will make 1.8 million dollars during his career just at league minimum.  I don't think that changes my mind.

More facts:  the average salary in 1986 was $198,000 ($400,000 in today's money).  The average salary in 1993 was $800,000 ($1,200,000 in today's money).  the average salary today is $2,000,000.

The players filing the suit all played in the 70's, 80's, and 90's.  Without making this into a page long post, trust me that they are all multi-millionaires.  Cry me a river. 

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:59 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Medical care any job should be available for not just the Nfl , not my fault they choose that life just like someone chooses the life to burn their hands working fast food their whole life. They end up with scares but they can not sue anyone lke the players are able to and complain.. Again these players who retired still made nice money back in the day they should have spent it right and had medical insurance instead of screwing girls and doing coke. But guess I am off the story some what it is wrong for the surrent players and owners to take from them just because they are so greedy it is sickning. College football will be the only football I watch for a couple years the Nfl is making me sick ! Nba might not have a season but will fix their problems unlike the Nfl who are all of a sudden in a rush to fix everything do to the season getting ready to start.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:42 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

He stated the former, retired players had to have offseason jobs. Not today's players

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2011 8:39 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

I'm curious if you are familiar with the mountains of research about the physical toll on player's bodies. An NFL career takes years off your life. Over the last 20 years, despite improvements in technology, the amount of damage being done to players has actually increased. And while all of this was going on the league actively worked to discredit researchers and tried to bury data.

While it is very easy to dislike the players, and they have shown a great deal of greed over the years, medical care is something the NFL should absolutely be 100% on the hook for.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:52 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

The "average" football player, by that I'll assume you mean one making the League minimum, made $325,000 - if he was a rookie.  If he was four years in the league still making minimum you can up that to around $600,000.  I don't know where you read that the average football player HAD to have a job in the off season, but you must have misinterpreted.  Also, if you are making upwards of $500,000/year you are NOT middle class.  I don't know what you do for a living but your post makes you sound completely clueless.  You see, my fellow actual middle-classers and I don't get bailouts, we pay for them.  So do our children, and our children's children.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:17 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

Without putting on my mind-reading cap, I believe the original poster was trying to point out that the retired players knew the (former) NFLPA was attempting to negotiate a settlement months ago. To come forward now because they don't like the direction things are heading is a little overdue.

Anyone that’s been following football over the past  five years understands thats many former players have not been happy with the benefit package in the old CBA or in general. Therefore, one can hardly say they are coming forward at the last minute. Without putting on my mind-reading cap, maybe they heard a settlement was imminent and again were getting the short end of the stick.  Maybe the older players are tired of working on the promise of the next CBA being better for them and it never is.

None the less, the former players just made this argument interesting again.

Stay cool gentlemen.


Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:20 am

Report: Retirees to file suit vs NFL, NFLPA

I personally think that new players owe everything to the players from the past. Having said that it doesn't mean that they should hire some scumbag lawyers to sue the NFL!!The NFL has made some conssesions and benifits in the past in regard to past players and should continue to do so, but suing the NFL now is not going to work!!!It makes them look very bad IMO...

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